Doctor Says You Can Thrive in Times of Turmoil: July 2020

New Book Describes How
WOODBOURNE, July 2020– You do not have to just survive living in a divided country with its endless political battles, prejudices, and fake news — you can thrive. So says psychiatrist and acclaimed local author, Dr. Richard Gillett, in his just published book: “IT’S A FREAKIN’ MESS: How to Survive Thrive in Divisive Times.”
According to another local author, Kenny Werner from South Fallsburg, who wrote “Effortless Mastery” (140,000 copies sold), “Dr. Gillett deals with the most pressing issue in our so-called civilized society — us versus them. And refreshingly, he provides realistic solutions on how to be happy and effective when everything is a freakin’ mess around us. Bravo.”
Right now there is another freakin’ mess that is more immediately daunting, the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet even this huge world event has been massively affected (in terms of numbers of infections and deaths in different countries) by whether government reaction has been united or divided. In several countries, the initial denial of the seriousness of the epidemic—through putting political bias above overwhelming factual evidence—has cost us crucial time, which has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of people. Dr. Gillett’s book—with some jaw-dropping research—shows how partisan thinking in society and politics diminishes our ability to make intelligent responses, and this can cost human lives.
The purpose of the book, Dr. Gillett writes, is to provide “simple, practical ways you can:
• Regain your peace of mind—even in the face of distrust and anger.
• Transcend prejudices.
• Mend broken bridges with friends or family.
• Turn frustration at divisive politics into personal and social effectiveness.”
“Yes, it’s a Freakin Mess out there,” Dr. Gillett says, “but we don’t need to be. And when we are not, we are not only happier; we also have a better chance of being effective in changing our society for the better.”
Author, physician, psychiatrist, and keynote speaker, Richard Gillett received his medical degree from Cambridge University, England, and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. During the last 35 years, Dr. Gillett has led hundreds of workshops and trainings for teachers and organizations in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is the author of professional articles and two previous books: “Overcoming Depression” (Penguin, sold in 9 countries and 7 languages) and “Change Your Mind, Change Your World” (Simon and Schuster). He currently lives in Woodbourne with his wife, not far from their two sons and their families.
You can get Dr. Gillett’s new book through his website or directly through Amazon.