The User's Guide to Being Human: The Art and Science of Self

The User's Guide to Being Human: The Art and Science of Self

by Scott Edmund Miller


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The User's Guide to Being Human: The Art and Science of Self by Scott Edmund Miller

Every human being is born with an extraordinary set of inner resources, including intelligence, attention, mind, imagination, consciousness, willpower, love, and emotion. Strangely, most people pass through young-adulthood and 13+ years of schooling without ever formally learning about any one of these innate capacities. As a result, a vast majority of folks spend their days harnessing only a small fraction of the great potential that is freely available within them.The User's Guide to Being Human is the first owner's manual to comprehensively examine the inner tools with which people shape their lives. Merging art with science, this book illuminates 16 core capacities that enable people to bring out the best in themselves, their activities and relations. It offers step-by-step coaching for all who wish to master the ongoing art of personal development. A companion workbook provides additional support for the exercises and Personal Growth Project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590792124
Publisher: SelectBooks, Inc
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Scott Miller is a human development theorist, educator and school developer. His mission is to empower people in all walks of life by helping them to tap the extraordinary human capacities with which they are born. He is the co-founder of a public charter school in Los Angeles, recognized as the 2009 Charter School of the Year in California.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

How to Use This Book xv

Introduction: Befriending Your Inner Thinker xix

Part I Empowerment 1

Chapter 1 The Art of Empowerment 3

The Nature of Energy 5

Personal Power 8

Developing Empowerment 12

Chapter 2 The Art of Brilliance 23

The Nature of Intelligence 24

Nourishing Your Intelligence 27

Awakening Your Own Brilliance 31

Chapter 3 The Art of Focus 43

The Nature of Attention 45

Clear and Lucid Awareness 48

The Power of Focused Attention 52

Chapter 4 The Art of Mindfulness 63

The Nature of Mind 64

Mental Programming 67

Developing Mindfulness 72

Part II Creativity 79

Chapter 5 The Art of Cultivation 81

The Nature of Your Inner Curricula 83

Resonant Relationships 87

How To Cultivate Your Life 90

Chapter 6 The Art of Authenticity 101

The Nature of Reality 102

Understanding the Ego 106

Living in Authenticity 108

Chapter 7 The Art of Actualization 121

The Nature of Freedom 122

Developing Intentions 123

Achieving Actualization 129

Chapter 8 The Art of Presence 145

The Nature of Imagination 146

The Art of Storytelling 148

Living in a State of Presence 151

Afterword: Being Versus Doing 169

Appendix: Tutorial for Forming a Reflection Group 173

Index 177

Age of the Human Capacities Revolution 182

About the Author 183

User's Guide Support Materials 184

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