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Listening to Our Emotions

Ilene Dillon is a world-renowned change agent and transformation specialist. Believing that truth is simple, she seeks and imparts the most straightforward and simple ways to understand and live life. Known as the Emotional Pro, Ilene has conducted her Parenting Consciously and personal awakening workshops worldwide and on Internet radio. She was interviewed by Francine Silverman.
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The Enchanted Self: A Q&A with Barbara Becker Holstein

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is nationally known as a positive psychologist and happiness coach and host of Happiness for Women Only and Enchanted Self, both aired on several Internet stations, including Lady Bug Live.

Authors & Technology, on Blog Talk Radio, is designed to educate authors to be more business savvy in their use of technology to bring their books to the world. She is also the originator of The Enchanted Self, a positive psychology method for increasing happiness. Here she is interviewed by Francine Silverman.


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Anxiety and Panic

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Susannah Bortner

Here’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard -- really hard -- many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.

That’s why we've created this new interview series. It debuted last month with Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar.

This month we’re honored to talk to Susannah Bortner, a mom, writer, early education teacher and amateur baker living in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Bipolar

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Elaina J. Martin

Here’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard -- really hard -- many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.  

That’s why we've created this new interview series. Every month we'll talk with people about everything from how they overcome the toughest challenges of their mental illness to how they’ve found treatment to their favorite resources.

In our first interview, Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar, shares her story. She reveals how she received her diagnosis along with powerful and inspiring insights into managing bipolar disorder, the importance of honesty, how loved ones can help and much, much more.

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Depression

How Does Mindfulness Reduce Depression? An Interview with John Teasdale, Ph.D.

All over the world, research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can halve the risk of future clinical depression in people who have already been depressed several times. Its effects seem comparable to antidepressant medications. But how?

In 2007, renowned psychologists John Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segan penned the bestseller The Mindful Way Through Depression to explain how bringing awareness to all your activities can battle the blues.

Now the authors have followed that up with a workbook, The Mindful Way Workbook, that includes targeted exercise, self-assessments, and guided meditations. I have the privilege of conducting an interview here with coauthor John Teasdale, Ph.D. about how mindfulness can reduce depression.

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Creativity

How I Create: Q&A With Authors Dan Millman & Sierra Prasada

I’m honored to feature both Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada for this month’s "How I Create" series. Millman and Prasada are the authors of the new book The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way From Inspiration to Publication.

In it, they feature five stages of creativity and combine their personal stories with sage insights from other writers and artists. (I shared their wise advice in my piece on creative cures for writer’s block.)

Below, they share a glimpse into their creative process along with surprising insights on cultivating creativity.

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General

Learning to Be Good to Yourself: An Interview with Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

How do you learn to go gentle on yourself? Where do you begin to teach self-love?

I asked a favorite blogger of mine, Margarita Tartakovsky, who is an Associate Editor at Psych Central, and the author of the blog Weightless. Margarita writes often on this topic, so I thought I’d pick her brain and dispense her wisdom to my readers.

How do you begin to be kind to yourself?

I think taking small steps is key. When you’ve spent years bashing yourself, the idea of kindness not only seems foreign. It seems utterly daunting. So start slow.

For instance, when you wake up tomorrow, ask yourself: What’s the kindest thing I can do for myself right now?

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Books

How I Create: Q&A With Author Barbara Abercrombie

Barbara Abercrombie is the author of one of my favorite books: A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement.

It's a tome of insight. This is the book you keep within arm’s length as you’re writing. The book you turn to when your brain feels empty, and you don’t think you’ll compose anything coherent, let alone helpful, ever again. It's the book you grab for support, kinship and wisdom into the writing process.

This month I'm honored to feature Abercrombie in our series on creativity. Below, she reveals her inspirations and favorite resources; how she navigates potential obstacles to her creative process; her advice to readers; and much more.

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Books

The Gift of Adversity: An Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal

Today I have the privilege of interviewing Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the noted research psychiatrist about his new book, “The Gift of Adversity,” that explores how life’s disappointments and difficulties provide us with the lessons we need to become better, bigger, and more resilient human beings.

As a world-class psychiatrist, what have you found to be the most important tool your patients can arm themselves with when confronting adversity?

The most important tool is a clear head. Don’t panic. In most situations there is time to think; thinking is your friend, and impulsive action is your enemy. Analyze the situation, understanding what you’re up against and what resources you have at your disposal.

Of course, in emergencies you will need to act quickly, but that’s when your primitive fight-or-flight responses will click into gear and -- with a bit of luck and quick thinking -- will save the day.

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Books

How I Create: Q&A With Author & Consultant Todd Henry

I was excited to interview Todd Henry for this month’s “How I Create” series, because he knows a lot about creativity.

Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps people and teams generate brilliant ideas.

He’s also penned two books on creativity: Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day and The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant At A Moment’s Notice.

In The Accidental Creative Henry gives readers practical strategies for supporting your creative process, especially when you need to produce bright ideas on a regular basis (and the muse is on vacation).

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General

What is Cognitively-Based Compassion Training?

The root of compassion lies in realizing the interconnected nature of all beings on Earth. Cognitively-based Compassion Training (CBCT), a secular alternative to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of lojong, trains practitioners to cultivate compassion through straightforward contemplative practices.

In addition to realizing greater compassion, practitioners also find an improvement in their health and well-being.

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, senior lecturer in Emory University’s Department of Religion, developed CBCT and has since initiated research studies into the effects of compassion meditation. UB Hawthorn spoke with him about how CBCT works, the health benefits of this type of meditation and the different kinds of compassion.

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