On Being Human: Interview with Jennifer Pastiloff

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Jennifer Pastilloff has brought her unique style of teaching — and radical listening — to thousands of women while traveling the world for her On Being Human workshops. She describes these workshops as “a hybrid of yoga related movement, writing, sharing out loud, letting the snot fly, and the occasional dance party.”

Jennifer’s work is driven by her very real struggles with depression and anorexia, which exposed her to the self-help and wellness industries, as well as to the benefits of therapy. While chatting with Jennifer, we asked her more about her personal journey, how she overcame low points — including the early loss of her father and the gradual loss of her hearing — and how teaching has changed her perspective: empowering her, while she helps empower others.

She has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Health Magazine, and CBS News. Jennifer is also the founder of the online magazine, The Manifest Station. When Jen is not traveling, she is based in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and son.

We discussed her work and book, On Being Human, via email.

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Pathological Liars: Understanding Compulsive Lying

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A pathological liar exhibits the chronic behavior of habitual or compulsive lying. While it’s common to tell an occasional white lie, pathological liars tell more than a random fib — oftentimes lying has become part of that person’s everyday life, and telling a lie feels more natural than telling the truth.

While there are a number of reasons people lie — to spare someone’s feelings or avoid difficult situations — pathological lying is usually a symptom of a greater problem. Continue reading Pathological Liars: Understanding Compulsive Lying