Two minds are wiser than one.
Especially when those minds belong to two successful practicing psychologists who have written short, jewel-like essays about common issues that plague many people in their relationships, at work, and in their home lives.
My copy of Lies: The Truth about the Self-Deception That Limits Your Life arrived today. The newly released book, coauthored by Bridget Harwell and Elizabeth Scott, is a hers-and-hers series of essays about topics such as guilt, personal boundaries, embarrassment, parenting adult children, preserving one’s psychic energy, and anxiety.
Liz and Bridget take turns sharing their thoughts in easily digestible, down to earth essays, and then they offer mini-conversations at the end of each one, sharing their perspectives on each other’s ideas. The result is rich and full of insight.
While I haven’t read the book all the way through yet, I know many of these essays well from the writing group Liz and I belong to. I’ve sat spellbound on many nights, listening to her share real-life anecdotes and then analyze the related behavioral patterns, much like having a conversation with an emotionally intelligent best friend.
So if you’re seeking a new way to view your own life, or if your best friend is great for gossip but not so good for advice-giving, turn to Bridget and Liz and Lies.
Liz Scott’s essay, “Where,” is featured in Brave on the Page, and Lies is illustrated by Jan Baross, a Portland-based artist and author of the novel José Builds a Woman. To get a sense of their voices, or for more wonderful advice, check out Pocket Shrink, where Bridget and Liz blog about what it means to be a human being.