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Rethink How You Think: How to Create Lasting Change Today

July 29th, 2014
For a science-informed book on self-improvement, Rethink How You Think can be both illuminating and confounding. The primary reason is its splicing of science and religion: two camps perennially at odds. However, this is not the kind of book that has been somewhat in vogue the past few years, a pop-science look at religiosity versus ...

Book Review: The One & Only

A palpable buzz is in the air of Huntington’s renowned book shop. On a May night, this Long Island, New York, venue is packed with females and the demographic is vast: teenage girls, young women, and senior citizens all seated in place. We’re here to meet Emily Giffin, the incredibly sweet, down-to-earth Atlanta resident and ...

Book Review: Emotional Life

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions, I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” That quote from Oscar Wilde is how psychologist Doreen Davy kicks off Emotional Life: Managing Your Feelings to Make the Most of Your Precious Time on Earth. Whether an experience is good or bad ...

Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide

"I never imagined that I would have a child who talks back to me and thinks she’s the boss of everyone. How did that happen, and what am I supposed to do now?" So asks Brice, a psychologist and parent of a 7-year-old child, in Rona Renner’s Is That Me Yelling? A Parent’s Guide to Getting Your ...

Conquering Shame & Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You

“I had found the enemy — and it was me.”  So writes Darlene Lancer in Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You. Sometimes there are true external foes that we must fight and defeat. But quite often, when we take a hard look at a situation, we are indeed our own worst enemy. ...

Feeling Loved: Finding Happiness in an Overstressed World

We have been writing about love for millennia. From the earliest surviving love poem dating from around 2030 BCE to the work of philosophers like Lao Tzu to the sonnets of Shakespeare, countless tomes have been written about seeking love, finding love, feeling love, and all the possible variations on the theme. In the modern ...

8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools

A school playground aide sees third-grader Riley grab hold of classmate Liza’s scarf and choke her with it. Riley is subsequently viewed as the bully. But is there more to the story? What the aide hasn’t witnessed is the endless ridicule Riley has experienced from Liza and Liza’s best friend, Jada. Liza and Jada have learned ...

Book Review: Reconcilable Differences

If you’re searching for one useful self-help book for couples, versus an entire bookcase of them, the second edition of Reconcilable Differences may be your answer. Through this revised text, readers committed to mending a relationship rife with serious recurring conflicts may find more clarity, conflict resolution solutions, and routes to greater acceptance of their ...

Winter Blues Survival Guide: A Workbook For Overcoming SAD

Do the first signs of fall make you feel like hibernating until spring? During the winter months, do you feel irritable and depressed? If this sounds familiar, you may be one of the twenty percent of American adults suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a pattern of depression that comes and goes as the ...

Yoga Therapy For Children with Autism & Special Needs

As a former yoga teacher, I used to consider Anatomy of Hatha Yoga my bedside manual. Years later, after my life priorities changed and the focus on physical stamina became less important than attaining a peaceful mind, I revisited the practice. It was a different yoga in my forties than in my twenties and thirties, despite that ...

Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression

Despite the title, this is not an anti-medication book. In fact, Bill O'Hanlon, a much-published psychotherapist and author, writes in Out of the Blue: Six Non-Medication Ways to Relieve Depression that medication can help, and that he respects each individual’s choice. This respect, along with his creativity and understanding that we must seek out what works for ...

The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks & Imperfections

With a title like The Gift of Adversity, Norman Rosenthal’s new book seemed like it would be a boring recount of life’s hard situations — something trite with a “get through it” message woven in. Instead, I was surprised to find it a rather interesting read. Rosenthal is a great storyteller, and that’s key. A clinical ...

The Mindful Way Workbook: An 8-Week Program to Free Yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress

Depression and anxiety are among the most common, if not the most common, issues that bring people into therapy. The struggle to get better can be a long and arduous one. One individual shared with me that she had visited numerous therapists over the years, but still struggled, and that she was told by one ...

Anxiety + Depression: Effective Treatment of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders

If you know anyone with anxiety or depression, you know that symptoms can be complicated. Even more complicated is that the two disorders have similar features. That makes diagnosis hard for many clinicians, no matter how seasoned they may be. And if that weren’t enough, the fact that the disorders can co-exist adds another layer ...

Being You, Changing the World

So you’re having a bad time of it. Well, perhaps you should “demand of the Universe: Either my life completely changes or I am out of here.” If you are truly serious, then plan for your ousting. “I even set a date, 6 months in the future. I gave the Universe a deadline,” writes Dain Heer. ...

Book Review: Lifting the Veil

When I began reading Lifting the Veil, it seemed clear that the main theme was dissociative identity disorder — previously and popularly known as multiple personality disorder. The book appears to be a first-hand account of one therapist’s experience in treating a complicated patient. It is an interesting disorder to treat and to write about as ...

Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect

Sometimes one has the pleasure of reading a book that provides genuine insight and discusses a concept previously unnamed. Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect, by clinical psychologist Jonice Webb and contributor Christine Musello, was one such book for me.  It is no secret that I consider many self-help books questionable, or, at best, critically lacking ...

The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment & the Developing Social Brain

I had barely started this book and was already recommending it to friends and colleagues. Early in the second edition of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, psychology professor and private practitioner Louis Cozolino challenges traditional Western philosophy of the lone and separate individual. As Cozolino writes, “Individual neurons or single human brains do not exist in ...

Boot Camp Therapy: Brief, Action-Oriented Clinical Approaches to Anxiety, Anger & Depression

Ask people on Main Street America what comes to mind when they hear the word therapy. They may describe Freud, the classical analyst’s couch, with a free-associating patient spending years exploring the deepest recesses of early memories. However, they are just as likely — possibly more likely these days — to mention someone like Dr. ...

The Therapist’s Treasure Chest: Solution-Oriented Tips & Tricks for Everyday Practice

The experienced chef has an armamentarium of favorite dishes, each tested and proven to produce a meal that suits particular occasions. The recipes spring from years of experience developing a sense of how to combine seasonal ingredients and hints of spices to delight the eater’s palate. But even for someone skilled, when you make meals ...

Essential Psychopathology Casebook

In medical school, we become adept at memorizing diagnostic criteria, able to spout off, at a moment’s notice, the definitions for everything from autism to schizophrenia. For some diagnoses, we are aided by mnemonics — SIG E CAPS for depression, DIG FAST for mania — while other disorders require simple brute-force memorization. All of this ...

Smart Change: 5 Tools to Create Sustainable Habits in Yourself & Others

The colorful paintbrush on the cover of Smart Change might seem like just another symbol, a welcoming, clean-design image inviting us to read a pop-science book. But, in this case, the illustration is apt: It prompts us to imagine our lives in brighter hues.  When we want change, we often mean we want to create better ...

Safe with Me

Amy Hatvany’s latest ‘can’t put down’ read and thought-provoking novel, Safe With Me, explores various themes - the role of technology in adolescents’ lives, grief management and dishonesty - but one that she truly delves into is the complexity surrounding domestic abuse. When Hannah, a single mother and successful salon stylist, tragically loses her 12-year-old daughter, ...
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