Have you been feeling stuck? Are you having a hard time organizing the chaos of your life? Have you been yearning to grow emotionally, intellectually, relationally, or spiritually? Studies have shown that self-reflective writing can help. This is why licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Jermaine Thomas, wrote The Examined Life: A Journal of Questions and Quotes. The Examined Life is a semi-guided self-help journal that’s comprised of 100 thought-provoking questions pertaining to 10 life arenas and 300 insightful quotes. Dr. Thomas crafted this book to help anyone enhance their psychological well-being and cultivate wisdom. This journal will help those who are unable or reluctant to engage in traditional talk therapy and also serve as a complement to the therapeutic work that one may already be immersed in.
Use this journal to:
– Develop a thoughtful plan for your life
– Improve your relationships
– Experience greater joy
– Work through trauma
– Enhance your self-esteem
– Grow in wisdom
– Deal with unprocessed thoughts and emotions
– Reduce guilt and shame
Order The Examined Life today, and find what you’ve been searching for.
Targeted Age Group:: 17+ (late teens to late adulthood)
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
For many years, I've been interested in reducing suffering in the world. As a clinical psychologist, I'm able to do this by delivering therapy services to people on a weekly basis. However, I'm not able to reach an infinite number of people, as I'm limited in how many people I can see each week. Thus, in an effort to help as many people as possible, I'm seeking to extend the reach of my expertise beyond the confines of the therapy consulting office. By crafting this self-help journal, my hope is that I'm able to reach people that I otherwise may not be able to. Moreover, I hope that this book helps people to become unstuck, improves their overall psychological well-being, and enables them to live a more fulfilling life.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”— Socrates
Self-examination is a life-enriching practice encouraged by sages across millennia. As time passes, how we engage in this practice may change, but its importance remains constant. Socrates looked to convey the importance of self-examination through the well-known quote that lies above, as he believed that examining one’s life was necessary to make it worthwhile. Now admittedly, the “life is not worth living” part rings a bit grim and morbid, but that’s to be expected of an ancient Greek philosopher that never visited Disney World, binge-watched a television series that culminates in an emotion-inducing finale, or indulged in the joys of biting into an ice cream cone on a warm summer day. These joys certainly make life worth living, whether or not one examines them.
It was also Socrates who gave us the Socratic method, and through this process of inquiry, he revealed the truth to himself and others. One aim of this journal is to evoke the spirit of Socrates within you so you can live a more examined and fulfilled life. To do this, I’ve crafted a list of questions you may have never contemplated with much depth due to either time constraints or simply because you were never asked. As a clinical psychologist, I’ve grown to learn that often it’s not that people aren’t willing to contemplate deep questions, but it's simply that no one has ever asked them to think deeply about their lives. I’ve fashioned 10sets of questions spanning topics ranging from childhood to romantic relationships to faith. These questions are by no means exhaustive, but it’s my hope they will cultivate a more examined life for anyone who accepts the challenge of engaging with this journal.
Besides thought-provoking questions, I’ve also compiled a list of insightful quotes. The early20th-century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, once wrote, “It is my ambition to say in 10 sentences what others say in a whole book.” Nietzsche achieved this by writing in an aphoristic style, and through this method, he packed a great deal of wisdom into just a few sentences. Throughout my life, I’ve found that short quotes can sometimes elicit thought just as deep, if not deeper, than that of a book-length description of a unique or profound truism. For this reason, I’ve amassed a list of 300 quotes for your reflection. I hope that you can connect with these quotes in a meaningful way, and if I may amend Socrates’ aforementioned quote just slightly – I encourage you to deeply examine your life to make it even more worth living.
I hope that you find this journal of immense value and that you return to it throughout your life. Use this journal to mine your soul for precious gems and extract them with the written and spoken word. I am confident that it will become a companion to you as you seek to overcome life’s challenges, reflect upon achievements, or yearn for words of wisdom when you desire inspiration.
Before you wade through this journal, I encourage you to let these words from the 20th-century psychiatrist and analyst, Carl Jung, guide you along your journey: “My soul, you wanted me to utter and write down all these words. I did not know that you guarded such secrets.”
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