Friday, May 13, 2011

The Id Takes Over the Blog and OFFERS YOU A PRIZE.

Hi, everyone! This is Sarah's id. This week has been INSANE at her day job, and on top of that, she has a terrible cold. While the rest of her is passed out somewhere, just trying to recover, I have taken on blog duty. And you know what? My mouth is stuffed so full of marshmallows that I can barely think past the pillowy-gooey-deliciousness.

So help me out here.

I cracked into Sarah's plastic, and I'll award a $20 Amazon gift card or a ten-page crit, your choice, to one of you (she'll be doing the crit, not me. The only thing I'm good for is watching Vampire Diaries, eating onion rings, and other activities of instant gratification).

All you have to do:

1. Ask a question (you could ask just about anything about her work as a psychologist, her writing, a psychological question about something you're working on, or a psychological question about something you've just kinda wondered about).


2. Recommend a YA book that contains a character with a mental/emotional/developmental disorder or just involves interesting psychological issues.

That's all. Oh, and if you become a new follower of the blog or on Twitter, or if you RT the contest, or if you are a current follower and remind her of this fact in the comments, she'll give you extra entries. She's more organized than I am.

This giveaway thing will end next Wednesday, May 18th, at midnight EST. Winner (who will be selected randomly, cuz' that's how I roll) announced Friday, May 20th.

Fire away. I'm off to find me some fried food.

Oh, one more thing. Justine Dell is having her 300 followers contest HERE. It's extraordinarily easy to enter and there are tons of nifty prizes. I'm going to enter Sarah when she's not looking *crosses fingers for the Livia Dane short story* (psst ... if you don't know what I'm talking about, you'll want to find out!).


  1. Oh...can the book recommendations be retroactive (would really love that crit!) since you're enjoying it so much?

    If's a new suggestion: Han Nolan's "Crazy".

    And...feel better!

  2. I'm not officially entering, but I recommend anything by Ellen Hopkins. I hear she's good. Although I don't know myself. Let me know what you find out. ;-)


  3. Oh, btw, since I didn't know what "id" was, I clicked the link, read all about it, and now have a wonderful book id. Thank you, Dr. B.


  4. How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White. A semi-autobiographical graphic novel about a teen who checks herself into a mental institution.

  5. Hello SI (Sarah's Id). I DO have a question, and since it is part of your contest I won't feel silly asking it. Here's the scenario: ex-Navy SEAL turned Christian minister, in a convenience store with some of his church youth group members and three would-be robbers enter. Our minister reverts to his training, disarms the guy wielding the gun and breaks his nose in the process, shoots the second guy in self-defense, and gets the third to give it up. So, here's the question: What kind of guilt will he go through for responding with his SEAL training instead of his seminary training? How is it likely to play out for him in terms of psychological fall out?

    I'm already a happy follower! :)

  6. My book recommendation would be Bleeding Violet. The main character has a lot of interesting psychological things going on, though if I remember correctly the official diagnosis is manic-depression.

    I am already a follower :)

  7. How many novels have you written, or is the one you snagged your agent with your first one?

    I am already a follower. :D Thanks for the giveaway, id!

  8. Do you use art therapy in your work with children?

  9. I am going to suggest GET WELL SOON by Julie Halpern. It's hilarious and heartwarming. I will follow you on Google (you're already in my RSS, but I know that doesn't show up for you) and Twitter. (I'm lilrongal)

    I have a BA in psychology. It's interesting to see how you take that stuff and relate it to books. :)

  10. I am currently revising a novel of mine in which the primary main character is a 7-year-old named Emily. While I was finishing the first draft of this novel a few months ago, I remember my pastor mention in a sermon that: Research has said children have not developed the brain power to think about what other people think until at least the age of 9.
    In the revision, I plan to avoid using her point of view and try to stick to the POV of a couple other main characters (mainly her older brother). Still, I'll probably have to make some changes to her dialog. The book is largely about faith and death and there's plenty of oppotunity for her to think about what other people think which she apparently can't do. So do you have any tips about how to handle this? There's one scene in particular where she says some things to try to spare the feelings of a couple other students in her class, and I'm not sure whether I need to change that or not. It's hard to see/think from the point of view of a kid.
    PS: I follow your blog.

  11. Hey there, Sarah's id! Have you read Liar by Justine Larbalestier? What the heck is your diagnosis on that girl?!?

  12. How about Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly? I have a bit of a crush on the MC's love interest, Justin (hmm, what does that say about me?).

    I was already a follower of the blog and I'm happy to Tweet the contest.

  13. Do you ever recommend books to your clients where the main character is suffering from the same disorder?

    I'm a twitter follower and I'm off to re-tweet right now!

  14. Here's a question for you:

    What are your thoughts on Reactive Attachment Disorder? I've been reading a lot of journal articles about it for a character I'm writing and there seems to be some disagreement on whether this is a legitimate disorder or not.

    Oh, and a recommendation for a book: 'Zed' by Elizabeth McClung's a very dark book.

  15. forgot to mention I'm also a follower.

  16. oh! And now I'm all blocked! Umm... I was just thinking about a question, and it went out of my head... Umm... OH! how about that!

    Is there a psychological term for "choking"? Like when sports players choke or whatever. Not coughing ... sigh. I think I'm still recovering from blogger fallout. Maybe it's yard sale fallout... or both.

    Hope you're better soon! <3

  17. What type of books do you write?
    I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, but The Pretty Little Liars has a few characters you might be interested in.
    Follow and will tweet!

