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.

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?

9 Tools for (Finally!) Kicking Procrastination to the Curb

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on March 18, 2013 in The Integrationist
I, too, was once a world-class procrastinator. Here are my 9 favorite, time-tested tools for conquering procrastination, remaining focused, and getting things done!

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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 Guided imagery can help us to leave behind outdated ideas about ourselves and what we can do, and harness the mind's ability to create positive change.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.

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!

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.

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.

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 2

By Daniel Bor Ph.D on July 17, 2012 in Pyramids of Meaning
How is consciousness turned off when general anesthesia floods our brain? The answer involves a complex pattern of differing neural harmonies, which reveals much about what it means to be conscious.
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.

PTSD Policy Changes

By Eric Newhouse on May 15, 2012 in Invisible Wounds
A new Army policy discourages some types of PTSD treatments, saying they do more harm than good. And in deference to soldiers' concerns, the policy has broadened its range of approved alternative therapies to encourage programs like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) and neurofeedback.

How I Learned Not to Take My Panic Attacks Personally

By Priscilla Warner on April 30, 2012 in Learning to Breathe
How I Learned Not To Take My Panic Attacks Personally

Caveat Emptor: How to Know if You're Trusting Your Mental Health Care to a Dangerous Therapist

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on April 27, 2012 in Think Well
Here's everything you need to know about therapy and therapists to make a smart choice.

Empirical Perspectives on Prayer for Healing

By Candy Gunther Brown Ph.D. on April 10, 2012 in Testing Prayer
In previous posts, I’ve noted problems with how most research on prayer for healing has been conducted. Researchers have attempted to design double-blinded, controlled trials of distant intercessory prayer.

Freud's Cognitive Revolution

How Freud rejected the Cartesian approach to the human mind and started his own cognitive revolution.

Reflections on Milton Erickson

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on December 17, 2011 in Suffer the Children
Milton Erickson, M.D., is most well known for his brilliance in the art of medical hypnosis. His ability to heal his patients by accessing the their unconscious mind with the use of trance has inspired many generations of therapists.

James Jackson Putnam on the creativity of dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on October 28, 2011 in Dream Catcher
James Jackson Putnam (1846-1918) was a Boston neurologist who is known mostly for his unusually courageous advocacy for Freudian psychoanalysis at a time (1905-1918) when Freud's ideas were deeply unpopular in America and considered disreputable and obscene.

Three Keys to Optimum Mental Fitness

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 21, 2011 in Think Well
Most people know the importance of regular physical exercise. Few people know, however, that proper psychological fitness training is also very important for overall health and optimum well-being. Here's how to exercise you mental muscles.

"Letting-Go Coping" With Infertility

By Helen Adrienne L.C.S.W. on January 26, 2011 in On Fertile Ground
Coping means dealing with and overcoming problems, and there are plenty of those if you're in the fertility battle. In fact, problems of one kind or another roll at you like a tsunami at times and the main goal in coping is to learn how to ride the wave without getting swamped.

How to Find Help for OCD

By Jon Abramowitz Ph.D. on November 11, 2010 in All Things OCD
Finding a therapist who really knows how to help you treat OCD isn't as easy as it seems. Here are my tips for people with OCD and their friends and family members.

The Incredible 'Shrinking' Office

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 11, 2010 in Design on My Mind
Every therapist's space provides the backdrop against which clients' personal dramas will be revealed.  Yet, psychologists receive little, if any, training about how to set an effective stage for the client-practitioner interplay.

How Hypnosis Can Heal the Body

By John Ryder Ph.D. on October 19, 2010 in Hypnosis: The Power of Trance
 Can Hypnosis eliminate pain? 

Interview with Therese Walsh: The Last Will of Moira Leahy

By Jennifer Haupt on August 26, 2010 in One True Thing
Read my interview with Therese Walsh, author of a novel that blurs the lines between memory and story, birth and death, and much more.

Celebrity Rehab Prevention - Avoiding Addiction

Performers are under enormous pressure, markedly increasing their risk of addiction.  Here are the risks - and some ways to prevent them.