Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self

Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self

by Alice McDowell PhD


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2018 Readers' Favorites Book Awards Bronze Medal in Non-Fiction—Motivational

National Indie Excellence Awards Winner - Personal Growth

Body, Mind and Spirit Awards Finalist - Spiritual Psychology and Self-help categories

Are you looking for more personal growth or feel like you want something more from life, but you’re not sure where to start?

In this award-winning book, author Alice McDowell, PhD, reveals how powerful, deeply embedded behavior patterns—often the result of wounds suffered early in life—can influence every aspect of your life and identity, and hide your true self. Hidden Treasure offers tools you will use again and again to help soften and heal these patterns, make sense of your life and relationships, and begin to live a full and radiant life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631523045
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 253
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alice McDowell, PhD is a counselor in private practice, retreat guide, and cofounder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center, as well as the founder of the Hidden Treasure program—a three-year training in personal and spiritual growth. A professor of religious studies at Ithaca College for eighteen years, she now facilitates groups devoted to inner work. McDowell has trained with healers, humanist and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi and Buddhist teachers, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over thirty years. She draws upon her diverse training and life experience to help others awaken to their true selves, their divinity within.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Searching for the Hidden Treasure xi

Chapter 1 Who I Thought Was "Me" is "Not-Me" 1

Character Structures that Hide the True Self

Chapter 2 Why Do I Feel I Don't Belong? 23

The Schizoid Structure: The Outsider/Creative One

Chapter 3 Why Do I Feel So Overwhelmed? 57

The Oral Structure: The Dependent/Independent One

Chapter 4 Why is Life So Hard? 97

The Masochist Structure: The Endurer

Chapter 5 Why Can't I Get Others to See What's Right? 137

The Psychopathic Structure: The Controller/Leader

Chapter 6 Why Do I Need to Have it All Together? 177

The Rigid Structure: The Achiever/Perfectionist

Chapter 7 Now What Do I Do? 211

Appendix A Becoming Aware of Your Idealized Self-image, Shadow, and True Self 225

Appendix B Active Imagination and Inner Child Work 231

Acknowledgements 239

About the Author 243

References 245

End Notes 251

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