Posted by: irenesroth | March 31, 2015

Naked and Transparent

81P8VUjdrSL[1]Naked and Transparent:
Six Vital Tools for Knowing Yourself and Attracting Healthy Relationships
Vladimire Calixte

Do you have fulfilling relationships?  More importantly, do you have a healthy, accepting, and loving relationship with yourself?  If you answered the above questions negatively, this book is definitely for you.

This is an important book for anyone interested in self-improvement and increasing self-awareness. It is inspiring and it will make you think long and hard about your past and where you are right now. Calixte leads the reader to reflect on how she feels about herself and how self-aware she is. Many of us live unconsciously. We allow the world and others to continuously manipulate us and sabotage our efforts at authenticity. After reading this book, we can learn how to become who we were truly meant to be by turning inward and looking at ourselves honestly and openly.

Being self-aware is the greatest gift that we can give ourselves. The more self-aware a person is the more successful and fulfilled the individual is. Alternatively, the less self-aware a person is the less successful and fulfilled the individual is. There are many benefits to being self-aware.  When we are self-aware we are gain a better understanding of who we are, communicate better, understand our emotions better, and become authentic. This being the case, we can’t afford not to become more self-aware.

We are taught to look outside of ourselves for happiness and fulfillment. That is not the right way to look at happiness and fulfillment. Instead, we have to look within to see if we really accept and love ourselves. The more we accept and love ourselves, the happier we will be. Therefore, what we need is a paradigm shift in our thinking. We have to start to look within us for happiness and acceptance. Once we accept ourselves, we will be able to accept others.

The book is written in a style that will help the reader reflect on where she stands in relation to some of the key areas of self-awareness. I found the book very rewarding myself and will be going through the workbook section of it for a while. Some of the questions are very deep and will force the reader to probe deep into their past and into how they experience themselves and the world.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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