This is an excellent read! I was surprised by the amount of information in this book. Psychology/self-help books often just skim the surface of a topic. Or, they are too deep for the reader who wants hand-on practical ways of applying tools for growth. Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self is hands-on and practical, not light reading yet so readable for the person on their own journey. Alice McDowell walks her readers through the psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the 5 character structures she identifies. She uses questionnaires, cartoons, exercises, and personal narrative to aid in uncovering your true self. She helps identify how various issues fit into one prominent pattern, often one that stems from an early childhood wound. Her language is simple, her examples heart-felt as she guides you on a path of psychological growth that empowers healing and a “softening” of life-long patterns of coping that hide us from our true selves.
Dr. McDowell is a therapist, retreat leader, and co-founded Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten, New York. She also developed the Hidden Treasure program, a three year training in spiritual and personal growth. Formerly a professor of religious studies she now leads groups devoted to the inner journey.