Brad Blanton

Dr. Brad Blanton is a psychotherapist, author and seminar leader. He describes himself as “white trash with a Ph.D.” Armed with quick wit and an engaging Southern accent, he speaks with an unwavering honesty that is both disarming and challenging, a quality that has earned him admirers as well as detractors. His first book, Radical Honesty: How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth, became a nation wide best seller in 1996 and has been translated into seven languages. Also in 2002 he published Radical Parenting: Seven Steps to a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional World, which is about child rearing, and Brad says it is the most radical book he has ever written.

Brad has spent many years as an activist in the civil rights movement (1959-1964), marching against the Vietnam war (1963-1972), traveling around the US and Canada as a hippie in an old school bus (1970’s) and the world (1980’s until current times) dedicating himself to honesty, self discovery and contribution to other people. This, along with being a 40-year veteran of the human potential movement, has helped him develop a unique perspective on human nature. All of these experiences helped form his views about radical honesty. He teaches that the primary cause of stress, depression and anger is, “living in a story and lying to maintain it.”

Brad now lives in a small town in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where he spends his time writing and conducting workshops and playing golf. He regards his five children (ranging in age from 11 to 48) as his most influential teachers.