- Date of Birth:
- May 10, 1940
- 5' 11"
Wayne Dyer (born Wayne Walter Dyer on May 10, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan) was an American self-help author and motivational speaker. Wayne grew up in Detroit, graduating from Denby High School. He enrolled in the United States Navy and served from 1958 to 1962. Wayne earned his Doctorate in Education from Wayne State University and began work as a high school guidance counselor in his hometown of Detroit. While as a counselor education professor at St. John’s University in New York City, Wayne published numerous papers in journals while running a private therapy practice. His lectures at St. John’s focused on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques. A literary agent persuaded Wayne to document his theories in his first book, Your Erroneous Zones. It was published in 1976 and its success led Wayne to quick teaching. Wayne began to build a following with a series of lecture tours, audiotapes and a regular publication of new brooks. Wayne encourages his fans to pursue self actualization and to not focus on guilt of actions of the past. His message resonated with the New Thought Movement. Wayne passed away on August 29, 2015. Wayne was diagnosed with lymphocytic leukemia in 2009 but claimed to have treated it with positive thinking, daily exercise and ‘psychic surgery,’ which he detailed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The cause of his death wasn’t immediately reported.
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Wayne Dyer is best known as an American self-help author and motivational speaker.
Wayne was married three times. His daughter, Tracy, came from his first wife, Judy. His second wife was Susan Casselman. He had five children with his third wife, Marcelene – Skye, Summer, Serena, Sands and Saje. Wayne and Marcelene separated in 2001.