Dr. Loren Bryant
Loren Bryant, DDS, PhD
After retiring from his
second profession because of medical reasons, Loren
attention toward a project that he
began several years ago, a children's book.
Loren began his professional career in dental surgery with a D.D.S. degree from Baylor University College of Dentistry, having achieved his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Following a successful career in dentistry, which he
left only because of personal medical problems, Loren
returned to academia to earn a Ph.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University in the School of Social and Systemic Studies
in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
then spent several years in private practice providing consulting, counseling, and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families.
His continued success carried him into academia where he accepted the role as the Director of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine.
experiences with the social sciences in medical school made him aware of the need for change regarding how people, both lay and professional, talked about emotional problems.
The language they used was fraught with pathological terms which made many people uneasy, often making them feel more ill than they actually were.
knew it was possible to change that language and help patients feel well more quickly.
Even though the current psychological jargon was created to help the patient, Loren
found it difficult to concur with the heavy-handed diagnoses included under the guise of "mental illness," especially in his
interactions with younger patients.
Diagnosing behaviors and feelings in children often adds an additional burden to their already troubling experiences.
wanted to change the way people talked with children about their problems; he
wanted to offer the children an alternative that wouldn't pathologize their ups and downs, making them feel broken, bad, or abnormal.
hope of change evolved into this book, an attempt to contribute a way children, their physicians, their teachers, their psychologists, their parents, and others could change the current language about emotional problems.
Thus the story of Frimps, Smiles, and Twinkles is becoming a reality.
The story offers children a brighter and lighter way of discussing their problems.
In psychological terms, this means that through metaphor, improvisation, and externalization of discourse, there can be an alternative way of talking about troubling emotional experiences without pathologizing labels.
Because of his
many years in, and in relationship with, academics, Loren
has already contributed several presentations to many different types of audiences.
As an Associate Professor at a major health institution, Loren's credentials and provocative ideas have already elevated his
level of influence, even though the ideas are not new.
The concepts he
is using are already common knowledge and practice in many of the state-of-the-art, cutting-edge institutions.