and selfies - the phrases seem to go together these days. But is it
necessary to record every moment of one's life? Dr.
Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist and the author
"The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween" believes that everyone must use
discretion and common sense when it comes to selfies.
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people record every moment of their lives - from plane crashes to
funerals? Is there a time when we should say no? Dr. Holstein, the
author of a popular book for teens and tweens, believes this is a not a
Branch, NJ, October 7, 2014] A recent article in the
Times told the story of Scott Welch, who made national news with a
selfie and videos taken on a plane that, for all he knew at
time, might have been doing down. The two short videos went viral.
Though difficult to believe for some, it could be said to be a sign of
our times - one that some see as positive and others might view as
negative. Teens and tweens may not question such actions at all, as
their worldview is completely different. They have been practically
raised with a cell phone in their young hands. Dr. Barbara Becker
Holstein, Positive Psychologist and author of 'Diary Of A Gutsy Tween',
sees both sides of the story.
Dr. Holstein stated, "can be used to take away the 'being there' of a
particular moment. For example if I run around taking selfies of myself
at a wedding celebration, rather than chatting and mingling with the
guests. A selfie can also be used in what seems to be a
of the sacred moment, for example, taking a selfie while standing next
to a friend's casket. We have to remember these are personal
choices made by individuals. The truth is selfies are still
best way we have in today's world to record in visual form our own
lives and the interactions we have with others. If one uses a
selfie a day to build a new form of a personal diary, or to take a
picture with one's puppy or grandmother or the gorgeous flower that
bloomed out last night, what better way to not only 'be there' in the
moment, but also to get back to 'being there' any time we
would say as a psychologist, helping people expand, understand and
process their lives, the selfie is close to a miracle."
far as tweens and teens, the matter is a bit more
a tween takes too revealing selvies of herself and posts them on
Facebook or sends them to the wrong person, she may be doing herself a
disservice, while still too young to completely understand why it is so
potentially dangerous. However, if she shares a
day with her best friend she had to leave behind when the family moved,
it may be the best thing for her mental health until she can establish
new friends. Bottom line is parents have to monitor, teach
watch what their kids are doing with selfies. But hasn't that
always been the case as we struggle to help our kids grow up?"
Holstein is fascinated with how selfies have impacted society, and the
effects on teens and tweens. She recently released "The Truth, Diary Of
A Gutsy Tween". The new book is a revised and expanded edition of her
very successful book, 'The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know
Everything'. The new book is published by Sky Pony Press.
Facebook page, thetruthforgirls, highlights many of the topics woven
into "The Truth". Articles, videos, remarks, conversations,
visuals, on this page center around many of the issues that tweens face
growing up. These include: self-esteem issues, quarreling in
families, divorce, moving to a new home, a new school, best friends, a
crush, bullies, a death in the family, money issues, not feeling
pretty, feeling sad, feeling lonely, jealousy and more. Dr. Holstein's
book for teens and tweens is a first in using fiction for embedding
positive psychology concepts.
Her second book in The Truth
Series is “Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You
Mine…Maybe!” Now the girl is 13. She handles many adolescent
issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat
and problems with girlfriends. 'Secrets' provides a book kids
parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for
needed communication between the generations.
Both “The Truth”
and “Secrets” are great for parents, grandparents, older siblings and
teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens and teens
in their lives. Both books are being re-released by Sky Pony Press.
Holstein believes that getting in touch with one's strengths, talents
and potential at every age, as well as learning how to hold on to the
wise, playful, happy, gutsy and energetic girl that still resides
within each woman is essential for mental health.
To assist this
process she has written many books, including: case study material as
presented in ‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’; inspirational
stories as presented in ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient
is YOU’ and romance, mystery books designed to bring fun, excitement,
romance and positive psychological truths into women's lives.
Latest books are: Parts 1 and 2 of ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’,
available in paper and as e-books; Parts 1,2 and 3 of ‘Next Year in
Jerusalem’ available in one book, incorporated into ‘Around Every
Corner, Romance & Mystery...’.
Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using
the information below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all
other online retailers. More information is available at her website at
Videos from the first Creative Performance Workshop are available on
Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIMJ00jmjVO_TzOKTRUEF1eoS3n4uHfCp
Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is
the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for
happiness. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New
with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.
Dr. Barbara can be
found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED'
style talks on Happiness, Positive Psychology, Relationships
She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul,
Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal,
Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.
Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ is in its second printing through
Brunner-Routledge. ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is
YOU!’ received rave reviews as an inspirational storybook. ‘DELIGHT’ is
available in two versions, paperback and a CD that includes music, art,
and Dr. Holstein’s voice.
Other works include ‘The Truth, (I’m a
girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything)’, now re-issued and expanded as
'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween,' 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and
I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!’ and 'Around Every Corner: Romance And
Mystery . . . '
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Twitter: @truth4girls, and
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