Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Turn in the direction of the skid.
Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D.
School shooters think of themselves as if they are in an action movie.
Even a purely biological view of people would be grander than contemporary psychology’s.
Since we are not unitary selves, but an assortment of response repertoires, emotions, and goals, we need some system of government to secure the blessings of liberty.
Grades should be recalibrated so that an A means actual mastery of the material.
Virtually everyone experiences a decline in fluid intelligence after about 70 years on the planet.
The ends may not justify the means, but neither do the means justify the ends.
A major source of stress in life comes from finding yourself in a role you can’t pull off.
All you know about a man is that he loves poetry and crossword puzzles. Is he more likely to be an English professor at Harvard or a truck driver?
5 Ideas: Will parents use them?
1. Childhood is not all preamble.
How much of parenting literature makes complicated what is actually quite simple.
The forces shaping our politics are also shaping our therapies.
Identify and include the relevant marginalized parts of the self.
The appeal of reviling other therapists' approaches.
Orient trainees by displaying clinical values.
Nabokov confronts us with the elegant stories we tell ourselves to excuse our selfishness.
Therapy is ongoing assessment and assessment is ongoing case formulation.
Good metacommunication describes annoying behaviors and annoying people in ways that they would readily agree with.
Is your therapist doing therapy?
We can too easily forget that the purpose of self-government is to secure our own safety and happiness.
A therapist who thinks it’s fine to coast is hardly an advertisement for change.
Do your teachers' abilities to recognize patterns, apply ideas, and develop a working alliance set a cap on what you can learn?
Foss and Griffin’s invitational rhetoric describes a foundation for therapy and what ought to be a foundation for marital spats and diversity dialogues.
David Hicks explores masculine aggression in a new novel, White Plains, that is engaging, insightful, and funny.
If you don’t pay close attention, it can seem as if the football announcer is causing the players to do what they do.
The question is whether any further investment is worth the effort given the lifespan one foresees.
What is the opposite of eating?
Psychological health means constructing a version of oneself that is essentially human.
Much of life is Jeopardy, not Family Feud. We want to know the actual state of affairs, not what the survey says.
The selection process is a window into the program’s vision of what psychology is.
A therapist who can’t pass the Turing Test (a computer’s ability to pass for human in conversation) should not be allowed to graduate.
Michael Karson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Denver.
Musings (amusing musings, I hope) on psychotherapy, personality, and life from a practitioner steeped in experience, resistant to rules, and suspicious of categories.