Essential Reads

The Wonderful Wizarding World of Hypnosis with Children

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on July 14, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
Rowling's Harry Potter saga parallels the the professional world of clinical hypnosis. The best part of hypnosis with children is that they are sorcerers. We are the apprentices.

ART in ASD, Part One

By Laurence Irwin Sugarman M.D. on June 23, 2015 in On and Off the Spectrum
Could imbalance in the autonomic nervous system explain the complexity and heterogeneity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Could teaching kids and families affected by ASD skills in autonomic regulation broadly improve comfort and functioning? This is the first of three blog posts on our work at the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation at RIT.

Can You Really Sleep Away Your Fears?

By Marc Schoen Ph.D. on April 23, 2014 in 5 Cents: The Doctor Is In
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just sleep away our fears? It’s no secret that fear increases pain and suffering from any health problem. What if there was a way to conquer our fears that involved nothing more taxing than lying down calmly to sleep at night?

When Seconds Turn Into Minutes

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on January 18, 2014 in Out of the Darkness
It's extremely common for accidents and other moments of sudden shock to bring an extreme slowing down of time. Is this an evolutionary adaptation, or simply what happens when we shift into a different mode of consciousness?

More Posts on Hypnosis

5 Great April Fool’s Pranks and Why We Fall for Them

From pranks about UFOs to school yard tricks, April Fool's jokes are quite common and often effective. What is the psychology behind April Fool's pranks?

Treating Anxiety in Pregnancy Without Psychotropic Drugs

By Robert London MD on March 19, 2014 in Two-Minute Shrink
Planned pregnancy should be a time of joy. But for working women without paid medical leave, it's also a time of anxiety. The use of psychotropic medications to address anxiety in pregnant women is controversial. This 2-part series presents a non medical approach—cognitive behavioral therapy—to treat anxiety. Part I explores one component: restructuring thought patterns.

Learning to Control Pain

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 03, 2014 in Media Spotlight
A new review looks at the soaring social and economic costs of chronic pain and the development of psychological treatments that can help pain sufferers to manage their symptoms. Is that a new era in the study of chronic pain?

Doze Were the Days

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 04, 2014 in In Excess
Somnophilia is a sexual paraphilia in which sexual arousal is derived from intruding on, caressing, and/or fondling someone (typically a stranger) while they are asleep without force or violence. But what do we know psychologically about this rare sexual paraphilia?

Multiple Personality—Mental Disorder, Myth, or Metaphor?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 30, 2014 in Saving Normal
Multiple Personality Disorder is a fake diagnosis that occurs when a gullible therapist and a suggestible patient influence each other in the creation of new personalities.
8 Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful Time Of the Year"

8 Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful Time Of the Year"

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on December 11, 2013 in The Integrationist
(Somewhat) irreverent but very effective ways to help you survive the holiday season

Sleep Problems in the Transportation Industry

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 10, 2013 in Sleep Newzzz
We need to participate in creating a fundamental shift in how we think about sleep and its role in safety and welfare in public transportation.
Telling Silences: A Doctor’s Tales of Denial

Telling Silences: A Doctor’s Tales of Denial

By Jefferson M Fish Ph.D. on December 03, 2013 in Looking in the Cultural Mirror
Telling Silences: A Doctor’s Tales of Denial by Hillel Halkin M.D. is a book of invitingly-written clinical stories of patients in denial. The stories describe people whose symptoms are dramatic, who don’t tell loved ones or physicians about them, and who “forget” serious diagnoses, sometimes repeatedly.

Profiling Terrorist Leaders

By Deborah Schurman-Kauflin Ph.D. on October 31, 2013 in Disturbed
The common background factors of terror leaders

Alien Hand Syndrome and the Disunity of Mind

Although we experience a unity of consciousness, alien hand syndrome is a dramatic example of the fact that the mind is made up of many different streams of information.

