Jane Birdsell's Book, Emotional Enlightenment, Winner of an Indie Excellence Finalist Award in the Relationship Category, Reveals How Authenticity Inspires Trust

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Shakespeare revealed his understanding of authenticity and its importance for trust when he wrote, "This above all: to thine own self be true, and.... thou canst not then be false to any man."

How you feel is who you are.
Jane Birdsell 2012

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The genius of Shakespeare is seen in Hamlet when Polonius gives his son the following advice: "This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as night of the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." Success in personal and professional relationships today depends on trust that comes with authentic communication. Authenticity occurs when people understand what they think and how they feel and can honestly reveal this information to others. Jane Birdsell has written Emotional Enlightenment with the goal of helping readers understand themselves better by knowing their own thoughts and feelings. When people can express their thoughts and feelings to others, they can then become known and trusted.

Birdsell believes that, "How you feel is who you are." Recognizing true feelings in a situation requires introspection. And letting others know about feelings requires courage and a desire to connect. A certain vulnerability exists when feelings are revealed and this is what often prevents people from letting others know their true emotions. Fear of judgement contributes to a lack of authenticity. When these obstacles can be overcome there is an opportunity for people to develop mutual trust in a relationship. Trust is recognized by experts as essential for the creation of healthy environments at home and in the workplace.

Emotional Enlightenment received a Finalist Award in the Relationship Category of the National Indie Excellence Award Contest in May 2013. Jennifer de Poyen (a California-based writer and critic), says "Emotional Enlightenment provides deep, fresh psychological insights, which makes the book a perfect teaching tool for a classroom setting. Yet, it is written in a direct, accessible style, which makes it useful for anyone who wants to improve his or her relationships."

Ann Laverty, PhD, RPsych., Associate Director of Counseling at The University of Calgary’s Student’s Union Wellness Centre, has endorsed Jane’s book with the following comments:
"I have recommended this book to several clients who appreciated the transparency of practical suggestions and exercises included and the encouraging voice in which the book is written. I believe this text is particularly helpful for post-secondary students who are learning about the importance of emotions as well as benefits of knowing how to express and manage responses."

Jane is inspired by the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the Chinese Philosopher who in the 6th Century BCE said: "He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened."

The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the United States and at Owl’s Nest Books and other quality bookstores in Canada. It is also available on Kindle.

About Author Jane Birdsell:
Jane Birdsell has been a Nursing Instructor, a Public Health Nurse and a mother of two children. After her children started school, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. For 25 years, she worked as a psychologist conducting her own private counseling practice and teaching Personal Development Seminars. At the University of Calgary, Division of Continuing Education, she taught a course for 18 years called Understanding Self-Esteem: A Discussion and Information Course for Women. She also taught Enhancing Personal and Professional Effectiveness (for men and women) for 14 years. Jane launched her book at Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary on June 19th, 2012. She is enjoying the success of her book, which has appeared frequently on The Calgary Herald best seller list since its launch.

Jane Birdsell, author, retired psychologist
1323 Riverdale Avenue, Calgary, AB.
Canada, T2S 0Z1.
Phone H: 403-243-2001
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