The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Turn in the direction of the skid.
Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D.
Conformity, psychological integration, and freedom from disease are distinct concepts and stigmatized differently.
A remarkable class action suit—over which mental health services an insurance company can deny—could have nationwide implications.
One view of feminism is that it simply advocates that women should own their own bodies to the same extent that men do.
Obviously, parents who neglect (and many who abuse) don’t care enough, but less obviously, parents who spoil (and many who abuse) care too much.
It is no longer fashionable to specialize in humans.
Effective reassurance, which resolves anxiety, is an emotional bond that doesn’t vary with content.
The biggest problem with the search for objective truth is that objective truth rarely matters. People are much more concerned about other people’s approval than about what’s what.
Annoying other people is often a sign of psychopathology.
Art teaches us how to relate to ourselves and our experiences with the right mixture of mattering and not mattering.
If you lack an internal voice that assures you that you have a right to be heard, you have to turn the situation into a catastrophe to justify complaining about it.
Successful therapy depends on the fact that the patient will mess up the therapy in the same way as other relationships.
You can’t get better at anything unless you’re willing to look like you need to get better at it.
When we say that two people like each other, we often mean that they facilitate each other’s performances.
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.
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.