In the Name of Knowledge, Schools are Stupid

People in schools are trapped in an authoritarian educational bureaucracy beholden to corporate and political interests. But they’re also trapped by a culture that insists we (especially the professional knowers among us) must know what we’re doing or we wouldn’t be doing it.

Is a Broken Heart Like a Broken Leg?

What will be the future of mental health? That's the question confronted by leading experts who are working to broaden what it means to help those in emotional pain, inform the public of options that already exist, and create new tools for leading a happier life.

Note to Self: How I Plan to End My Life

If you've "lost your memory" have you lost your personhood? Your humanity? This is a critical question in discussing ways to humanize dementia care.

Is Treatment Helping? Can We Ever Know?

What is a normal, garden-variety human being? How does one go about being human? Without robust answers to these questions, discussions of abnormality or psychopathology will be fatally constrained in their ability to bring about lasting and effective solutions. Finding normal & understanding how it is achieved & maintained is perhaps the most pressing issue of our times.

How to Improve Your Emotional Health in 2015

Is it really better to give than to receive? What if all you have to give is your pain? Always playing the getting game instead of the giving game keeps us alone and deprived.

Holiday Warning: Giving Can Change Your Life!

What does it mean to give in a world that rewards getting? Combine some sociology with therapeutic wisdom for the answer.

"The Grand Prix of Hallucinations"

In this community, people don't try to silence the voices they hear or keep them to themselves. They socialize them, study them, play with them, and gain the courage to live joyously.

Why Ask Why?

Most therapy (of both the talk and drug varieties) is built on the assumption that discovering why you’re feeling a certain way is the secret to feeling better. It’s time to examine this assumption—in therapy and the rest of our lives. We might be surprised at how we feel when we loosen the hold causality has on us.

Do You Need a Diagnosis to Get Some Help?

"Do we need to relate to people in emotional pain as having brain disorders or a chemical imbalance?" Therapists are going out on the streets to ask ordinary people what they think about diagnosis. Not everyone's bought the mental health establishment's package.

How Does Your Therapist Perform?

Exciting developments are afloat in the ongoing challenge to give practitioners and their clients more choices in how to deal with emotional distress than biologically-based diagnosis. They're coming from psycholgoists themselves and from a new breed of performance activists.

How Do You Deal With Despair?

“One does not cure neurosis, one changes a society which cannot do without it.” How are we doing at that? What can we be doing?

Is Psychology Missing the Play Revolution?

TEDxNavesink was all about play. Play and mental disorders. Play and video games. Play and trauma. Play and human development. Play and human connection. Play and school achievement. Is this ground-breaking research passing psychology by?

Danger! A Frightening New Mental Illness

The makers of illness have done it again. Their new diagnosis of "sluggish cognitive tempo" is as frightening as it is silly. Diagnosis as a way of life is controlling our lives.

Rate Your "Emotional Talent"

Psychology and education too often have a lopsided view of talent. Lev Vygotsky tells us, "Love can reach the same level of talent and even genius, as the discovery of differential calculus." Take the emotional talent poll.

What’s Critical Psychology? Look It Up!

The new Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology tells you everything you never knew about psychology. Written by dozens of international experts, this impressive work uncovers and analyzes the political and cultural underpinnings of mainstream theory and practice—and presents alternatives. What empowers us? What diminishes us?

Does Our Obsession with Knowing Keep Us from Living Fully?

With information at our finger tips and every other person an expert on something, everyday talk is often a citing of facts and figures, sharing what you know rather than building intimacy and expressing love. A famous playwright sheds light.

Can We Create Mental Health?

There's a National Dialogue on Mental Health going on, and it's not all the same old, same old. Creating Community Solutions involves everyone (not just professionals) in the challenge of figuring out together if and how communities can create mental health in such uncertain and stressful times. A refreshing alternative to trying to "fix" people.

Why is Alan Alda Playing with Science?

What do a Nobel Prize winner, a famous actor, and a beloved Sesame Street character have in common? They’re turning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to STEAM—adding Art and countering the dichotomy between science and the arts, work and play, discipline and creativity.

Why Our Kids Need Drama

Drama programs often attract young people who have difficulty fitting in with middle-of-the-road school social life. Participation in the whole of the theatrical production can provide the positive social updraft that can help youth overcome the feelings of alienation fostered by the impersonal emphasis on test scores.

Why Knowing Keeps Us Dumb

Are we persisting too long in believing knowledge is the engine of progress? Has knowing outlived its usefulness? Is modernism's paradigm now an impediment to how we go about solving problems—from family disputes to world hunger?

Three Ways to Counter Psychobabble

From stand up comedy and dance to fiction, scholars in science and social sciience are finding creative ways to popularize their work. Not leaving it to traditional pubishers or journalists, they're taking control over how their work is interpreted and disseminated. This could be good news—especially for psychology and mental health where hype still prevails.

The Surprising Secret of Why Therapy Works

Psychotherapy works because it makes social what we've mistakenly been taught to think is individual and private—not because it fixes what's wrong with us. The implications for how we relate in everyday life are huge.

Expand Your Imagination: Meet the Creativity Gurus

Play, creativity and imagination are essential components of the kind of psychology people need—a psychology of possibility, development, transformation and hope.

A New Way of Seeing Development (Hint: We Make It Happen)

What are stages of life? From Freud to Piaget to Erikson we’ve been told that the human life process is a series of progressively higher stages that people pass through. Today, many psychologists and educators have given new meaning to the term. Borrowing from the theatre, stages of life are how and where we perform our lives.

The Biggest Myths About Emotions & How to Weaken Their Grip

Emotions aren’t things we have or possess. They’re things we do. We're not born with them. We don’t have a fixed or finite number of them. How do we create new forms of emotional life?

Beware the Neuroscience News Cycle

Even if brain researchers are cautious about interpreting their findings, they can't control what others do with them. And the public suffers.

"My Brain Made Me Do It!" Are We Seduced by Neuroscience?

Let's be cautious about what neuroscience reveals. Discoveries about the chemistry and workings of the human brain during a particular emotional experience tell us something new and potentially significant about brain activity. But about our lived emotional lives? That’s a different story.

How to Spread "Slow Ideas"—Talk to People

What the 19th century hospital OR and today's non-diagnostic psychotherapies have in common may surprise you. A surgeon, writer and public health researcher has insights that can help those with new ideas that are slow to be embraced.

Performing—A New Way to Live

Across disciplines, scholars are discovering the new "psychology of performance"—To perform is to explore, to play, to experiment with new relations, to cross borders.

Do We Need a Global Summit on Diagnosis?

How do you think diagnosis functions for client and patients?