Essential Reads

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.

A Digital Therapist to Treat Depression?

We’re glimpsing the possibility of face-to-face therapy being replaced by virtual, tech-based modalities.

The Hubris of Neuroscience

Pop neuroscience represents a reductionistic misapplication of knowledge, ignores differences between persons, and negates explanations of human conduct in terms of free will.
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Social Signaling

By Thomas Lynch Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Radically Open
Chronically depressed? Pay attention to your social signaling.

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The Political Uses of Psychiatric Labels

The "Goldwater Rule" and the psychiatrization of sociopolitical conflict.

A Hands-On Approach to Psychotherapy?

Therapeutic touch can be effective if used appropriately.

Serious Messages in Jokes About Therapists

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
Unspoken issues that practitioners and patients may want to consider.

7 Stories You May Tell Yourself Invariably Arouse Anger

What fables might you tell yourself that increase your vulnerability to anger? Recognizing them and cultivating more realistic narratives is a potent pathway for healthy anger.

How to Nurture Authenticity in Your Children

Parents want their children to lead happy lives, but paradoxically this can lead them to push their children in the wrong directions

Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

The psychiatrist as state agent, the psychoanalyst as contractual helper.
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Unlocking the Unconscious: 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago Short Term Dynamic Therapy was poised to take over the world of psychotherapy. What happened?

What Business Are Therapists (Really) In?

Is your therapist doing therapy?

How and Why You Compromise Your Integrity

Your most important possession is your integrity. It’s your trustworthiness, word of honor. Yet at some point you’ve certainly violated this most “sacred” part of yourself. Why?

Help! My Antidepressants Aren’t Working

Are your antidepressants not working? Adding talk therapy may help.

Five Tools That Help Women Accept a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what tools help women accept a mental health problem? Women's resilience is manifold.

If Gandhi Was Your Marriage Therapist

Research has found that Gandhi's principles of fairness, peace, and principled protest can also change your love life.

Navigating Abuse by the Clergy—Part One

Oftentimes, abuse inflicted upon victims by clergy occurs within a context that is religious and is supposed to be safe.

Losing a Pregnancy Only to Lose One Again

Recurrent pregnancy loss is an isolating and traumatic experience for many.

Can Talking Cure? And If so, How?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What we talk about when we talk about talk therapy.
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Hey Doc, I'm Not Crazy! - Part I

Ever wonder why your primary care physician referred you to a psychologist? This may provide some insight.

“Is Psychotherapy for People of Color?”

By Mariel Buque M.A. on July 10, 2017 in Unpacking Race
“Is Psychotherapy for People of Color?” Ways in which psychotherapy can be effective with Clients of Color.

I Have Cancer; Do I Need to See a Therapist, Too?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
When cancer's emotional and physical pain makes one feel defective or alone, a place to find support, compassion, and build coping skills has the potential to go a long way.

Shame of Our Cities: Neglect of the Mentally Ill

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 07, 2017 in Saving Normal
A step-by-step comparison illustrates that the United States is the worst place in the world to be mentally ill and that Trieste is the best.

Lead by Listening

Most graduation speeches congratulate the graduates, saying something to the effect of: “This is the first day of the rest of your life.” This is not what Dr. Wake advised.

A Psychological Fourth of July

We can too easily forget that the purpose of self-government is to secure our own safety and happiness.

Can a Woman or a Man Love More Than Once?

By Susan Rako M.D. on July 03, 2017 in More Light
Can a woman, or a man, love more than once? Here are some thoughts on the Original Love Triangle.

The Most Effective Psychotherapy For Borderline Personality

What psychotherapy has the best outcome in the treatment of BPD?

Fidget Spinners — Toy or Therapy?

Are Fidget Spinners the new Therapy for ADHD and Stress?

Breaking Through the Wall of Schizophrenia

Research shows that people who have experienced trauma are more likely to be psychotic. Surprisingly, being bullied is one kind of trauma.

27 Facts About the Best Ways to Treat Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Depression is a common and highly impairing condition that often requires professional treatment. Find out what the research shows about what works and what doesn't.

Manliness and Mental Health

The need to appear masculine impacts men's mental health.

Coloring, Doodling and Drawing: Recent Research

Art therapy's research "romance" with coloring, doodling and drawing as self-regulation continues. Learn more about the latest research.

Conversation Cards Help Therapists Dig Deeper

Fink Cards: A tool designed to promote dialogue between therapists and clients.
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Sitting with Suffering

Mastering our environment is something that can feel impossible when the odds of anything getting better are slim.