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A Tyranny of Vapors: Twenty-Seven Brief Outlines Addressing Marital Control, Excessive Bossiness, and The Emotionally Walled Off Spouse

A Tyranny of Vapors: Twenty-Seven Brief Outlines Addressing Marital Control, Excessive Bossiness, and The Emotionally Walled Off Spouse

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A family therapist's compilation of one and two page tip sheets that help controllers control less, the passive to become more assertive, and for both parties in a marriage conflicted by power struggles to come to mutually satisfying agreements. Since many couples don't know there are alternatives to controlling each other, the author offers non-controlling strategies for difficult conversations. Word Count: 15320 (approx.) More info →
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Invasion of the Marriage Snatcher: Battling Your Anxiety Alien

Invasion of the Marriage Snatcher: Battling Your Anxiety Alien

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Talking about anxiety can trigger anxiety. To many anxious persons, any hint that might even remotely suggest that they just maybe could possibly have a teensy weensy trace of anxiety puts their internal army of protectors on red alert--denial, anger, fear, resistance, dismissiveness, and blame. We therefore need a way to get behind enemy lines, infiltrate occupied territory, and rescue the person held captive by anxiety. So I came up with the Invasion of the Marriage Snatcher strategy. It's silly. It's absurd. It's science fiction. But it just may work. What better way to disarm those defensive forces than with a classic sci-fi movie from the nineteen fifties about alien invaders? In this new book I refer to anxiety as an alien that invades marriages, maybe even yours. I provide background of where this alien comes from, expose the havoc they create both personally and relationally, and then conclude with a list of 101 tips, tools, and weapons to use against this alien. More info →
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The Quantum Couple: Improve Your Marriage with 101 Analogies from Science (ebook)

The Quantum Couple: Improve Your Marriage with 101 Analogies from Science (ebook)

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If you think atomic theory is hard to understand, try understanding relationships. Even the brilliant Dr. Einstein had a hard time in his marriage. In The Quantum Couple author, artist, and full time marriage counselor Erik Johnson invites readers to put on their white lab coats, fire up their energy particle accelerators—you’ve got a super collider, right?—and enter the wild and wooly world of quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and human relationships! Research marriage bonds! See marriage is a laboratory! Split the atom! Or at least pick up your socks. With pictures, illustrations, and simple analogies Erik hopes couples will be quantized, that is, learn the tips and tricks to getting along. There are science facts and marriage myths and this book will help you know the difference. More info →
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Either Or: Over 400 Pithy Reminders That There Are At Least Two Solutions to Every Problem

Either Or: Over 400 Pithy Reminders That There Are At Least Two Solutions to Every Problem

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As a certified mediator I'm always happy to help people mired down in conflict realize there are always options to every problem. David Letterman meets Blaise Pascal in this compilation of problem-solving aphorisms. More info →
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Either Or, Vol. 2

Either Or, Vol. 2

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Either Or, Vol. 2 contains more illustrations (101 of them to be exact) of creative reasoning. Too often people get stuck in problems because they operate with a "one-option-only" frame of mind. They think there's only one option to resolve conflict, "You must change!" They think there's only one option to feeling loved, "Make me feel loved!" They think there's only one option when their emotional needs are not met, "Meet them!" Author and marriage and family counselor Erik Johnson has compiled more illustrations of ways to think creatively. If you've ever felt stuck this collection will inspire you to look at problems with hope and optimism and inspiration to come up with novel solutions. More info →
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You v. You: Make Personal Changes, Reach Your Goals, and Practice Self Control Using Commitment Devices

You v. You: Make Personal Changes, Reach Your Goals, and Practice Self Control Using Commitment Devices

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Recent discoveries about brain science reveal we're of two minds most of the time. Our brain has a mind of its own. When two parts of us are in conflict we struggle with self control. Part of me wants to lose weight, another part of me wants to eat donuts all day. What to do? Set up commitment devices! These are situations we voluntarily put ourselves into which "force" good decisions. Also known as "intentional necessity," "self limiting decisions," "self restraint," "self binding behaviors," "the carrot and stick method," "the reducing options option," and the exotic sounding "Odysseus Contract." Without technical jargon or ponderous prose marriage and family counselor Erik Johnson lists nearly one hundred examples of ways to set ourselves up for success. More info →
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Bellingham Rats: 2014 World Series Champs

