New podcast: Karen Salmansohn

Self-help needs help. It can be tedious. It can be preachy. It can be dull and holier than thou. It’s an embarrassing part of the book store to be caught in.
Unless you’re with Karen Salmansohn.

She is a former copywriter (in fact, she named the Burger King Croissanwich®) and she has great knack for reducing wisdom to pithy memorable phrases. Her Facebook page is full of things like “You are a fine piece of china. Don’t let anyone treat you like a paper plate,” “If 2 people love each other, nothing is impossible (Except deciding where to eat)” and “If you are in a relationship and all you do is cry, you need to stop and ask yourself, are you dating a human being or an onion?” Her preoccupations may seem to be love and food but there’s a lot more to her too.

Karen has sold over a million copies of her wonderful and hilarious self-help books, gorgeously illustrated books like How to Be Happy Dammit, The Prince Harming Syndrome, and The Bounce Back Book. She’s a contributor to Oprah, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Lifetime TV, a relationship expert for, and a radio host on Sirius. I am lucky to call her my friend and to have her share her wisdom with us on this week’s podcast.

We talked about Aristotle, optimism, perfectionism, masochistic equilibrium, breaking bad habits, changing your neural pathways, and the bucket list from Hell. Oh, and she defines “flawesome.” It’s a funny and fascinating conversation.

Monkey of the Week: The Fuggedabout-it. It’s that voice that says: Tomorrow’s another day. So’s the day after next Thursday. That tells me to quit doing anything that seems to be making a positive difference in my life. It’s an exhausting and boring beast.

Here’s the episode:

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What’s your experience with your monkey? How has it affected you, and how have you overcome it? Record your Monkey Tale at

5 thoughts on “New podcast: Karen Salmansohn”

  1. […] of passion project, Danny’s discussions and interviews will help keep your monkey at bay. In this podcast, Danny talks to Karen Salmansohn, one of the most creative and stubbornly positive p… Have a listen, and be […]


  2. Danny your are hitting it “out of the ballpark”, if you were a baseball player you would be in the hall of fame.
    Karen’s use of “discerning” and being a discerning person resonated with me. I also enjoyed last week’s podcast, actually I enjoy them all. But one comlaint, I find that you are challenging me to become organized so I can respond to all of your inspiring work and my monkey says that I don’t have the time. Isn’t that interesting? Monkey says and does a lot of other things, more to come…..


  3. Dear Danny,
    I have bought and read all of your books, completed all of the Sketchbook Skool kourses as well as reading your blog. I have learned more than I ever dreamed of and this year got a commission to illustrate a children’s book. I have thought of writing to you to thank you many times but my monkey told me,” Don’t be stupid. He won’t be interested in hearing from you!”
    So I’ Ve never really thanked you properly.
    Thank you so much. You are an incredible inspiration to so many people. That’s why I was so surprised today to hear you talk on your podcast about overcoming your monkey telling you that no-one is interested. Amazing.
    Thank you again for everything. You are a legend!


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