A great new podcast!

The hidden brain podcast I’ve reviewed this and it looks like it will be phenomenal.  Thanks, NPR!

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Individuals do not just suffer with Psychiatric symptoms.  Instead, they have a complex relationship with their symptoms.  A depressed person may both love and feel intimate and secure with the familiar feeling of melancholy, and a person with occasional bouts of psychosis may strongly believe that the perceptions they have are helpful attimes. What kind […]

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When a loved one suffers from mental illness

I found this poignant article on one of my news feeds and want to share it on this site.  Where do you turn, when a loved one becomes mentally ill?  How can you help alleviate suffering, and foster understanding?  This author’s take is a frank look at how difficult it can be for the partners […]

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Perhaps there is hope for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their loved ones

Has you or anyone you know suffered from dementia.  For loved ones of individual’s with Alzheimer’s, everyday grief is the norm.  However, it looks like researchers at Stanford may have made a breakthrough.  Take a look: Alzheimer’s researchers potentially find cure

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If we were all a little more mindful…

I sometimes wonder how life would change, if we all took the time to be a little more mindful in our everyday lives.  Here is one author’s quest for mindfulness, and what he noticed about more mindful living.    mindful living What are YOUR challenges to mindfulness?  What do you notice, when you slow down?

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  Teaching kept me busy, in the Fall of 2014.  I ran across this, however, and thought that I should share it.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that it gives a little too much weight to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in my opinion.  Other than that, I […]

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Mental illness and stigma

I love it when famous people “come out” and tell of their struggles with mental illness.  It makes it easier for all of us to talk about. Hemingway and mental illness

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How Psychology can help Ferguson Heal

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, racism is incidious and exceedingly psychological. The president of the American Psychological Association has these words to say, about how we can combat racism.http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/how-psychology-can-help-ferguson-heal/article_f6d6e76e-92c7-59a8-b7da-6321c3be882f.html#.VAmjsvjeemg.facebook

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More about vacations…

The summer is winding down.  Most, if not all of the European population has returned from vacation.I ran across another article, the other day, highlighting an important difference between European and American vacation-time.  I want to share it here, because it fits with my experience of things.My first summer in Denmark was magical.  The weather […]

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The APA’s Statement about the Shooting of Michael Brown

It’s important to realize that prejudice these days, is often not even a conscious process.  While blacks, and other minorities enjoy equality in a number of areas, worldwide, what lingers, are semi-conscious judgments about worth,and presumed innocence or guilt. The APA released this statement about combating stereotypes.  http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/08/michael-brown.aspx

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