Jersey Shore author Vinny Guadagnino: The next Deepak Chopra?

Author Vinny? It's true!

“Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino is out to prove there’s more to him than just being a suave guido who occasionally suffers from pink eye. In his new book, “Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool,”  Guadagnino proves that not only can he pronounce such serious names as  Deepak Chopra, Thich Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle, but he also sees himself as an “ambassador” to their influential brand of pop-psych for a younger generation.

“They are the masters. I certainly didn’t invent this stuff, but it wasn’t them inventing it either,” he told Metro. “It’s just a message that can be told in many different voices — a Buddhist monk, a psychologist, a spiritual guru or now, you know, a cast member of the ‘Jersey Shore.’”

For Guadagnino, who has suffered from various panic disorders since high school and even during Season 1 of the show that made him famous, it was this anxiety that led him to start reading the self-help genre.

“I started to read these books and put together a program in my head for myself. That program is what I use a lot on four seasons of ‘Jersey Shore,’ and it’s gotten me through all of them.”

Until last year, at least, when Guadagnino took a brief hiatus from Season 5. “The last season got a little overbearing for me, because we had this stressful schedule where we had to come over and start a new season straight from Italy,” he explains of his dramatic (yet brief) departure from the series.

“What happened on the show, it happened for me naturally. So I said, ‘You know what? Now’s the perfect opportunity to try to help people because they know I’m not bulls–ing. It’s all real life.’”

Speaking of real life, with J-Woww, Snooki and Pauly D all enjoying spin-off shows, what’s next for Guadagnino?

“This will definitely be a part of my career for a long time to come — being a younger voice that speaks about serious issues,” he says. “I was a political science major, and I’ve always been interested in and involved in political and social movements. I like having a grassroots, soldier-on-the-field approach to these issues, rather than it always being like a doctor or a lawyer.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.