Alice McDowell has brought us a gem with Hidden Treasure! She has masterfully shared with us her in depth knowledge and clinical experience working with the 5 Belief Systems / Character Structure. The material is clear, practical, easy to understand, and the exercises are sure to deepen self-awareness on one’s transformational journey.
I have never seen such a helpful compilation of contemplations, exercises, and inspiring words of wisdom from such a variety of outside sources. All the suggestions and exercises at the end of each chapter are very good. I like a book with practical applications. I love that Alice includes exercises that can be used for groups. The writing is extremely accessible, without dumbing down. The cartoons are charming and helpful. What a wonderful contribution this is to the study of Characterology (five character structures).
Hidden Treasure provides a comprehensive, eye-opening exploration of five fundamental ways that humans distort their inner Light in order to “protect” themselves from real or imagined harm. It is a pleasure to read, with abundant real-life vignettes that help to flesh out the subtle workings of each of the defense structures. Written with exceptional clarity, it offers a number of approaches for healing each structure, making it eminently useful to anyone motivated to grow emotionally, psychologically, or spiritually.
Based on decades of experience in guiding people towards psychological and spiritual wholeness, Alice McDowell introduces the five personality types of bio-enegetic therapy and shows how they can support self-healing and transformation. Practical, clear and wise, this book is a precious gift to anyone seeking to understand the patterns that underlie their behavior.
Hidden Treasure will be of immense value to anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the forces and circumstances that create the sense of self. Readers may be surprised to learn how the five basic character defenses McDowell describes manifest as distinguishable traits in the physical body. The treasure is the path of personal development and spiritual unfolding that knowledge of our character structure offers.
Actions for the body, insights for the soul—Hidden Treasure is filled with gems polished by McDowell’s patient, exacting, and extensive experience guiding people from many professions and life paths. She has synthesized a wise and gentle approach to human development and personal freedom that can be used alone or with others.
I LOVE THE BOOK! I love everything about it (and this from a somewhat rigid perfectionist!). I love the structure, the poems, the case studies, the positive things about the character structures, and the activities to heal. It is so easy to read and engaging. I can’t wait to work with all the exercises.
The manner in which she enters each of these character structures makes of a private session with a coach of substance. Not only helpful and informative, Alice has also created a book that is completely entertaining to read!
Great read, true eye-opener and definitely a page turner.
McDowell’s guidebook is sprinkled with inspiring quotations from notable spiritual and psychological trailblazers, and each chapter contains real stories from people who have been through the process she recommends.
. . . a phenomenal book…Only a flash of time did I need to know that a writer, who can bring a tear into my eyes, in a blink of an eye, is a writer who knows HOW and WHEN to write.
And, not only this.
Alice McDowell knows WHAT she writes.
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 hands-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.
This book is a Godsend. McDowell has condensed her decades of work and knowledge into an amazingly well laid out, clear yet comprehensive overview and practical guide for personal healing. The book is so accessible…. and left me feeling hopeful and relieved to have a path.