The Man Behind the Hug:
Dr. Stone Kraushaar
Hugging Strangers: Living A Life That Inspires You is not a typical how-to book, nor is there anything typical about its author, Dr. Stone Kraushaar. A believer that all people share a profound human connection, and there are no strangers, Dr. Kraushaar intends not only to transform the lives of individuals but also to extend that transformation to the world.
Drawing on his academic and professional experience as a psychologist and a life coach, a nurturing and supportive family, and a passion for helping people live powerful lives, Dr. Kraushaar sees relationships through the prism of hugging. To him, a hug, whether real or virtual, is a metaphor for knocking down walls and bringing people together. He has devoted his life to developing the skills, tools, and attitudes to become a world-class hugger. A warm and affectionate person, Dr, Kraushaar is perfectly comfortable hugging complete strangers and wants to share this approach to life with everyone.
Prior to launching his coaching practice, Dr. Kraushaar spent eight years as a staff psychologist with the Student Health Services at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. Before settling in St. Louis, he worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families in a group psychological practice in Northwest Arkansas.
Dr. Kraushaar graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Denver with his BS degree and earned his master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver. His dissertation explored how effectively a heterosexual therapist can provide therapy for male couples. His American Psychological Association (APA)-approved psychology internship was at the UCSB Student Health Services at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He completed his post-doctoral work at Yale student health services.