Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist and the author of
"The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween" believes that both teens and
parents must use discretion and common sense in regards to creating and
posting selfies on the Internet
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Epic Selfie Spree:
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Author Of 'The Truth', Offers Advice To
selfies have become a primary means for self expression with teens
today, Dr. Holstein believes both teens and parents must use discretion
and common sense
Branch, NJ, September 9, 2014] A recent piece on the ABC News
website, entitled "Meet The Dad Who Recorded His Daughter's Epic Selfie
Spree", related the story of 13 year old Skylar Beckham who, according
to the information, takes about 50 selfies a day. Her father filmed her
during one such session and placed the recording on YouTube, where it
garnered over one million views.
my vantage point as a positive psychologist specializing in girls,
tweens and teens," Dr. Holstein stated, "I see Skylar's fascination
with herself as very healthy. Her pictures that she sends to her
friends are artistic, dramatic and full of life. They allow her
to express on many levels personal feelings and facial mannerisms than
we typically don't allow in our society. However, the pictures
her father took when she was preparing a Selfie don't do her a
favor. They reveal a private moment that should have stayed
private. Selfies should remain the privileged decision of the
girl taking them, not the unexpected decision of someone else."
Selfies are good for personal development at any age as they allow us
to express, by our choice, extra dimensions of ourselves. Let's
keep it that way. These are portraits of ourselves that
technology now offers us. Like all technology we must treat it
with respect and in doing so our kids and even our grandmas can 'show
off' and keep a record of their lives, while feeling good about
themselves in ways that work for them and certainly don't hurt anyone."
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.
Holstein is also offering Creative performance workshops. The
first one took place on Thursday, July 31 at the While House on
Monmouth Rd. in Oakhurst, New Jersey. The tweens made Selfie
posters about what makes them gutsy. Then they performed in videos
based on story lines from 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween'.
What made the experience creative and unique for the tweens was that
they got to act as the girl and her best friend Angela in scenes based
on the book, but then they got to do improvisational work where they
developed the characters and the solutions to their problems way beyond
what is written in the diary. This was an amazing experience for
the tweens, helping them to recognize not only their acting abilities
but abilities to create, solve problems and modify beyond the script
given to them. They left the Workshop feeling empowered, which is
what being gutsy is all about.
A 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 positive psychology.
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 and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding
board for needed communication between the generations.
“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.
Dr. 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
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, Postive 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)’, '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
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