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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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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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Who Am I to Judge? The Question of the "Good Enough" Parent

Diane Cole • 5/6/2019

A child-custody consultant wrestles with the question of what is a good enough mother.

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Where the Trauma Never Ends: Inside Chicago’s Urban War Zones

Diane Cole • 3/7/2019

Chicago’s inner city has long been termed an “urban war zone.” A new book by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz reveals the personal stories of trauma and grief, as well as solace and support, that unfold over one summer.

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The Scourge of Opioids

Diane Cole • 12/26/2018

A new book takes a close-up look at the opioid epidemic in America.

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Generations in Jail: When Crime Is a Family Value

Diane Cole • 11/9/2018

A new book explores how criminal behavior gets handed down in families from one generation to the next.

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The U-Curve of Happiness

Diane Cole • 9/5/2018

A new book claims that even if you find yourself suffering through a gloomy midlife slog, you’re likely to experience a brighter landscape in your 50s and 60s.

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When Is Enough Enough?

Diane Cole • 7/6/2018

Bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich believes that our obsession with longevity may have gone too far.

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A Tale of Mismatched Twins

Diane Cole • 5/9/2018

Review: Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture
A book about two sets of mismatched twins testifies to the power of both heredity and family loyalty.

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Life After Extremism: What It Takes to Renounce Hate

Diane Cole • 3/9/2018

Review: Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into—and Out of—Violent Extremism
A look at how to help former skinheads, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and jihadists leave extremist hate groups and find new ways of thinking and being.

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Measuring Mercy: Uncovering the Link between Cruelty and Compassion

Diane Cole • 1/8/2018

Review: The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between
There’s a surprisingly strong link between altruism and psychopathy.

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Beyond Illusion

Diane Cole • 11/9/2017

Review: Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Exploring contemplative practice may not be for everyone.

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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.