Addicted to the Quick Fix

By Jeanne Safer Ph.D. on August 19, 2013 in The Last Taboos
Life-changing psychotherapy takes time.

7 Tips for Creating Positive Mental Imagery

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on June 18, 2013 in The Integrationist
We can all create "scary" images of undesirable outcomes for ourselves. Guided imagery can help us to leave behind outdated ideas about ourselves and what we can do, and harness the mind's ability to create positive change.

Kicking the Procrastination "Habit"

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on March 13, 2013 in The Integrationist
For me, procrastination was like a sub-par anti-anxiety drug that provided minimal, brief respite before leaving me with a horrific hangover. And yet, it took me a while to kick the habit.

Sleep Driving and Sleep Killing

Kenneth Parks drove 23 km while asleep and killed his mother in-law. He was fully acquitted because it was determined that he was sleepwalking. But is he really innocent?

Different Degrees of Incest and/or Sexual Abuse

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 30, 2012 in Fighting Fear
Different kinds of sexual encounters among family members have merged in many people’s minds with sexual abuse in general. Not surprisingly.

Implanting False Memories

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 04, 2012 in Media Spotlight
As Elizabeth Loftus reported in a recent talk, "We’ve done hundreds of experiments involving thousands of subjects showing that it’s relatively easy to change people’s memory of the details of an event that they’ve actually experienced.” How reliable are memories of abuse "recovered" through psychotherapy?

When Mom is a Drug Addict

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on October 30, 2012 in Shift Happens
I recently had a family come to see me. They were greatly concerned, that Mom was “using"—addicted to opiates and other narcotics that have kept her back pain at bay for years. A couple of pills in the morning get her up. Two more at breakfast. A few before making dinner. Yep, Mom is a drug addict!
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How to Feel Less Frightened

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 18, 2012 in The Career Within You
How awareness of defenses help us go into and through our fears to the other side. Fear of life, fear of death, and the importance of meaning in one's life are also discussed.

Am I Under His Spell?

By Sandra L. Brown M.A. on September 11, 2012 in Pathological Relationships
Pathological love relationships are exhausting and take their toll on your body through stress, diet, loss of sleep, and worry.

Suffering and Infertility

By Helen Adrienne L.C.S.W. on August 16, 2012 in On Fertile Ground
Reframe the suffering related to infertility. You may feel as if you are painted into a corner—but paint has a way of drying.

Smoking Is My Retirement Plan

Most people have a retirement plan — but many smokers have a novel one.

Whence the Compliments for Complementary Medicine?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on August 06, 2012 in Overcoming Pain
The psychology of looking beyond science-based medicine for relief of chronic pain.

Herzog's Hypnotic Heart

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 03, 2012 in Creating in Flow
The key to Werner Herzog's creative process in the film Heart of Glass was unlike that of other directors. Here's the story...

Faking Bad

The latest development in the James Holmes case has us wondering: Could he get away with multiple murder?

Five Traits That Could Get You "Abducted by Aliens"

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in Why We Worry
Many of those people who claim to be alien abductees are seemingly sincere, psychologically healthy, nonpsychotic people—so are their experiences real and their claims to have been abducted true? Psychological research has identified 5 traits that could get you “abducted by aliens”
Notes From a Consciousness Conference Part 1

Notes From a Consciousness Conference Part 1

By Daniel Bor Ph.D on July 12, 2012 in Pyramids of Meaning
The 1st part of my write-up of what I learnt at the recent science of consciousness conference (ASSC). The science of magic and hypnosis are discussed, in the light of what they can teach us about the mind and about consciousness.

The Art of the Pitch

By Dennis Palumbo on July 11, 2012 in Hollywood on the Couch

Fanny Moser (1848-1925)

By Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen Ph.D. on July 01, 2012 in Freud's Patients, A Serial

Hypnosis for Infertility

By Helen Adrienne L.C.S.W. on June 05, 2012 in On Fertile Ground
Does infertility have you at your wit's end? Explore hypnosis.