Lisa Kohn is the award-winning author of to the moon and back: a childhood under the influence, a memoir that chronicles her childhood growing up in the Unification Church (the Moonies) with her mom and a life of “sex, drugs, and squalor” in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s with her dad, as well as The Power of Thoughtful Leadership.
While her story is unique, the themes of low (or no) self-esteem, self-loathing, self-punishment unfortunately are not. She wants to spread three messages:
- Extremist situations exist – they are prevalent, intoxicating, and dangerous
- For anyone who feels hopeless or damaged beyond repair, there is hope, and you’re not damaged
- As a species, we are generally too hard on ourselves – too self-critical and self-lambasting – and we need a huge dose of self-love and self-compassion