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How to Be Alone

December 1st, 2014
I often spend at least twelve hours a day being very much in the presence of others. Caring for patients, discussing cases with attending doctors, interacting with nurses and social workers, and then going back to talk with patients again, my day is spent in a series of often intense human interactions. Add to the human ...

Alien Landscapes? Interpreting Disordered Minds

BOOK REVIEW.
In the latter half of the nineteenth century, psychiatrists were called alienists. That archaic term is given a nod in the title of philosopher Jonathan Glover’s new book as he describes the often foreign-seeming terrain of a disordered mind and the ways that we have historically analyzed it. A professor of ethics at the School of ...

The Healing Power of Writing: A Therapist’s Guide to Using Journaling With Clients

BOOK REVIEW.
Are you someone who goes to therapy but struggles with verbalizing your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors during sessions? Do you find it challenging to present facts from your life using your words? Are you a therapist who struggles to find the right way to approach hesitant, reticent, and “hiding” clients? Do you have a hard time ...

Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists

BOOK REVIEW.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, ...

Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

BOOK REVIEW.
Ever been stuck in a conflict, unable to let go and unable to forgive others? Ever felt like conflict permeated everything? In Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, Diane Musho Hamilton, a Zen teacher and priest, helps us get through these problems. Hamilton explains the benefits of conflict — even when we see ...

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 ...

How to Become A Genius: Insights & Exercises for Learning How to Innovate

How to Become A Genius: Insights & Exercises for Learning How to Innovate It's a common belief that geniuses are born, not made. That they’re a rare breed. One -- or two -- in a million. Seriously, how often do geniuses like Albert Einstein and Marie Curie come along? But, ...

Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, Emotions

Music & How It Impacts Your Brain, EmotionsMusic is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language. An increased interest in how the brain processes musical emotion can be ...

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 ...

Book Review: Mania

BOOK REVIEW.
The Beat Generation of the 1950s was part of an extremely controversial cultural phenomenon that continues to influence us to this day. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and other members of this counterculture are still the subject of numerous works. Just last year, at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, a new movie version ...

10 Tips for the Best Mothering & Self-Love

10 Tips for the Best Mothering & Self-LoveThe idea of self-love and self-nurturing baffles most people, especially codependents, who by and large received inadequate parenting. The word “nurture” comes from the Latin nutritus, meaning to suckle and nourish. It also means to ...

Book Review: Smart Thinking

BOOK REVIEW.
Most of us probably assume we do a pretty good job of thinking as we go about our work or personal lives. Art Markman’s book, Smart Thinking, shows us how wrong many of us are -- but it also shows us how to begin to change the way we think. This is a fascinating book for ...

Art Therapy: Beneficial Schizophrenia Treatment?

Art Therapy: Beneficial Schizophrenia Treatment?Recent findings question the popular use of art therapy for people with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia affects up to one in a hundred people at some point and can cause hallucinations, delusions, and loss of energy and motivation. Creative psychological interventions such as art ...

NLP: The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming

BOOK REVIEW.
What is Neuro-Linguistic Processing? According to the authors of NLP: The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, it is a “revolutionary” study of the process of thought -- a step-by-step breakdown of what happens in the mind as we perceive the world around us or act. In this guide by Tom Hoobyar, Tom Dotz, and Susan ...

Therapists Spill: The Books That Changed My Life

Therapists Spill: The Books That Changed My LifeBooks are getaways to far-off places you might never get to visit. Books are lessons you really needed to learn. Books are hammocks, letting you refresh and rejuvenate while the wind brushes your bare feet. Books are hobbies, letting ...

Backyard Tents and Child Development

Backyard Tents and Child Development The advertisement is meant to give us a warm feeling all over. Dad and child are snuggled up in a backyard tent. Are they telling ghost stories? Are they up late sorting out the day’s adventures or imagining ...

Wired for Success: Using NLP to Activate Your Brain for Maximum Achievement

BOOK REVIEW.
There’s a great quote from Charles Darwin that forms the basis of Wendy Jago’s new book: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” This is the thesis of Wired for Success: Using NLP to Activate Your ...

Unlock your Fidgety Child’s Ability to Learn and Focus

Unlock your Fidgety Child's Ability to Learn and Focus Teaching is hard enough, but when you have a child who has a hard time focusing, it can seem impossible! I’m talking about the type of child who has the uncontrollable need to fidget ...

The Drawing Mind: Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Inner Creative Spirit

BOOK REVIEW.
Part sketchbook, part tutorial, part self-help and part art project, Deborah Putnoi’s The Drawing Mind is a book like you’ve never seen before. The subtitle gets to the heart of it: Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Inner Creative Spirit. Countless books have been published with a similar aim, but Putnoi’s stands out for ...

Community, Libraries and Mental Health

Community, Libraries and Mental HealthUnlike his colleague Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler -- another early 20th century psychologist -- wasn’t interested in analyzing the psyche of individuals. Instead, he focused on the degree to which people feel nested in community. To Adler, the ...

Smart Thinking: 3 Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

BOOK REVIEW.
Today we have access to more information than ever before -- at our fingertips, quickly, and in great volume. Going along with that, we also have a wealth of books and websites that tell us how to manage all this information, and how to use it efficiently. It’s easier than ever to solve problems now, ...

Kiss That Frog! 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work

BOOK REVIEW.
The late comedian George Carlin had a great line about self-help books: “If you’re looking for self-help, why would you read a book written by somebody else? That’s not self­-help. That’s help!” While we can all acknowledge Carlin’s linguistic wit, we may not agree with his utter disdain for self-help books. Some people cannot afford a ...

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

BOOK REVIEW.
Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks, the authors of Bright Not Broken, and the contributor, Temple Grandin, all have a combination of personal and professional experience with learning and developmental disabilities. Kennedy and Banks are mothers, as well as professionals who previously collaborated on the book The ADHD-Autism Connection, and each has multiple children who ...
 
 
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