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

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ISBN-13: 9781631523045
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 253
Sales rank: 484,748
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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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self by Alice McDowell is about discovering yourself and making yourself the best you can be. Sometimes we can be our own critics, which is all good and well, but when it stands in the way of our progress, it becomes wrong for us. We all have some self-destructive patterns and behaviors that can make us our own worst enemy and stand in the way of our success. This book helps the reader recognize such patterns, evaluate them, and helps in breaking free of them. The title of the book is pretty self explanatory. This book has a number of exercises - breathing, spirituality, meditation and even visualization of the future and present - that can help the reader improve and stop the mannerisms and behaviors that can be damaging to one’s self. This is an incredibly encouraging book for anyone who wants to break free of the patterns that we have adopted to save us from failure, but in fact, these are just holding us back. What I truly enjoyed about this book is that it was very easy to digest and the exercises were easy to follow. The book has many insights taken directly from psychology and spiritual sources that help the reader to connect with the words and have confidence. The exercises are easy to do, as Alice McDowell describes everything in a calm and comforting tone that just makes the whole experience even better. This can truly help those people who want to become better and more confident versions of themselves.