ERIC Number: ED345116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Pathways to Personal Growth. Developing a Sense of Worth and Competence: A Holistic Education Approach.
Witmer, J. Melvin
This book is intended to motivate persons working in the human and social service occupations toward fuller personal development as well as to improve professional competence. The first part discusses the process of becoming a more fully functioning person. Human potential, barriers to personal growth, self-fulfillment, and seeking pathways to growth are all discussed. An emerging framework for holistic education is also examined. Wellness as a way of life, and coping with the stresses of life are discussed. The second part looks at feelings and their purpose. Understanding feelings and interpreting the language of feelings are examined. Protecting, defending, and enhancing self-esteem are discussed. Management of feelings is explained, and the meaning of encouragement is explored as the essential element in the human interaction process that facilitates growth and change. Symptoms and sources of discouragement are examined. The Adlerian concept of encouragement is extended to the role of encouragement in developing human potential and the realization of human possibilities. The third part examines the concept of creativity. Methods for activating the imagination are explored. The importance of values is addressed, including a discussion on the function of guilt and the role of values in decision making. The fourth part describes types of stressors. Techniques of physical exercise and relaxation are described as means for preventing the harmful effects of stress. Two approaches for coping with stress are presented. (LLL)
Descriptors: Coping, Counselors, Creativity, Decision Making, Emotional Response, Health Promotion, Holistic Approach, Imagination, Individual Development, Self Actualization, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Values
Accelerated Development Inc., Publishers, 3400 Kilgore Ave., Muncie, IN 47304-4896 ($24.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - General
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Audience: Teachers; Counselors; Practitioners
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