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Open Book June 28, 2024

Boys Holding Hands

How Are We Policing the Beauty of Male Intimacy?

In "Close," director Lukas Dhont illustrates what can happen when society squashes the beautiful, empathic relationships that come naturally to boys. Read more

Open Book May 1, 2024

How Can a Ghost Story Help Us Heal from Trauma?

Excavating Unspoken Conversations

Director Andrew Haigh’s haunting film All of Us Strangers lays bare the critical role of imagination in healing from traumatic loss. Read more

Open Book March 1, 2024

A Comedy about Breaking the Rules of Therapy

'Shrinking' is Sweet and Unrealistic—and That's Okay

For therapists, the TV comedy Shrinking is a low-impact escape that still contains echoes of the messy, wrenching work they do. Read more

Open Book January 3, 2024

Is Honesty the Best Policy?: A Review of 'You Hurt My Feelings'

A New Film on Flattery, White Lies, and Nondirective Therapy

A wry exploration of how we handle challenges to our egos, even in therapy Read more

Open Book November 3, 2023

The Heart of Gladness

Why Joy and Sorrow Need Each Other

Acclaimed poet and essayist Ross Gay considers the “wild and unboundaried solidarity” that joy can bring into our lives. Read more

Open Book September 1, 2023

Going Public with your Therapist

Reexamining a Compelling Film Through a New Lens

Do Sarah Brady’s allegations about Jonah Hill undermine the implicit message of Stutz, his documentary about therapy? Read more

Open Book July 1, 2023

The Radical Act of Embodying Your Voice

How to Take Space and Make Space

A new book from a renowned speech coach invites us to reflect on how we embody our true voices in our lives—and in the therapy room. Read more

Open Book April 28, 2023

Attuning to the Human Heart

Barbara Kingsolver’s Novel for the Ages

In Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver expands our moral imagination. Read more

Open Book March 1, 2023

Orchestrating Wonder

Can We Invite More Awe into Our Lives?

It takes a lot of courage and creativity to research one of the most compelling and ineffable human experiences, but Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner has... Read more

Open Book January 4, 2023

Why Are Today’s Girls So Troubled?

A Neurobiological Guide for Parents

"Girls on the Brink" presents new knowledge on girls' higher risk for mental health problems—and suggests what parents can do about it. Read more

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