Title

Finding the Middle Path: Following My Natural Road

Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ken Messina

Keywords

Analysis of Self

Abstract

This is an Analysis of Self project. The experiences in my life have led me to become a supportive person that enjoys assisting others with uncovering their ideal self. Self-reflection allows this uncovering of self through identification and analysis of individual perception and meaning. Factors of self-reflection include background, such as the close-knit family that I was born into. I also explore my loved one's perceptions of me, how my counseling education has informed my approach to helping others, and what parts of my personality are most useful for modeling mental health to others. This self-analysis has increased the present-moment awareness that I continue to cultivate on a regular basis. My existential theoretical orientation leans me toward exploring how each person creates individualized meaning of reality. In my understanding, the middle path, "Wu Wei," constitutes the balance between inaction and extreme resistance. This middle path has led me through the Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) Counseling program. The path currently finds me connecting clients with their ideal home in real estate. My future middle path is likely to marry counseling and real estate into a mental health coaching career for business professionals.

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