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Book Review: Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum

August 28th, 2014
Lynne Soraya grew up in a world that did not always make sense. She did learn to make her way through, but it was difficult. As an adult, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome — then life began to make much more sense. Soraya’s book, Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum: What You Need to Know to ...

Why a Workplace Bully Is Too Expensive to Keep

Why a Workplace Bully is too Expensive to KeepThe most powerful argument you can make to get rid of a workplace bully is to build a financial case for why the person is just too expensive to keep. Surprisingly, it is a strategy that is ...

Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, 2014/2015 Edition

BOOK REVIEW.
Reading this book is like experiencing hours of in-depth discussions with two trusted mentors who have distinguished careers. Whereas typically this type of guide can be like a impersonal tome weighing down one’s mind with innumerable choices, this revised edition of the Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology acts as a ...

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love & Work

BOOK REVIEW.
One of my earliest childhood memories is of me at three years old sitting on my mother’s lap while she read from the The Little Engine That Could. Originally published in 1930, the story is meant to inculcate children with the values of persistence. Hence the repetition: I think I can, I think I can. It is precisely ...

Perfectionism’s Trap: Matthew McConaughey’s Impossible Chase

Perfectionism's Trap: Matthew McConaughey's Impossible ChasePerfectionism is an addiction, meaning we’re repeatedly unable to stop our perfectionist behaviors. Like other addictions, perfectionism varies in severity and can have negative consequences. It harms our self-esteem, makes us unable to accept other people’s differences and their mistakes and ...

The Spirit of the Heart: Stories of Family, Hope, Loss & Healing

BOOK REVIEW.
You never forget your first patient who dies. When I entered medical school, I knew death would be part of my education, that not every patient could be saved. I was in my third year of medical school and had recently come back from talking with a patient, assessing him for a possible surgery, when the ...

Top 5 Myths about Computerized Therapy

Top 5 Myths about Computerized TherapyThere are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to the future of psychotherapy -- especially therapy that involves a computer. Won't we all just be talking to computers in the future for our therapy needs? Isn't it unethical to conduct ...

The Secret of What Makes a Winner

The Secret of What Makes a Winner“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” That was a playground cheer when I was growing up. It turns out there was something to it. Let’s first define “winning.” For my purposes here, winning means meeting a long-sought-after goal. It means ...

6 Reliable Strategies for Making Smarter Decisions

6 Reliable Strategies for Making Smarter Decisions We must make a variety of decisions on a daily basis. Many are less important, such as what to wear or what coffee to drink. But there are lots of these choices to be made. In fact, according to author ...

Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists

BOOK REVIEW.
The newly revised and updated version of this superb book is 376 pages of user-friendly yet remarkably concise information for therapists, pharmacists, and anyone else working in mental health with an interest in medication. As a second year pharmacy student, I found the Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists quite readable, with compelling, brief case histories and ...

Therapists Spill: Why I Do What I Do

Therapists Spill: Why I Do What I DoThis month in our regular series, where therapists share a sneak peek of their personal and professional lives, we wanted to know what motivates clinicians to do what they do. Why did they pick this field? Why do they conduct ...

Career Choices & OCD: Finding the Right Balance

Career Choices & OCD: Finding the Right BalanceMy son Dan spent many years pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming an animator. After his freshman year of college, when his obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was so severe he could not even eat and he spent nine weeks at a ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Jennifer Kromberg

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Jennifer KrombergEvery month we chat with a different clinician about everything from what it’s like to see clients to how they cope with stress. Practitioners give us a glimpse into both their professional and personal lives. Plus, they share ...

Thinking of Inking? The Possible Impact of Tattoos on Your Job Search

Thinking of Inking? The Possible Impact of Tattoos on Your Job SearchAmanda has a lotus blossom tattoo at the nape of her neck, under her long black hair. Caitlyn has an ivy vine in several shades of green curling artistically up her right leg and ...

ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow Tree

ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow TreePartnering with a coach of any kind can lead to rewarding self-discovery. Whether specified as executive, life or career coach, these people are essentially teachers at their core. And as progressive educator/ ...

Selfishness in Couples: Narcissism, Lack of Interpersonal Skills, or Something Else?

Selfishness in Couples: Narcissism, Lack of Interpersonal Skills, or Something Else?Disclaimer: The characters from these vignettes are fictitious. They were derived from a composite of people and events for the purpose of representing real-life situations and psychological dilemmas. Couples commonly talk about feeling unsupported ...

Job Duties and Qualifications of a Cognitive Psychologist

Job Duties and Qualifications of a Cognitive PsychologistThe brain is the body’s ultimate control center. It is the most important and the most complex organ in the body. Among other things, the brain is responsible for storing and processing information. A ...

The Portable Mentor: An Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychology

BOOK REVIEW.
When a book is 410 pages long, calling it The Portable Mentor is a tad misleading. Edited by Mitchell J. Prinstein, this comprehensive second edition reminds me very much of a textbook. I can’t see many students porting it around unless they had to. That aside, Mentor lacks nothing. Psychologists, psychiatrists, psychology professors, research scientists, and many more ...

Therapists Spill: 9 Ways to Get Things Done

Therapists Spill: 9 Ways to Get Things DoneTherapists often wear many hats. And that’s just in their private practices. Many also teach, write, supervise students and give media interviews. They have families and many interests outside of psychology. “With 6 kids, ages 16 to ...

Everyday Heroes: Royce White and Anxiety

Everyday Heroes: Royce White and AnxietyHouston Rockets rookie Royce White is a star in more ways than one. White says he is like everyone else. He enjoys going to the movies and listening to music. He was the No. 16 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Suzanne Phillips

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Suzanne PhillipsIn our monthly series, “Clinicians on the Couch,” therapists reveal the trials, triumphs and behind the scenes of being a therapist. They also share their stress-reducing tools and advice for leading a fulfilling life, among other fascinating tidbits. This ...

Shift Work and Relationships

Shift Work and RelationshipsResearch shows shift work has a negative effect on health, relationships, marriages and children, and increases rates of separation and divorce. When partners work different shifts there is often little face-to-face interaction. It becomes difficult to plan any family activities, ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions With Therapist Carla Naumburg

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions With Therapist Carla NaumburgOur “Clinicians on the Couch” series gives readers a rare glimpse into the professional and personal lives of therapists. They reveal everything from what it's like to conduct therapy to how they cope with stress. This month ...