  18. I stopped by and just *HAD* to put my $0.02 in.

    I'll never forget reading MULTIPLE CHOICE by Janet Tashjian when I was younger. It was my first insight into what someone with OCD has to go through. A real eye-opener.

    Now for my question: Is there a particular psychological disorder that you tend to incorporate in your writing? (I don't exactly want to use the word 'favorite,' but you know what I mean.) If so, why? What about that disorder has your interest? Does it manifest itself differently in children vs. adults and what challenges do you face in writing that?

    K that was more than one question. Sorry! :-)

  19. Q: What do you think about attachment parenting?

    Book Recommendation: The Marbury Lens, in which Jack has a very bad experience just before a trip to London. There he is given a pair of glasses that show him another world where he's in charge of two younger boys, his best friend his trying to kill him, and things are very bad indeed.

    and I'm already a follower :)

  20. How do you find the time to juggle work, family, blogging, and writing?

    Hope you feel better!

  21. Q: Have you ever treated anyone with dissociation of MPD before? What was it like? V. Curious!


    A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass (Aspergers)
    Summer of the Cicada by Will Napier (Abuse)
    The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein (Nice Duality/Double Meaning)
    The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Grief)
    Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Anorexia)
    Before I Die by Jenny Downham (Death/Terminal Disease)
    Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers (Guilt/Secrets/Memory)
    Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (Kidnapping/Extended Abuse)

    I'm a new follower :)

  22. heeheehee! love your id!
    ummmm... i didn't read all the other comments but skimmed some of them! a lot of people recommended books you've already reviewed! how interesting is that? that's not my question!!!! ooohhhh!!!! ummmm i have a book rec: HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT... i might of rec'd this before. it's really stuck with me...
    and a question... umm... i give up. i know i have questions but my brain is too sleepy to think of them right now. stupid brain... hey? that's umm... ugh. see ya!
    #inarticulate morning.

  23. What hooks do you use for your books?
    And I'm a newbie follower. Looking forward reading more :)

  24. Here's my question: My son was recently diagnosed with OCD. (He was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 8 and he's now 17.)

    While I can see that he has many traits that would qualify as OCD, I don't think it's reached the point where it's actually a disorder that's causing problems in his daily life.

    Is the diagnosis like a diagnosis of diabetes, where things aren't bad now but will get worse if you don't make changes now? Or is it a diagnosis where it has to be causing problems in his life *now* and I'm just blind/in denial?

    (And yes, I'm talking to his therapist about this as well, so don't worry about that :)

  25. Okay, I have a question: Have you ever seen a child with attachment/abandonment issues grow and ultimately heal? (Or what's the biggest/most encouraging change you've seen in such a child?)

    I currently follow the blog and Twitter. And I'm about to RT.

  26. Hi Sarah, this is fun! How did I miss it until now?? Here's my question: are there 'ticks' a violent predator displays that could tip off a potential victim? (Attention to particular details or emotions, e.g.?) Thanks!

  27. When someone experiences loss as a child and has recurring nightmares of the event over and over for a decade every night when they sleep, would you say that's a normal thing?

  28. I must say your id is pretty coherent. I hope more than one question is OK, I couldn't decide between these:

    1. Are we codling ourselves mentally as a society? We have never had it so good in terms of standard of living and amount of spare time. Historically, things like stoicism (Real, the child that died is after all just a thing and you could do noting to prevent it's death so do not let it impact on your happiness, stoicism) made a lot of sense as a coping mechanism simply because life really was that though. For a lot of us life is a lot easier these days (obviously there are exceptions to this, but my question only concerns the mental health of people who are not exceptions). Are we happier for our free time, or are we only using it to make ourselves more miserable?

    2. Is happiness contagious? I have heard that one of the easiest ways of becoming happier is to make friends with happy people. Is this true in a worthwhile way or is it simply disingenuous? Obviously making friends is a good thing, but how much does the general mental health and happiness of your friends influence yours? (If being friends with crazy people make you crazy, I'm in trouble :) )

    3. We attach a lot of importance to being the best and to having high status jobs, instead of focusing on doing things we are good at/love. Do you see a lot of people who are making themselves unhappy because they are in "good" jobs that are not particularly good for them?

    And I'm done.

  29. My question is hopefully not at all relevant to a child psychologist! It has to do with a character I'm trying to build in my work-in-progress.

    Psychopaths feel little empathy and are usually cruel and often thrill-seekers, but how many of those traits could I believably omit from my character?

    Can I, for example, have a psychopathic character who--although capable of it--doesn't make any habit of hurting others? And not out of fear of being punished, either, but because s/he really just doesn't feel like it?

    I'd like to portray my character as oddly clueless, rather than evil--more like someone who has a learning disability with regard to emotions than someone who does harm without remorse (although she's certainly capable of that.) In your opinion, is this characterization believable?

  30. Ohh, a question. Eeps. I think trying to explain about the psychological issues of a couple of my characters to ask anything would take waaaay too much, so I'll leave you with a recommendation instead. When I was a teenager, I read a YA book called "The Only Alien on the Planet" by Kristen Randle. It had nothing to do with sci-fi aliens, but a teenage boy who was in his own mental world. I've read it countless times in the years since then.

    I'm already a follower of your blog (and Twitter) and I retweeted this post.

  31. Wow, such great questions here! And I've found some to add to my TBR list too. I can't think of any questions. :(

    But look forward to your answers to the ones already here.