What is personal development?

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In this introductory chapter, Carole Smith aims to demystify this concept by examining the different definitions of personal development and asks you to look at your personal understanding of its meaning. Linked to this, a useful exploration of self-awareness is offered. You are encouraged to look at your aims for personal development and how to recognise this through the exercises provided. This chapter introduces the personal development (PD) group and what this involves. It looks at how this can be used for your development and encourages you to look at your expectations and objectives for this. The value of the PD group and potential difficulties are discussed and research is drawn upon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersonal Development Groups for Trainee Counsellors
Subtitle of host publicationAn Essential Companion
EditorsJayne Godward, Heather Dale, Carole Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781351066136, 9781351066143
ISBN (Print)9781138479265, 9781138479289
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019


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