Praise for My Mind Is Not Always My Friend


Wise advice, clearly presented, on how to lead a more fulfilling life.”

—Helen Astin, PhD, and Alexander Astin, PhD, psychologists, Distinguished Professors Emeriti, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Steve incorporates sound psychological concepts into a very creative and inspiring read!”

—Walter E. Brackelmanns, MD


Parents who use Steve Fogel’s guidance for living a more fulfilling life will not only reap enormous personal benefit, they will also be role models for their children in ways that promise them a brighter future.”

—Ann Pleshette Murphy, author, The 7 Stages of Motherhood, and
parenting contributor, Good Morning America

As a psychiatrist, I found Steve Fogel’s book to be a deeply honest and realistic guide to help you recognize how you think, feel, and behave and how the problems you face today are rooted in your past. It’s also a useful took that can assist you in making necessary changes to improve your experience of life.”

—Diane Weiss, MD

Steve’s book is a game changer. His insights will improve your life.”

—Gray Davis, former Governor of California


Steve Fogel dissects and examines the human decision-making process and the mental barriers that prevent us from flourishing—personally and professionally. In My Mind Is Not Always My Friend, he outlines the importance of awareness and commitment to overcoming self-destructive, self-defeating behavior. His book is a dynamic tool to help individuals understand and adjust patterns that prevent them from being fully present and productive. Becoming aware of our individual ‘programming’ and using Steve’s exercises to engage in active reprogramming of ourselves and our responses is crucial to achieving goals and to overcoming subconscious obstacles in our mental processes. Steve’s book is highly readable and an important read for us all.”

—Stuart Gabriel, Director, Ziman Center for Real Estate, UCLA, and
Arden Realty Chair and Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management

I suggest you take a deep breath and dive into this book. Fogel’s hard-earned wisdom could transform your life. This book will help you put those debilitating inner voices to rest so you can reach your creative potential.”

—Ruth Weisberg, Dean, USC Roski School of Fine Arts


Engagingly written and deeply thought provoking. Fogel has a winning style and insightful perspective on how the mind works for us—and sometimes against us. A fascinating work.”

—Congressman Adam Schiff


This book is both interesting and educational. It is a fast read and a profitable experience.”

—Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin