Dr. Ed Slack is a psychologist, an author and a musician who currently lives in Tennessee. Besides a full time private practice he’s raced motorcycles and mountain bikes (winning many races over three decades), played in touring punk, rock, alternative and country bands since the early nineties, and sports a good number of tattoos by some rather well-known tattoo artists, including Ed Hardy.
As a therapist for over twenty-five years, Dr. Slack has been helping people change their lives for the better, particularly the addicted, the gifted and the manipulative. In the early eighties he worked with autistic children and head trauma patients through the Easter Seal Foundation. From then on he’s been in private practice and done his share of speaking engagements.
Now he’s shifting gears and is moving forward in the publishing business. It’s no wonder his first book is all about understanding and handling manipulative people. He’s run head on into them not only professionally but in his personal life as well. If you ask Dr. Slack what qualities he values most, he’ll tell you: integrity, honesty and a healthy dose of humor. He’s been snake-bit quite a few times, took his lumps, learned and moved on. Now, through his writing, his goal is to help others decipher the false from the true and gain the skills to recognize when they’re being duped. He also finds overly academic books boring so Two Legged Snakes: Understanding and Handling Manipulative People is a fast read that includes humorous illustrations so those of us with a bit of ADD or a touch of dyslexia laugh & learn as well as everyone else.
Dr. Slack attended California State University, Sacramento, where he earned his BS degree in psychology and an MS degree in clinical psychology. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Sierra University, Sacramento. He is member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and supports causes and organizations that involve the education of Native American children.
Dr. Slack lives in Nashville with his longtime girlfriend Bexx and their impetuous cat Chewy. When he’s not writing, he loves to weld metal art, ride his motorcycles and work on his ’65 Lincoln Continental convertible.
The Book: Trust is an automatic and for most, a largely unexamined process. We receive thousands of messages each day, tugging at us to buy this, believe that, and support this or that view. Contrary to all these choices is the fact that most people know very little about how to decipher the false from the true, the manipulative from the sincere, and the ill-advised from the functional. Two Legged Snakes: What You Need to Know, will have you identifying dishonest and manipulative people and media in less time than it takes to fly from New York to Dallas.
Two Legged Snakes uses more than just words to get its points across. With over 100 illustrations and a light-hearted text, most readers will use more of their brain than they would with text alone and will have an improved ability to remember what they’ve learned. In technical terms, this is called multi-modal processing, and it has been shown to help many people understand and remember more effectively, particularly those of us with non-traditional learning styles such as a touch of dyslexia or a bit of the ADD. Our topic, though quite serious, is approached with a sense of humor. Meaningful books don't have to be a words only experience and can be fun as well.