Take a Look Behind the Curtain with Michelle Morancie, Ph.D., Author of Crazymaker: A Psychologist’s Disturbing Encounter With Workplace Abuse
About Michelle Morancie, Ph.D.:
Q. What are your previous occupations?
A. I feel like I’ve always been a psychologist. Some other occupations? Mother, College Professor, part time jewelry salesperson
Q. What was your favorite job?
A. My favorite job was raising my children. There is nothing like watching your children grow from helpless infants to independent adults, knowing that I had something to do with their wonderfulness.
Q. What Highschool and/or College did you attend?
A. I went to S.J Tilden HS in Brooklyn. Then I went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. I loved my college years.
Q. Who is your favorite author?
A. Edwidge Danticat, Paule Marshall, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker
Q. Who is your favorite recording artist or song?
A. My absolute favorite artist is Stevie Wonder. I love his sone “As”
Q. What is your favorite Movie or TV Show?
A. So far this year my favorite movie is Girl’s Trip. I try to watch TV shows and movies that make me laugh or make me feel good. That movie made me laugh out loud.
Sneak Peak Behind The Scenes
Q. What’s your guilty pleasure?
A. My guilty pleasure is watching reruns of old tv shows…Currently, The Golden Girls, Friends, and Say Yes to the Dress are my favorites.
Q. Who is your greatest role model?
A. My greatest role model is Barack Obama because of the measured way that he handles power and the love that he shows his wife and daughters.
Q. How do you define success?
A. To me, success is discovering who you are and living your life authentically. Success is surrounding yourself with those who love, support, and accept you without negative judgment.
Q. What is the secret to your success?
A. The secret to my success has been perseverance as I strive to always be myself rather than who other people think I should be.
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. Hmmm…if I could live anywhere in the world I think I might spend six months in Paris. I recently visited the city for the first time and I love the history, architecture, and fashion. I would like to learn the language and learn how to get around better on the Metro. I got lost more than once during my visit.
My other choice would be Kuaui. I went there after I finished chemotherapy in 2001. It is a beautiful island with different climates. I think I'd spend the other six months of the year there.
Q. What’s your kryptonite?
A. Chocolate cake!
Q. What historical figure do you most relate to?
A. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood his ground, spoke the truth, and lived his words of peace and unity. That’s how I try to live my life.
Q. What is your biggest regret?
A. I don’t really have any regrets because everything that has happened in my life, for better or worse, has helped me to become the woman that I am today.
Q. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
A. Completing my doctorate while being a wife, working full time, and raising three young children. I often tell people that I don’t remember the 80s and part of the 90s because I was so sleep deprived.
Q. What is your best advise to people whom look up to you and your success?
A. Success doesn't just fall in your lap. It requires a lot of hard work. It's more of a marathon than a sprint. There are many days when you feel like you might never achieve your goal(s), but that's just when you have to take the next step forward.