Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein's enlightening column, The Enchanted Self, is a website only feature of SFPNN.
Joy and happiness often elude us. THE ENCHANTED SELF teaches how to access joy by recalling positive memories, recognizing our potential, and realizing what gives us pleasure.
I am Dr. Holstein, a psychologist, life coach, author, and originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF: A Positive Therapy. Through the private psychology practice that I share with my husband, Dr. Russell Holstein, we have created a long overdue shift in psychology by emphasizing what's right with us, rather than what's wrong.
Creating a shift in psychology that encourages hope and optimism, while teaching methods of recognizing our strengths, talents and potential, with strategies that help each person achieve positive states of being, again and again, (what I call THE ENCHANTED SELF) was so important to me, that I immediately took my material out of the treatment room, to reach many others. In essence, I took THE ENCHANTED SELF 'on the road', via the web with both written material and audio, television, radio, seminars, workshops, newsletters, and books.
This led to me developing many ways of teaching the core concepts of enchantment and to give others courage to move forward themselves in leading more positive lives. I teach others how to use the positive powers that rest within each of us for personal good and the greater good. I love working with the core principles of Positive Psychology. To find out more about the Enchanted Self Positive Psychology concepts and how you can personally access them, you may want to read my series of articles in my e-mail newsletter, which you can subscribe to by going to www.enchantedself.com. While you're there, check out my books, CD's, and the Enchanted Self necklaces.
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Lest, I forget my dear husband. While I became the ENCHANTRESS, he became the DISENCHANTED PSYCHOLOGIST fighting managed care and helping many clients and others receive the health care they rightly deserve. So you see, enchantment takes many forms. Let me continue to give you a little background on this major shift in positive psychology that THE ENCHANTED SELF is all about.
I have listened to many of my clients mention and then discount the positive events and memories they had experienced in the past and present. This made me realize that psychotherapy, as it is commonly practiced today, focuses almost exclusively on the client's 'pathology'. I concluded that clients cannot feel complete until their strengths, rather than their problems, become the fulcrum for therapy. My book, THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy describes how getting in touch with one's 'Enchanted Self' promotes positive change.
THE ENCHANTED SELF is a way of seeing the glass half full and yourself as extraordinary rather than ordinary. It's also a way of recognizing the hero or the heroine within yourself and recognizing that your own personal memories contain not only your life story, but a wealth of wisdom with which to reinvent yourself again and again. You are the only person who has had your unique experiences, human reactions, and thoughts. You are the holder of the key to your own Enchantment. It is out of your past that you can find coping skills, ability, talent and lost potential. It is a paradigm shift that teaches how to focus on the positive rather than the negative. You can determine what you enjoy, what gives you pleasure, and brings more joy into your life. Get my free white paper on The Seven Gateways to Happiness by going to the front page of www.enchantedself.com .