TV's Dr. Phil helps readers uncover the person who lies hidden beneath the expectations and fears that can mask the true self. SELF MATTERS, written ... Show synopsis TV's Dr. Phil helps readers uncover the person who lies hidden beneath the expectations and fears that can mask the true self. SELF MATTERS, written in Dr. Phil's trademark no-nonsense tone, includes a five-step action plan. Known as a "life-strategist," Dr. Phil aims his recommendations at readers who have let their lives get out of their control and who find themselves trapped in unsatisfying jobs and relationships. SELF MATTERS helps them escape from superficial demands and concentrate on the core issues that create a fulfilled life. The first point on Dr. Phil's plan is to define oneself and then to objectively compare the mental image to the actual person. This simple test makes the reader "get real," as Dr. Phil is known for saying on his nationally syndicated show. Along with other questionnaires included in the book, this test helps readers better understand themselves and what internal and external forces they follow, or fight, in planning their futures. Dr. Phil has proven the veracity of his folksy wisdom and practicality on his TV show, but SELF MATTERS allows him to go deeper, and to show himself to be a more insightful and profound thinker than can be appreciated in 60 minutes.