Comments About My Books (And an Interview)

Blog Reviews ‘All About Tantrums’
1. Fair and reasonable review by Carol from Ifbyyes – spot on criticisms and awesome (grin) praise.
Reviews on Amazon ‘All About Tantrums’
1.Five stars and….”This book is a fabulous resource for those willing to understand and engage with the strong emotions of self and others (yes, adults have tantrums too!) Karyn comprehensively explains strong emotions in a holistic way and has great practical tips to help manage these when they come up. Karyn’s style is plain talking and humourous which makes this sometimes painful and scary topic easy to read. I highly recommend it.
Odette Hoffmann
Registered Psychotherapist
P.G. Cert. HSc. Advanced Clinical Practice, Dip Psychotherapy, Dip H.R
MNZAP, PBANZ”

Interviews about ‘All About Tantrums’
Feedback for “All About Tantrums”
1.  “Have nearly finished your book. It is fabulous. It’s really about grown-ups too and you could make a fortune if you used those models for marriage guidance. Am peeved that I have spent my whole life’s journey working this out when I could have just waited for your book to come out!!!!!”
Reviews on Websites For ‘Why People Drive You Crazy’
Reviews on Goodreads for “Why People Drive You Crazy”
1. “Short but terrific read about how to manage amongst different personality types. Fun and very positive.”
From amzon.com on “Why People Drive You Crazy”
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What a Useful Book “The author studied anthropology, psychology, physical health, and neurology to better understand what contributes to a sense of well-being. This book (first in a series) dispells many commonly held beliefs about temperament, mood, behavior, reactions to stress, and much more. She unpacks temperament types into four easily remembered categories. This can help any of us more readily understand each other. This no-nonsense book is platitude-free and packed with practical tips. I think it’s particularly useful for parents.”

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Very, very simplistic: “While this overly simplistic summation of temperament might be helpful for someone who never read any developmental psychology, I guess, it’s certainly not breaking any new ground. And T. Berry Brazelton isn’t that hard to read, for much better researched and more coherent coverage of the same topics. The terrible grammar and punctuation, on the kindle edition, at least, make this painful to read, as does the inclusion of non-text charts that are difficult to see. Although the author lists “Some of the books I read in my quest for answers,” she does not cite specific sources for specific statements she makes, and nowhere does she list her own credentials to be making all these recommendations. There is plenty of actual peer-reviewed science that has been published on this topic. Please read that instead.”
Comment on this blog about “Why People Drive You Crazy”
1, “Hi! I just read this whole Why People Drive You Crazy book after reading your interview at Geekmom (the Tantrum book is on my wishlist. Actually I need it now but I can’t afford it and none of my libraries have it, so… on my wishlist although that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to wait until somebody buys it for me for Christmas!). Loved it– absolutely cracked up reading “If you’re a Hare with Tortoises” because it was SO dead on a description of my mother-in-law’s and my relationship –considered sending it to her because I wanted to say “See? Whenever I outright disagree with you it’s because I’M RIGHT!” 😀 *AHEM* Anyhoo, I’ve been sitting here all bemused and curious now, though, because when I first read the part of it being a sort of punnet square between introvert/extrovert and highly-sensitive/not-so-sensitive, I immediately figured I’d fit the Highly-Sensitive Introvert type. Instead I am absolutely dead on a Tortoise in every way. I identify with Owls because I’m a geek and a nerd, but really the ONLY trait of theirs that isn’t already a trait of Tortoises by way of introversion that I exhibit is… I’m, uh, highly sensitive. But then again, not across the BOARD! I’m mostly EMOTIONALLY highly sensitive, and physically my HEARING is highly sensitive (though not, admittedly, my listening), and my sense of touch in some areas (I won’t wear jewelry because it bugs me, I always hated getting my face painted, and I itch easily) but not all (I once had a hyperactive doctor, examining me for an ear infection, exclaim cheerfully, “You must have a very high tolerance for PAIN!”). Okay, I’m rambling too much (notably, this wouldn’t happen if I was speaking aloud). The really interesting thing is that I WASN’T all that tortoisey as a small child, though! I was a colicky baby and I was terrified of EVERYTHING until I was about a preteen (and SO prone to tears). It seems like my tortoisey traits are almost more like a coping mechanism that developed to deal with my sensitivity. (But it IS how I act in times of stress and crisis, which means it’s inborn temperament, right?) Are you familiar with the Enneagram Personality theories? In that system, uh, sorting, whatever, Enneagram Type 9 is pretty much identical in description to your tortoise (and, naturally, I come out as Type 9 in any such tests). But the Enneagram theories focus much more on how the personality actually develops on top of the temperament– how you ARE born with a certain temperament that will affect which way your personality will go, but most of it IS personality that gets built over time– so my Tortoiseness-as-Coping-Mechanism kind of fits more. Actually I’m not sure where I’m going with this, it just seemed interesting to discuss. Thanks!”

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