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Matters of the Self Zig Ziglar motivational speaker salesperson trainer and author likes to use this example when he speaks about the impact our words have on others The sentence I didnt say he beat his wife can express a myriad of thoughts depending simply on which word is emphasized I didnt say he beat his wife where a declarative emphasis is placed on the underlined word has a completely different meaning that I didnt say he beat his wife In the first whether the man beat his wife or just knocked her around is in question The latter sentence recognizes that I am not the one making the accusation but the accusation had been made Dr Phil Mc Graws book Self Matters holds the same word play in the title and the book is an exploration into both meanings In a modern American culture that struggles for identity the thought that my self my authentic and real self matters and is important is a somewhat foreign concept outside of the labels of what I do for a living who I am married to how many partners I have had or what I do on the weekends to give my life excitement Dr Phils book is an examination into just how a person can discover that his authentic self matters ie is important and valuable To reach clearly identify this goal the shoot-from-the-hip Dr digs into the matters of self those events and choices that have left their lasting mark on our consciousness and have participated in shaping us into who we are today The first concept Dr Phil identifies is that each person has a true or authentic self We each have been given a collection of gifts talents abilities and desires Dr Phil puts it this way It is that part of you that is not defined by your job or your function or your role It is the composite
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