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<p class="p1">We are all psychologists.
<p class="p2"> Every attempt to understand ourselves and others is psychological in essence, in that “understanding” is based on perceptions of three "psychological" processes: thinking, feeling, and doing. A new concept, everyday psychology, captures the significance of our investment in observing and interpreting thoughts, emotions, and actions in ourselves and others, independent of psychological theory.
<p class="p2"> In contrast to objectively studying how those patterns arise, or how to manipulate them into new configurations, everyday psychology has five noteworthy characteristics: it is generally intuitive (we usually can't explain it objectively), universal (everybody does it), spontaneous (it happens without effort or intent), subconscious (most of the time we don't realize we are engaged in it), and information gathering (more weight is given to observing than intervening).
<p class="p3"> Awareness and Personal Growth is designed for curious, open-minded people who appreciate the universality of everyday psychology, its intuitive character, its spontaneity, openness to the unconscious, and information-seeking. Instead of techniques for adjusting to social norms based on the stigma or stereotypes of the crowd, the objective here is to build resources for managing stress and distress.The book introduces a brand new perspective on fulfillment in everyday life by bringing the two separate concepts in the title into direct correspondence with each other. By shunning prescriptions for thinking, feeling, and doing the book avoids the idealization or tunnel vision that "self-help" literature sometimes deals in. Dr. Stephen Friedlander is wholeheartedly committed to individualistic solutions, and what you get here is a tutorial on how to free yourself from preconceptions to acquire better understanding of your own true nature.