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Do you long to live a more authentic life but feel you might be getting in your own way? In Hidden Treasure, author Alice McDowell reveals five personality patterns that cause unnecessary suffering and block individuals from living a full and radiant life. These patterns can be so ingrained that they influence body shape and even who a person thinks they are. Through a ser ...more
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Published November 14th 2017 by She Writes Press
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Grady
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘The awareness of our illusions and the consciousness of our divine Self creates personal and transpersonal transformation.’

New York author Alice McDowell, PhD initially majored in math and became a statistical analyst in the NYC financial district, within two years she returned graduate school for religious studies and subsequently taught mysticism, world religions, depth psychology and women’s studies at Ithaca College. She now is a counselor in private practice, retreat guide, and cofounder
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Barbara Bamberger
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology, self-help
Hidden Treasure – How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self
Alice McDowell, Ph.D.

Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott
“If you’ve done a lot of spiritual work but still find certain negative issues operating in your life, learning about those structures can heal those issues to a point where they no longer block your spiritual growth.”
Alice McDowell, a counselor and cofounder of the Light on the Hill Retreat Center, has composed an activity based manual that is both thought-provoking
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Carla Pineda
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read! I was surprised by the amount of information in this book. Psychology/self help books often just skim the surface of a topic. Or, they are too deep for the reader who wants hands-on practical ways of applying tools for growth. Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self is hands-on practical, not light reading yet so readable for the person on their own journey. Alice McDowell walks her readers through the psychological, emotional and spiritual ...more
Lisl
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read, let alone review, a great many self-help books, and wasn’t sure what to expect from Alice McDowell’s Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns That Hide Your True Self, but upon seeing its blurb I was curious straight away. Who hasn’t heard that most of us have accumulated some (or at least one) bad habit that gets in the way of greater success, more rewarding relationships, or even of lasting contentment? “Sure,” I thought to myself, “I’m game.”

I found the book is broken
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Alessandra Macaluso
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Treasure asks you to take a very clear, honest look at yourself. The author, Alice McDowell, Ph.D., shows readers five personality patterns or “character structures” and how to break free of them to release blockages and discover your true self. If that sounds like a book you’d run screaming from or put back on the shelf, stay with me – the book is science-driven, and when you take the tests to discover your personal character structures and what they entail, will begin to make a lot of s ...more
M.C. Simon
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are moments in life when you instantly Know.
Such was the moment when I opened the “Hidden Treasure,” a phenomenal book written by Alice McDowell.
I am that type of reader that, a writer must be able to touch my heart to make me read their book thoroughly.
I must admit that until now, several authors have done this.
But, none that I recall have ever touched me so deeply within the very first two paragraphs of the introduction.
Alice McDowell is the “guilty” writer.
She needed only a few words an
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Angie Mangino
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Treasure
By Alice McDowell PhD
2017
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars

“There must be something more…”

“…Well, there is something more – and this book will show in a clear, straightforward way how you can break through those stuck areas of your life so you can find it.”

The author begins on a personal note from her own experience to guide readers into searching for the Hidden Treasure of the something more in our lives if we make the effort to discover it.

All of life experiences contribu
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Gloria
Nov 16, 2017 added it

“Tendency to space out when you feel threatened, bored, or uncomfortable impedes interaction with others.”
Oh my G-d! I don’t know where to start. When I began reading this book it was as if Alice McDowell was my clone or something close to that. Right off the start similarities sprung off the page. This continued for the first two chapters. Straight at page one of the Introduction she says her father died when she was eleven. Mine, too. How eerie can this be?
What was interesting was the quiz sh
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Amanda
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tools in this book get 3 stars because some of them are useful for self-reflection, guided writing prompts, or journaling. I should give it less because of its insistence that to be connected and healed now, you must venture to (and often reenact) the past. I don't subscribe to this assertion. I, like Tolle, prefer to "have little use for the past." Early in this book, the author asks you to recall your birth (yes, the process whereby you emerged from your mother's vaginal canal) -- and asse ...more
Pam Reeves
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beauty in Simplicity

Alice McDowell presents a clinically tough subject like psychological character structures in a simple and palatable way, unlike Steven Johnson’s Character Styles which is very hard to get through. I find Steven Johnson‘s book far more thorough, though, just not as layman friendly and without practical steps for healing like Hidden Treasures. I highly recommend Alice McDowell’s book and confidently expect that everyone who reads it will resonate with much, if not most, of it
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Charlotte
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a graduate of the in person Hidden Treasure program (nearly 15 years ago), and this book is a wonderful refresher, especially for “Velcro” moments when I get stuck in an old pattern of behavior. It’s wonderful to have the healing rituals in writing, available for use when I need them. I can see the evolution of the program, and yet the basics of learning defenses and healing remain the same.
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Alice McDowell, PhD is a counselor in private practice, workshop leader, retreat guide, and cofounder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center.

For more than twenty years, she has shared her knowledge of personality patterns with students of all ages and walks of life in a three-year program she founded called Finding the Hidden Treasure.

A professor of religious studies at Ithaca College for eighteen
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