Bellingham Rats: 2014 World Series Champs

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A 20 page black and white comic book depicting the astonishing, amazing, and highly unlikely ascendancy of eight aging boomers who play--and beat--the Seattle Mariners in the 2014 World Series. The Readers and Thinkers (RAT) reading group, which has met weekly since 1998, is comprised of men with an ecclesiastical bent so what would you do if you had to pitch against a Seattle Mariner named Sweet Jesus (Jesus Sucre)? RAT member and amateur cartoonist Erik Johnson created this work of fiction as his tribute to the joy of friendship. More info →
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Ecclesiastes U: University Students Grapple with the book of Ecclesiastes (Kindle)

Ecclesiastes U: University Students Grapple with the book of Ecclesiastes (Kindle)

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Graphic Novel (religious sci/fi, 106 pages). A university professor named Dr. Qohelet gives class lectures by quoting directly from the ancient Hebrew text of Ecclesiastes. University students of all philosophical persuasions--hedonist, feminist, scientist, epicurean, humorist, psychologist, fundamentalist, sensualist, and more listen and interact both positively and negatively with Dr. Qohelet's every word. Volume 1 covers chapters one and two of Ecclesiastes. Unbeknownst to both the professor and class members their interactions are being observed by aliens orbiting the earth. Their superior technology and intellect allow this alien father and son duo, Onebit and Twoit, to listen, evaluate, and, happily for readers, make sense of the narrative arc. Combining humor, insight, and philosophical ruminations, author and artist Erik Johnson offers this first of six volumes for modern readers of all or no religious faith. Postmodern folk who lean toward skepticism will appreciate Qohelet, as will all searchers of truth. When forced to face to problem of evil head on take comfort from Qohelet's pessimism, realism, and affirmation of life's absurdity. Qohelet finds islands of satisfaction amid a sea of despair and you will, too--food, family, friends, faith, and creativity offered rays of hope. Erik Johnson is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Bellingham, WA. He's also been a freelance cartoonist for over thirty years. This is Johnson's first graphic novel. More info →
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Stay Calm When Angry (ebook)

Stay Calm When Angry (ebook)

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120 quick tips for managing our anger. After sixteen years of full time marriage and family counseling, Christian writer, artist, and full time therapist Erik Johnson has compiled the best quick interventions a person can use to defuse their rage. These are the ideas clients have found most helpful. Since our emotions are a result of our thoughts, this short book helps us think about thinking. Ridding our mind of cognitive distortions is only half the challenge; replacing them with anger reducing thoughts is the other half. Erik therefore includes quips and quotes from the ancient book of Hebraic wisdom, Proverbs. In addition to the 120 Quick Tips, there are six bonus topics: The Proverbs Pattern for Provoked People, How To Cool a Hot Head, The Anger Sequence, Anger is Controllable, Proverbs for Partners, and Proverbs and Anger. Illustrated by the author. 21 pages. More info →
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Drought Time: Help From Proverbs for the Emotionally Parched Wife

Drought Time: Help From Proverbs for the Emotionally Parched Wife

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There are ways to engage a husband on an emotional level that backfire and there are ways that work. From hundreds of interviews with women Erik has compiled what these wives have learned that works and what doesn't. This is a spiral bound booklet and supplies are limited. The cost includes shipping and postage. More info →
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Managing Marital Irritations

Managing Marital Irritations

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Charts, Lists, Circles, Diagrams, Cartoons, Quotes, Quips, and Bible Verses Attempting to Prove One Spouse Singlehandedly Can Stop the Blaming, Identify the Causes, and Apply the Cures to Marital Friction. 54 pages. More info →
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In Plain View: The Joy and Sorrow of Being Seen

In Plain View: The Joy and Sorrow of Being Seen

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When I was twelve the TV show Candid Camera freaked me out. Could Alan Funt be filming me without my knowledge? Then I learned about God and there went my privacy. In Plain View is my philosophical reflection on the phenomenon of being stared at...and the practice of staring at others. For thirty years I've played Alan Funt, not with a camera but with a sketch book as stealth artist. Even those who don't believe in God could be the object of an artist's gaze. This compilation of drawings accompanies quotes by philosophers, psychologists, theologians, and writers on the concepts of privacy, self image, and being seen. More info →
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Schismogenesis

Schismogenesis

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A Lighthearted Lexicon of Marital Blunders With Over 100 Cartoons by the Author. 126 pages. More info →
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Parts: Increase self control by understanding the components of our heart

Parts: Increase self control by understanding the components of our heart

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What Freud called "id, ego, and super ego," what psychologist Richard Schwartz calls "sub-personalities," St. Paul, King David, and Solomon called "parts." By understanding the Bible's story about the difference between our soul and spirit, we'll be equipped to guard our hearts with all diligence. Relying heavily on Romans, Ephesians and Proverbs, Christian author, artist, and full time marriage counselor Erik Johnson uses cartoons, quips, diagrams, charts, and anecdotes makes "saying no to ungodliness" easy to understand. More info →
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Cuzins’ Kamp

