Jacques Salome interviewed by our readers

The most famous trainer in human relations did not want to become a guru. Now "retired", Jacques Salomé explains the themes that are close to his heart.

Pascale Senk

Jacques Salome has become a real communication phenomenon. His first book, "Tell me, I have things to tell you," reaches today the 500,000 copies sold, and all of his books have found some 3 million readers. This is thanks to a tremendous work of awareness and training, as well as an enthusiastic word of mouth, rarely relayed by the media. Jacques Salomé has found a tone, an original approach to talk to the general public about what touches him: problems of couple, education, self-expression, personal change ...

For more than twenty years, his Conferences have filled rooms from 1,000 to 2,000 people across the country. At 63, he has just "gone on vacation" and has withdrawn to Provence, to devote himself to the novelistic writing and its trees. However, we offered him to meet his audience again.

Faithful to "Psychologies"

Seven of our readers concocted a series of questions for Jacques Salomé: Sophie Couraud-Lalanne, former history teacher, Alexander Edström, bank employee, Christiane Esposito, mother of family, Béatrice Lambert, auxiliary of childcare, Pascale Marcelin, psychiatric nurse, Aleth Naquet, psychologist, and Isabelle Jeannard, without profession.

1) Her career

Béatrice Lambert: What are, according to you, the events that have been decisive in your career?

Jacques Salomé: Disease and the fight against this impotence that we sometimes feel when we are dependent. Reached bone tuberculosis between 10 and 14 years, I spent four years lying in plaster ... Although it may surprise, it was the best years of my life! Immobilized, I discovered reading, that is to say the dream, the inner journey. Above all, we were four children per room, living very close to each other for many months. I also learned the importance of the relationship. Moreover, in my professional career, very atypical, I knew several times change course. At 20, I was a trainee accountant, responsible for controlling - because I had the title - the work of experienced accountants who knew a hundred times more than me: a kind of contradiction that turned to relational madness. I held out for two years and then resigned. I became interested in difficult childhood and headed for ten years a house of delinquent and temperamental children.I was also a sculptor, potter, but as I lacked talent, I did not insist ... A decision was particularly decisive for me: at 40, I left the wage to become independent.

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