Book Spotlight and Author Interview – DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY by Dr. Pressman



Book Details:
Book Title: DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment by Todd E. Pressman, PhD
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) (336 pages)
Genre:  Self-Help/How To
Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield
Release date:  January 2020
Tour dates: Jan 13 to Feb 7, 2020
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:
In Deconstructing Anxiety, Pressman provides a new and comprehensive understanding of fear’s subtlest mechanisms. In this model, anxiety is understood as the wellspring at the source of all problems. Tapping into this source therefore holds the clues not only for how to escape fear, but how to release the very causes of suffering, paving the way to a profound sense of peace and satisfaction in life.
With strategically developed exercises, this book offers a unique, integrative approach to healing and growth, based on an understanding of how the psyche organizes itself around anxiety. It provides insights into the architecture of anxiety, introducing the dynamics of the “core fear” (one’s fundamental interpretation of danger in the world) and “chief defense” (the primary strategy for protecting oneself from threat). The anxious personality is then built upon this foundation, creating a “three dimensional, multi-sensory hologram” within which one can feel trapped and helpless.
Replete with processes that bring the theoretical background into technicolor, Deconstructing Anxiety provides a clear roadmap to resolving this human dilemma, paving the way to an ultimate and transcendent freedom. Therapists and laypeople alike will find this book essential in helping design a life of meaning, purpose and enduring fulfillment.

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About the Author:
TODD E. PRESSMAN, Ph.D., is a psychologist dedicated to helping people design lives of fulfillment. He is the founder and director of Logos Wellness Center and Pressman and Associates Life Counseling Center. An international speaker and seminar leader, he has presented at the Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, and numerous professional conferences, including the prestigious Council Grove Conference, sponsored by the Menninger Foundation. He has written dozens of articles, educational programs, and two highly acclaimed books, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential for True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story of Recovery from Multiple Personality Disorder. He earned his doctorate in psychology from the Saybrook Institute and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has studied under renowned leaders in the Consciousness movement and Gestalt therapy, and has traveled around the world to study the great Wisdom traditions, from Zen Buddhism to fire-walking ceremonies, providing a cross-cultural perspective of the extraordinary capacities of the mind and spirit. He makes his home in Philadelphia.
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TODD E. PRESSMAN, Ph.D. 

Author of Deconstructing Anxiety

  1. Would you tell us about your journey to writing Deconstructing Anxiety (Rowman & Littlefield)?

I always seemed to have a strong philosophical bent, even from an early age.  In adolescence, I began asking the usual existential questions like “Why are we here?” “Who am I really?” “What is the meaning of life?” etc., but I came to these things with quite an intensity, determined to find real answers.  Eventually, this led to a spiritual quest, at the same time that I was pursuing a degree in psychology.  The two combined to create, over many years of personal and professional exploration, the Deconstructing Anxiety program.  I do believe that it answers the questions of how to find out who we are and what is the purpose in our lives with a solid philosophical base and effective, reliable exercises that really help life work better.

  • Would you also shed light on the related concept of a chief defense?


The chief defense is our primary strategy for protecting ourselves from the core fear.  Just as we meet every situation with the question of whether it might confront us with our core fear, we are prepared to use our chief defense if protection proves necessary.  For example, someone whose core fear is of abandonment might adopt a chief defense of becoming a people-pleaser, or they might become what in psychology we call a dependent personality.  Both of these (and a huge array of other possibilities) might constitute a chief defense, if the person believes it will protect them from the experience of abandonment they so dread.  And, as with the core fear, once we land on a chief defense as our best understanding for how to protect ourselves from the core fear, we look through its lens in every situation, ready to use the defense at a moment’s notice, should a situation threaten us in some way. 

  • How does the fear-defense mechanism affect not only individuals and families, but also government regulations, social conditioning, and wars?

