- December 8, 2020
- 6:00 pm
- Online (U.S. Pacific Time)
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Five years ago, author and journalist Lauren Martin had a good job in New York, an apartment in Brooklyn, and a boyfriend she loved, but she was wrestling with feelings of inferiority, anxiety, and irritability. She felt like the older she got, the less control she had over her moods. She was angry even when there was nothing to be angry about. Stressed even when she didn’t need to be stressed. Annoyed, irritable, and tense even though life was good. And she had no idea why.
Lauren set out to figure out why she was having these negative emotions—what were they, why did they have so much power, was she the only one feeling this way, and most importantly, could she learn how to control them? She started by posting her thoughts and questions online, a project which soon became the popular online platform Words of Women, a space for women to share their experiences and advice. Once Lauren saw how many other people felt the same way, beset by moods they couldn’t control, she set off on five years of research. She listened to the stories of women, read about famously “moody” women, and dove into cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, and effective forms of self-care.
Ultimately Lauren discovered how to take all her moods, the highs and lows, and regain control. Her research into these negative emotions culminated in her latest book, The Book of Moods, which documents her journey and her research, and ultimately provides a road map for anyone looking to take control of their life and their moods.
Join CIIS faculty Christine Brooks for a conversation with Lauren and learn how to move through negative emotions and embrace all your moods, good and bad.
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Lauren Martin is a Brooklyn-based writer. Before publishing her debut book, The Book of Moods, Lauren was the head lifestyle writer for Elite Daily and contributing writer for Elle, Complex, and Bustle Magazine. She is the founder and head writer of the popular platform Words of Women. She is also the creator and author of the children’s YouTube series and book The Adventures of Mina and Jack, featured in The New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post and The Washington Post.
Christine Brooks, PhD, is a coach and educator with over 20 years experience integrating creativity and self-awareness practices into her own work and in supporting the work of others. She has a doctorate in psychology with specializations in clinical psychology and transformative education and research from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She is a professor in the Expressive Arts Therapy program and is interim chair for the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology PhD Program at CIIS. Christine co-founded the Science of Friendship Project in 2012 because she believes that our capacities for interaction and connection are our greatest commodities.