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I Never Knew I Had A Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth 10th Edition

Gerald Corey, Marianne Schneider Corey

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2006, 2002
  • 480 Pages


Honest and inspiring, I NEVER KNEW I HAD A CHOICE: EXPLORATIONS IN PERSONAL GROWTH, Tenth Edition, is an invitation to personal learning and growth--and a roadmap to lasting change. Written in a personal, encouraging tone, the book helps students examine the choices they've made and choose where to go next. Emphasizing the role of personal responsibility and choice in creating a meaningful life, the text explores a wide variety of key topics, including personal style of learning, the effects of childhood and adolescence experiences on current behavior and choices, meeting the challenges of adulthood and autonomy, and many other issues related to personal growth and development. Through their warm yet thoroughly research-based discussion of significant dimensions of life, Corey and Corey help students expand their awareness of the choices available to them. As students work through the text's self-inventories, exercises, and activities--and read the first-person accounts of difficult choices real people have made--they will gain invaluable insight into their lives, beliefs, and attitudes in a personally empowering way. Thousands of readers have been inspired by this book, gaining a renewed sense of the choices available to them and a clear direction of where they want to go. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Gerald Corey, California State University, Fullerton (Emeritus)

Gerald Corey is Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling at California State University at Fullerton. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of Southern California. He is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology; a licensed psychologist; and a National Certified Counselor. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17, Counseling Psychology; and Division 49, Group Psychotherapy); a Fellow of the American Counseling Association; and a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Both Jerry and Marianne Corey received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2011, and both also received the Eminent Career Award from ASGW in 2001. Dr. Jerry Corey was given the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from California State University at Fullerton in 1991. He regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in group counseling and ethics in counseling. He is the author or coauthor of 15 textbooks in counseling currently in print, along with more than 60 journal articles and book chapters.

Marianne Schneider Corey, Consultant

Marianne Schneider Corey is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and a National Certified Counselor. She received her master's degree in marriage, family, and child counseling from Chapman College. She is a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work and received the organization's Eminent Career Award in 2001. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2011, and is a member of that organization. She also holds memberships in the American Counseling Association, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. In the past 40 years, Marianne Schneider Corey and Jerry Corey have presented workshops in group counseling for mental health professionals at many universities in the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, England, and Ireland. In addition to ISSUES AND ETHICS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS, Dr. Corey has coauthored the following Cengage books: GROUPS: PROCESS AND PRACTICE, 10th Edition (2018, with Gerald Corey and Cindy Corey); I NEVER KNEW I HAD A CHOICE, 11th Edition (2018, with Gerald Corey and Michelle Muratori); BECOMING A HELPER, 7th Edition (2016, with Gerald Corey); and GROUP TECHNIQUES, 4th Edition (2015, with Gerald Corey, Patrick Callanan, and Michael Russell).
  • New personal stories appear in many chapters, illustrating key themes in refreshing and current ways.
  • In Chapter 7, "Relationships," the section on gay and lesbian relationships has been updated and expanded, and there is a new discussion of hate crimes and sexual orientation. The chapters also include new sections on domestic violence and abuse, and on how technology affects relationships. As a part of the latter discussion, the authors address topics such as social networking, online dating, and infidelity in cyberspace.
  • Chapter 8, "Becoming the Woman or Man You Want to Be," contains new resources to update the discussion of male roles, female roles, gender-role conflict, gender-role socialization, women and work choices, and challenging traditional gender roles.
  • Chapter 9, "Sexuality," has been substantially revised to emphasize more of the positive aspects of sexuality. The Coreys provide a more in-depth look at messages from the media and from society we receive about sexuality. New sections address such topics as enjoying sexual intimacy in later life, the controversy of sexual addiction, and preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Chapter 10, "Work and Recreation," contains a revised section on occupational fields associated with various personality types. The chapter also presents new material on toxic working conditions, self-esteem and work, and forced retirement.
  • Chapter 11, "Loneliness and Solitude," now offers a brief discussion of the social fitness model as a way to deal with shyness.
  • Chapter 12, "Death and Loss," contains a revised discussion of the models for understanding the process of death and dying. Updated coverage has been given to the importance of grieving our losses and cultural variations in the mourning process.
  • Chapter 13, "Meaning and Values," offers a new section that highlights Zimbardo's research on why good people do bad things and also on what makes ordinary people do exceptional heroic acts. In addition, the authors include a new section on making a difference and steps each of us can take in making the world a better place.
  • Chapter 14, "Pathways to Personal Growth," offers a variety of avenues for growth that readers may wish to pursue now and in the future.
  • Throughout the book, the authors present current research findings relevant to original and new topics for each chapter.
  • The "Take Time to Reflect" exercises have been updated for timeliness.
  • Chapter 1, "Invitation to Personal Learning and Growth," presents different models of personal growth. The Coreys have revised some of the choices leading to change and updated material on what constitutes happiness. They have also added a discussion of the stages of change and an individual's readiness for making changes. Increased coverage is devoted to positive psychology and attaining a sense of well-being. They have updated the discussion of multiple intelligences and learning styles with an expanded discussion of emotional intelligence and social intelligence. There is also a new discussion of how our mindsets are shaped by messages we receive about success and failure.
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  • Chapter 2, "Reviewing Your Childhood and Adolescence," contains an expanded discussion of the role of early childhood experiences on later personality development. This chapter continues to feature Erikson's psychosocial model and the self-in-context theories as they deal with development throughout the life span. A new discussion of the concept of emotional competence and social competence is presented. New attention has been given to social networking as a way of connecting with peers in adolescence and the impact of cyberbullying on adolescents.
  • In Chapter 3, "Adulthood and Autonomy," the Coreys continue the discussion of the life-span perspective by focusing on the psychosocial theory and the self-in-context perspective. This chapter has been streamlined to highlight choices we can make at each of the phases of life and the unique challenges facing the individual at each stage. There is increased coverage of common cognitive distortions and learning how to critically evaluate our self-defeating thinking.
  • Chapter 4, "Your Body and Wellness," has a revised discussion of wellness and life choices, as well as revised material on the topics of sleep, exercise, eating, and spirituality. The Coreys continue to give attention to inviting readers to examine their lifestyle choices that can enhance their health.
  • Chapter 5, "Managing Stress," includes revised sections on the topics of the role of culture in our perception of stress; environmental sources of stress; the power of reliance in coping with stress; and a range of constructive practices for managing stress.
  • Chapter 6, "Love," contains new sections on theories of love and love in a changing world.
  • Up-to-date research and literature provide the most current information available on personal growth and adjustment topics. Each chapter also features inventories, questions, activities, and suggested websites that help you gain insight into your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behavior.
  • Text material is presented in a way that helps students apply chapter concepts to your own life. Each chapter begins with a self-inventory designed to assess attitudes and beliefs regarding a particular question--helping readers clarify personal views on a range of subjects. "Take Time to Reflect" activities used throughout the book pose reflective questions to help stimulate critical thinking about how the material affects students personally. End-of-chapter "Where Can I Go From Here" exercises help students apply text material, while personal assessment tools provide valuable insight into your own behavior.
  • Appearing in many chapters, "Personal Stories" offer first-person accounts of how others have dealt with their own struggles and the choices they have made in response to their challenges--enabling students to learn and gain insight from the experiences of others.
  • In addition to examining the impact of stress on the body, causes of stress, ineffective and constructive reactions to stress, and stress and the healthy personality, Chapter 5, "Stress Management," discusses such strategies as meditation, mindfulness, deep relaxation, massage therapy, time management, money management, and yoga.
  • Reminding readers that your journey toward personal growth is only beginning, Chapter 14, "Pathways to Growth," encourages students to think about where they will choose to go from here. It includes an expansive section on counseling as a pathway for growth as well as offers a variety of avenues for growth that they may wish to pursue now and in the future.
1. Invitation to Personal Learning and Growth.
2. Reviewing Your Childhood and Adolescence.
3. Adulthood and Autonomy.
4. Your Body and Wellness.
5. Managing Stress.
6. Love.
7. Relationships.
8. Becoming the Woman or Man You Want to Be.
9. Sexuality.
10. Work and Recreation.
11. Loneliness and Solitude.
12. Death and Loss.
13. Meaning and Values.
14. Pathways to Personal Growth.

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