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A Match Made on Earth

Ryan Howes • 6/1/2011

Neil Clark Warren, the founder of the successful matchmaking site eHarmony, talks about what’s necessary to find a good, compatible match.

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Red Speak, Blue Speak: The Psychology of Political Rhetoric

Ryan Howes • 5/1/2011

The work of linguist George Lakoff on the psychology of political rhetoric has become must reading for anyone who wants to understand how candidates get elected.

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Gender and the Brain: Louann Brizendine's Work Stirs New Controversy

Ryan Howes • 3/1/2011

Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine has stirred up plenty of controversy by arguing that men and women have very different brains.

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Whatever Became of Feminism?: Harriet Lerner on the Legacy of the Women's Movement

Ryan Howes • 1/1/2011

Whatever happened to feminism? Psychologist and bestselling author Harriet Lerner offers some perspective.

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Telling It Like It Is: Donald Meichenbaum Doesn't Mince Words

Ryan Howes • 11/1/2010

Long an acerbic critic of the trendy and faddish, Don Meichenbaum, one of the founders of CBT, is still determined to separate myth from reality in the world of psychotherapy.

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Embracing Life, Facing Death: An interview with Irvin Yalom

Ryan Howes • 9/1/2010

For existential therapist Irvin Yalom, even depth-oriented therapy doesn't go deep enough.

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Therapy From the Podcast Studio

Lori Gottlieb and Guy Winch discuss “Dear Therapists”

Ryan Howes • 10/27/2020

The therapists and writers have teamed up to produce a podcast that addresses a listener’s problem, provides specific advice, and then checks in to see whether or not it helped—all the while trying to work together as a team and provide a unified response.

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Helping Clients in Toxic Relationships

How to Unravel Trauma Bonds

Ryan Howes • 8/6/2020

It’s important to recognize that a trauma bond doesn’t have to play out as overt, obvious toxicity or abuse. So many people in relationships have learned to be loved in ways that are transactional—“If you do this for me, I’ll comfort you,” or “If you play this role, I’ll show you affection”—and it's now exhausting them. Therapist and researcher Laura Copley shares how to help clients interrupt these unhealthy, even dangerous, relational patterns.

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Celebrating Singles!

Researcher Bella DePaulo on Keeping Our "Matrimania" in Check

Ryan Howes • 2/14/2020

By Ryan Howes - While many studies promote the mental and physical benefits of marriage, long-time singles advocate Bella DePaulo says the reported findings are biased, and we therapists need to better understand the single population as more than people waiting to find the right partner.

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Therapy with Teenage Girls

The Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Ryan Howes • 11/22/2019

By Ryan Howes - In the following interview, New York Times columnist and author Lisa Damour gives us a glimpse at the map she’s developed for both therapists and parents trying to help teenage girls make their way through the treacherous, often bewildering landscape of adolescence in today’s world.

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The Five Dimensions of Good Anxiety Treatment

An Interview with Anxiety Researcher David Barlow

Ryan Howes • 8/9/2019

By Ryan Howes - Author David Barlow is widely considered the dean of anxiety researchers. In the following interview, he shares his thoughts on the nature of anxiety and what research has revealed about the most effective treatments for it.

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The Golden Rule of Habit Change

Lessons on Expert Productivity

Ryan Howes • 7/12/2019

By Ryan Howes - At times, the line between stable and stuck-in-a-rut can become a bit blurry. So we turned to New York Times journalist Charles Duhigg, author of the bestseller The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business to see if he’d share how his findings may help us therapists, both personally and professionally.

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Pediatrician and TED Speaker Nadine Burke Harris on Treating the "Whole Person"

Ryan Howes • 6/8/2019

By Ryan Howes - Several years ago, pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris had a eureka moment when she discovered the adverse childhood experiences study (ACEs), which helped her realize her young patients with the most stubborn physical ailments were coping with all kinds of traumas.

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Trauma Therapy Meets Theater

An Unusual Program is Helping Vets Rewire from War

Ryan Howes • 3/2/2019

By Ryan Howes - Therapists know that words can heal. But what if the words were in iambic pentameter and delivered from a stage? Veteran and professional actor Stephan Wolfert is testing a PTSD intervention that for decades has been pairing classical theater training with the science of trauma.

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Learning to Relish the Challenge

A Motivation Expert Weighs in on the Downside of Overpraise

Ryan Howes • 11/30/2018

By Ryan Howes - Should we praise children, students, clients, and ourselves for being smart people who earn top marks? According to motivation expert and bestselling author Carol Dweck, praising intelligence often creates people devoid of resilience and motivation. It’s far more important, she says, to enhance people’s ability to tackle adversity and persevere.

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What Can We Do to Stem the Suicide Spike?

An Interview with Psychiatry Professor and Author Kay Redfield Jamison

Ryan Howes • 10/22/2018

By Ryan Howes - Helping suicidal clients is one of the most important interventions we can make as therapists, and it’s one of the scariest aspects of our work. Kay Redfield Jamison, psychiatry professor and bestselling author, shares her thoughts on how the fields of medicine and psychology can work to better understand and treat severe mood disorders and suicidality.

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The Narcissism Trap: Navigating High-Conflict Personality Styles

Ryan Howes • 11/3/2020

An expert on narcissism discusses how to help clients get clear about gaslighting and other abuses in their relationships.

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30 Is Not the New 20

Ryan Howes • 8/26/2020

Why our 20s are a developmental sweet spot, and what therapists should know about helping clients make the most of them.

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How Private Practice Can Survive COVID-19

Ryan Howes • 6/30/2020

Discovering new possibilities for private practice in a time of upheaval—and planning for more uncertainty.

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Listening to Suicidal Clients: How to Get Beyond our Fears

Ryan Howes • 5/1/2020

A suicidologist opens up about her personal struggles and what actually helps when working with suicidal clients.

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A VAST Difference: Depathologizing ADHD

Ryan Howes • 3/5/2020

Rather than a curse, Ned Hallowell believes an ADHD diagnosis can be a blessing.

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Community Matters: New Possibilities for Mental Health

Ryan Howes • 12/27/2019

A passionate advocate for mental health in underserved communities confronts the question, “Why don’t more black people go to treatment, and why don’t they take their kids?”

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Research or Reality? The Flawed Science of Psychotherapy

Ryan Howes • 10/28/2019

As academic researchers continue the push for manualized, protocol-driven therapy, a psychodynamic therapist pushes back.

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Immigration and Trauma: How Can Therapists Help?

Ryan Howes • 9/4/2019

How therapists can help the traumatized community of immigrants and asylum seekers.

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Terminal Illness and the Choice to Die

Ryan Howes • 7/3/2019

A number of states have passed legislation giving terminal patients the option of medical aid in dying. What therapists need to know about helping patients and families as they move through that emotionally fraught process.

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Piercing the Illusion of Intimacy

From Symposium Storytelling Evening 2019

Ryan Howes • 5/6/2019

“Whoops,” I said, thinking this was a lighthearted moment. “Looks like you should’ve gone with that other psychologist.” But Ted didn’t joke back.

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Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP, is a writer and clinical professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.