The Gift of Cancer:

Turn Your Tragedy into a Treasure… A Treasure Map to Happiness! (2014)


”Wendy Treynor had endured a lifetime of rejection. Why were some people so mean? What could be done about it? Going to graduate school to find out, she launched a quest to heal herself and others, but it later fell apart. Soon after earning her Ph.D., Treynor suddenly lost her career, money, health insurance and identity. She was so miserable she dreamed of getting cancer so she could make an easy exit from this world.

But everything changed when her wish for cancer came true. The disease sent Treynor on a journey of self-discovery, providing her with an enlightened understanding of the problem, its solution, and what it means to be happy. Weaving scholarship and story, this powerful book is more than just a compelling read. The Gift of Cancer is a transformational tool for anyone who wants to live a happier and more fulfilling life.”
-Peter Zuckerman, INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of Buried in the Sky

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“Wendy Treynor’s research has revealed powerful insights about human psychology, and now she shares the moving experiences from her personal journey.”


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”Wendy Treynor has written a wise, deep, touching, and funny meditation upon her experience with cancer.This is an honest and uplifting book, one that will empower and enlighten you.”
-Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Author of Born To Be Good:The Science of a Meaningful Life

Recalibrate Your Compass, Connect with Your Heart & Allow Yourself to Follow It!

”This books tells Wendy Treynor’s remarkable story of resilience and courage. May it shine a light on your own stepping stones to greater meaning.”
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., Author of Positivity and Love 2.0


“This beautiful book is a gift and therefore no surprise that its genesis is the truth of Wendy Treynor.  I have never before read a book with such raw truth in it.  Wendy is living proof that even cancer can be a gift, when we use it to discover and live once more as our TrueSelf.  In doing so, we heal our lives.”

– Derek Mills (The StandardsGuy®), Author of the BESTSELLING BOOK The 10-Second Philosophy®Creator of the StandardsRevolution(TM)

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“Wendy will touch your heart and inspire you to dig a little deeper and reach for new heights in both your life and career.”

Mark LeBlanc, President of Small Business Success, Author of Growing Your Business and Never Be the Same





Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology:

Understanding Human Cruelty, Human Misery, and, Perhaps, a Remedy (A Theory of the Socialization Process) (2009)


“… a strong, insightful offering from an ambitious young academic. Building on the work of the great American social psychologist Leon Festinger, author Wendy Treynor outlines a compelling theory of group dynamics that is both intuitive and science-minded. The core premises of Treynor’s theory–namely, that people actively seek acceptance and avoid rejection, and that identification with one’s social group is accompanied by the formation or dissolution of internal and external conflict–are based on well-documented social psychological principles. In a nutshell, she puts a new spin on Festinger’s famous cognitive dissonance and social comparison theories, uniting their disparate elements under a single functional framework. Treynor, who holds a doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, has clearly done her homework. Though strongly psychological in nature, her work touches on concepts from a wide variety of areas, including behavioral economics, mathematics, and philosophy….’Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology’ is an intriguing and thought-provoking read. Treynor’s theory is fresh, exciting …. Highly recommended.”
-Ali Neshati, Reader Views
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“… a highly intriguing and entertaining read, sure to give both psychology students and non-specialist general readers much to think about.”

James Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

Recalibrate Your Compass, Connect with Your Heart & Allow Yourself to Follow It!

“An amazing integration of classic and current social psychological theories.  This book is a tremendous primer for anyone interested in understanding the underlying motives behind human behavior and social interaction.”

-John Tauer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of St. Thomas


“Dr. Treynor’s work integrates across an amazing spectrum of theory to provide new views about social psychology.”

Adam B. Cohen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

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