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amy morin - author, clinical social worker & psychotherapist on journey to success radio


Amy Morin is the Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, a book I LOVE.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing her for Journey To Success Radio.

about amy morin


Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. Since 2002, she has been counseling children, teens, and adults. She also works as an adjunct psychology instructor. Amy serves as About.com’s Parenting Teens Expert and Child Discipline Expert. She is a Forbes contributor where her weekly column focuses on the psychological aspects of business.

Amy’s book, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, is based on her internationally-known viral blog post. Her original list was read and shared by millions of people within a matter of days. It resonated so much with readers that it was picked up by Forbes, where it has received an additional 10 million views. Her book expands on her article by explaining how to avoid those 13 common pitfalls that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. She’s the only person in the psychology industry talking about mental strength on a global level.

Amy has been sought out by the media for her expertise in psychology, parenting, and mental strength. Some of the media outlets who have featured her advice include: ParentingTime, Fox News, NBC, ABC, MSN, Lifetime Moms, and We TV. She has also provided on-camera interviews for Fox BusinessForbes, and Blaze TV. She enjoys doing speaking engagements about emotional health, mental strength, and a variety of family and relationship topics.

Have you ever…

  • Complained about all the things you “have to” do in life?
  • Been afraid to make major changes out of fear that it might get worse?
  • Felt frustrated by your lack of self-discipline?
  • Struggled with major regrets about your past?

Then you’ve been face-to-face with some of the 13 common habits that hold us back from success. Now, in her groundbreaking, practical, and accessible new book, 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success (William Morrow; psychotherapist Amy Morin reveals the 13 habits that weaken our mental muscle and shares her pragmatic, concise tips to find better ways to cope with life’s challenges.

When Amy Morin was twenty three years old and lost her mother suddenly to a brain aneurysm, she allowed herself to grieve and eventually set herself on a path of healing – using many of the skills she gave to her own clients. Three short years later, however, she lost her husband to a heart attack. Grief, again, overwhelmed her – but, with time, it got better. Then, five years later, after finding love again, when her new husband’s father ran out of treatment options for an aggressive cancer, it changed everything.

Opening up for the very first time about her personal struggles, Morin reveals how thinking about her father-in-law’s death forced a very real “aha” moment for her.  “I sat at the table thinking about how unfair it was, hard it was going to be, and how much I wanted things to be different,” she writes. But she knew that if she let herself fall into the trap of thinking that her situation was worse than anyone else’s, or if she convinced herself that she couldn’t handle another loss by agonizing over something beyond her control, she would never heal.

It was at that moment that Morin sat down and wrote her now internationally-known viral blog post, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” – based on the 13 Things and habits that could hold her back from navigating personal loss, if she allowed them to take hold of her – and posted it on her personal blog and on Lifehack. It resonated so much with readers that it was picked up by Forbes.com, where it received roughly 10 million views in a few weeks. 

Now, for the first time, Amy Morin shares her inspirational backstory and expands upon the 13 Things from her viral post. Sharing her tried-and-true practices for increasing mental strength, in 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO, Morin shares how to fortify your mental muscle and drastically improve the quality of your life. “Developing mental strength,” she writes, “is about improving your ability to regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances.”  

Laid out in an easy-to-follow format, readers can simply flip between the 13 Things, focusing on those that they need to improve the most.

In Amy Morin's 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO you will learn:

  • ·         How to identify irrational thoughts and replace them with more realistic ones
  • ·         Why developing mental strength isn’t about chasing happiness
  • ·         Why mental strength isn’t synonymous with mental health – and why you CAN still be mentally strong even if you have depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems
  • ·         How to control your emotions so your emotions don’t control you
  • ·         How to create realistic expectations about how long it will take to reach your goal, and how difficult it might be
  • ·         Why cooperating rather than competing with everyone will make you stronger
  • ·         How to make peace with the past so you can live in the present
  • ·         How to take risks that could benefit you the most, even the kind that may cause some anxiety
  • ·      Strategies to tolerate uncomfortable emotions associated with conflict and confrontation
  • ·         Ways to take full responsibility for how you choose to spend your time and energy
  • ·         How to develop resilience to life’s inevitable obstacles and tragedies

With anecdotes from her work as a college psychology instructor and psychotherapist, as well as personal stories of how she bolstered her own mental strength – like her annual celebration of her late husband’s birthday (which has involved everything from skydiving to swimming with sharks), Morin opens each chapter with a profile of an individual challenged by one of the 13 Things. Followed by self-identifying quizzes, readers are challenged to determine whether they, too, fall prey to this particular defeating behavior. Outlining ways to shift our thinking, and ending each chapter with bulleted points on common traps for making change, THE 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO answers what we should not do when we encounter adversity and explains how we can be happy and succeed instead.

Increasing your mental strength can change your entire attitude. It takes practice and hard work, but with Amy Morin’s specific tips, exercises, and troubleshooting advice, it is possible to not only stretch your mental muscle but also drastically improve the quality of your life. THE 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO will show you how.





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