Dr. Robert Moss – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

For Better or For Worse: Am I in Love with a Giver or a Taker? offers new insight as to how intimate relationship behavior patterns develop and are maintained as a result of the brain.

Based on the principle that humans attempt to control the world around them in order to elicit positive responses and emotions, Moss explains human behavior types in two categories: Givers and Takers.

By identifying whether your partner is a Giver or a Taker, Moss provides information on the most effective way to deal with each type of personality.

Tell us something about yourself.

Robert A. Moss, Ph.D., ABN/ABPP, co-author of For Better or For Worse: Am I in Love with a Giver or a Taker?, is an adult psychological treatment specialist in Greenville, South Carolina.

After obtaining a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in Clinical Psychology (with a co-major in Biopsychology), Moss went on to teach at a number of higher education institutions and practice in various hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina. Moss has been in private practice through the Center for Emotional Restructuring in Greenville, SC since 1993.

Dr. Moss is a practicing clinical psychologist in Upstate South Carolina with Board Certification in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology) and neuropsychology (American Board of Professional Neuropsychology).

He has authored 39 peer reviewed articles, in addition to writing five books. The two most recent articles (2006, 2007) explain the theoretical model of how learning and memory occur in the brain and the model’s application to the development and treatment of psychological disorders. His major professional focus has been on the development of a model of cortical functioning and its applications to psychotherapy.

What inspired you to write this book?

This is the next logical step in the books I have written. I have worked with a deep understanding of predictable human relationship patterns for years which I have shared with my patients. This book explains this understanding in detail, and how to best deal with our closest relationships.

How did you publish this book?

The book is self-published.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I found writing has always been easy for me, both professionally and for lay audiences. I got started in my professional career as an academic psychologist.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part is getting started in a long term commitment to write a book. It takes a great deal of discipline for me since I have a very busy practice and the weekends are the only time available to write.

How do you do research for your books?

I have done research and related publications over the years. I was trained both as a clinical psychologist and a biopsychologist, having board certification in both clinical psychology and neuropsychology. I have also had 27 years in full time practice seeing patients daily. Obviously, this is where I draw from.

What are you reading now?

I mainly read professional journals to stay abreast of the work in my fields of expertise.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I rarely have the time to read fiction and science fiction, which have been my leisure interests. I have also read a number of Christian books, as well as books in the area of cosmology and astrophysics.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?