A group of any size (from a couple to a society to a world) will develop its own “culture” which is really a description of its core fear interpretation of how to reach for fulfillment while ensuring safety first, and its chief defense strategy for how to achieve that safety.  Governmental regulations are designed to maximize fulfillment (“the common good”) while protecting against threats to that fulfillment.  Social mores are additional aspects of the culture that monitor where it is safe or acceptable to pursue fulfillment and what restrictions must be observed to keep order and protect from selfishness, greed, etc.  War is an almost complete expression of the core fear (one group feels threatened by them and declares war) and uses their chief defense as the strategy to try to win that war, protect their interests and so forth.  Hopefully, there is still some recognition of the need to preserve fulfillment, resulting in Geneva Conventions, war tribunals, and other understandings of the need to bring some order to the horror.

  • Would you enlighten us about the practice of “Vision Questing”?

After fear is resolved, the way to fulfillment is clear.  Vision questing is a way to detail what fulfillment looks like for each of us (where our talents, passions and gifts lie), and then use all the other practices from the book for moving through any fears and defenses that would try to interfere with our achievement of that fulfillment.  Of course, this is an ongoing practice since we have a lifetime’s habit of fear and defense to counter, but as we become more and more skilled, and as we adopt a Vision that deeply inspires us, it becomes easier to move through such fears and defenses.

  • You state in your book: “The only way to make real change, whether on an individual or global basis, is to resolve our fear.” Towards that goal, what would you most like readers to take away from Deconstructing Anxiety?

That, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, there is a fear at the root of the problem and this fear can be unearthed and resolved.  There is literally nothing outside of us that can rob us of our chance for fulfillment, even in the worst of circumstances.  Viktor Frankl demonstrated this in the Nazi concentration camps, and Thich Nath Hanh demonstrated this in the killing fields of Vietnam.  Even if we protest that they were exceptional people, we must devote ourselves to this goal.  Otherwise, we are arguing against the possibility of true fulfillment in life, real answers to resolving suffering, and how can we ever be satisfied with that?

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Run With It by ML Nystrom – Book Review

Run With It by ML Nystrom is the first book of A McAteer Brothers book series. I’ve read every single book of Dragon Runner MC Series by this author, from Mute to Brick and I must say, she is one of my favorite authors. I totally enjoyed every single book.

Now, after reading Run With It, I cant wait to read the next books in the series. Ms Mystrom has a way of gripping the reader from the first page till the last. This book is particularly close to my heart where she tells the story of a single mother Beverly Archer who is struggling to make the ends meet and be there for her kids all by herself. Connor McAteer is the neighbor who is always there for Beverly and her four children in every way. 

It takes really long time for the both of them to look past their friendship and realize their love for each other, but, in the end, they have their happily ever after. The female leads are strong and independent in Nystrom’s novels and the male leads definitely hold a special place in my heart. The way they treat their women brings tears to my eyes. They never leave the hand of their love and family, no matter what. 

Being a single mother myself, I know what it is like to raise a child all by yourselves, meeting the financial needs and emotional needs of the kids. I loved the dedication in the beginning from the author and I fell in love with her all over again. Its a beautiful book.

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum – Book Review

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum is a literary fiction. The story is about The Bright Side Sanctuary in St Clare run by Mona. The story has a wonderful way of bringing a buried sensible side of the reader. Mona and her daughter Ariel whose relationship is ruined after Ariel decides to leave the sanctuary six years ago, get a second chance to fix the damage. 

Mona’s love for animals makes my heart ache. Ariel who is living a different life with Dex in Lawrence, comes back after hearing about the fire at the sanctuary. The mother daughter relationship is beautiful in a unique way. Ariel’s first love Gideon and the current love Dex who are complete opposites become friends in strange circumstances. 

The story is basically the contradiction Ariel is experiencing between her current life and her life at the sanctuary. There is love, friendship, hope, forgiveness and letting go. If you are an animal lover, this book brings new meaning to your love for animals. I loved the author’s way of putting a bigger picture in front of the reader. I totally enjoyed reading this book. 

Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for sharing the ARC copy with me. The book is releasing on August 4th, 2020.

