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Podcast: From Tragedy to Transformation – How a Psychologist is Born

A parent’s suicide is always a traumatic event. But for Linda Meyers, her mother’s death was life-changing. At the time, she was twenty-eight, had three young children, and was in an unhappy marriage. Deciding that the best way to give meaning to her mother’s death was to make changes to her own life, she left her husband, attained advanced college degrees, and established a satisfying career, on top of which, her sons got successful acting roles. She recounts all of this in a memoir titled The Tell, and speaks candidly with our hosts to share her fascinating and inspiring story.


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Linda Meyers Show Highlights:

“It was a very very special time, because I had the support of Betty Friedan, of Gloria Steinem, of the whole women’s movement.” ~ Linda Meyers

[1:45]   What was it like for a woman in college in the 70s?

[2:55]   The impact of her mother’s suicide.

[9:10]   Being a psychologist as a kid.

[11:25] Was there discrimination in the classroom?

[13:44] The boy who became Ralph Lauren.

[15:24] The family acting business.



About Our Guest

Linda I. Meyers is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City and Princeton, N.J., who has been published in professional and academic journals. Two chapters from her debut memoir were published in 2016 — “The Flowers,” a top-five finalist in Alligator Juniper’s annual contest in creative nonfiction, and “The Spring Line” in Post Road.

The Tell: A Memoir


About The Psych Central Show Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join. To work with Gabe, please visit his website,




Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and





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