I Never Knew I Had a Choice Explorations in Personal Growth

ISBN-10: 0534347908
ISBN-13: 9780534347901
Edition: 7th 2002
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List price: $98.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Thousands of readers have been touched by past editions of this warm, frank, and personal book focused on personal growth. This book is designed to help students expand their self-awareness as they explore the significant choices available to them in the various dimensions of life. As students work through the self-inventories, exercises, and activities and read the first-person accounts of the choices real people have made in response to challenging life events, they will begin to explore themselves, their lives, and their beliefs and attitudes in a way that is personally empowering.

Marianne Schneider Corey is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and is a National Certified Counselor. She received her master's degree in marriage, family, and child counseling from Chapman College. She is a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work and was the recipient of this organization's Eminent Career Award in 2001. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2011. She also holds memberships in the American Counseling Association, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. She is the co-author of several counseling textbooks, and has made educational DVD programs on various aspects of counseling practice. Marianne has been involved in leading groups for different populations, providing training and supervision workshops in group process, facilitating self-exploration groups for graduate students in counseling, and co-facilitating training groups for group counselors and weeklong residential workshops in personal growth. With her husband, Jerry Corey, she has given many presentations at professional conferences and has conducted training workshops, continuing education seminars, and personal growth groups in the United States, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, and Korea.

Invitation to Personal Learning and Growthp. 3
Where Am I Now?p. 3
Choice and Changep. 4
A Model for Personal Growthp. 8
Are You an Active Learner?p. 19
Multiple Intelligences and Multiple Learning Stylesp. 21
Getting the Most From This Book: Suggestions for Personal Learningp. 28
Summaryp. 31
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 32
The Rogers Indicator of Multiple Intelligencesp. 35
Resources for Future Studyp. 40
Reviewing Your Childhood and Adolescencep. 43
Where Am I Now?p. 43
Stages of Personality Development: A Previewp. 44
Infancyp. 50
Early Childhoodp. 53
Impact of the First 6 Years of Lifep. 57
Middle Childhoodp. 59
Pubescencep. 65
Adolescencep. 66
Summaryp. 69
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 70
Resources for Future Studyp. 70
Adulthood and Autonomyp. 73
Where Am I Now?p. 73
The Struggle Toward Autonomy and Interdependencep. 74
Stages of Adulthoodp. 90
Early Adulthoodp. 91
Middle Adulthoodp. 97
Late Middle Agep. 102
Late Adulthoodp. 104
Summaryp. 111
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 112
Resources for Future Studyp. 113
Your Body and Wellnessp. 117
Where Am I Now?p. 117
Wellness and Life Choicesp. 119
Maintaining Sound Health Practicesp. 126
Your Bodily Identityp. 135
Summaryp. 146
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 147
Resources for Future Studyp. 147
Managing Stressp. 151
Where Am I Now?p. 151
Sources of Stressp. 153
Effects of Stressp. 156
Destructive Reactions to Stressp. 161
Constructive Responses to Stressp. 164
Time Managementp. 168
Money Managementp. 170
Meditationp. 171
Mindfulnessp. 174
Deep Relaxationp. 175
Yogap. 177
Therapeutic Massagep. 178
Summaryp. 181
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 181
Resources for Future Studyp. 183
Lovep. 187
Where Am I Now?p. 187
Love Makes a Differencep. 189
Barriers to Loving and Being Lovedp. 190
Is It Worth It to Love?p. 200
Learning to Love and Appreciate Ourselvesp. 202
Inauthentic and Authentic Lovep. 203
Summaryp. 209
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 209
Resources for Future Studyp. 210
Relationshipsp. 213
Where Am I Now?p. 213
Types of Intimacyp. 214
Meaningful Relationships: A Personal Viewp. 218
Anger and Conflict in Relationshipsp. 224
Dealing With Communication Blocksp. 230
Gay and Lesbian Relationshipsp. 235
Separation and Divorcep. 241
Summaryp. 247
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 248
Resources for Future Studyp. 250
Becoming the Woman or Man You Want to bep. 253
Where Am I Now?p. 253
Male Rolesp. 254
Female Rolesp. 264
Alternatives to Rigid Gender-Role Expectationsp. 275
Summaryp. 278
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 279
Resources for Future Studyp. 280
Sexualityp. 283
Where Am I Now?p. 283
Misconceptions About Sexualityp. 284
Developing Your Own Sexual Valuesp. 285
Learning to Talk Openly About Sexual Issuesp. 288
Sex and Guiltp. 290
Learning to Enjoy Sensuality and Sexualityp. 293
Sex and Intimacyp. 296
AIDS: A Contemporary Crisisp. 299
Other Sexually Transmitted Diseasesp. 307
Sexual Abuse and Harassmentp. 309
Summaryp. 317
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 319
Resources for Future Studyp. 319
Work and Recreationp. 323
Where Am I Now?p. 323
Your College Education as Your Workp. 325
Choosing an Occupation or Careerp. 328
The Process of Deciding on a Careerp. 338
Choices at Workp. 342
Changing Careers in Midlifep. 346
Retirementp. 347
The Place of Work and Recreation in Your Lifep. 350
Summaryp. 355
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 356
Resources for Future Studyp. 359
Loneliness and Solitudep. 363
Where Am I Now?p. 363
The Value of Loneliness and Solitudep. 364
Learning to Confront the Fear of Lonelinessp. 366
Creating Our Own Loneliness Through Shynessp. 369
Loneliness and Our Life Stagesp. 373
Summaryp. 384
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 385
Resources for Future Studyp. 386
Death and Lossp. 389
Where Am I Now?p. 389
Our Fears of Deathp. 391
Death and the Meaning of Lifep. 393
Suicide: Ultimate Choice or Ultimate Cop-Out?p. 397
Freedom in Dyingp. 400
The Stages of Death and Lossp. 403
Grieving Over Death, Separation, and Other Lossesp. 409
Being "Dead" Psychologically and Sociallyp. 413
How Well Are You Living Life?p. 418
Summaryp. 418
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 419
Resources for Future Studyp. 420
Meaning and Valuesp. 423
Where Am I Now?p. 423
Our Quest for Identityp. 424
Our Search for Meaning and Purposep. 427
The Foundations of Meaningp. 429
Our Values in Actionp. 435
Embracing Diversityp. 438
The Quick Discrimination Indexp. 442
Summaryp. 445
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 445
Resources for Future Studyp. 448
Pathways to Personal Growthp. 451
Where Am I Now?p. 451
Pathways for Continued Self-Explorationp. 452
Counseling as a Path to Self-Understandingp. 454
Dreams as a Path to Self-Understandingp. 456
Concluding Commentsp. 460
Where Can I Go From Here?p. 461
Resources for Future Studyp. 462
References and Suggested Readingsp. 464
Indexp. 471
Photo Creditsp. 476
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