Final Review of ‘Authentic Happiness’ by Martin Seligman

I finished reading Seligman’s ‘Authentic Happiness’.  Overall, I quite enjoyed it and it was a good reminder for the coming New Year, to take stock of one’s strengths, and to design a good life for oneself.  I think that many of us in the Western World are lucky in that we no longer have to […]

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Second book of the month– ‘Authentic Happiness’ by Martin Seligman

When I went to graduate school in 1988, we were educated in psychological testing, statistics and research design, and psychopathology.  At the heart of psychology was the treatment of psychological ills and the removal of suffering.  Since that time, there has been an emergence in the field of ‘Positive Psychology’—psychology that is strength based and […]

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Some light reading for the holidays

So occasionally I read and review a self-help book to use in my practice.  Feel free to read along with me if you would like.  The one I have been recently reading is about forgiveness.  It’s called “8 Keys to Forgiveness” by Robert Enright, and can be found here on Amazon.  It’s available as a kindle […]

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Keeping your marriage intimate

I have a lot of couples that come into my office looking for tips.  This article is a decent one with some very practical suggestions.  Enjoy. Date Night

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How much ‘stuff’ does one need, to be fulfilled?

I ran across this article the other day, and now am looking forward to seeing the movie.  It’s about a man who, following a relationship break-up, decides to give up his worldly possessions.  He films the process, for a year, and creates a documentary.  Here is a link to the article:  documentary about giving up […]

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When your partner comes from another country…

Many of my clients are non-Danes married to Danes.  Here is a fun and insightful article about choosing to marry someone from a different culture.New York Times article– foreign spouse

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Coping with the sexual side effects of antidepressant medication

I remember when Prozac first came out, in the late 1980s.  It was marketed as a kind of miracle cure for depression, and was considered a preferable alternative to the then MAO-inhibitors and Tricyclics that were being prescribed at the time.  Prozac was marketed as having almost no side-effects, which was in stark contrast to […]

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Another article about authentic self

Several famous psychologists have written about the existence of an ‘authentic self’.  Notably, Carl Rogers used this term as marker for when one has achieved psychological health.  Donald Winnicott also spoke of the ‘true self/false self’ dilemma.  He believed that ‘true self’ actually produces a feeling for people– a sense of rightness, or ‘this is […]

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Predicting suicidality using technology

For a long time, researchers knocked Freud’s idea of the unconscious because it could not be ‘proven’.  However, today, technology makes it possibly for us to quantifiably measure response time to certain associations as a way to determine biases about which a person might not be 100 percent conscious.  A test has been created to […]

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The presence of dogs in the therapy office

Esther A couple of years ago, we purchased a beagle mix from a nearby kennel.  After reading a lot of information about therapy dogs, I decided to see what kinds of programs were available in English, in Denmark.  I was unable to find anything so I read up about the mere presence of animals in […]

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