What A ‘Pre-Divorce’ Couple Looks Like

“…in order for therapy to be effective, both people are going to have to tolerate learning something about themselves they don’t already know. No one escapes therapy with their self-image completely intact. This is a good thing. Of course, just being alive in the world with other people also invites us to see ourselves as others see us. But therapy expands on this process — hopefully, in a helpful way.”

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    Holocaust survivors can genetically pass trauma down to their children

Holocaust survivors can genetically pass trauma down to their children

“The real message from this work is about the power of environment,” Yehuda said. “If negative environments cause one kind of change, what kind of changes are caused by positive environments? And how can we optimize our environment so we’re functioning in the best way possible and that we’re making the biologic changes that really are most optimal for us to achieve maximum resilience.”

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    5 Reasons Why Psychoanalysis Is One of The Best Treatments For Early Childhood Trauma

5 Reasons Why Psychoanalysis Is One of The Best Treatments For Early Childhood Trauma

“The impact of early childhood trauma is that much more pronounced later in life precisely because there have never been words to describe or capture the traumatic experience. Usually, in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, one can begin to unravel the layers of the experience, slowly and often through speaking about the current symptoms that bother you or your body, which may include anxiety, substance use, self-injurious behavior, psycho-somatic symptoms, etc.”

It’s Not Always Depression

“…there are basically two categories of emotions. There are core emotions, like anger, joy and sadness, which when experienced viscerally lead to a sense of relief and clarity (even if they are initially unpleasant). And there are inhibitory emotions, like shame, guilt and anxiety, which serve to block you from experiencing core emotions.”

The Enormous Power of the Unconscious Brain

“The more we probe the brain’s workings, the more we realise that our conscious minds are really just a summary of what our brains get up to all the time – without “us” having any idea. As Eagleman puts it, “The conscious you, which is the part that flickers to life when you wake up in the morning, is the smallest bit of what’s happening in your head….It’s like a broom closet in the mansion of the brain.”

March 24th, 2016|The Unconscious Mind|

Saving Psychotherapy From the Medication Takeover

“Psychotherapy is as effective as medication for mild to moderate presentations of many different mental disorders. It takes longer to work, but its benefits last longer and there many fewer side effects and complications. Comparisons between different psychotherapies usually end in tie scores — suggesting that the quality of the therapeutic relationship and other common factors may be more important than the specifics of technique.”

March 18th, 2016|Process of Therapy|
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    Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatize it

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatize it

“Patients are being shunned in the mistaken belief they have biological defects. In fact the evidence shows that most have endured traumas.”

March 1st, 2016|Depression|

Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud

Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch? An interesting read by Oliver Burkeman from The Guardian.

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

The cost of loneliness may be much greater than emotional discomfort. In this article from NPR, Angus Chen discusses the potentially lethal effects loneliness can have on our immune systems. In this way, understanding – and tending to – our loneliness becomes a crucial step in maintaining our good health.

January 7th, 2016|Emotional Health|

Emotional Intelligence – why is it important?

“Emotional intelligence is still not completely understood, but what we do know is that emotions play a very critical role in the overall quality of our personal and professional lives, more critical even than our actual measure of brain intelligence. While tools and technology can help us to learn and master information, nothing can replace our ability to learn, manage, and master our emotions and the emotions of those around us.

November 14th, 2015|Emotional Health|