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The Divided Self: Rejecting Your Inner Enemy and Reclaiming Your Real Self

In this Webinar: 

  • Explore the developmental roots of how people become “their own worst enemy”
  • Identify how early psychological defenses limit and hurt individuals throughout their lives
  • Recognize a “critical inner voice” that turns people against themselves
  • Understand the division that exists in all people between a positive “real self” and a destructive “anti-self”Identify how early psychological defenses limit and hurt individuals throughout their lives
  • Gain powerful tools to differentiate from one’s “anti-self,” so a person can reclaim who they are and what they want in life

Most people struggle with a divided sense of self. Part of them is on their own side, optimistic, and secure in their goals and abilities. Another part is against themselves, self-limiting, self-critical, and even self-destructive. This 90-minute webinar with Dr. Lisa Firestone will explore the roots of this division and the psychological impact it has on a person’s life.

In her illuminating presentation, Dr. Firestone will explore why people turn against themselves. What holds them back from being who they really are and accomplishing what they seek to accomplish? She will introduce a concept known as the “Division of the Mind” to help explain how a person gets caught between their “real self” and their “anti-self.” And she will introduce transformative techniques to differentiate from this anti-self and conquer a “critical inner voice” that limits people’s lives, goals, relationships, and well-being.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss developmental factors that leave people divided between a positive, authentic sense of self and a limiting and destructive anti-self
  2. Describe forces operating within the self, family and society that limit or damage people’s ability to find personal meaning in life
  3. List the steps of voice therapy
  4. Explain the four steps in differentiation of self


Ordering Information

Once payment is received, you will be e-mailed a full video recording of this Webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional 1.5 CEs may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE credits will be included in the email containing all your Webinar resourcesMore Info Here

Continuing Education Information

Optional CEs (1.5) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE credits will be included in the email containing all your Webinar resources. More Info Here

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.  A link to purchase CE credits will be provided to all Webinar registrants.

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed any accompanying reading assignment, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.


Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program.

Social Workers

Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2012-April 15, 2015. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 1.5 live or 2 homestudy continuing education (clinical, social work ethics) clock hours in participating in this course.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Note: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

About the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012). Follow Dr. Firestone on Twitter or Google.

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