Cuzins’ Kamp

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How To Organize and Lead a Mini-Retreat for Your Grandchildren. 58 pages More info →
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Fear Chart (Volvelle)

Fear Chart (Volvelle)

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8" double sided adjustable round chart (aka volvelle). Turn the dial and discover cognitive solutions to 16 different kinds of fear complete with a Hebraic Proverb for each. More info →
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Regret Chart (Volvelle)

Regret Chart (Volvelle)

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8" double sided adjustable round chart (aka volvelle). Turn the dial and discover cognitive solutions to 16 different kinds of regret complete with a Hebraic Proverb for each. Graphic designer and volvelle historian Jessica Helfand says, “Erik Johnson’s Positive Turn wheels reveal the degree to which paper tools retain an almost uncanny authority over problem solving. With wheels offering solutions to everything from personal regret to marital discord, this series of contemporary volvelles will be appreciated by therapists and ephemera collectors alike.” (Jessica Helfand, author of Reinventing the Wheel, Winterhouse Press, 2005). More info →
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Worry Chart (volvelle)

Worry Chart (volvelle)

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8" double sided adjustable round chart (aka volvelle). Turn the dial and discover cognitive solutions to 16 different kinds of worry complete with a Hebraic Proverb for each. Graphic designer and volvelle historian Jessica Helfand says, “Erik Johnson’s Positive Turn wheels reveal the degree to which paper tools retain an almost uncanny authority over problem solving. With wheels offering solutions to everything from personal regret to marital discord, this series of contemporary volvelles will be appreciated by therapists and ephemera collectors alike.” (Jessica Helfand, author of Reinventing the Wheel, Winterhouse Press, 2005). More info →
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Marital Harmony Chart #2 (volvelle)

Marital Harmony Chart #2 (volvelle)

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8" double sided adjustable round chart (aka volvelle). Turn the dial and discover cognitive solutions to 16 different kinds of marital conflicts complete with a Hebraic Proverb for each. Graphic designer and volvelle historian Jessica Helfand says, “Erik Johnson’s Positive Turn wheels reveal the degree to which paper tools retain an almost uncanny authority over problem solving. With wheels offering solutions to everything from personal regret to marital discord, this series of contemporary volvelles will be appreciated by therapists and ephemera collectors alike.” (Jessica Helfand, author of Reinventing the Wheel, Winterhouse Press, 2005). More info →
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Marital Harmony Chart #1 (volvelle)

Marital Harmony Chart #1 (volvelle)

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8" double sided adjustable round chart (aka volvelle). Turn the dial and discover cognitive solutions to 16 different kinds of marital conflicts complete with a Hebraic Proverb for each. Graphic designer and volvelle historian Jessica Helfand says, “Erik Johnson’s Positive Turn wheels reveal the degree to which paper tools retain an almost uncanny authority over problem solving. With wheels offering solutions to everything from personal regret to marital discord, this series of contemporary volvelles will be appreciated by therapists and ephemera collectors alike.” (Jessica Helfand, author of Reinventing the Wheel, Winterhouse Press, 2005). More info →
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Proverbs Stress-Test Decision Tree (13″ x 11″)

Proverbs Stress-Test Decision Tree (13″ x 11″)

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Sprinkled throughout the page are sage quotes from ancient Hebrew philosophers. More info →
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What Are You Afraid Of Today? (13″x 19″ poster)
Two Word Animal Poems (13″ x 19″ child wall poster)

Two Word Animal Poems (13″ x 19″ child wall poster)

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How Are You Thinking Today? (13″ x 19″ poster)
Another Drink: Experiments in Sobriety Based on Secular Proverbs

