Monday, April 8, 2013

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Interviewed Regarding How Fantasy And Romantic Fiction Can Improve One’s Life

Dr. Holstein is both a Positive Psychologist and the author of 'Next Year In Jerusalem'. Her new romance book is the second in the 'Jerusalem Trilogy'.  Dr. Holstein recently appeared on Askimo TV, where she discussed the positive role fantasy and romantic fiction can play in our lives

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein recently appeared on Askimo TV where she discussed how important fantasy and romantic fiction can be in creating a rich and full life.

It is a given that people we not always happy. When people are down in the dumps, blue, sick with an illness, lonely, or in a bad state for whatever other reason, fantasy can really help. As a Positive Psychologist and Life Coach, Dr. Holstein believes fantasy can be critical to leading a happy life.

"The famous author Norman Cousins," stated Dr. Holstein, "when sick with a serious illness, explained that he made a decision to come back to health by laughing every day. To do this he watched comedies on television every day in his hospital room. He laughed and laughed and did get much better.This is an example of the positive use of fantasy in daily living."

In addition to running a thriving practice, Dr. Holstein is a very successful author across many genres. The human spirit, with its capacity for survival, growth and joy, has always been a subject of interest for Dr. Holstein.  She recently released 'Next Year In Jerusalem Part Two: Around Every Corner Mystery & Romance in the Holy Land'. The new romance novel is the second in the 'Jerusalem Trilogy'. Combining her talents as a writer and a psychologist has resulted in a storyline filled with romance, intrigue, mystery, and spiritual awakenings. Being a new romance book, 'Next Year In Jerusalem' is a work of fantasy that serves a greater purpose.

"The amazing thing about good romantic fiction," stated Dr. Holstein, "is it gives the reader a chance to experience different feelings and behaviors with no damage done.  A romance book can move the reader to tears and passion, and it can also move her to try new actions and decisions in her own life.  So in reality a good romance novel like any other great read can be just the 'medicine' one needs to improve one's own life."

In 'Next Year In Jerusalem', two women face extraordinary circumstances in one of the most spiritual, mysterious, romantic cities in the world. Part 2 in this trilogy expands upon the adventures of Natalie and Maggie, best friends since college, who find themselves steeped in the romance, mysticism and mystery of Jerusalem.

A recent reviewer stated "I traveled to Israel vicariously through the characters and with them enjoyed each step along the cobbled streets of ancient Jerusalem. Barbara Becker Holstein weaves themes of friendship, love, spirituality, and mystery, engaging the reader from the start. I look forward to the next installment!"

A Facebook page has been created for the work, titled 'Next Year In Jerusalem'. A YouTube channel, 'NextYearNJerusalem' is also available. 'Next Year In Jerusalem Part Two: Around Every Corner Mystery & Romance in the Holy Land' is available in print and in Kindle format. More information is available at Dr. Holstein's website at

Dr Holstein is available for media interview and can be reached using the information below or by email at


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for increasing happiness.  Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for over 25 years. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara speaks regularly on radio programs around the country, and appears on television in New York and New Jersey. Her inspiring audio shows and podcasts can be found on the web, along with hundreds of her articles and stories. She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, and Family Circle Magazine.

Her pathfinder book ‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ was published in 1997 by Harwood Academic Publishers and is now in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. Her second book ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!’ has received rave reviews as a wonderful inspirational story book. ‘DELIGHT’, Dr. Holstein’s third book is available in two versions, paperback and a CD-rom that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein’s voice.

Her book, ‘The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything)’ is a first in positive psychology. It is a fiction book for girls, tweens and teens. Written by an 11 year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has embedded within the story positive truths and concepts geared to help girls develop self-esteem and resiliency

Her second book in The Truth Series is 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!’  Now the girl is 13. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends.  Kids and parents have a book they can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations. Both 'The Truth' and 'Secrets' are great for grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens in their lives.

All books are available at the author’s websites below, online booksellers and stores nationwide.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740