Psychological Self-Help

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Chapter 15: Methods for Gaining Insight into Ourselves
   Introduction to Insight
   Becoming Open-Minded
   Self-Awareness
       STEP ONE: What is the focus of your awareness? Becoming more aware of the full range of experiences possible in the here and now.
       STEP TWO: Looking for the opposites. Thinking more freely.
       STEP THREE: The empty chair technique: a simple means of exploring your feelings.
       STEP FOUR: Accept responsibility for the choices you make.
       STEP FIVE: Working through unfinished business: Uncovering the repressed feelings that still mess up your life.
   Self-Understanding
       STEP ONE: Write your autobiography. Decide what psychological mysteries you’d like to solve and what self-improvements you’d like to make.
       STEP TWO: Keep a daily diary: Record significant experiences, causes of problems, progress in self-improvement, and what self-help methods work. Use an “intensive journal” to connect with the deepest processes guiding your life.
       STEP THREE: Reading psychology books and articles; watching TV talk shows and videos.
       STEP FOUR: Use your increased understanding to self-improve immediately.
   Recognize Unconscious Forces
       STEP ONE: Discover the “inner child” from your past by remembering how your parents treated you.
       STEP TWO: Finding your life script.
       Your life position
       Games we play.
       Changing your life script
       STEP THREE: Understanding the myths or stories we live by.
       Self-help methods for finding your myths
   Self-Analysis
       Psychological testing: online testing
       Projective techniques
       Guided fantasies
       Feedback from others
       Reframing
       Let the body talk (Focusing)
       Free association and word association test
       Catharsis-abreaction
       Early memories
       Other self-help methods, helping groups, therapy
   Dream Analysis
       Looking for possible meaning
       Using insights from dreams

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