Another Drink: Experiments in Sobriety Based on Secular Proverbs

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For those who struggle with addiction but find Twelve Steps programs too religious, this book offers insights from ancient sages on alcohol use and abuse. With minimal reference to the supernatural this book by family therapist Erik Johnson explains what Hebrew wisdom says about fighting our internal sub-personalities that drive us to drink. What do sages from nearly 3000 years ago have to say about ambivalence, attachment theory, choice theory, cognitions, and conflicting desires? Plenty! Johnson squeezes a ton of Proverbial wisdom into thirty short chapters that address relevant topics such as cravings, dependency, disease, emotion, and learning theory. The Hebrew sages offer helpful tips on achieving moderation, coping with relapse, and insight into the fascinating worlds of rewards, shame, and subjectivity. There are also practical ideas about self-control, tolerance, triggers, and withdrawal. Only fifteen percent of the Hebrew book of Proverbs mentions God. The other eighty-five percent is offered here in the hope that ancient wisdom will provide inspiration for even the most secular to try some of these experiments. Why base an alcohol treatment program on secular Proverbs? Because the sacred Proverbs are off-putting to the irreligious. Five of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous include mention of God. People allergic to religion find a spiritual approach to sobriety superstitious at best and cultic at worst. By omitting almost all references to God, a practice that would certainly make the sages shudder, the author hopes the wisdom that remains will help secular drinkers get sober. These experiments are offered in the spirit of research and curiosity. The author hopes secular drinkers who need to get sober will try some or all of these idea and report on the results. Let's work together to see how indeed these ideas work. More info →
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Some Of My Best Friends Are Pastors (Kindle eBook)

Some Of My Best Friends Are Pastors (Kindle eBook)

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Over 300 gag cartoons (which originally appeared in Leadership Journal and dozens of other religious publications) describe what pastors do. 84 pages. More info →
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Marital Harmony Chart #3 (volvelle)

Marital Harmony Chart #3 (volvelle)

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8" double sided adjustable round chart (aka volvelle). Turn the dial and discover cognitive solutions to 16 different kinds of marital conflicts complete with a Hebraic Proverb for each. Graphic designer and volvelle historian Jessica Helfand says, “Erik Johnson’s Positive Turn wheels reveal the degree to which paper tools retain an almost uncanny authority over problem solving. With wheels offering solutions to everything from personal regret to marital discord, this series of contemporary volvelles will be appreciated by therapists and ephemera collectors alike.” (Jessica Helfand, author of Reinventing the Wheel, Winterhouse Press, 2005). More info →
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Anna The Banana Tree

Anna The Banana Tree

Comic Help for Those Who Can't Say "No." Erik parodies Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, a classic of modern children's literature. In the mid 1990's Erik was a youth pastor helping teens enter responsible adulthood. One of the challenges he saw facing adolescent girls was the pressure put on them by adolescent boys. There was an unspoken belief that if you loved someone you will give them whatever they want, ask no questions, and make no demands. At the same time Shel Silverstein's classic, The Giving Tree had wide circulation. It seemed to foster the notion that the more you love someone the more you comply with their growing demands. To encourage the girls in the youth group to establish healthy boundaries Erik rewrote the text. In his version Anna the Banana tree says no to a friend attempting to take advantage of her. He then redrew The Giving Tree in poster format. He first read his parody to an assembly of forty teenagers on a Wednesday night in 1997. The reception was so positive he reformatted that first draft and self published the book in small, black and white copies. Thanks to digital technology Anna the Banana is now available in color as an ebook. Themes hinted at in the parable of Anna the Banana Tree: Greed. Narcissism. Ingratitude. Exploitation. Growing old. Gimme, gimme. Co-dependence. It's okay to say no. The limits of philanthropy. The risks of indulgent parenting. When selfless giving meets selfish takers. When sacrificial giving creates dependency. The fantasy that endless giving will make others like us. The insatiable cravings of an ungrateful, demanding boy. How chronic taking turns a happy child into a curmudgeon. One-sided relationships where one gives and the other takes. The dangers of a charity that fosters sloth rather than ambition. What to do when a compulsive giver encounters a predatory taker. More info →
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Handwriting on the Wall: Memories of a 1970s Freelance Sign Painter, Cartoonist, Entrepreneur, and Hippie Turned Christian

Handwriting on the Wall: Memories of a 1970s Freelance Sign Painter, Cartoonist, Entrepreneur, and Hippie Turned Christian

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From 1971 to 1981 Erik Johnson morphed himself from bohemian artist to capitalist Christian, from a back to the land Mother Earth News aficionado to husband, father, and pastor, from doodling cartoonist to small business owner working his way through school. This memoir summarizes that journey. Illustrated by the author. More info →
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30 Proverbs on Love and Marriage (13″ x 11″ Poster)

30 Proverbs on Love and Marriage (13″ x 11″ Poster)

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The ancient book of Proverbial wisdom in the Hebrew Scriptures includes a surprising number of positive results when couples are securely attached. These include "blessed," "consistent," "content," and 27 others. In this whimsical yet graphically engaging poster marriage therapist and cartoonist Erik Johnson provides an appealing info-graphic hoping to help couples know what to aim for in their relationship. This would be an appropriate wedding gift, wall decoration in a clergy-person's or therapist's office wall or waiting room, or fun conversation starter for engaged and dating couples. (NOTE: the guy with the bow is a sage pretending to be Cupid). More info →
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