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The Most Famous Book Never Read: What Makes the Feminine Mystique so Special?

Diane Cole • 5/1/2011

Nearly 50 years after its publication, a look at the shortcomings and enduring power of one of the most influential books of our time. 


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The Specter of the Big "C": A Modern Look at an Age-Old Malady

Diane Cole • 3/1/2011

A modern look at cancer treatment through the ages.

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Misstating the Obvious: The Pitfalls of Doing What Comes Naturally

Diane Cole • 1/1/2011

While many therapists like to trust their intuition, research shows how often "gut instinct" can lead us astray.

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Possessed by Our Possessions: Hoarding as Pathology and Metaphor

Diane Cole • 9/1/2010

Hoarding is not only an individual pathology, but a metaphor for our consumption-crazed culture.

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The Myth of Overmedication: Correcting Stereotypes About Kids' Mental Heath

Diane Cole • 7/1/2010

Popular stereotypes aside, it turns out we aren't overmedicating and overdiagnosing our kids.

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Psychiatric Imperialism: DSM goes global

Diane Cole • 5/1/2010

Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters. A withering indictment of America's role in spreading our own concepts of mental illness around the world.

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Glorious Food: Ambivalence and Guilt Take Up a Lot of Space at Today's Dinner Tables

Diane Cole • 3/1/2010

Never before has the simple act of eating been so fraught with ethical, spiritual, and psychological issues.

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Learning to Manage the OCD Bully

A Story of One Woman’s Journey for Help

Diane Cole • 5/9/2019

By Diane Cole - An OCD sufferer describes the frustrating stops and starts and misdirections of her circuitous search for help in escaping the maze of her family of origin and the deep-seated tropes in her own brain.

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The Quest to Influence, Persuade, and Alter

What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

Diane Cole • 9/11/2017

Review By Diane Cole - Emotions can change people's behavior, says cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot in her new book, a highly accessible exploration of why and how we succeed, or fail, in our quest to influence, persuade, or alter the opinions and actions of others. Understand how the brain works, she argues, and you’ll have a leg up in successfully formulating and delivering the messages you want to get across to others.

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Viktor Frankl's Classic Has Just Been Released for Young Adults!

A YA Edition Brings Man's Search for Meaning to a New Generation

Diane Cole • 4/10/2017

By Diane Cole - Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl is best known for is his extraordinary first-person narrative about his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, as told in Man’s Search for Meaning. Now, his classic work will be published for the first time in a young adult and classroom-ready edition.

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Why Torture Doesn't Work

What Neuroscience is Showing Us

Diane Cole • 1/31/2017

By Diane Cole - Using a broad swath of scientific, psychological, and medical evidence about brain function, Shane O'Mara, a professor of experimental brain research, delves into—and disproves—popular misconceptions about the brain under stress, memory, and the psychological state of torturers.

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Challenging the Stereotype of the Paralyzed Trauma Victim

A Review of Jim Rendon's Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

Diane Cole • 11/13/2015

In Jim Rendon’s new book, Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth, he challenges an all-too-common stereotype: that most trauma survivors remain forever stuck in place, embittered, broken in core ways. As psychotherapists know, the emotional (and sometimes physical) damage may sometimes be so vast and entrenched that repair comes slowly, if at all. But as therapists also know, this isn’t always the case. Many trauma victims have managed to make life go on---and even thrive.

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The Anthropocene Dilemma: Can We Save Ourselves from Ecological Despair?

Diane Cole • 5/5/2021

It’s a truism that climate change has become an existential crisis. Can a new book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist help mitigate ecological despair?

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Beyond Normal: Our Evolving Attitudes Toward Mental Illness

Diane Cole • 12/30/2020

Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness by Richard Grinker. A new book examines how different cultures view mental illness and the stigma that persists in America.

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The Roots of American Racism

Diane Cole • 11/3/2020

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
Exploring the intertwined roots of caste and racism in America.

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Disrupters and Lifequakes: Moving Through the Big Transitions

Diane Cole • 8/27/2020

A guide to dealing with the traumas and challenges that can redefine who we are and what we want to do in the world.

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A Family in Chaos

Diane Cole • 6/30/2020

The story of the Gavins—a family of 12 children, six of whom suffered from schizophrenia—sheds new light on the nature vs. nurture debate.

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The Reality of Home DNA Tests

Diane Cole • 5/1/2020

A new book explores the reality of home DNA testing and the often unexpected fallouts.

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Exposing the Hoax: The Inside Story of the Rosenhan Study

Diane Cole • 3/5/2020

In her new book, author Susannah Cahalan exposes the fabrications of one of psychology’s most famous studies.

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Out of Sight: Are Prisons Modern-Day Asylums?

Diane Cole • 12/27/2019

Author Kenneth Paul Rosenberg explores the catastrophic inadequacies of our mental healthcare system that have led to “the greatest social crisis of our time.”

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The Myth of the Gendered Brain: What the Latest Science Tells Us

Diane Cole • 10/28/2019

A new book debunks some fundamental myths about gender.

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How We Can Better Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse

Diane Cole • 7/3/2019

A new book explores the devastating patterns of fear, shame, and secrecy that perpetuate intimate partner violence and too often escalate to murder.

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Diane Cole is the author of the memoir, "After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges" and writes for The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.