Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area; she has both a psychotherapy practice and a coaching practice. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. She received her B.A. in psychology from New York University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her psychotherapy practice, Rosenberg specializes in treating people with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. She has written several psychology textbooks, including one on abnormal psychology, is the author of What's the Matter With Batman?, Superhero Origins, and edited the anthology The Psychology of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
When our lives are in transition, it’s also some aspect of our identity. We know from many decades of psychological research that each of us has a variety of identities or “alter egos,” with at least a somewhat different alter ego for each context.
In fact, the more you inhabit an alter ego, behaving as you would like to be, the more it becomes a part of you in that context. Cognitive behavioral therapy capitalizes on this process by helping people change their behavior and thoughts, which in turn change their feelings, self-concept, and identity.