This week on The One You Feed we have Jessica Lamb-Shapiro.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro is the author of the book Promise Land: My Journey through America’s Self-Help Culture. Jessica Lamb-Shapiro has published fiction and nonfiction in The Believer, McSweeney’s, Open City, and Index magazine, among others. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a graduate of Brown (BA) and Columbia (MFA).
We loved the great writing, the honest look at self-help, and the insights that she delivers. This was a really fun conversation that left us with a lot to think about.
In This Interview Jessica and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable.
- How positive thinking can become denial.
- The history of self-help stretching back to ancient Egypt.
- Using self-help terminology to avoid emotional intimacy.
- Challenges with the Law of Attraction.
- The paradox of self improvement: When should you accept yourself and when should you try to change.
- When is acceptance the right course and when is it settling?
- How cliches can become meaningless but yet still contain so much truth.
- Finally being able to talk about her mothers suicide.
- Growing up with a self-help author as a father.