This week we talk to Eric Maisel
Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is is the author of more than 40 books. His titles include, Why Smart People Hurt, Making Your Creative Mark, The Van Gogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety, and Creativity for Life
In addition, Dr. Maisel is at the forefront of the movement to rethink mental health. He writes the Rethinking Psychology blog for Psychology Today and among his books in this area are Rethinking Depression and The Future of Mental Health.
His latest book is called Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation.
In This Interview, Eric Maisel and I Discuss…
- The Wolf Parable
- His book, Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation
- His book, The Future of Mental Health
- The smartness to understand what’s going on with your family
- The strength to make the changes that you need to make
- The strength to be calm, or have a difficult conversation
- Having clarity about what’s going on
- Awareness of the situation
- The courage to make change because change has consequences
- The skill of presence
- Being resilient – family members, especially siblings, don’t go away like other relationships
- Visualizing the “calmness switch” within you
- The importance of learning one anxiety management tool because you will have anxiety in life
- How you name the problem often directs you to the situation
- The importance of language
- The importance of knowing the causes of things regarding your health
- Living intentionally, identifying your life purposes and making meaning in your life
- How thinking that all we are is matter, chemicals etc can lead people to feel less excited about living
- Each person has to make the decision to opt to matter, to decide that you matter and that your decisions matter
- The cultural trance of tv
- Stigmatization of mental health
- The three parts of personality: Original Personality, Formed Personality, Available Personality
Eric Maisel Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.