Author Talk with Demonstration 

Join us for a discussion and demonstration with Yorktown/ Woodlawn alumnus Neal Allen of the stunning tools to quiet anxiety found in his new book, Better Days: Tame Your Inner Critic

The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Copies of the book will be available for sale, courtesy of Hooray for Books.

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This is event is part of the Library's celebration of National Library Week.

Friday, April 12, 2024
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Central Library
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About the book

In this revolutionary new book, Better Days: Tame Your Inner Critic, writer and spiritual coach, Neal Allen, examines a critical aspect of the human psyche that often gets ignored - the superego. Building on Freud’s idea that the superego necessarily forms a person’s moral conscience, Neal explains how this voice in your head develops in childhood as a survival mechanism, but when no longer needed for protection, camps out in your mind like a personal parasite. A parasite that doesn’t belong.

About the author

Neal Allen is a spiritual coach and writer from Arlington, VA. His literary heros include: Faulkner, Henry Miller, Ishmael Reed, Virginia Woolf, Poe, Yeats, Olds, and Dostoevsky. Spiritual heroes include: Lao Tzu, T.S. Eliot, Dogen, Jed McKenna, A.H. Almaas, Gurdjieff, Trungpa, Adyashanti, Patanjali, and whoever wrote the Gospels, Mahabharata, and early Buddhist discourses. He also refers to himself as "Mr. Anne Lamott".

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