Spotlight + Guest Post ~ SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days by Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan

Book Details:

Book Title: SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days
Authors: Gary Small, MD, Director UCLA Longevity Center and Gigi Vorgan
Category: Adult Nonfiction, 224 pages
Genre: Self-Help / Personality / Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Humanix Books
Release date: January 9, 2018
Tour dates: Feb 5 to 23, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Small’s breakthrough plan to improve your personality for a better life!

Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, the latest scientific research contradicts this long-held assumption. New compelling evidence indicates that we can change our personalities – either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two – and meaningful personality change can be achieved in a snap! – as quickly as 30 days. These groundbreaking findings have shattered the false belief that we are locked into our negative personality traits – no matter how much they hinder our potential happiness and success.

As you read SNAP! you will gain a better understanding of who you are now, how others see you, and which aspects of yourself you’d like to change. You will acquire the tools you need to change your personality in just one month – it won’t take years of psychotherapy, self-exploration or re-hashing every single bad thing that’s ever happened to you. If you are committed to change, this book will provide a roadmap to achieving your goals and becoming a better you.

From New York Times bestselling author, head of the UCLA Longevity Center, and expert in neuroscience and human behavior, Dr. Gary Small, a practical look at the key components of personality development and tools and techniques for bringing the positive aspects of your personality to the forefront so you can become more successful, attractive, happier, and psychologically healthier.

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Chemistry Counts When Choosing a Therapist
By Gary Small, MD, and Gigi Vorgan
There has been a long-held belief that our personalities are set early in life and can’t change much without years and years of in-depth psychotherapy.  However, the newest scientific evidence counters this assumption: it is possible to improve ourselves by changing our personalities.  Our new book SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days shows that it can be done very quickly. 

Change can be achieved either on your own, with a therapist, or a combination of the two.  For those of you who opt to engage a mental health professional, the question of what kind of therapist to choose is important.  It can be helpful to write up a list of the qualities you are seeking in a counselor, such as their therapy style, age, background, and other professional qualities.  But keep in mind that even if you find a potential therapist that meets your qualifications and sounds good on the telephone, the two of you may not click when you meet in person.

A therapeutic relationship should never be a romantic one, but the process of picking the right therapist can feel a bit like dating.  Some of the same instincts people rely on when they’re dating can be informative about whether or not the therapeutic relationship will work.  People often attribute those subtle interactions and the feelings they evoke to chemistry, which can predict whether a therapist and client can work well together.

A preference for a male or female therapist can be important as well.  It often stems from the person’s prior relationships with parents and siblings. If you and your prospective therapist have similar backgrounds, interests and values, the likelihood of compatibility will be greater.  But an effective therapeutic relationship depends on other qualities as well.  For example, you may find it taxing to spend time with people who don’t share your sense of humor, and if your therapist is humorless it may be hard for the two of you to connect.  Humor can be emotionally healing when used effectively in therapy, and it provides a way to gain perspective on uncomfortable feelings.

Many relationships, whether social or therapeutic, strengthen over time as mutual trust builds.  Early on in your therapy, you will observe your therapist and how she operates, which will hopefully help you to develop trust.  Does your therapist behave in a professional manner? Is she a good listener? Does she follow up on what she says she will do? If your therapist turns out to be unpredictable and inconsistent, it will be hard to develop trust.
Because therapy and counseling are helping professions, most therapists tend to be kind and caring.  However, a therapist who is too nice may not be the most therapeutic.  Sometimes setting limits and practicing a little “tough love” is essential for helping a client resolve psychological conflicts and achieve personal growth.
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About the Authors: 

Gary Small:
Dr. Gary Small, (Los Angeles, CA) is a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center* at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. His research, supported by the NIH, has made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology. Dr. Small lectures internationally and frequently appears on the Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS, and CNN. He has written six books, including the New York Times best seller, The Memory Bible.

Gigi Vorgan:

Gigi Vorgan (Los Angeles, CA) has written, produced, and appeared in numerous feature films and television projects before teaming up with her husband, Dr. Gary Small, to co-write The Memory Bible, The Memory Prescription,The Longevity Bible, iBrain, The Other Side of the Couch, and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program. She lives in Los Angeles with Dr. Small and their two children.

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