What Keeps Us from Being Kinder to Ourselves?
There’s now a growing body of research demonstrating that relating to ourselves in a kind, friendly manner is essential for emotional wellbeing. More pointedly, research proves false many of the common myths about self-compassion that keep us trapped in the prison of relentless self-criticism.
Unexpected Lessons from Practice
Three clinicians share stories of challenging cases that show how the most surprising outcomes often have nothing to do with therapeutic brilliance or technical wizardry.
Life after Trauma: What are the possibilities for post-traumatic growth?
Review of Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth
The new emphasis on the transformative power of trauma can be a template for false assumptions about the “gift” of suffering and the meaning of recovery.
Assessing Our Impact
When it comes to helping couples considering divorce, therapists have a hundred ways to ask “What’s right for you?” but often find themselves tongue-tied when it comes to asking “What’s right for the others in your life?” Is it possible to talk about interpersonal responsibility without shaming clients and driving them away?
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America’s Opportunity Chasm: A Noted Scholar Documents Our Decline in Social Mobility
Review of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Robert Putnam documents the myriad psychological, health, and political consequences of the ever-growing disparities between rich and poor in America today.
Let’s unite to stand up to vested interests that have taken over the mental health system.
The Pot Shoppe on Main Street
Beware of What You Wish For
Although happiness is widely beneficial, organizing one’s life around it can lead to a great deal of effort and time being spent unwisely. Trying too hard to be happy interferes with the pleasure, engagement, and meaning we could otherwise find in the world.
Psychotherapy in the Media Spotlight
Bessel van der Kolk, a leading trauma therapist, takes on the New York Times.
Sizing Up Goliath: The Upside of Being Underestimated
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
With his enormous success, Malcolm Gladwell has morphed from a darling underdog to a publishing juggernaut at whom it’s now trendy to sling insults.
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