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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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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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Love and Terror: Penetrating the Heart of Evil

Diane Cole • 11/5/2013

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

Diane Cole • 9/5/2013

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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The Taste Bud Conspiracy: Are we the victims of the food industry?

Diane Cole • 7/8/2013

A new book exposes the story of the corporate competition for our taste buds and ever-expanding tummies.


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Is Now Really Better? Lessons from Traditional Societies

Diane Cole • 5/1/2013

Jared Diamond’s new book explores the many lessons modern cultures can draw from the wisdom of small-scale, preindustrial societies.

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Testing the Bond: What's family without shared identity?

Diane Cole • 3/14/2013

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

In an encyclopedic new book, Andrew Solomon explores how parents and children forge emotional bonds with one another in the presence of sometimes vast inborn differences.


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Driven Crazy: TBI is Claiming the Hearts and Minds of Too Many Vets

Diane Cole • 1/1/2013

With the U.S. Army suicide rate at an all-time high, there’s a greater need than ever to understand the struggles of soldiers returning from war zones and trying to resume a normal life.

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Creatures of Habit: Understanding the automatic loops that shape our lives

Diane Cole • 9/1/2012

A surprise bestseller shows us the crucial roles that even minor habits can play in individual and group behavior.

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Stop, Look, and Listen!: Resisting the Culture of Extroversion

Diane Cole • 7/1/2012

A new book about the power of keeping your mouth shut provides a much-needed corrective to our cultural enchantment with extroversion.


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System One Meets System Two: Daniel Kahneman Expands Our Vision

Diane Cole • 5/1/2012

Daniel Kahneman, the founder of behavioral economics, has written a comprehensive dissection of the reasoning mind, which should be on every therapist’s required reading list.

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Is Psychotherapy Getting Better?

A Progress Report on the Science—and Art—of the Psychotherapy Field

Diane Cole • 3/7/2012

What do we know today about the effectiveness of psychotherapy that we didn’t know 30 years ago? Even more important, how do we improve our treatments?

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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.