Rats! Sometimes Psychiatrists Get It Wrong

Sometimes things are not what they appear to be in a locked psychiatric inpatient unit. This is a short story about a man who saw rats, and no one believed him.

Is Prescribing a Placebo the Same as Lying?

Is it ever OK to lie? The placebo response is well known. But prescribing a placebo borders on unethical in our age of informed consent. But are placebos happening all the time?

You Can Be a Reflective Detective and Reduce Stress

There is a lot of stress in the world right now. But you don't have to let it get to you. Become a Reflective Detective and take charge of your stress response.

The Science of Schadenfreude

Sometimes we laugh at someone else’s misfortune. We’ve all done it, even if we aren't proud of it. But once we know why we do what we do, we can choose to do something else.

Small Changes Can Have Big Effects: The I-M Approach

Have you ever promised yourself to do something only to fail miserably? Perhaps you are trying to do too much. The I-M Approach reminds us that small changes can have big effects.

War of the Worlds: Common Enemies

Orson Wells galvanized America with the alternate truth that we were being invaded by Martians. But do we still need a common enemy to feel united?

Are You the "In-Group" or the "Out-Group"?

Banning immigration and growing the military may be tapping into an ancient part of our brain more than we realize. Putting up a wall that separates us is easier than we think.

Why do People Lie? Part Two.

Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Strategic lying is all around us. So we form groups with people who share our values and we can trust. We are desperate to trust.

Why Do People Lie?

Everyone lies, some to save face, others to deceive for personal gain. This blog explores white lies, those untruths we say to preserve our value in the eyes of someone else.

Hungry? No You're Not! A Working Example of the I-M Approach

Ever been told you are wrong when you know you are right, or felt like your point of view is not respected? This is happening now in the USA with potentially devastating results.

Hungry? I'll Feed You! A Working Example of the I-M Approach

Ever feed someone? This simple kindness can have a long-lasting effect. The four domains of the I-M Approach are explored when a little boy asks his mother for a snack.

You Control No One but Influence Everyone: the I-M Approach

We could all use a road map to understand our own lives and the lives of others. The I-M Approach is a simple tool that unifies us all as doing the best we can.

What Happens When We See Ourselves as Doing the Best We Can?

We can be so good at putting ourselves down, putting each other down, and being put down.But we don't have to.The I-M Approach is a simple, powerful way to remind us of our value.

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall. Mirror, Mirror, Neurons All

We mirror the emotions of other people. What happens when that emotion is fear?

Trumping Fear

Did the 2016 Presidential Election make you sad, angry, afraid, and stressed? We can use our knowledge about brain science to help each other through this. It's all about respect.

God, the Future, and Our Brain

As we evolved, humans developed an ability to anticipate the consequences of our actions. This critical part of our survival brought with it an unexpected consequence: when we think about the future, we may think about our mortality. This fear may have contributed to our conception of a powerful entity to protect us after our bodies no longer can.

The Stigma of Mental "Illness" Part 3

Why do we say someone is mentally ill when they are just doing the best they can? And when we clear someone of psychosis how do we manage their response to the time they lost? Read this final installment of this three-part story to find out.

The Stigma of Mental "Illness," Part 2

With our deeper knowledge of Theory of Mind it is time to move away from the concept of pathology. As long as we keep seeing people as "sick", we should not be surprised that many are resistant to treatment. We are interested in what other people think or feel about us. All of us. This story of a man with schizophrenia illustrates the power of The I-M Approach.

The Stigma of Mental Illness Part 1

Anger is a powerful and scary emotion designed to change the behavior of someone else. But respect is equally powerful, a behavior designed to change the emotion of someone else. Read how respect is used in this story.

Sometimes I Hate Him

The I-M Approach is a strength based model of radical acceptance applied as easily to psychiatry and addiction as to every day life. This is the first of a series of stories inviting discussion from the readers about this model of care and approach to life in general. It is based on our human desire to be valued, and what can happen when we worry that we are not.

Reassessing Asperger's

A person with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) has difficulty with Theory of Mind: our ability to appreciate another person's point of view. But AS people can be very adept at noticing what people think and feel about them. This is a different perspective on perspective: that we are more interested in what people think or feel about us and later about what they think or feel.