Although I had a ten-year career as a therapist, I have long been and still am a radical believer in self-therapy – because it’s worked wonders in my life and I’ve seen the same in others. It’s also a lot cheaper than going to a therapist – though it often requires a huge amount of self-motivation, self-confidence, and self-guidance.
In this self-therapy section, where I share both short and longer essays, I address such subjects as grief, ways to speed up the healing and maturity path, the pain inherent in growth, confrontation of parents, and dream analysis.
I also offer some critical essays in this section, because I’m not a proponent of all forms of self-help. For instance, I’m very critical of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon, even though I recognize that at certain points in people’s lives even they can be helpful. (For instance, I went to Al-Anon for a good while and it really helped me, until I outgrew it in a big way and needed to move on — and then realized how cultish it could be.)
Shorter Essays on Self-Therapy
- Does Growth Have to Be Painful?
- Grieving the Ultimate Loss: Your Imperfect Parents
- Passion: The Fuel for the Journey
- The Risks of Emotional Healing
- Confronting Parents: Value and Risk
- Fear: A Byproduct of Moving Forward
- The Power of Honesty
- Self-Doubt: Your Parents Still Live in Your Head
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Its Value and Danger
- Eighteen Ways to Speed Up the Path to Enlightenment
- Grief Opens the Door to Healing
Longer Essays on Self-Therapy
- Ten Ways to Be Your Own Therapist
- The Value of Dream Analysis
- Self-Therapy Without Dreamwork Is Folly
- The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous: A Translation into Reality