There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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Notes on being known
John T. Maier Ph.D., MSW
Some philosophers take it to be obvious that i am the thinker of any thought I have. But considerations from psychiatry and religious experience suggest this is not so obvious.
Books, when appropriately chosen and offered in a structured setting, can be a remarkably effective and readily available mental health intervention.
Mental health is a global problem. Research suggests that relatively inexpensive interventions might contribute to improving it.
Should drugs or alcohol be prohibited? Answering this question sensibly requires us to prioritize accommodating the needs of people with addictions.
People with anxiety tend to be reluctant to take chances. A distinction in decision-making helps explain the source of this reluctance and how to treat it.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an important and increasingly influential form of behavior-oriented therapy. It also has deep roots in the philosophy of mind and motivation.
When confronting major surgery, it can be difficult to find guidance on thinking about our mortality honestly and openly.
Mental health practice often involves discussing the private details of patients' lives in meetings and conferences. But this is ethically questionable.
Curious about leaving academia to become a therapist? This guide explains my experience and give tips for how to make the change yourself.
Regret is inevitable. But research into the psychology of regret helps us understand the reasons behind regret, and how we can learn to feel less of it.
Some therapies aim to change what we believe. But is that even possible?
What is addiction? Some argue that rather than a disease, addiction is a disability, and that the priority of addiction policy should be providing reasonable accommodations to addicted people.
A major medical pain organization has recently revised its definition of pain. The revision could affect treatment for millions of Americans. But pain has long eluded definition.
Therapy now has much less eye contact, thanks to Zoom sessions — and the field itself has trouble registering the scope of this loss.
John T. Maier, Ph.D., MSW, is a therapist and philosopher, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.