Wayne Walter Dyer (born May 10, 1940) is an American self-help author and motivational speaker.
Dyer was born in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Melvin Lyle and Hazel Irene Dyer and spent much of his childhood (until he was ten years old) 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 DEd 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. Dyer quit his teaching job and began a publicity tour of the United States of America, doggedly pursuing bookstore appearances and media interviews (“out of the back of his station wagon”, according to Michael Korda, making the best-seller lists “before book publishers even noticed what was happening”), which eventually led to national television talk show appearances including Merv Griffin, The Tonight Show, and Phil Donahue.
Dyer proceeded to build on his success with lecture tours, a series of audiotapes, and regular publication of new books. Dyer’s message resonated with many in the New Thought Movement and beyond. He often recounted anecdotes from his family life, and repeatedly used his own life experience as an example. His self-made man success story was a part of his appeal. Dyer told readers to pursue self actualization, calling reliance on the self as a guide to “religious” experience, and suggested that readers emulate Jesus Christ, whom he termed both an example of a self-actualized person, and a “preacher of self-reliance”. Dyer criticized societal focus on guilt, which he saw as an unhealthy immobilization in the present due to actions taken in the past. He advocated readers to see how parents, institutions, and even they, themselves, have imposed guilt trips upon themselves.
Although Dyer initially resisted the spiritual tag, by the 1990s he had altered his message to include more components of spirituality when he wrote the book Real Magic, and discussed higher consciousness, in the book Your Sacred Self.
Dyer has been criticized by some PBS viewers for his appearances on PBS during their pledge drives and his teachings have been characterized by some of these viewers as superficial platitudes that lack rigor and have limited practical or intellectual value.
In May 2010, author Stephen Mitchell, husband of New Age author Byron Katie, filed a suit against Dyer for plagiarism, accusing him of taking 200 lines of his interpretation of the Tao Te Ching for his books Living the Wisdom of the Tao and Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life.
Dyer has been married three times. He has a daughter, Tracy, from his first wife, Judy. His second wife was Susan Casselman (no children). He has five children (Skye, Summer, Serena, Sands, and Sage) with his third wife, Marcelene, who has two children (Shane and Stephanie) from a prior marriage. Wayne and Marcelene legally separated in 2001 after twenty years of marriage.
“My beliefs are that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don’t think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don’t be Christian, be Christ-like. Don’t be Buddhist, be Buddha-like.” “Religion is orthodoxy, rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. Generally people are raised to obey the customs and practices of that religion without question. These are customs and expectations from outside the person and do not fit my definition of spiritual.”
Wayne Dyer – The Power Of Intention: Learning To Co-create Your World Your Way
Wayne Dyer – Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living The Wisdom Of The Tao
Wayne Dyer – Your Erroneous Zones
Wayne Dyer – Excuses Begone: How To Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits
Wayne Dyer – Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling
Wayne Dyer – You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way To Your Personal Transformation
Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering The Art Of Manifesting
Wayne Dyer – 10 Secrets To Success And Inner Peace
Wayne Dyer – Manifest Your Destiny
Wayne Dyer – I Can See Clearly Now
Wayne Dyer – Being In Balance: 9 Principles For Creating Habits To Match Your Desires
Wayne Dyer – Wisdom Of The Ages: 60 Days To Enlightenment
Wayne Dyer – Getting In The Gap
Wayne Dyer – Your Sacred Self: Making The Decision To Be Free
Wayne Dyer – Pulling Your Own Strings
Wayne Dyer – Real Magic: Creating Miracles In Everyday Life
Wayne Dyer – Co-Creating At Its Best: A Conversation Between Master Teachers
Wayne Dyer – Meditations For Manifesting: Morning And Evening Meditations To Literally Create Your Heart’s Desire
Wayne Dyer – 101 Ways To Transform Your Life
Wayne Dyer – Everyday Wisdom
Wayne Dyer – How To Be A No-Limit Person
Wayne Dyer – How To Get What You Really Want
Wayne Dyer – It’s Never Crowded Along The Extra Mile
Wayne Dyer – The Secrets Of The Power Of Intention
Wayne Dyer – Choosing Your Own Greatness: Your Life, Your Choice
Wayne Dyer – Making The Shift: How To Live Your True Divine Purpose
Wayne Dyer – Staying On The Path
Wayne Dyer – Living Beyond Miracles
Wayne Dyer – Advancing Your Spirit: Finding Meaning In Your Life’s Journey
Wayne Dyer – The Secrets Of Manifesting Your Destiny
Wayne Dyer – The Awakened Life
Wayne Dyer – The Importance of Being Extraordinary
Wayne Dyer – The Secrets Of An Inspirational (In-Spirit) Life
Wayne Dyer – Four Pathways To Success
Wayne Dyer – Secrets Of The Universe
Wayne Dyer – Secrets Of Your Own Healing Power
Wayne Dyer – Inside-Out Wellness: The Wisdom Of Mind/Body Healing
Wayne Dyer – Creating Your World
Wayne Dyer – Your Life Begins Now
Wayne Dyer – Transformation: The Next Step To The No Limit Person
Wayne Dyer – The Keys To Higher Awareness
Wayne Dyer – Your Journey To Enlightenment
Wayne Dyer – Wisdom Of The Masters
Wayne Dyer – Inner Wisdom
Wayne Dyer – Secrets Of Manifesting
Wayne Dyer – Improve Your Life Using The Wisdom Of The Ages
Wayne Dyer – There’s A Spiritual Solution For Every Problem
Wayne Dyer – Applying The 10 Secrets For Success And Inner Peace
Wayne Dyer – Courage
Wayne Dyer – Living Without Limits
Wayne Dyer – Making Your Thoughts Work For You
Wayne Dyer – The Essence Of Being In Balance
Wayne Dyer – The Secrets Of An Inspirational Life
Wayne Dyer – Universe Within You
Wayne Dyer – You Can Do Anything