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The Great Deception

We’re Less in Control Than We Think

January/February 2014
Most of us put much too much faith in the power of our conscious minds to bring about lasting change. Instead of looking up the higher branches of consciousness, we should be looking down into the nervous system settings that generate impulses and inclinations.

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The Next Big Step

What’s Ahead in Psychotherapy’s Fascination with Brain Science?

January/February 2014
Labeling behavior in fancy neurophysiological terms can make what we do sound more scientifically rigorous than the notoriously fuzzy language of psychotherapy, but how clinically useful is this brain language anyway?

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What Is This Thing Called Love?

A Whole New Way of Looking at It

January/February 2014
More than any other positive emotion, love resides within connections. It extends beyond personal boundaries to characterize the vibe that pulsates between and among people. It can even energize whole social networks or inspire a crowd to get up and dance.

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January/February 2014
Untangling Brain Science
Has it Lived Up to its Promise for Therapists
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Blue-Collar Therapy

The Nitty-Gritty of Lasting Change

November/December 2013
Changes in the habitual attitudes and behaviors that shape our lives rarely happen as the result of psychological epiphanies or emotional catharsis. Most therapeutic progress comes from the painstaking process of continual practice that reinforces some behaviors while actively discouraging others.

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Bookmarks

Love and Terror: Penetrating the Heart of Evil

November/December 2013

Pilgrim's Wilderness

A new book examines how one man, under the guise of religious faith, kept his family isolated in a world of abuse and brutality, and how another family broke boundaries to help them escape.


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The Black Shadow: Facing the Taboo Issue of Race in the Consulting Room

November/December 2013
Raising the issue of race in therapy can help African American clients connect their personal struggles to an enduring cultural legacy that many insist isn’t supposed to matter anymore.

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Clinician's Digest

Psychotherapy vs. Placebos * Frontline Psychotherapy

November/December 2013
Garry Cooper and Kathleen Smith

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Creatures of Habit

Do We Really Choose How We Live Our Lives?

November/December 2013
When routines and habits become as lifeless as the manner in which one brushes one’s teeth, when the choreography of one’s existence resembles a blindfolded slog through quicksand—rather than the Jets and Sharks leaping across the streets of the Upper West Side—something must be done.

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Family Matters

Permission to Sleep: Accepting a Long Road to Love

November/December 2013
A woman discovers that giving someone permission to sleep can be a deep expression of love.

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Habits vs. Addictions

What’s the Difference?

November/December 2013
Some people can drink to excess for years without experiencing the negative consequences that can destroy their lives. So when does someone cross the tenuous line from habit into addiction? And what’s the difference between the two anyway?

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In Consultation

Hearing the Body’s Truth: Three Steps to Connecting to Felt Sense

November/December 2013
Although the idea that the mind and body are inextricably linked is widely accepted in our field, many clinicians remain too focused on words to hear the truths that their clients’ bodies have to offer.

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Point of View

Grief as a Gift: Carrying on the Legacy of Kübler-Ross

November/December 2013
David Kessler has spent his career helping people all over the world deal with death. In the process, he’s learned that—as much as we may resist experiencing it—grief is a gift that helps us heal.

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Shaking & Dancing in Dharamsala

A Group of Tibetan Refugees Find their Inner Guides

November/December 2013
How do you help 200 teenagers who’ve had to flee their country find a path to peace in a new place? A psychiatrist who’s traveled across the world to help traumatized refugees from Tibet guides them to a source of wisdom and hope within themselves.

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Something New, Here & Now

Breaking Free of the Habitual

November/December 2013
Most clients have automatic habits of thinking, feeling, and verbalizing experiences that imprison them in a world of gray sameness. How do we help them escape? The most immediate way is to ditch your logical analysis and help them experience a felt sense.

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The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

How to Succeed at Self-Sabotage

November/December 2013
Making yourself profoundly unhappy takes tenacity and creativity. But the real art of it is to behave in ways that allow you to claim yourself to be an innocent victim, ideally of the very people from whom you’re forcibly extracting compassion and pity.

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Editor's Note

First Comes the Hard Work

November/December 2013
Romantically infatuated with the idea of psychological revelation—aka the therapeutic “breakthrough”—therapists too often ignore the fact that a life’s worth of habitual behavior often trumps, for good or ill, all the insights and emotional fireworks that we like to see as the key to therapeutic “progress.”

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November/December 2013
Our Habits, Ourselves
Can the Circle Be Broken?
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A Suicide Note In Crayon

Expecting the Unexpected at PS 48

September/October 2013
To work as a school social worker in the Bronx’s high-crime, low-income Hunt’s Point neighborhood is to become an expert at expecting the unexpected.

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Bookmarks

The Pathologizing of Everyday Life: When Did Sadness Become a Disease?

September/October 2013

The increasingly blurry distinction between normal and abnormal not only makes us easy targets for Big Pharma’s advertising, but also distracts us from the larger social and economic forces that shape our lives.


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Evoking the Inner Artist: How to Replace Pathology with Creativity

September/October 2013
When clients feel blocked, therapists can help them tap their inner artist and view feelings of vulnerability, doubt, and fear as part of a creative, problem-solving process.

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Clinician's Digest

How to Help Learning Stick for Clients * What Can Neuroscience Tell Us About Psychotherapy?

September/October 2013

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Closing The Deal With Clients

What We Can Learn from Salespeople

September/October 2013
What do you say to potential clients when they first call you or come in for a consultation? We may resist the idea, but in this initial phase, therapists face the same challenge as salespeople seeking to turn shoppers into satisfied customers.

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Family Matters

More More Time: Discovering the Endless Present

September/October 2013
A new retiree discovers the elusive secret of the endless present.

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In Consultation

Talking on the Edge: Assessing the Risk of Suicide

September/October 2013
Most clinicians already know the basic questions to ask about a client’s suicidality, but it’s important to go beyond a rote assessment to get a fuller picture of suicide risk.

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