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Turn in the direction of the skid.
Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D.
Power signals among men—and the regular guys caught in the middle.
We have to have a sense of who we are to function, but that same sense limits us.
Explain the problem the dyad will work on in psychological terms and make it clear how the therapy will help.
You ought to be talking pretty regularly with someone you’re dating about how each of you sees the role of romantic partner or spouse.
Successful treatments for addiction must have, broadly speaking, three components, aimed at broadening reinforcement, alleviating withdrawal if present, and tolerating extinction.
Gender refers to the repertoire of behaviors that is maintained by differential reinforcement because of the person’s sex.
Some forms of psychopathology are usefully considered as problematic framings of time horizons.
Sexual attractiveness and aging.
Are your outrages properly aligned?
Wu wei, wu yu, woo woo, and wu moo.
Much psychotherapy is an opiate.
Stigma can spur people to behave better, even as it causes anxiety about falling short.
The more sedentary our society becomes, the more likely that any difficulties with sitting still will be a disorder.
The educational culture that produces better people has been colonized by the moneychangers.
School shooters think of themselves as if they are in an action movie.
Even a purely biological view of people would be grander than contemporary psychology’s.
Since we are not unitary selves, but an assortment of response repertoires, emotions, and goals, we need some system of government to secure the blessings of liberty.
Grades should be recalibrated so that an A means actual mastery of the material.
Virtually everyone experiences a decline in fluid intelligence after about 70 years on the planet.
The ends may not justify the means, but neither do the means justify the ends.
A major source of stress in life comes from finding yourself in a role you can’t pull off.
All you know about a man is that he loves poetry and crossword puzzles. Is he more likely to be an English professor at Harvard or a truck driver?
5 Ideas: Will parents use them?
1. Childhood is not all preamble.
How much of parenting literature makes complicated what is actually quite simple.
The forces shaping our politics are also shaping our therapies.
Identify and include the relevant marginalized parts of the self.
The appeal of reviling other therapists' approaches.
Orient trainees by displaying clinical values.
Nabokov confronts us with the elegant stories we tell ourselves to excuse our selfishness.
Therapy is ongoing assessment and assessment is ongoing case formulation.
Michael Karson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Denver.
Musings (amusing musings, I hope) on psychotherapy, personality, and life from a practitioner steeped in experience, resistant to rules, and suspicious of categories.