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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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How to Change Minds: Reasoning Will Get You Nowhere

Diane Cole • 9/7/2017

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
When it comes to truly changing minds, reasoning will get you nowhere.

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Back to Bedlam? America’s Neglect of Its Mentally Ill

Diane Cole • 7/12/2017

No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
America continues to turn its back on the mentally ill.

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When the System Fails: Tales of the Wrongfully Convicted

Diane Cole • 5/1/2017

The waking-nightmare stories of people wrongfully imprisoned, often for decades, for crimes they didn’t commit expose the flaws in our criminal justice system.

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Hearing Voices: Eavesdropping on Our Inner Conversations

Diane Cole • 3/13/2017

The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves Making sense of the particular internal mix of words, conversation, music, and images that natter away at us nonstop.

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When the Rules Change: Learning to Learn from Your Children

Diane Cole • 11/3/2016

There’s a crucial point in the parenting life cycle that’s not often discussed in the literature.

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Mistaken Identity? A Daughter Reflects on Her Father's Decision to Change Gender

Diane Cole • 8/30/2016

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Susan Faludi explores the story of how the despotic father who’d once ruled her terrified family underwent sex reassignment surgery late in life.

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Learning to Manage the OCD Bully

A Therapeutic Odyssey

Diane Cole • 6/30/2016

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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Have SSRIs Gotten a Bad Rep? The Author of "Listening to Prozac" Thinks So

Diane Cole • 6/30/2016

Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants 
In his latest book, Peter Kramer argues that medications represent the best, most effective tool for fighting the bleakness of depression.

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Who’s the Grown-Up Here?: Helping parents abandon the “buddy” system

Diane Cole • 1/11/2016

In The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups, family physician and psychologist Leonard Sax insists that too many parents these days misunderstand the role they should play in their children’s lives.

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Who Do You Trust?: Revisiting the McMartin Preschool Case

Diane Cole • 11/18/2015

Review of We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s and The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Sometimes it can be easier to argue about witch-hunts than risk confronting the dark, unsavory reality of child abuse.


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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.