We talk a lot about the “self” in our culture, and in our faith. We use terms like selfish, selfless, true self, false self, self care, authentic self, etc. Many social commentators observe that the modern era (and maybe particularly the post-modern era) has produced a pervasive secular “cult of the self.” The advent of social media in the past decade has only fanned the flames of a preoccupation with self, complete with the “selfie.”
So we decided to host a conversation on what a healthy sense of “self” might look like.
We invited Dr. Julie Hanks to our podcast studio to explore this topic. Aubrey Chaves explores with Julie things like: why it’s important to have a healthy sense of self, the difference between selfishness and self-care, and even what to do when our internal authority finds itself at odds with external authority.
Julie Hanks is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, owner of Wasatch Family Therapy clinics in Utah, and host of the Ask Dr. Julie Hanks podcast. She has nearly 30 years of clinical experience and has created a robust library of online resources that empower women to prioritize their dreams, revolutionize their families and personalize their faith.
Our conversation was structured around a guide Dr. Hanks calls “10 signs of a healthy self.” You can download a pdf of that list here.
We hope you enjoy this fascinating “exploration of self.”