Dorothy Rowe – The Successful Self

Read this about 16 months ago now. Still of those books that you get a massive ‘feel good’ from reading. Dorothy has such a down to earth approach.

She has quite a portfolio of books, and I am almost through reading them all.

Many times I came across examples where it was one of those, ‘so it’s just not me then.’ Or, ‘glad I was not imagining that.’ etc. Littered with examples and advice that actually have real word use.

She has such clear insights into areas of depression and psychology and leaves you in no doubt that you benefiting from her words. These are books that I will read again, as they contain so much information, far to much to take in one sitting.

It is possible to be truly successful as a person? Or
must we, as most of us do, continue to live our lives feeling in some
way trapped and oppressed, frustrated, irritable, haunted by worries
and regrets, creating misery for ourselves and others?

In the Successful Self Dorothy Rowe shows us how
to live more comfortably and creatively within ourselves by achieving a
fuller understanding how how we experience our existence and how we
perceive its annihilation.

demonstrates how to develop the social and personal skills we lack,
retaining the uniqueness of our individuality while becoming an
integral part of the life around us and learning how to value and
accept ourselves.

characteristic originalty, clarity and unfailing wisdom, Dorothy Rowe
enables us to revolutionise our own lives and the lives of others in
the process of becoming a Successful Self.

The author’s research and therapy is concerned with
questions of how we create meaning and communicate with each other. She
is also author of "Depression: the Way Out of Your Prison", "Living
with the Bomb: Can We Live Without Enemies?" and "Beyond Fear".


About the Author
Dorothy Rowe
is a clinical psychologist and writer who is renowned for her work on
how we create meaning, and how the meanings we create determine what we
do. Her application of this understanding to the problems of depression
and of fear has changed many people�s lives for the better, and has
caused many mental health professionals to think more carefully about
how they deal with people who are suffering great mental distress. She
writes regularly for newspapers and magazines, appears frequently in
the media, and is the author of 12 books, the most popular of which are
Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison which is in its third edition, and Beyond Fear which is in its second edition. Her latest book My Dearest Enemy, My Dangerous Friend
is a radical examination of what is often the most important
relationships in our lives, our relationships with our siblings. It
will be published by Routledge in April 2007.

was born Dorothy Conn in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, in 1930. She was
educated at Newcastle Girls� High and Sydney University where she
obtained a degree in psychology and a Diploma of Education. She taught
for three years, married in 1956 and her son Edward was born in 1957.
She returned to teaching when he was two but was offered the
opportunity to train as a school counsellor (educational psychologist)
and went on to become Specialist for Emotionally Disturbed Children. At
the same time she completed her Diploma in Clinical Psychology. In 1965
her marriage came to an end, and in 1968 she and Edward went to
England. She accepted a National Health Service post at Whiteley Wood
Clinic, Sheffield, which was the clinic attached to Sheffield
University Department of Psychiatry where Alec Jenner, already well
known for his work on the biological basis of mood change, had recently
taken up his post as Professor of Psychiatry. This began Dorothy�s
close scrutiny of the research into the biological basis of mental
disorder. She became an Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
and is now Emeritus Associate of the Royal College.

Jenner suggested to Dorothy that her research PhD topic should be
�Psychological aspects of regular mood change�. Quite serendipitously,
the psychologist Don Bannister was busy introducing British
psychologists to the work of George Kelly and Personal Construct
Theory. Dorothy discovered that she had always been a personal
construct psychologist without knowing it. Kelly had developed a
technique called repertory grids which enabled the researcher to
examine the meanings which an individual had created around a
particular subject or situation. Patrick Slater, a psychologist at the
Institute of Psychiatry in London, provided invaluable help to Dorothy
in her research by his development of computer software which analysed

In 1971
Dorothy completed her PhD, and in 1972 she went to Lincolnshire to set
up and head the Lincolnshire Department of Clinical Psychology. Dorothy
obtained a research grant which enabled her to continue her research.
This research became the basis of her first book The Experience of Depression, now called Choosing Not Losing. Her second book The Construction of Life and Death (The Courage to Live) was published in 1982. A chance discussion with the manager of a health food shop led to her third book, Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison, now in its third edition. This book won the Mind Book of the Year Award in 1984. More books followed.

1986 Dorothy left the National Health Service to become self-employed.
She moved to Sheffield where she lived for nine years. In 1995 she
moved to London where she still lives. She writes regularly for Saga
Magazine and Openmind, and intermittently for other publications. She
is frequently interviewed on radio and television, and she has a great
many conversations with journalists who phone her for advice and

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (3 Jun 1996)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0006373429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006373421
  • Product Dimensions:

    5.1  x 7.8 inches


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