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. The new revised edition was just released by Sparrowhawk Publications in April 2005. His second book, Practicing Radical Honesty: How to Complete the Past, Live in the Present and Build a Future with A Little Help From Your Friends, about the relationship between personal transformation and social transformation, was the first cause of his 2006 race for congress. In 2002, consistent with that same theme, he published Honest to God: A Change of Heart that Can Change the World (with Neale Donald Walsch). 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. In 2004 he edited and published The Truthtellers: Stories Of Success By Radically Honest People which is made up of inspiring stories of what happened to people from all walks of life, who read Brad’s books or graduated from his eight day residential Workshop called The Course in Honesty , when they tried being honest in the real world. His first novel, Beyond Good and Evil: The Eternal Split-Second Sound-Light Being was released in the summer of 2005. Brad’s most recent book, The Korporate Kannibal Kookbook, was released in late 2010 and proposes eating the rich in order to save the world. The following year he published Volume 1 of his autobiography, Some NEW Kind of Trailer Trash.
Brad has been interviewed on hundreds of television and radio shows in the US and abroad, including 20/20 with John Stossel, Dateline-NBC, CNN Talk Back Live, Montel Williams, Sally Jesse Raphael, Iyanla, Roseanne, and others. He has been written about in Men’s Health, Inner Self, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, The Chicago Herald-Tribune, The Washington Post and many others.
Brad earned his doctorate from the University of Texas in 1966 when he was 25 years old. He trained at Esalen Institute in California with Fritz Perls, Bob Hall and Jim Simpkin. He was founding president of the Gestalt Institute of Washington, D.C. in 1970. He spent 25 years in the private practice of clinical psychology and became the Director of The Center for Well Being in Washington, D.C. where he did psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and groups. He also served as a consultant to corporations, government and the media. In 1990 he moved to central Virginia and founded Radical Honesty Enterprises, a private corporation, and the Center for Radical Honesty, a nonprofit corporation that promotes honesty in the world. He created the Course in Honesty Eight Day Workshop and, for the last fifteen years, has conducted that and other workshops at the rate of six to ten times a year in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has conducted workshops at the Rowe Camp and Conference Center, Omega at Rhinebeck, New York and Omega at the Crossings in Austin, Texas and other growth centers. He has conducted corporate trainings in the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.
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 6 to 43) as his most influential teachers.