C. Franklin Truan, PhD

Author, Professor & Clinical Psychologist

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Living Psychological Quality

Ten Principles for Living Psychological Quality—Based on Reality, Reasoning, and Responsibility

1. Do things that make you feel good about who you are. Conversely, do not do things that make you feel bad about yourself.

2. Identify and live truth. Challenge the fear of disapproval, failure, and deservedness. Develop faith in your mind’s ability to discern truth. Recognize and challenge all fears. This is how you develop faith in yourself.

3. Learn how to reason. It is the only way to know truth. Then, use it to identify truth, clarify thinking, make decisions, and challenge all that you believe for veracity. Use feelings as information to be evaluated for veracity. This is how you learn to trust your own mind to know truth.

4. Have conscious goals that you are working to achieve in all areas of your life. Develop a vision of how you would like your life to be and develop programs to get there.

5. Develop your thinking and behavior toward psychological responsibility and maturity.

6. Nourish yourself by creating meaning and purpose in your life. Don’t depend on others to provide it.

7. Be empathetic with yourself and others, with focus on genuineness, respect, understanding and constructive action.

8. Hold yourself accountable for being responsible physically, intellectually, and psychologically. Being responsible means knowing or learning what is right and doing it–learning and growing throughout your lifetime.

9. Be your own self-advocate. Own you strengths and accoumplishments equally to being self-critical. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and deficits. Recognize your attributes and take action to correct your deficits.

10. Find ways that you can contribute to others and you will feel good about yourself. Giving to others is giving to yourself.

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Who should read My Enemy-Myself?

Who should read My Enemy-Myself?

Life is a gift and it is up to each of us to learn how to benefit from all it offers.  We all need to keep learning and growing in order to successfully meet the challenges that life presents and to experience all of the joy and fulfillment that is within one’s grasp. 

My Enemy-Myself was written for those who are not satisfied with their lives in general and with themselves in particular. Its message is not just for those in immediate emotional crisis but also for anyone that wants more emotional and interpersonal achievement and fulfillment in their lives.

For better or worse, the beliefs you hold about yourself, determine how you perceive everything in life. You are the creator of those beliefs and are responsible for their quality.  My Enemy-Myself helps you examine the quality of your beliefs.  It is also a self-help guide for changing the beliefs that limit your growth as an individual and your experience of life. It is a practical step by step guide to the experience of psychological quality.

People with thinking deficiencies and negative beliefs about themselves want to experience psychological quality but their faulty thinking makes it impossible.  Their own minds work against achieving what they need and desire most. They unknowingly become their own enemies. Consequently, their lives are filled with discouragement, failure, disillusionment, and in many cases, self-destructive thinking and behavior.  People with negative beliefs about themselves live in a world of isolation from their real selves and from the outside world.  They do not trust others because they cannot trust themselves.

If you do not trust yourself or anyone else, it is because you do not trust your own mind. Your internal experience of yourself is one of self-doubt and confusion. Some symptoms of your inner reality include:

  • Not trusting your own judgment about yourself and others,
  • Having trouble making decisions,
  • Knowing that your beliefs are contradictory,
  • Letting your feelings dominate and direct your thinking,
  • Not being sure of what you believe or changing what you believe often.

To get the most out of life you must have faith in your mind to guide your experience.  Your mind’s major function is to make constructive sense of the world and of your own experience with yourself. To build and maintain faith in your mind, it must be able to identify real and beneficial truth.  Your mind’s ability to identify what is really true makes it possible for you to have confidence in it.  Trust in your mind’s ability to know truth is the basis of being able to trust yourself. Only when you have established trust in yourself are you able to establish and maintain trust in others.

It is possible to change yourself and your life for the better. It is your choice and your responsibility to shape the quality of your presence and future. This book has been written as a self help guide for those who want help in making their lives psychologically healthier, happier, and more fulfilling.

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