People Who Kick Buts: Wayne Dyer
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- Born on May 10, 1940.
- Dyer was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Melvin Lyle and Hazel Irene Dyer and spent much of his adolescence in an orphanage on the east side of Detroit.
- After graduation from Denby High School Dyer served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962. He received his D.Ed. degree in counseling from Wayne State University.
- Dyer worked as a high school guidance counselor in Detroit and as a professor of counselor education at St. John’s University in New York City. He pursued an academic career, published in journals and established a private therapy practice. His lectures at St. John’s, which focused on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques, attracted many students.
- A literary agent persuaded Dyer to document his theories in his first book called Your Erroneous Zones. Although initial sales were thin, Dyer quit his teaching job and began a publicity tour of the United States of America, doggedly pursuing bookstore appearances and media interviews, which eventually led to national television talk show appearances including Merv Griffin, The Tonight Show, and Phil Donahue.
- Dyer has been criticized for his appearances on PBS during their pledge drives and his teachings have been characterized as superficial platitudes that lack rigor and have limited practical or intellectual value.
- Dyer has been married three times. He has a daughter from his first wife, Judy and none with his second wife, Susan Casselman. He had 5 children with his third wife, Marcelene, who had two children from a prior marriage. Their marriage ended in 2003 after twenty years.