If you are acutely dissatisfied with the quality of your life, I recommend getting some professional help. There are plenty of effective psychiatrists and clinical psychologists available. Your initial task is just to find someone well-qualified to work with you with whom you find it easy to establish rapport.
If you are normally dissatisfied with the quality of your life, I recommend reading all the free material that is available on this site. Why not serve as your own consulting philosopher? Use the self-examination questionnaire to help identify areas where you need to improve.
For more on these ideas, I recommend watching the 4-minute video on the homepage.
If your primary concern is emotional, I encourage you to consider my short book Emotional Facelift. (It’s available here as an e-book for under $5. It’s also available here as a relatively inexpensive paperback.) It clearly explains the structure of emotions and which concrete practices work and don’t work for dissolving unwanted emotions such as fear, anger, and loneliness.
Here’s a video that you may find helpful:
If your primary concern is other than emotional, the problem is likely to be that your life is unbalanced (off-center). The simple, but not easy, cure for an unbalanced life is to re-balance it. So that’s good news. If that interests you, the easiest and clearest book of mine about re-balancing is available here as an e-book for under $5. It’s also available here as a paperback for under $10.) My latest book, Introduction to Living Well, may also be of interest; it’s also available at Amazon.com.
Tom R., Albany, NY: “Dennis’s insights and guidance have helped me transcend what could be a very painful, distressing, and challenging time of my life into a period of healing, growth, and tranquility.”
Especially if you are a North American, what you may need the most help with is “spiritual well-being.” For a short introduction to that topic, I recommend The Three Things the Rest of Us Should Know about Zen Training. It’s available here for just $2.99 as an e-book. I also recommend without reservation the books and audio/CD trainings of Eckhart Tolle, who I judge to be the best well-known spiritual teacher of our age.
Might a one-on-one telephone consultation help?
If so, email me at: Dennis@ConsultingPhilosopher.com
My usual fee, which must be paid in full in advance with no guarantee, is $249 for one, 50-minute session.
However, if your situation is a special one (such as retired, active-duty military, a teacher, have special needs, or from an economically undeveloped country), there’s a 50% discount for which you may qualify. So explain your situation in the email.
Alternatively, simply book a brief, free consultation at: https://calendly.com/dennis-47
I’ll not only point you towards the way, but I’ll provide you with additional resources so that you’ll be able to find your way without requiring additional help from me.
You should not book a call unless you are serious about understanding how to improve the quality of your life. If you are not open-minded and willing to set aside, at least temporarily, all your favorite opinions about yourself and living well, you will not benefit from our conversation.
On the other hand, if you are ripe to evolve to your next level, our conversation could be a positive turning point.
Either way, I wish you well!