For weeks I’ve been writing on the 10 Commandments of sound character development. Heeding these learning imperatives help a person develop integrity and authenticity. (See also: A Sincere Heart is a Humble Heart.) And as I pointed out last week, all the “commandments” work together. Each reinforces the others.
Commandments Book Coming Soon
It’s no secret to the readers that my planned book on the Commandments has been delayed. I’ve been traveling around the country doing professional training workshops. The workshops provide therapists with the perspective and tools necessary to deal effectively with character-impaired individuals and their aggrieved relationship partners. But my heavy travel schedule has unfortunately hampered the release of the book. Still, it should hopefully be available by the end of Spring.
New Thinking on Character Disorders
There’s some new thinking these days on the nature of character disturbance. We’ve come to appreciate that most disturbances exist along a spectrum of severity. And we now appreciate that folks can have a variety of problematic character traits. Narcissism, for example, is a feature of many character disturbances. But what’s really new is the perspective we’re now taking on the nature of a character “disorder.” The focus now is on the obstacles certain character traits pose to relationship depth and intimacy.
Embracing the 10 Commandments promotes good character. But doing so also promotes healthy, intimate relationships. And healthy relationships make for strong marriages, families, and communities. This is what my life’s work has been all about. And it’s the reason for all my books. So, I pray that as my workshop schedule winds down, my final tome will be forthcoming soon. Look for an announcement on the 10 Commandments of character book by Spring’s end.
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