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Why We Cry

A Clinician’s Guide

Jay Efran and Mitchell Green

How can both joyful and tragic events elicit tears? This question puzzles many clinicians, including some who are considered experts in the field of emotional expression. The problem is that few of us have received explicit training in theories of emotion. Physiologically speaking, emotional tears are elicited when a person’s system shifts rapidly from sympathetic to parasympathetic activity---from a state of high tension to a period of recalibration and recovery. And sometimes, clinicians can feel an urge to rush in and “fix things” that aren’t broken.

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Closing The Deal With Clients

What Therapists Can Learn from Salespeople

Robert Tabibi

What do you say to potential clients when they first call you or come in for a consultation? We may resist the idea, but in this initial phase, therapists face the same challenge as salespeople seeking to turn shoppers into satisfied customers.

 

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The Decline And Fall Of Parental Authority...

...and What Therapists Can Do About It

Ron Taffel

American parents today face a perfect storm of cultural and social circumstances that undermine the very foundations of parental authority. In response, mothers and fathers are beginning to see therapists as irrelevant and to challenge the entire social, educational, and economic context of childrearing.

 

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The Neurobiology of Anxiety

How to Incorporate Brain Science into Your Treatment Approach

Psychotherapy Networker

According to Margaret Wehrenberg, when it comes to clients with panic disorders, the first thing to discern is what they’re doing to avoid panic. “The problem with avoidance,” Margaret says, “is it works."

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The Key to Dramatically Accelerating Anxiety Treatment

Being Anxious Doesn’t Mean You’re Anxious to Change

Rich Simon

Most therapists assume that, just as any rational person with a broken arm would be an eager customer for medical care, surely a person suffering from severe anxiety or depression would be equally motivated to receive the healing we offer. But what if this isn’t the case?

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Complexity Choir

The eight domains of self-integration

Dan Siegel

Over the last twenty years, I've come to believe that integration is the key mechanism beneath both the absence of illness and the presence of well-being. Integration---the linkage of differentiated elements of a system---illuminates a direct pathway toward health. It's the way we avoid a life of dull, boring rigidity on the one hand, or explosive chaos on the other. The key to this transformation is cultivating the capacity for mindsight.

 

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The Legacy

Inside a Family Haunted by Depression

Martha Manning

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Why DSM-5 Is a Step Forward for Psychotherapy

Find Out About the Benefits of Dimensional Diagnosis

Rich Simon

As therapists, we’re well aware that our clients in psychological distress rarely—if ever—fit neatly into the strict confines of DSM disorders. Even Darrel Regier, vice chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, knows perfectly well that psychiatric diagnosis is often inherently ambiguous and that the science behind the classification system isn’t all it might be.

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The Brain Science of Self-Deception

Understanding the Limits of Self-Awareness

Louis Cozolino

It’s commonly suggested that depression results from seeing reality too clearly. Repression, denial, and humor grease the social wheels and lead us to put a positive spin on the behavior of those around us. This may be why humans have so few networks dedicated to self-insight and so many ways of distorting reality in their favor.

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A New Way to Understand Severe Anxiety Disorder

A Client’s Severe Anxiety Disorder May Be a By-Product of a More Primary Purpose

Bruce Ecker

Sometimes panic and anxiety have no function—they aren’t the means of fulfilling a hidden purpose for the sufferer—yet in a different way, they’re still necessary to a coherent underlying pattern.

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