Contributed by Norman Doidge
Neuroplasticity Isn’t Always for the Best
Why Therapists Should Know about the Plastic Paradox
Norman Doidge, FRCP, is a psychiatrist, training psychoanalyst, and neuroscience researcher (as well as poet and award-winning essayist), who has spent the many years exploring how to integrate recent discoveries in brain science, particularly neuroplasticity, into psychotherapeutic practice. He's the author of The Brain That Changes Itself, a New York Times bestseller that describes the brain's astonishing capacity for change, even in people seriously disabled from conditions like strokes, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and learning disorders, not to mention entrenched depression, anxiety, and crippling character traits. He also authored The Brain's Way of Healing.