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Book Review: The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis

Emotions, while ubiquitous across species and one of the most common topics of conversation, are still, it seems, misunderstood.
Do emotions have biological roots and, if so, where? And how do physiological factors influence how emotions are felt, expressed, and understood?
For Ralph Adolphs and David...

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Book Review: Making the Big Move, 3rd Edition

Most of the important transitions in our lives are marked by rituals that affirm our new identities, including weddings, graduations, baby showers, and funerals. For insights and guidance on how to navigate these transitions, we can find an abundance of books. But I never...

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Book Review: The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

In her new book, The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Deb Dana offers a window into the inner life of a traumatized person and a way out of trauma and back to finding joy, connection, and safety through enlightening theory,...

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Book Review: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

It's hard to wrap my head around the phenomenon that is Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology who has taken disaffected, mostly-white, mostly-male individuals by storm with his pseuo-intellectual psychobabble.
I've resisted writing about Peterson because I know how passionately his fans defend him. But after getting through the challenge that is his best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life, I just can't help myself. Be warned, this is a lengthy review.

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Book Review: What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

While ADHD can rob children of the executive functioning skills that are pivotal in life, it can also rob both them and their parents of the very relationship that can help improve those skills.
More often than not as ADHD children struggle to complete tasks,...