Can Art Heal Loss and Trauma?

Artists expressing suffering through their work is nothing new. Art therapy is also nothing new. But, recent years have seen an uptick in the number of exhibits combining the two in innovative and meaningful ways. The purpose of these exhibits is artistic, yes. But they’re also intended to help heal suffering. Does it work?

Could the Recent Airline Disasters Cause Us All PTSD?

People watched in horror on July 17 as a Malaysian airliner was shot down from the skies of eastern Ukraine and again Wednesday as TransAsia flight GE222 crashed. As the world continues investigating the circumstances surrounding these events, loved ones could face more than just grief. They could face symptoms on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. What about the rest of us?

Monty Python's "Bright Side of Life" Offers Some Bad Advice

This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Monty Python's seminal achievements, "The Life of Brian." In the film's iconic final scene, viewers are given some strong (albeit tongue-in-cheek) advice through the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." But is this actually good advice? Or might there be something dangerous in positive thinking?

Forgiving the Unforgivable: 20 Years After Genocide

In April, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council tasked Clementine Wamariya and other delegates to attend the twentieth anniversary commemoration of Rwanda’s genocide. Along with countless other victims, Clementine asks whether it's possible to forgive the seemingly unforgivable.

Writing Wrongs: Writing About Trauma Leads to Better Endings

Oxford Dictionaries and countless media outlets dubbed 2013 “the year of the selfie.” Some have said the increase in self-focused Facebook posts, Tweets, and Blogs is part of an epidemic of narcissism. But might there be some real value here?

Will Technology Replace Traditional Psychotherapy?

The new iOS upgrade has made headlines this past week. But technology upgrades are happening across a variety of domains, including in psychotherapy. As therapy apps, online support groups, and video counseling blossom, we ask whether people should be worried or thrilled.

Colorado Flood: Will Social Support Recede With the Waters?

Aid and national sympathy poured into Colorado during the past week, as victims faced flooding of unthinkable proportions. But research shows that, as the flood waters recede, social support is likely to diminish with them, leaving some survivors feeling abandoned. Is there anything we can do to stop this from happening?

Grudge Match: Can Unforgiveness Be Bad For Our Health?

In the week after the Jewish Day of Atonement, we reflect on forgiveness in the midst of a chaotic world. Can unforgiveness be bad for our heath? Can forgiveness help us to live a healthier, happier life?

Zero Worship: Did Surviving Cancer Make Armstrong a Hero?

The recent Lance Armstrong PR nightmare leads us to ask why we so easily accord survivors role-model status, and should we?