July/August 2011

Editor's Note

Extended Life, Elongated Grief

July/August 2011
As the writers in this issue powerfully demonstrate, medical science has made extended dying and its impact on relatives and loved ones—what psychologist Joseph Nowinski, in the issue’s cover story, calls “the new grief. . . the gritty business of living with slow death”—increasingly common, even normal.
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The New Grief

Long, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

July/August 2011
The increasing ability of modern medicine to arrest or slow terminal illness means that never before has death been such an extended process for so many. But as a culture, we're only just beginning to face the deep ambivalence this creates for both patient and family.
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Is Enough Ever Enough?

The Right-to-Die Debate

July/August 2011
We’re living longer and longer, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we’d choose to live through a painful terminal illnesses. Do we have the right to choose? Should we?

Unhappy Endings

Death as Technology’s Slave

July/August 2011
A perverse set of financial incentives within the medical system too often leads to the promotion of maximum treatment, no matter what. When this happens, patients and families may no longer be the beneficiaries of the war on sudden death, becoming its victims.

Goodbye

Each of Us Owes the Universe a Death

July/August 2011

In a very dark corner of each of our minds is a voice that says, “I’m going to die. One day, I’m going to die.” How we react to this voice determines how we live our lives.

The Stories We Live

In therapy--as in Fiction--There’s Always Possibility

July/August 2011
Both doing psychotherapy and the writing of fiction are about stories. The essence of the art of both pursuits is the openness to the possibility that, no matter how small, no matter how fleeting, things might not only be different, but, perhaps, better.

Clinician's Digest

July/August 2011
- A game changer for therapy? - The impact of therapist skill on research trails - The illusion of therapeutic truths

In Consultation

Love and Money: Couples Finances

July/August 2011
In these tough economic times, how do therapists distinguish between money troubles related to the recession and those that have psychological roots?

Case Study

Dancing with the Unconscious

July/August 2011
Sometimes conversation isn’t the best way to communicate with clients. There are times when therapists must go beyond the words.

Point Of View

A Match Made on Earth

July/August 2011
Neil Clark Warren, the founder of the successful matchmaking site eHarmony, talks about what’s necessary to find a good, compatible match.

Bookmarks

Creating New Paths for Change: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World

July/August 2011
In an age of cynicism, a refreshing look at “the social cure.”

Family Matters

Bottom of the Ninth

July/August 2011
In every love relationship, there are words that best remain unspoken.
July/August 2011
The New Grief
Are we casualties of medicine's war on death?