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A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

Most therapists aren't providing research-supported treatment. How to spot a good one.

No Horsing Around About the Human-Equine Bond

For millennia, horses have worked hard for humans, and today they serve as the ultimate therapists. Here's a look at the important roles horses play in the human experience.

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.

Stronger Drugs, Stronger Placebos

By Peter D Kramer on July 19, 2016 in In Practice
New research is elucidating the biological underpinnings of the placebo response. The results might enhance our appreciation of real—inherently effective—medications.

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4 Simple Steps to Conquer Your Fears

Tired of being dominated by your fears? Here are four tips to help you overcome them.

The International OCD Conference: A Focus on Compassion

By Dennis Tirch Ph.D on July 27, 2016 in Practice Compassion
We look at the many reasons why compassion can enhance the treatment of OCD and anxiety.

Free-Range Psychology

Just as the heath care field is moving towards personalized medicine, free-range psychology is well positioned to be the wave of the future.
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The Best Thing to Do Before Handling a Problem

What is one easy thing you can do before walking into a difficult situation?

Help Me: A Psychotherapist’s Tried-and-True Techniques

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Those who strive for perfection rather than excellence often end up with self-condemnation. Yet they often justify their self-defeating beliefs with “personal propaganda."

Just Being Near You Is Rewarding for Dogs

A new study suggests that dogs find merely being near humans to be rewarding, even without social interactions.

Emotional Support Animals: The Therapist's Dilemma

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Animals and Us
Should therapists provide letters that will allow their clients to bring dogs on airplanes and have access to no-pets housing?

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: The Poké-Demic of 2016

By Ryan Anderson on July 18, 2016 in The Mating Game
In 2016, the mobile gaming world has thus far been defined by one thing above all others: Pokemon Go. This article looks at some of the ingenious psychology behind the app

Are Antidepressant Medications the Next Drug Abuse Epidemic?

Congress passed legislation this week to slow the epidemic of pain-killer addiction. What could also slow the epidemic of drug use for treating the emotional pain of depression?

4 Parts of a Real Apology

Apology is a relational process that leads to change.

Is Pokémon GO a Virtual Drug?

Is Pokémon GO a revolution or passing fad? Does its form of augmented reality offer new opportunity for therapeutic benefits or are risks like addiction and recklessness too great?

Will Augmented Reality Be the New Therapy?

Can augmented reality gamify mental health treatment?

The New Normal: Helping Accident Survivors Move Forward

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in The New Normal
A new blog about auto accident recovery issues.

A Case of the Trumps

Leon Neyfakh talks to psychotherapist, Mark O’Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his clients’ psyches.

Bad Listening Skills: Unwanted "Empathy"

By Hank Davis on July 09, 2016 in Caveman Logic
There are lots of ways to be a bad listener. Many are well-intentioned and no different from what you learned from dear old mom and dad. It's time to upgrade your listening skills.

3 Reasons Why Parents Let Their Kids Bully Them

Do you let your kid push you around? Here's how your childhood set you up to be bullied by your children.

Managing Emotions: Mindfulness, Impulsivity, and Goldilocks

Mindfulness is an affordable substitute for the real thing.

Healing Our Wounds: Finding the Gold Within

When we find the gold hidden in our wounds, the healing process becomes more than resolving our pain. It becomes a path to discovering our greatest gifts.
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Writing Through Trauma

On writing and living through complex trauma.

Mourning? - Yes. Forgiveness? - No.

I do not understand why the principle of forgiveness is held in such high esteem. The process by which we come to terms with the past is through mourning.

Taking It Like a Man: Understanding Grieving Styles

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on July 04, 2016 in Good Mourning
Do men and women grieve differently? Some do, some do not.

New Study Shows Mindfulness Helps Prevent Depression

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 01, 2016 in Urban Survival
Can mindfulness help prevent depression from returning? New study finds that it's just as effective as traditional therapies and maybe even more so.

10 Ways to Avoid Emotional Fireworks

When someone gets their knickers in a twist and blows up, how do you handle it? If your current way of dealing with emotional fireworks isn’t working, here are ten tips to help you

The Origins of Our Emotional Life: Our Earliest Feelings

Our earliest nine inborn feelings—“primary affects”—are key to understanding human development and emotional life. What are they? How do they work?
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Trauma and Sleep: Treatment

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Sleepless in America
People who have suffered trauma often experience sleep problems. Treating sleep disorder such as nightmares and insomnia can help facilitate the treatment of trauma related stress.

Talking About Money

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 30, 2016 in In Therapy
How do you cope with financial stress? Ever tried talking about it?

A Couple Quits Therapy; What Is “Normal” Desire?

By Marty Klein PhD on June 29, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
When is a lack of desire a problem to fix, and when is it a reasonable response?

Use an Overlooked Psychological Literacy to Reach Your Goals

There is a consensus about the importance of promoting psychological literacy, but a fundamental yet overlooked aspect of the literacy remains to be examined.

Is Your Therapist a Narcissist?

By Donna Barstow on June 28, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Here's why doctors think they're all that.

Art Making and Stress Reduction

Is art making always a stress-reducing experience? Cumulative research points to "it's complicated;" the art psychotherapeutic relationship plus biomarkers may hold the key.