If you’re thinking of personal transformation, this is the book you should start with. The theme of the book is that self-knowledge is the key to personal development & positive relationships. Thru his book Dalai Lama shows us, in the absence of self-knowledge, how we hurt ourselves & others. The book details how to overcome these mistakes in order to live from a realistic knowledge of our healthy interdependence. I highly recommend reading it in quiet surroundings so you can concentrate on key messages. Otherwise it might be hard to follow.