Thursday, October 19, 2006

Cobwebs Of The Mind Blog Review: Talia Mana's "Resources for Emotional Well-Being"

New Zealand, a country I must visit one of these days, is home to Talia Mana, an accomplished author. The first thing that comes to mind with Talia's blog, "Resources for Emotional Well-Being", is that her writing is "clean and professional". You do not find meanderings of the mind or disjointed sentences (as one finds here in Cobwebs Of The Mind all the time!) Talia attacks a subject or topic and then presents it with her POV and thoughts.

Talia is a published author of two self-help books: The Art of Calm: Freedom from Stress and Worry (David Ling Publishing, 2001) and Romancing the Frogs: A Singles Guide to Love and Happiness (1999).Talia is also a contributing author to 101 Great Ways to Improve your Life: Volume 2 (Self Improvement Online, 2006) plus lots of published articles in business and health magazines as well as online. (Hey I am one of those frogs so be careful!) You can find this complete listing here.

Her interests vary. From psychology, to dancing, to food and books. As she wrote: "Anything to do with psychology, mental health, links between attitude and health, dancing (I do ballroom and latin 2-3 nights a week) and food! I LOVE food. I also read several books each week - mainly psychology or mysteries."

But since this is review is about writing and blogs and the writers behind them as well, let us take a look at a couple of posts that drew my attention to Talia's blog. I, of course, gravitated for natural reasons to her category on "Love & Relationships". There Talia presents us in an informative clinical way with the results of a survey some facts about love in the mind of modern day man. (Psychologists are so predictable, aren't they?) Yet reading through this post one immediately gets an impression of crisp, clear writing, and the intertwining of a POV as well within the post. She manages to present facts, a bit of humor, and a POV in a well written manner. No small feat for the non-fiction writer.

Today Talia is mainly working on trying to establish a forum to help people with emotional eating, depression, stress management, insomnia etc. Currently researching emotional eating and health psychology (for example the link between optimism and the immune system). I would be remiss if I did not also mention some details on the Forum. There are sections for people who wish to discuss Eating Disorders, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar and other such things. If you are interested in these topics or need advice take a look here.

I usually gravitate to fiction writers. Simply because that is what is interests me. In this case I think Talia's blog and forum have a great deal to offer from the writers POV. The writing is crisp and to the point; Talia makes her points clearly; and she offers a forum for those in need of her expertise.

This Frog thinks more non-fiction writers could learn from Talia's blog. A psychologist who presents her expertise in writing and love of writing in the best way possible is a refreshing read.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooo much for that wonderful review. I am enoying reading your "cobwebs" and finding out about other writers:-)