Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal was the first scientist to describe seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and has helped millions of people overcome it through the development of light therapy. His new book, The Gift of Adversity, is due to be released August 29, 2013.
We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Norman Rosenthal, internationally renowned psychiatrist, researcher and medical consultant with the David Lynch Foundation, on the subject of his new book, entitled The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections.
You wrote a bestseller on TM. What role does the technique have in your new book?
I revisit TM as a multipurpose treatment approach for adversity of all kinds. In a chapter called “The Gift of Meditation” I relay, for the first time, interviews with people who have suffered from homelessness, drug addiction, and imprisonment–the triad of adversities–and have benefited from the meditation.
What do the people report?
Almost miraculously these people have extricated themselves from this horrible triad. One lady described to me how she overcame these challenges and is now a psychologist. She says she has a special understanding of her clients’ misfortunes and, among other treatments, routinely recommends that they learn and practice TM.
How has Transcendental Meditation affected your own life?
For 10 years, I struggled from a type of writer’s block. When I started meditating, I found I had a new clarity and focus, where I could sit down and the words would emerge. Since then, I’ve written three books–including my bestseller Transcendence–and revised a fourth.
What will the reader take away from your new book?
Adversity is far too common. For people looking for relief from their pain and suffering–and for some meaning and benefit from the experience of it–I think my book offers new hope.
To find out more about The Gift of Adversity and how to pre-order it, go to: HowToBeatAdversity.com.