Interview with Dr John McIntosh

What motivated you to write Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts: Secrets For a Longer, Happier Life?
As a medical practitioner for the past 30 years, I have been dealing with the health effects of negative thinking and a large portion of my treatment requires me to help individuals change how they react. While as a doctor, I can only do this one person at a time, with a book, I hope to help large numbers of people and spread the philosophy around the world!
What was the time-line between the time you decided to write your book and publication?
It has taken us about 4 years from writing the first words to final publication and this was because during that time we continued to run our full time practices and businesses around the world. The daily and immediate pressures usually pushed the book writing down the priority list but we kept at it as we knew the importance of getting this information out!
What were the major events along the way?
One huge epiphany that we had was realising that this concept was not just valid for individuals and workplaces to help their personal lives and relationships, but this had global implications as all the world unrest, religious intolerance, wars and leaders that promote violence against others is all based on NITs, or Negative Impulsive Thoughts. Additionally, if the broader population can see the flaws in their leaders logic, they will chose more positive and tolerant leaders.
How did you and Elizabeth collaborate in its writing?
Very easily actually – we both wrote chapters in our own areas of skills and then edited each others sections. The biggest problem was trying to avoid putting the same information in several times but we did make a choice to leave some very important facts in several times so the message got through!
How did you come up with the title?
This was very much a joint effort. We were brainstorming and trying to think of a great term to call the negative thoughts that would help in the understanding and were playing around with terms and acronyms – using negative, thoughts, unconconcious, automatic and impulsive. Liz came up with the “Impulsive” idea and I put it together as “NITs” and the wonderful analogy with nits that are head lice is that both are irritating, annoying, hard to recognise, hard to treat and spread from person to person like an epidemic!
Why do you think this is an important book at this time and how has the feedback been so far?
This was always going to be an important book because it is a revolutionary new approach that allows people to recognise their negative thoughts and change them into positive alternatives. While there have been many books propounding the need for positive thinking, this is the first time that the keys to recognising and removing the negative thoughts has been developed. Any age can understand the principles and this will give strategies for overcoming bullies in schoolyards, drama in the workplace, discrimination, gossip and sarcasm and will even improving any relationships especially intimate relationships!

With the world seemingly so entrenched with intolerance, bigotry, judgement that is breaking through with violence and bad attitudes on the streets around the world, solutions are provided if the philosophies in the book are followed.

Feedback to this book has been fantastic with everyone benefiting according to the level that they are at. Because the principles are universal, it crosses cultures, countries and religious boundaries.
What are your hopes for the book?
Elizabeth and I want NITs to be a household term and known around the world because if everyone understands and eliminates NITs from their lives, the ripples of positivity, allowance, tolerance and respect will make the world a better place. So we want everyone to have the book – we believe so strongly that we are willing to give away a large number of these books!
It is said that writers should write what they know. Were there any elements of the book that forced you to step out of your comfort zone, and if so, how did you approach this part of the writing?
This is our area of expertise and professional training! We have been living these philosophies for years and writing the book allowed us to crystallise the principles in an effective and easy to understand process.

However in the book, we have given many personal stories and experiences that lay many parts of our lives in the open. Allowing the public that close into our lives was a stretch for me especially as doctors tend to keep their professional and personal lives every separate.
What has been your overall experience as a published author?
Having the first hard copy in our hands was a wonderful moment and getting positive feedback from around the world has taken our breath away! The genuine excitement about the importance of this subject confirms our original feelings that we had we started this book!
Published 2015-07-15.
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Books by This Author

Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts (NITs)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,210. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Negative Thoughts occur impulsively in every single one of us. They just pop up in our heads as part of our internal dialogue or mind chatter. How you deal with your Negative Impulsive Thoughts (NITs) will have huge effects on your physical health, success in life and emotional happiness – so your health, wealth and happiness are at stake!