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The importance of selfhood to our everyday life, how it relates to emotional and mental wellbeing and psychiatric diagnoses, and how to recover our sense of self.

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About This Book

Selfhood: A Key to the Recovery of Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental Health Problems is a practical self-help book, designed to help people to recover their sense of self, be happier and more fulfilled. Readers will learn a great deal about themselves, others and life.

Dr. Terry Lynch has found that a reduced sense of self is a recurring characteristic of people experiencing considerable anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-conpulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders and borberline personality disorders. Reduced selfhood is often a defence mechanism, designed to keep us from taking risks that might overwhelm us emotionally.

Readers will discover what selfhood means, how closely selfhood is linked to emotional and mental wellbeing and mental illness, the components of selfhood, how selfhood is lost, the feature of low and high selfhood, and how to reclaim one’s sense of selfhood. Selfhood contains many practical suggests and recommended actions, devised to enhance people’s sense of self. It is simply not possible to feel good, to regularly experience emotional wellbeing and mental health if your level of selfhood is low.


Well written, in layman’s terms and strongly recommended”.

“An excellent read, with a powerful message and strategies on how to understand and protect the ‘self’. Well written and extremely helpful.”

Journey back home

“Over the last few years I read many books on Self Esteem and Psychology . . . I was still looking for the ‘root cause’ of the emotional distresses in life . . . the missing link, so to speak. I wondered what that could be and the word “Selfhood” came to mind one day. I googled it, found this book and ordered it to be delivered here in Australia where I live.

This book has brought real, meaningful and profound changes in my life. Reading this book was like finding myself, like a journey back home. This book has put me in touch with my own ‘place of power’, my place in this world from where I can perceive and deal with it effectively and know that my perspective is as valid as others. The book explains why we sometimes try to read minds of other people and speculate their intentions and how disempowering and futile it is. Instead, the book teaches us on how to remain on our side of the tennis court. This is a much better way to live.
The book is written in an easy-to-understand way and adopts a `gentle’ approach towards building your Selfhood in a step-by-step realistic manner.”

Fantastic Book!

“I have suffered with so called `mental health problems’ on and off for the last 17 years – mainly depression but in the latter years anxiety. During that time I have read many books in an attempt to get to the bottom of things and understand what was actually going on. I have to say that out of all the books that I have read, this is the book that actually hits the nail on the head in terms of truly understanding the fundamental issue that causes mental and emotional difficulties – the loss of selfhood. It then clearly sets out the pathway that an individual will need to follow in order to regain their sense of selfhood and make a full recovery. I absolutely love this book and can’t recommend it highly enough – the level of insights and practical wisdom for the journey are profound and far surpass anything that I have read elsewhere. I only wish I had had this book years ago. Thank you Terry.”

“Sensible and realistic approach to difficult issues

“If you, or someone you know and care about sufferes the ups and downs of unstable mental/emotional life – read this book. Lynch’s approach is original and helpful. As a matter of fact you get the feeling he is standing right next to you talking to you personally about the issues you’ve tried so hard to hide, or fight.”
Lynch belongs to that new trend, still he is unique. By coining the term Selfhood, making it a simple workable model Lynch introduces a completely new approach for the treatment of those with mental/emotional problems . . .

Last, but not least, Lynch’s writing style. It is refreshing. He refrains from professional empty pronouncments. Clear, simple, and compassionate he brings revolutionary ideas, and treatment models to everyone who is ready to read,do, and benfit from them.”

At last!, a book that makes sense to service users

“I put my service users hat on to read this book and found it to be the best delivered service users book by a long shot. It was easy to read and understand. I would recommend this book to every mother I work with (I work with mothers in depression and addiction). It is full of helpful tips and support and its easy to navigate around.
Well done Dr Lynch, this book will comfort and confirm everyone’s right to feel loved, be themselves and be happy!”


“Dr. Terry Lynch is a wonderful author, and experienced practitioner who truly understands the issues of mental health. I loved this book, and learned very much from it although I have not been ‘diagnosed’ with any ‘mental illness’. It’s a great source of information and encouragement that you can revisit endlessly. I look forward to reading all of Dr. Lynch’s works.”


“I have read many books like this and while they all made sense, this book created the most profound change. It is very simply written and I think this is the key to its transformational effect in me. Just read it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you Dr. Terry Lynch for sharing you insights and experience in this book. I am very grateful.”

Appeals to all

“Very insightful and informative. Plainly written but strikingly motivating. It has something for everybody and its examples bear this out. Lots of small actions that promote engagement and ultimately behavioral changes.”

“Goes to the heart of things

This book addresses a neglected but essential component of mental wellbeing – selfhood. Practical and insightful, it goes to the heart of what it means to be mentally healthy . . . and how to get there.”

Practical and Illuminating book

“Terry Lynch’s book explains and reveals in a very straightforward way how a low sense of selfhood accompanies emotional distress and other more serious mental health issues. The issues are well explained and the approach to understanding and enhancing your sense of selfhood is clear and practical.
The book is written in a positive and encouraging tone, but doesn’t shy away from the real issues or the work which is proposed. In this sense Terry writes like a good friend who is not afraid to give you frank advice!
There is a lot in this book which I have found revealing and initially surprising. In particular the section and advice regarding personal space and the boundary strikes me as particularly strong and relevant. Having read the whole book once already, I have already found such sections very useful and will continue working with the book.
I’ve read several books on depression and mental health, and this is the most useful one i’ve found so far, for outlining how a life-centred or person-centred approach to recovery from mental health issues can be undertaken.”

Brilliant book to discover yourself

“This is a very worthwhile book for anyone who has lost themselves. I tried for many years to be a clone of other people which resulted in me in being diagnosed with so called mental health problems.Reading this book has enabled me to discover myself and look after myself. I am now living a life worth living. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has lost themselves, and to professionals who work with people who no longer value themseves. A brilliant book, once I started reading it I could not put it down. I will be reading it more than once and I continue to practice the exercises. I would highly recommend this book.”



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