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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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A Bond Like None Other: Sometimes proximity isn’t the same as closeness

Diane Cole • 1/1/2012

Exploring the complex fabric of an often poorly understood family bond that shapes us, in one way or another, throughout our lives.

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The Heart of Darkness: Plumbing the Nature of Evil

Diane Cole • 11/1/2011

Plumbing the eternal question: Why are there bad people?


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Kids For Sale: The Realities of Sex Trafficking on Our Streets

Diane Cole • 9/1/2011

Those gritty TV depictions of kids scratching out an existence on the streets aren’t just a sensationalistic fabrication.


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Creating New Paths for Change: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World

Diane Cole • 6/1/2011

In an age of cynicism, a refreshing look at “the social cure.”

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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 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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Learning to Manage the OCD Bully

A Personal Story Excerpt from Our Latest Issue

Diane Cole • 7/22/2016

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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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 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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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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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.