Winch, who was born in London, England, and is an identical twin (also his brother Gil Winch, Ph.D., is a psychologist), has lived in several places, but he has resided in New York for the last 30 years.
He traveled there to acquire his Ph.D. from New York University (NYU) and stayed for a postdoctoral study that included family and couples therapy with Salvador Minuchin and accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy with Diana Fosha (AEDP). Subsequently, he established a practice that is currently half a couple and family consultation and a solo therapy…He does not, however, practice full-time; he has other hobbies.
Guy Winch, who lectures on psychology to individuals from all areas of life, says he almost always begins a presentation by establishing a case for why mental and emotional health is vital.
To avoid thinking about psychology, he began doing stand-up comedy and creating scripts that had nothing to do with his career. After a string of bad luck with having screenplays published, he chose to write about psychology.
The Squeaky Wheel, his first book, was about how to complain successfully in relationships and in life in general.
He is now working on his fourth.
Inspiring Talks by Guy Winch
- “Everyone knows smoking can kill you, but virtually no one knows that loneliness is a dangerous condition”
- “There’s not much you can do for a friend who smokes, but loneliness is one thing everyone can help with.”
- “I always assume, and I think I assume correctly, that a lot of people don’t ever stop to take their emotional pulse. Their emotional health doesn’t mean anything to them at all,”
- “From the beginning, I’ve been interested in regular people, in how to make their lives better,”
- “There wasn’t much attention paid to that in graduate school. We never studied rumination or loneliness, but to me, those things were really interesting. That meant I had to go to the journals and look up the research,”
- “I found that when you break it down into English and give them practical takeaways, people find that very interesting,”
- “I have a real passion for writing. It’s not torturous for me,”
- “I got letters from all over the world that said ‘Thank you, you saved me,”
- “Under the hood, we’re all more similar than dissimilar,”
- “Failure is so common a human experience that what distinguishes us from one another is not that we fail but rather how we respond when we do.”
- “We often neglect our psychological wounds until they become severe enough to impair our functioning.”