My professional career took a dramatic turn in the late 80s when I shifted my theoretical perspective and turned my therapeutic focus to the problem of character disturbance and its social impact. And I must say that finding either resources or support in those early days was not easy, so I felt very much on my own in that venture. But slowly, over time, things began to change. Still, I knew I would be taking a big risk with my first book because to ensure it was of the substance I believed such a book should have, I had to forsake potential opportunities with some major companies and publish it independently, and I was also saying things in that book I knew some would find radical. Fortunately, the grass-roots response to In Sheep’s Clothing let me know fairly quickly I’d done the right thing. So when it was time to publish Character Disturbance, I again chose a small, independent publisher who would both welcome and endorse a book of substance with a perspective that resonated, and once again, the grass roots response has been most edifying.
I have long known that I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the thousands of folks who have helped expose and promulgate both my work and my perspective throughout the world. I realize I enjoy an unprecedented degree of positive word-of-mouth “advertising.” In Sheep’s Clothing has been published in Russian, Japanese, Polish, German, Korean, Hungarian, and several other foreign languages. And the popularity of Character Disturbance and The Judas Syndrome continues to grow – not because of flashy ad campaigns but because one person tells another about the resources they’ve found to help them change their life for the better. The same thing is true for this blog, helping it to become one of the most visible and popular on the internet. I’m grateful for such endorsement. But by and large the readers of this blog do much more than endorse and help promote my work. In their sharing, they provide an invaluable contribution to the weekly articles and my overall body ofwork, helping countless folks who visit the site (many of whom aren’t inclined to comment) improve their circumstances. I am grateful to all the commentators whose mindful thoughts on the many subjects the articles discuss have helped make this resource what it has become.
This holiday weekend is a time for thanksgiving, and when I count my blessings, I find they are more numerous than I could ever deserve. I have my life, my health, my work and passion, and my precious, precious family. And as if that weren’t enough, I have all of you. You, and the goodwill you spread about me and my work are the main reason for the success I have enjoyed. I know that without any doubt, and I am truly grateful.
Character Matters will be a live broadcast this Sunday evening (7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central), so I can take your phone calls.