Dr. Patricia O’Gorman’s latest book, The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power (HCI Books), is a vital guidebook for today’s women. Women seem wired to have to make others happy and if they don’t live up to these self-imposed expectations, they blame themselves for the hardships that befall them.
Competing voices vie for women’s attention: societal messages that tell them they aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, good enough—self-sabotaging, self-limiting girly thoughts that tell them who they are and how they should act, suggesting to them they better not aim too high—and the voice of their inner strength, which helps them forge their own best solutions for their best courses of action.
In The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power, Dr. O’Gorman offers a thoughtful analysis of the causes of girly thoughts as well as in-depth self-evaluation assessments any woman can use to identify her personal strengths, weaknesses, and resilience style. She created seven daily steps that offer concrete strategies for women to create and strengthen their own resilience. The book is a ‘must-read’ tool for self-growth for women of any age.
In The Resilient Woman, readers discover:
• resilience patterns established in childhood
• how girly thoughts become so powerful and how to neutralize them to become successful in one’s personal and professional life
• relationship issues that are specific to women
• how to overcome physical/psychological/
• how to self-motivate by losing the victim mentality
• methods for tuning in to the inner self and consciously align with personal strengths to expand their personal power
• what resiliency is and is not and how to achieve it
• personal resilience patterns
“Women often miss the path toward achieving their true potential because they have been conditioned to blame themselves for something someone else has done to them,” says Dr. O’Gorman. “But with the right tools to break the cycle, they will learn to consciously harness and nurture their strengths and find the personal assets we often take for granted, realizing that a resilient life is generated not from the things that happened to us, but from our reaction to them.”
Patricia O’Gorman, PhD is an internationally recognized psychologist, coach, and public speaker for her work on women, trauma, and substance abuse. She was one of the first researchers in children of alcoholics in the early 1970s, documenting the impact of alcoholism and sobriety on adolescent development, and went on to create the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).She is also a cofounder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and has run a rape-crisis center.
Dr. O’Gorman is a veteran of numerous television appearances, including Good Morning America, Today, and AM Sunday, and is the author of numerous articles in magazines including Addiction Today, Teen Vogue, Counselor, and Recovery. Dr. O’Gorman maintains private practice offices in Saranac Lake and Albany, New York. For information, please visit: www.patriciaogorman.com.
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