Lynda Field (nee Goronwy) was a key figure in the world of self-help and personal development; a writer, therapist, champion of self-esteem and advocate of positive thinking.
Lynda was born in Northampton, UK, into a close-knit family from South Wales. Her mother, Barbara, was a cleaner, her father, Idwal, was a factory worker. Lynda gained a scholarship to the local grammar school, then studied social science at York University.
In 1986, Lynda married Richard Field and moved to Cornwall, where she worked as a counsellor with unemployed adults and young people excluded from school. She recognised how self-esteem was central to the individual’s struggle for personal fulfilment. Her experiences led to her first book, Creating Self Esteem (1993), which proposed theories and techniques based on her belief that self-esteem could be developed as an internal concept through visualisations, affirmations and positive language. She went on to write eighteen more books on personal development.
Her book, Self-Esteem for Women, was chosen for the NHS Books on Prescription Scheme. Her blend of the spiritual and practical attracted significant international audiences and appealed especially to women in developing countries. Lynda once discovered that a pirated copy of the same book had been translated into Urdu and circulated in Pakistan.
Lynda is survived by her husband Richard, her children, Leilah and Jack (daughter and son from her first marriage), son Alex, step-son Bevan and grandchildren Alaska and Joshua.
Throughout her life, people were drawn to Lynda’s generous and compassionate spirit and vibrant, playful energy. She will be missed by those she counselled and the thousands of people who read her books and visited her online.
Lynda Field, self-help author and therapist, born 6 January 1952; died 30 August 2020.