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June 21, 2013

Saranac Lake psychologist's new book is game changer

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“Now,” she said, “is a much better time.

“This book provides a name for something that, as women, we all struggle with. I’ve had women tell me, ‘Thank God, I’m not crazy,’ after reading this,” O’Gorman said of responses coming in from all corners.

“And it’s finding audiences way beyond what I imagined. I had an inquiry from Dubai. 

“We’re using the exercises in the book to teach literacy to young girls in Mississippi. It’s finding its way.”

‘AN INSIDE JOB’

It’s way also turns the mirror around and questions social status quo.

“You don’t have to go very far to see the problem,” O’Gorman said.

“Look what we’re doing with women in the military. We have the same things going on in corporate structure with sexual harassment, and yet we can’t focus on it emotionally or we would become enraged. But it (the rage) is there in the background, pounding like a drumbeat. 

“What put me over the edge — when I started working on the book again — was a magazine: The photos of a model had been digitally enhanced. The woman didn’t even look like herself.”

That impact came up in a recent radio interview about the book when a woman who works as a model called in to talk with O’Gorman.

“She said, ‘I wake up every morning, and I look in the mirror, and I feel sad, because I don’t look like me.’ That is what we’re doing to ourselves. And it’s an inside job. We can change this. 

“Basically, the message in my book is: When we make our resilience conscious, it’s a game changer.”

VARIED CAREER

The mother of grown twin sons, Jeremy and Michael, O’Gorman started writing the same time she began working on her dissertation.

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