Autumn Fog LiftsPosted: December 4, 2012
Do not work self into a state of over-anxiety at the changes that will be found, or attempt to use up the strength and vitality … Forget not the sources of thine inspiration-
Thank you for joining us this lovely afternoon! Feel free to pull up a chair and join in the conversation we are having with Laura Yochelson.
Laura is here to talk about her new book ” In the name of BEING WELL, I made MYSELF SICK.”
The Completely Random Questions-
What about the title of your novel?
In The Name Of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick
I titled the book this because I always wanted to be healthy and had good intentions, but things somehow or other went awry. In the book, I show how I am very easily fooled by my mind in the sense that I believe I am doing something good for myself, when really, I’m just using “healthy” as an excuse to keep myself suffering. As I describe in the book, I feel that if I am not the ideal healthy, people won’t love me and I’m a bad person.
Do you ever wish that you had an entirely uncreative job, like data entry or working in a factory?
Oh no! I’ve had uncreative jobs like those already. For me, actually, the problem is that I am so creative I don’t acknowledge the importance of the more boring (but necessary) processes that one needs to do in order to allow creativity to truly flourish.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
This is such a good question. Unfortunately, I do not know! I think I’d need a couple different actresses, especially since my personality changes so much as I started to get sicker. However, I have seen myself as a character in a movie, which I talk about in the next question.
Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?
I’ve watched many different movies on eating disorders and, sadly, never felt as though I could truly relate to the main girl—the sick girl—being featured. There are usually parts of a character that I can relate to but definitely not all of her. As for non-eating disorders media, I really looked up to Hilary Duff in the television show Lizzie McGuire. I wouldn’t say I actually saw myself as Lizzie; it was more like I tried to emulate Lizzie.
About a month ago I watched some of the beginning episodes of Dawson’s Creek and really found myself being able to relate to the character of Joey, played by Katie Holmes. She’s a lot taller than I am in real life, but I saw myself undergoing similar feelings as the ones she had for her friend Dawson.
How do you feel about being interviewed?
I feel good. I feel excited. I would like to do as many different interviews as possible and answer as many unique questions as possible. Hopefully, it’s a good way to spread the message of my book.
Why should we read your book?
You should read my book because it is authentic…and because I worked really, really hard on it! My book is suitable for health and wellness professionals, doctors, therapists, parents, teachers, college-age women and more. I hope people will read my book and see what it’s really like to be diagnosed with an eating disorder instead of just believing the stereotypes. I want to make a difference in the world, and in order to do so I’m asking that people please read what I have to say.
The Holidays are here and frankly: In The Name Of Being Well, I Made Myself Sick … Would make a great gift.
Long time readers know intimately that we do not use the platform we have here to tout Swag or Products. Laura’s new book hits on two points we are passionate about: Being Authentic … Being You. ‘Nuff said.