Tales from the Better Angels Bus Tour
There’s a troubling trend toward viewing people who differ from us politically not just as uninformed or misguided, but as ill-motivated and dangerous. Through an organization called Better Angels, a couples therapist and an intrepid group of other concerned citizens embark on a bus tour to see what they can learn about shifting the standoff between Red and Blue America.
Doing Vulnerability: The Art of Helping Men Open Up
Helping emotionally closed-off men embrace vulnerability without getting lost in shame requires not only empathy but good timing.
Updating Our Picture of Who We Are
It seems clear that to understand America’s crisis of identity—the fundamental changes that have occurred in the last few generations, and the thoughts and emotions that ensue from them—you need to know more of America than just its affluent coastal cities.
Esther Perel Is Becoming Therapy's Most Visible Presence
By questioning some of the fundamental premises of traditional marriage, couples therapist Esther Perel has become, at least for the moment, psychotherapy’s public face and most quotable voice. But what is she saying that’s so intriguing and makes her stand out from all the other relationship experts our field produces?
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Couples Therapy in the Age of Trump
The election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of populism throughout the West were fueled by a renewed pull toward certain notions of traditional masculinity. Although therapists have remained largely silent about this revival of patriarchy in the culture, is neutrality really in the best interests of our clients?
Making Couples Therapy More Effective
Despite all the intellectual excitement it generated, the hard truth is that, so far, the systems revolution hasn’t led to very effective ways of doing therapy. Fortunately, a second revolution is quietly taking shape—a new wave of systems theory and therapy—that marries the wisdom of clinical intuition with the rigors of scientific inquiry.
Ethics and the Rise of Text Therapy
The rise of text therapy is raising ethical questions for its practitioners.
From Tough Love to Empathic Love: Teaching Parents to Earn Their Children’s Respect
Helping families move past stalemates often means teaching parents to earn their children’s respect.
When Does Attraction Turn into Addiction?
More and more therapists, regardless of how they feel about internet addiction as a diagnosis, are advising clients about the healthy use of their digital devices.
Is All Fair in Love and Sex? How Couples Can Embrace their Sexual Differences
Even if we believe that tender intimacy is the gold standard of erotic communication, can’t attachment be expressed in other ways?
- Commentary by Tammy Nelson
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