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Article Review on Dr. Joel Wades Journal Entries Kristen Zoeller
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Thesis: In this article review I will be reflecting on three separate journal entries made by Dr. Joel Wade discussing “Real Strength”, “Mastering Happiness”, and “Why is Happiness a Virtue?”
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In his first journal entry, Dr. Joel Wade gives his readers answers to what he thinks “real strength” is. He writes about how when he once asked his mentor, Nathaniel Branden, what the most important thing and individual could do for their clients, he responded saying, "I look for the best within people, and I try to speak directly to that part of them. Even if they do not see it themselves, I look for it, and speak to it, and I don't get thrown off by their negative beliefs about themselves." Dr. Joel Wade makes it clear that he agrees with this statement. Within the next few paragraphs he discusses how our consciousness allows us to perform to different levels of functioning, and that we should choose to focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses. By using our strengths, we can not only help ourselves, but help others to do the same as well. He discusses how this is not a simple task; it takes time and effort to achieve the goal of how you want to view yourself. To become more self-secure, you must constantly practice what you want to become, and keep a positive attitude. The more you work on it, the more you are able to bring your strengths into your daily life. When an individual looks at his or herself, they should be focusing on their strengths, and not deceive themselves by focusing in on their flaws, therefore making the flaws the only thing they see. Dr. Joel Wade says that an individual should start with the positive, and use that to help the weaker parts of his or her' self grow and become strong as well. Everyone can easily get caught up in a static self-image, one that includes his or her faults, shortcomings, fears, and mistakes. If an individual gets caught up in this, it could become nearly impossible for them to ever see the positive things inside themselves. Dr. Joel Wade goes on to discuss subjective self-perception (who you perceive
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yourself to be) and can be more or less accurate, but had the ability to change depending on how you focus on yourself. If a person is looking at himself or herself in a negative light, they are most likely going to ignore the better qualities that they process. They will focus only on negative feedback, and let it consume them and bring them down. On the other hand, at times individuals may ignore or deny elements of his or herself that are genuine limitations. Not everyone can be perfect at everything, and trying to convince yourself that you are capable of doing all things is just as unhealthy as constantly putting yourself down. Everyone has biological limitations, and everyone enters the world with different abilities that make different things easier or more difficult for us to achieve. This is the material we are given to work with, and we must use it to the best of our
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course COMMUNICAT 101 taught by Professor Simmons during the Spring '08 term at KCTCS.

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