Who you are as a person happens in context, both in the context of your role in any given situation, the context of the culture you live in and the community that surrounds you. Who Are You Being? examines our current American culture from how we behave toward each other along with how we treat ourselves. The book looks at how the values of our culture have shifted — valuing money above life, and materialism above compassion and human connection. We are in a culture that is breeding divisiveness, anger, addiction and depression on a grand scale. The notion of accountability has been replaced with blame. Our media is obsessed with sensationalism. This type of daily reporting is designed to incite and outrage, which reduces accuracy, thoroughness of information and reduces the ability to objectively educate the public. We are continuously being asked to react to stressors rather than evaluate information and think for ourselves. From advertisements peddling fear, inflammatory talk shows, to the news, we are all individually impacted.
The book puts forth the argument that the root of why we have arrived at this juncture in our history is that we no longer place a value on any kind introspection. Reading self-help books is mocked as woo-woo or that there's something wrong with you. We have abandoned the notion that self-evaluation is important — Plato's 'know thyself' has been lost. The author proposes that being self-aware is valuable and essential for a healthy society. It is from here that a person's character is grown, and character is where success and value lie, both for our individual and collective futures. To shift the culture, we must first shift ourselves, one person at a time. If you don't like the world you're in, if you dislike elements of your life, you have the power to affect change.
Chapter by chapter, the reader will unveil a formula for self awareness, learn how to recognize who they are being, then be able to think about and define who they want to be, and finally move in the direction of understanding how to become that person. At the end of each chapter are questions the reader can use to assist them on their personal journey.