John R. Sharp

John R. Sharp, M.D., is a psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrist who serves on the medical staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and he divides his time between Boston and Los Angeles.

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John Sharp on his book The Emotional Calendar

Hear author John R. Sharp talk about his book The Emotional Calendar: Understanding Seasonal Influences and Milestones to Become Happier, More Fulfilled, and in Control of Your Life. Sharp shows us how to recognize milestones, providing guidance for how to break destructive patterns.

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Q & A

Where are you from?
Born in Providence, R.I. and grew up in Boston, MA.
Attended Harvard College and then went to New York for medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons

Who are your favorite writers?
Salinger, Frost, Hemingway

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Physician writers Walker Percy and Irvin Yalom

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Travel, aerobic exercise, yoga, skiing, amateur surf enthusiast, the movies

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
"Be Strong" from my great uncle Rabbi Israel Goldman

What is your favorite quote?
"Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with."—Robert Frost

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Q; "Aren’t you just talking about SAD?"
A: "Not in the limited sense that is commonly understood. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. People have deeply personal, complex, and predictable reactions to the seasons that I can help reveal. It does not have to be the same year after year!"

What inspired you to write your first book?
I very much wanted to reach and help more people then I am able to in my day to day practice as a physician

Where do you write?
Not on the airplane.


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The Emotional Calendar

John R. Sharp, M.D.
St. Martin's Griffin

In The Emotional Calendar, Sharp reveals how environmental, psychological, and cultural forces profoundly affect the way we feel, and how the enduring effects...

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