The Book is not released anywhere yet, but will be in Denmark, Russia, France and probably in many other countries.
The Danish edition
Title: Venlige øjne på dig selv
– Slip overdreven dårlig samvittighed
The French edition
Publisher: Guy Trédaniel.
The Russian edition
Publisher: Alpina Publisher
About the book
Figuratively speaking, it can be said that the conscience is where you evaluate yourself. You’re probably reading this book because occasionally you judge yourself harshly.
A self-evaluation can be realistic, but often it’s influenced by many factors that can make it much too negative.
It’s good to be able to feel guilt and have a bad conscience. It shows that you’re a responsible person who cares about contributing positively to your own life as well as the lives of others.
You’re probably not conscientious in every aspect of life. Some people are serious about being environmentally responsible, while others take on a lot of responsibility for solving practical problems. This book is primarily about the responsibility we take in relationships.
Some people are quick to take responsibility for bad vibes, for example, or for someone not doing well or feeling hurt, and they burden themselves with exaggerated guilt. Others rarely or never see themselves as being guilty of anything negative.
Most of us are somewhere in between these two poles. But we can swing a bit back and forth in our lives. We can have good days or long periods of time where we see ourselves and our lives in a positive light. Then bad days come along, when we overburden ourselves with criticism and a bad conscience, and feel we don’t measure up.
When I was a priest, I listened for many years to people weighed down with guilt or a bad conscience. Since then, as a psychotherapist I’ve had the opportunity to help people examine their emotions on a deeper psychological level.
In addition, I’ve experienced how much more energetic I felt after realizing that some of the guilty conscience I carried around was unrealistic or exaggerated. More about that in the introduction.
In this book you’ll find a number of tools for cleaning up your bad conscience and for training to see yourself with a friendly eye. Among other things, it describes how you can make changes in the principles and rules you’ve formed in your life; get rid of guilt that belongs to others; make friends with your fear; and let go of struggles that exhaust you. And how you can find strength in acknowledging guilt that is yours, sharing it with others if that’s relevant – and forgiving yourself.
The first chapter of the book explains what a bad conscience is, and it also gets into how self- criticism can sometimes be used in a positive manner, while at other times it’s just a bad habit.
Three chapters are about a lack of responsibility. It’s likely that one or more of your closest friends or family members shun the blame when something bad happens. If you easily develop a bad conscience, you’re a prime target for people who want to unload their guilt and responsibility. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the mechanisms involved and how to protect yourself.
At the end of each chapter you will find exercises to help you understand your feelings of guilt or inadequacy, so you better can distinguish between which of the feelings are rational and which are out of proportion.
In the back is an overview of the book’s tools, along with a test to measure your tendency to form a guilty conscience.