Chapter 15: Methods for Gaining Insight into Ourselves
Introduction to Insight
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.
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
Psychological testing: online testing
Feedback from others
Let the body talk (Focusing)
Free association and word association test
Other self-help methods, helping groups, therapy
Looking for possible meaning
Using insights from dreams
© 1996-2006 Clayton Tucker-Ladd & the Self-Help Foundation.
All rights reserved. ISBN 1-890873-00-4
free and updated regularly!
Visit our sister site,
, full of
and a great place to
find a therapist or online therapy