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Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self by Alice McDowell is about discovering yourself and making yourself the best you can be. Sometimes we can be our own critics, which is all good and well, but when it stands in the way of our progress, it becomes wrong for us. We all have some self-destructive patterns and behaviors that can make us our own worst enemy and stand in the way of our success. This book helps the reader recognize such patterns, evaluate them, and helps in breaking free of them.
The title of the book is pretty self explanatory. This book has a number of exercises - breathing, spirituality, meditation and even visualization of the future and present - that can help the reader improve and stop the mannerisms and behaviors that can be damaging to one’s self. This is an incredibly encouraging book for anyone who wants to break free of the patterns that we have adopted to save us from failure, but in fact, these are just holding us back.
What I truly enjoyed about this book is that it was very easy to digest and the exercises were easy to follow. The book has many insights taken directly from psychology and spiritual sources that help the reader to connect with the words and have confidence. The exercises are easy to do, as Alice McDowell describes everything in a calm and comforting tone that just makes the whole experience even better. This can truly help those people who want to become better and more confident versions of themselves.