Known as the founder of a self-knowledge method called "The Work of Byron Katie," this motivational speaker and self-help author published such popular nonfiction works as Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life and I Need Your Love - Is That True?
While recovering from an eating disorder in a residential treatment facility, she began to formulate her patented self-help method, "The Work."
She led numerous workshops in which she outlined her self-knowledge inquiry system, the basis of which is the idea that suffering is eliminated when people refuse to believe in the absolute truth of their thoughts.
She was born Byron Kathleen Reid in Breckenridge, Texas. She married New York-born translator and poet Stephen Mitchell; the two co-wrote several self-help books.
She and Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives author Laura Schlessinger both had successful careers as inspirational authors.