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Search for Your Self

Pathways to Personal Growth

April 2010
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    22nd April 2010
  • ISBN 9780863157370
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.

Personal growth—self-help—is one of the fastest growing “industries” in the world. But with so much help available on a multitude of bodily, mental, emotional, and spiritual processes, the natural question is: How can I decide which kind of self-help is right for me?

Patricia Sherwood analyzes such paths as counseling, drugs, psychics, and meditation. Her approach is based on psychological research and theories, as well as Rudolf Steiner’s holistic model of the human being and the thresholds of consciousness. She looks at individual case studies and asks such questions as: Am I more present in my daily life: in body, mind and spirit? Am I empowered to shape my destiny? The positive and negative outcomes of each are discussed.

Search for Your Self is a practical book for anyone considering options in the confusing world of self-exploration.

C O N T E N T S:


1. Personal Growth: Which Way?
2. Quick Fix or Sustainability?
3. Body as Pathway
4. Counselling as Pathway
5. Guru as Pathway
6. Psychics as Pathway
7. Guides as Pathway
8. Neo-shamanism as Pathway
9. Drugs as Pathway
10. Meditation as Pathway
11. Narcissism: Roadblock on the Pathway
12. Personal Growth: Beyond the Destination


Patricia Sherwood

Dr. Patricia Sherwood is adjunct researcher at Edith Cowan University in Australia, where she has lectured for twenty years in social work, psychology, social science, and special education. She currently supervises Ph.D. students n the fields of anthroposophic research and specializes in phenomenologically based research. She founded and edits the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology and is director of Sophia College of counseling, which provides training awards in anthroposophically based counseling diplomas. Her books include The Healing Art of Clay Therapy (2004) and Emotional Literacy: The Heart of the Classroom (2008). Dr. Sherwood has trained extensively in the fields of counseling, mental health recovery and community development in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Africa. She also provides mental health and wellbeing training to teachers and parents in anthroposophic schools in Australia. Dr. Sherwood has a private psychotherapy practice specializing in anxiety conditions and abuse and trauma recovery. She frequently lectures at conferences on community, government, and professional mental health, based on the anthroposophic model of counseling documented in her book Holistic Counselling: a New Vision for Mental Health.