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More Transforming Negative Self-Talk: Practical, Effective Exercises

November 30th, 2014
“I can’t believe you just did that. How could you have said something so stupid? I mean, seriously, how could you be such an idiot? Where did you graduate from again? Did you graduate? You shouldn’t be here. You’re dangerous.” It was my second shift as an intern in the ER and I was telling ...

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 ...

Children’s Dreams: Understanding the Most Memorable Dreams & Nightmares of Childhood

BOOK REVIEW.
My younger brother and I are in the back seat of our family’s van, parked on a steep hill. At the base of the hill is a lake or some other body of water. The ocean? My mother has stepped out of the car and she is at the top of the hill. She is ...

Book Review: Living Independently on the Autism Spectrum

BOOK REVIEW.
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 ...

Book Review: Emotional Life

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“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 ...

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

BOOK REVIEW.
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 ...

Book Review: Lifting the Veil

BOOK REVIEW.
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 ...

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

BOOK REVIEW.
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 ...

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, ...

Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom

BOOK REVIEW.
Have you ever been so angry that you were enraged? So upset that you were ready to scream and throw things? Felt your heart about to pound out of your chest at the wrong done to you? Or how about just annoyed? Something, or someone, just irritated you so much that you felt your head ...

Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change

BOOK REVIEW.
When you can’t put a particularly unsettling feeling into words or have trouble getting to the meat of a problem, try feeling it in your body. That’s the advice of Ann Weiser Cornell, a Ph.D. in linguistics who works as a teacher of and author on the therapeutic technique known as Focusing. As Cornell writes, ...

The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit & Self-Deception in Human Life

BOOK REVIEW.
Nobody likes to be told that they’ve been living a lie. However, this is at the heart of The Folly of Fools, Harvard biologist Robert Trivers’s recent polemical effort. In this fiercely, if not sloppily, argued book, Trivers presents his vision of human and animal self-deception from a multitude of sources that range from genomics to ...

The Heart & Soul of Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach through Theater Arts

BOOK REVIEW.
Can you act our your mother’s behaviors? How about pretending you’re that high school crush that broke your heart? Have you been called incompetent at work? Assume the role of Mr. Incompetence and let him speak for himself via your theater skills. Transpersonal drama therapy is a fresh approach to healing that offers transformation through ...

Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration

BOOK REVIEW.
This book began as a project between author David Denborough and the creator of narrative therapy, the late Michael White. Denborough worked alongside White for 15 years, then carried the book to fruition following White’s death in 2008. He has written an excellent work that provides guidance in how to both tell and change your ...

One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

BOOK REVIEW.
Regardless of whether you believe in positive thinking or view of it as a hokey concept, you almost cannot go a day without seeing or hearing some example of it. In One Simple Idea, Mitch Horowitz takes us into the history of the movement, exploring the science of it (while noting that researchers have never ...

Blind to Betrayal: Why We Fool Ourselves We Aren’t Being Fooled

BOOK REVIEW.
It would be hard not to judge Blind to Betrayal by its cover. Readers could be forgiven for thinking it’s a how-to book on catching unfaithful spouses. But while there are several stories of infidelity, what’s most pressing to authors Jennifer Freyd and Pamela Birrell is the way that otherwise observant and intelligent people can ...

Phantom Pregnancy (Pseudocyesis): The Mind-Body Connection

Phantom Pregnancy (Pseudocyesis): The Mind-Body ConnectionPregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers. It’s a high point in women’s lives and one that will bring great changes. It brings many physical and emotional symptoms. A woman may feel complete and fulfilled when she knows that she ...

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderMichelle was terrorized for much of her childhood. Her father was an inconsistent presence and her mother expressed outright disdain for her. Often when Michelle went to her mother for comfort, she was accused of exaggerating or being a "crybaby" and sent away. Starting at age 4 until she was out of the house at 16, Michelle was molested by several family members -- including her brother, her uncle and a couple of cousins. As she grew up, different men in the neighborhood also sexually assaulted her. At 19, she began dating Carl, who initially was very affectionate. However, he then began to be suspicious of different friends of hers and concerned about how she spent her time. This escalated into more and more controlling behavior and occasionally he was physically violent.

Talk Talk: Effective Communication in Everyday Life

BOOK REVIEW.
A friend in dire straits needs your advice, but when you offer help, she shoots down every suggestion. Exasperated, you tell her, “You’re not listening. You’re just wasting my time.” The call ends with her shouting, “I knew you weren’t my friend.” What you may not know -- your friend, too -- is that you’re ...

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

BOOK REVIEW.
Wine connoisseurs, picky shoppers, and many others may bristle at Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. We don’t like to be told that we make our decisions not on logical and reasonable grounds, but for far less obvious reasons, sometimes acting against our own best interests. Yet that is exactly what author Leonard ...

Advances in Relational Frame Theory: Research & Application

BOOK REVIEW.
I had not heard of Relational Frame Theory before coming across this textbook, but my curiosity was piqued when I learned that it addresses how people communicate and how they behave in a contextual sense. Relational Frame Theory (RFT) was developed by Steven Hayes, along with Dermot Barnes-Holms, Bryan Roche, and others who published the initial ...

Divine Intuition: Your Inner Guide to Purpose, Peace & Prosperity

BOOK REVIEW.
Have you ever had a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you make a big, and what turns out to be awful, decision? Or gotten chills talking to someone who later turned out to be stealing money from you? It could be that these are messages from your intuition attempting to warn ...