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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,797 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phil McGraw Narrator: Phil McGraw Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2001 ISBN: 9780743555289
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Your life has a root core that, once understood, unlocks a powerful force to create the life the way you want. Key questions and an amazingly clear “map” are now at your fingertips so you can “live by design.”

In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Phil challenges you to find your “authentic self”—that person you have always wanted to be, but were too distracted, busy, or scared to become. Instead you have created a “fictional self”—taking on the identity of who you believe you are supposed be. The incongruence between these two selves is what leads you to feel that your life is incomplete, unbalanced, and more difficult than it should be.

In Self Matters, Dr. Phil helps you to demystify your self-concept, and learn how to reclaim your authentic self. You can learn to think beyond the excuses and fears that have masked the person you want to be. By facing the cards life has dealt you, you can relearn how to best react to them.

Self Matters is one of the most forward-thinking works on self-concept and self-esteem ever published. We get only one chance in this world. Dr. Phil shows all how to make the most of it.

Key elements to identify and bring into action-oriented focus include:

  • What are the ten most defining moments of your life?
  • What are the seven most critical choices you have made to put you on your current path?
  • Who are the five most pivotal people in your world and how have they shaped you?
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtful and serious…McGraw’s notion of making change is not a simple one—it requires readers to examine every aspect of their daily lives—and it’s likely that some readers may not be able to make all the changes he advocates. But his book offers a thorough, realistic resource for those who are committed to turning their lives around to get what they really want and need.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McGraw reads Self Matters with what might be called a locker-room intensity. McGraw’s earnest message tells listeners to get their acts together and take control of their lives.” 

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  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sajo Sam | 2/19/2014

    " A bit if a drag in some chapters but very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 2/10/2014

    " This book was highly motivating and caused me to really explore a number of areas of my life. I listened to it as an audiobook, but I'd like to go back and read the actual book so that I will retain more of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 2/8/2014

    " If you are willing to put in the time and effort to journal as the book recommends, this book can change your life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim George | 1/17/2014

    " Dr. Phil - stick to Oprah's show! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tavia | 1/13/2014

    " I liked the insights in this book. They struck me deeply, but it could have just been all that I was going through at the time. It really got me thinking about what made me who I am today and whether or not I liked that person. It also helped me view relationships around me better by prioritizing who/what mattered to me the most. Very insightful if you actually do the work and think about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Inga Sigurbjørnsdottir | 1/10/2014

    " Learned nothing new here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/21/2013

    " Very down to earth good advice. I really liked this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 12/20/2013

    " Surprised to learn that the teachings of Dr. McGraw encompass practices I have utilized with great personal success in my own life, without a guidebook! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyna | 12/20/2013

    " It is one of Dr. Phils better books. very well written and the companion book is also a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/14/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Again I like what he has to say; a lot of good ideas and information. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/2/2013

    " A good book if you want a cure for insomnia (with apologies to Mark Twain who said the same thinga bout the Book of Mormon). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia Blickfeldt | 11/19/2013

    " Dr. Phil has the road map to a healthy mental life. Good for anyone who struggles in marriage and family ... or whatever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 10/29/2013

    " This was interesting in that he encourages to go back and view various life events more as an observer and less emotional attachment to various life events. Again. Gained some insight and useful info. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mickey | 10/24/2013

    " He doesn't have much to say, but he certainly says it with authority. I have a new subtitle for the book: "Insights from a Pontificating Blowhard". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 9/7/2013

    " It is a great book to help you remind yourself that you are important and you need to take care of yourself instead of always focusing on those around you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Velinda Peyton | 9/3/2013

    " Another awesome Dr. Phil book...what can I say. This was the first of many of his books that I read. The man has so much to say and people need to listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiara | 8/21/2013

    " Good advice. Lots of exercises to do, but they involve extensive work and I lost interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 7/21/2013

    " No matter how cliche this may be, this book really helped me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karin * | 6/20/2013

    " Dr. Phil writes just like he talks. Have you heard him talk? Well, his book is like a transcript of what he says everyday on his talk show. It's concepts are simple and nothing new, but are repeated ad nauseum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 6/16/2013

    " Excellent book, especially when read in conjunction with the workbook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soaringspirit | 4/23/2013

    " I did the work in the work book, awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith Kerman Russo | 3/23/2013

    " I felt the resources in this book were helpful and the excerises were extremely helpful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Potts | 10/21/2012

    " Not at all what I thought it would be!!! No help to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya Abresch | 8/3/2012

    " Yeah, yeah, I know. But I got it for free, ok? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/5/2012

    " The main point: love yourself before you love others, you can't give away what you don't have. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 12/2/2011

    " hmmmm, Dr Phill is better on TV. He is really corny in this book, trying to be all "I'm a real good 'ol boy" kind of sense of humor. A lot of swearing and vulgar talk to be in a book about finding your authentic self and being positive. I like self help/motivational books but this did neither. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 May | 9/1/2011

    " Halfway through this book, I got bored so I didn't finish it. I was not inspired at all by Dr. Phil.....not as I expected to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Baratang | 8/29/2011

    " Practical "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley labadie | 6/28/2011

    " LOVE Dr. Phil but this book was a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith | 2/28/2011

    " I felt the resources in this book were helpful and the excerises were extremely helpful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 11/10/2010

    " Dr. Phil - stick to Oprah's show! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/5/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. Again I like what he has to say; a lot of good ideas and information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 12/30/2009

    " Dr. Phil is always good enough to read or listen too.
    Not life changing but at least life improving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/20/2009

    " This book was a bit difficult for me. I had to do a lot of thinking, and working to get through it. All in all in helped me realize some areas in my life that I had ignored, it also stirred up a lot of things in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soaringspirit | 10/21/2009

    " I did the work in the work book, awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 6/15/2009

    " It is a great book to help you remind yourself that you are important and you need to take care of yourself instead of always focusing on those around you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 6/12/2009

    " I love books where I can "analyze my life to death" as my husband likes to put it. This is a great one for that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 May | 5/19/2009

    " Halfway through this book, I got bored so I didn't finish it. I was not inspired at all by Dr. Phil.....not as I expected to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2009

    " Also more drama than I needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 12/5/2008

    " Audio. Read by the author. 5 hours of just me and Dr. Phil. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for therapy, but this just didn't work out that well for me. It was okay as far as self-help goes, but right now I can't really think of one quote or concept that I can draw on to inspire me. "

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About the Author

Dr. Phil McGraw is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ultimate Weight Solution, Self Matters, Life Strategies, and Relationship Rescue, among others. He is the host of the nationally syndicated, daily one-hour series Dr. Phil. One of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human functioning, Dr. McGraw is the cofounder of Courtroom Sciences, Inc., the world’s leading litigation consulting firm. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.