Great Kids Don’t Just Happen by Dr. Paul Smolen – Book Spotlight



Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Great Kids Don’t Just Happen, 5 Essentials for Raising Successful Children by Dr. Paul Smolen
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction
Genre Parenting/Family
Publisher:  Torchflame Books
Release date:   October 22, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 4 to Nov 29, 2019
Content Rating: G


 

Book Description:

 

If there are children in your life, you need Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom!

Physically and emotionally healthy children are Great Kids. They are happier when young and thrive as adults.

Pediatrician Dr. Paul Smolen identifies five essential parenting elements which help develop happy and successful kids.

In Great Kids Don’t Just Happen you will learn how to use those elements and nurture the children in your life.

The author’s observations and advice are supported by scientific studies referenced throughout the book and personal observations from his many years of practice as a pediatrician. The five essential elements and how to apply them are made easy to understand in the warm words of one who knows, practices, and teaches from research, observation, and experience.

Learn how to provide:
  1.         Realistic praise
  2.         Consistent limits
  3.         A healthy emotional environment
  4.         Strong parental commitment
  5.         Stability
Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom are sure to be of great help for your family and loved ones.


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Meet the Author:

Dr. Paul Smolen, also known as Doc Smo by his friends, is a pediatrician with 37 years of experience caring for children and families. He is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982). At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. Subsequently, he became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his recertification in 2014. For the last 37 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author several research papers. He is also the author of a parenting book called, Can Doesn’t Mean Should.

With 37 years under his belt, Doc Smo is a bona-fide expert in knowing what parents want and need to know about parenting and child health. Imparting practical and useful advice is the goal of every “Pedcast”. Smiling along the way can’t hurt!



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The Scarecrow by Cas Peace – Autumn/Halloween Countdown Blitz 2019



Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 

See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-peace/the-wheel-will-turn



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Pure evil rises once again in Albia…

Three years have passed since Baron Reen’s trial. A terrible accident on the island of his exile has transformed him into a nightmarish scarecrow creature with dark, mysterious powers. Staging his own suicide, Reen breaks free of his prison and, with the help of the former queen Sofira, embarks on a ruthless quest for vengeance against his worst enemy, the woman responsible for the overthrow of his schemes and his own ruination: Brynne Sullyan.

Sullyan is tasked with investigating Reen’s suicide. The missing body and a series of disasters in Port Loxton—a vicious murder, a brutal ambush, and a devastating fire—raise suspicions in her mind. She probes deeper, determined to uncover the truth, unsuspecting of the evil that’s about to be unleashed…


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Snippet:

Lerric, aging client-king of Bordenn, stood in the dark doorway. A damp, noisome smell assailed his nose, the drip of water reached his ears. Lerric shivered, his reaction not wholly due to the chill in the air.
Deep within the lightless room he detected a hint of movement. Creaking leather, a hiss of pain. Lerric stepped one pace farther from the door’s protection and raised his lamp. As soon as the faint yellow light touched—and flinched from—the dark form huddled on the truckle bed along the far wall, a vicious curse sounded. A crooked hand flew up to shield eyes that could no longer bear good, honest light.
“Put that out, you bloody fool! Would you blind me entirely?”
“Ah . . . your pardon.”
Lerric shuttered the lamp and gloom reclaimed the cell. When his eyes grew accustomed to the darkness, the king assessed the cell’s lone occupant.
Habitually dapper and well-fed, his body had assumed scarecrow proportions. A parody of his former self. The fastidiously clean and expensive raiment was replaced by a thin, shabby robe of dusty black. A darker blot amid the shadows, it barely disguised the gaunt frame it covered.
Gone were the arrogant swagger and confident poise, replaced by a savage desire for revenge, a thirst for retribution. Three years of incarceration and hopelessness, of nursing raging grievances, hadn’t lessened the pious fervor and deeply-held beliefs. Thirty-six interminable months of imprisonment and deprivation had served only to deepen his determination to rid the land of those to whom he owed his life. Those without whose mercy he would have suffered a horrific and agonizing death.




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