This book would not have been possible without the support of Matt McKay, Catharine Meyers, and Elizabeth Hollis Hansen. They supported our book from the beginning, understanding the importance of getting at the seedlings of negative beliefs before they take root as deeply held core beliefs. We also want to thank the entire New Harbinger family for supporting this project. There are so many individuals who nurtured this book from beginning to end. It is quite remarkable what they accomplish while making it such a pleasant experience for us. Thank you!


I want to thank my daughter, Kelly, for agreeing to write this book with me. When we wrote our first book, Communication Skills for Teens, we started it while she was in high school and finished it during her freshman year of college. As I write these words, she is almost halfway through her senior year in college. This writing project was a significant commitment given her demanding schedule at school (including writing a senior thesis that is the equivalent of a book). It is a uniquely wonderful experience to write a book together, and we have had the privilege of doing it twice. I have learned so much through this process, and I am forever grateful.


Big heart hugs to all of our friends who support us in big and little ways, and most importantly they accept us just as we are. C. S. Lewis said it best: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” It’s nice to be reminded that we are never alone.


And, last but not least, to the three most important men in our lives— Jake, Eric (along with a big shout-out for your feed-back on the manuscript), and Kelly’s Daddio— you are simply the best!

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