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Selecting Self-Improvement Projects,
Part 2 
Table 2.1: Problem Check List
Place a check mark in front of every goal or problem you would like
to work on. Then go back and decide on what to work on first.
Recommended readings in this book are given in parentheses. 
I. I want to change my overt behaviors or my thoughts, such
as:
____  stop a bad habit--smoking, drinking, drugs, over-eating,
swearing (Chapters 4, 11) and try to deal with underlying
feelings 
____  overcome behavior problems--lying, stealing, deceiving,
laziness (Chapters 3, 4, 11, 12) and look for underlying feelings 
____  study or work more, have more self-control and less
procrastination (Chapters 3, 4 and 11) 
____  be more caring, giving, affectionate (Chapters 3, 4, 9,
11) and look for interfering feelings 
____  be more or less socially outgoing (Chapters 4, 11, 13 and
14) 
____  improve a friendship or an intimate or love relationship
(Chapters 9, 10 and 11) 
____  reduce excessive worries or obsessions or jealousies
(Chapters 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12) 
II. I want to change my conscious emotions, specifically:
____  afraid I'll hurt myself or someone else or have a nervous
breakdown (go get professional help right away) 
____  anxious, fearful, tense, shy, up tight, poor sleep
(Chapters 5, 12 , 13 and 14) 
____  overwhelmed, confused, bewildered, lost (Chapters 3, 5,
9 and 12, and this may be a problem that needs professional
help) 
____  depression, loneliness, sadness, guilt, feeling a failure
(Chapters 6, 12 and 14) 
____  resentment, anger, distrust, feeling betrayed, wanting to
hurt someone (Chapters 7, 9, 10, 12 and 14) 
____  unexplained changes in mood, mood swings of highs and
lows (Chapters 6 and 12) 
____  physical complaints, aches and pains, tiredness, poor
appetite (Chapters 5, 6 and 12) 
____  don't give a damn, apathy, feeling that nothing matters
(Chapters 3, 4, 11 and 14) 
____  overly eager to please, an unquestioning and obedient
follower (Chapters 8, 13 and 14) 
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