It is a self-help book but meant to attract people that pay good money to reap the benefits of it - therapists - doctors all sorts - businesses to reduce unhappy employees (or often sick) - increase productivity, creativity and profit. Parents who want to solve their issues and do the right thing for their kids - peace advocates - church leaders - so a not too touchy feely look but inviting to take action, more practicle , down to earth.
Soft cover - affordable for many
When we truly like your design we might want you to do a make over of the other books - plus their translations.
Here is an inspiration board for you to look at:
I want to make sure everyone sees the comments below and since I have initially posted them on Announcements and I am not sure if everyone will go there, or if it is even the right place for it, I thought to copy them in here under Notes:
Here are some additional clues:
1) The design needs to be repeatable in different colors. The idea is
to create "a family" of Sense of Self - books - all distinctly
different but clearly of the same family.
2) I want to withdraw the head shot with the black shirt but you can
use it as a place holder - I trust I can provide a better one if
needed be in that color
3) The colors red and green are crucial in the content of the book:
You have to move from the red hot circle of addiction/dependency to
the soothing green path of being fully yourself. I will try and upload
later a few pictures that show that aspect
Hope that helps
Today 10/4/2015 - 1.30 PST - I have received some great designs this morning.
Still I would like to add the following - an aspect I had not worded yet but that may open some new view points - I got feedback that quite a number of people do not like the heart/brain idea in general - so I would like to try something else and ask you to leave those out for now and consider expressing the following through text only:
The book is about Motivation that can be Direct (healthy, green) or Indirect (unhealthy - red). If you (the reader, client) are not clear that you are operating from an Indirect Motivation you are in trouble: things do not work out for you- you may loose relationships- money-health etc. If you clean up your motivation (which is the purpose of the book to help you with) you will be healthy, happy and productive. As an example of what I mean for the design I would like to give this suggestion: I imagine Motivation going from blurry to sharp and clean (from red to green).