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Book Review: Daughter Detox

A central tenet of object relations theory is that the first object internalized is that of the mother. As an object, the mother is expected to be good, loving, and safe. Through a pattern of caring behavior, attendance to the child’s needs, and emotional...

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Book Review: The Upside of Shame

In our motivation to feel better, to live wholeheartedly, and to embrace the happiness that is rightfully ours, we might have missed one very important piece. In fact, we might have missed it because we were busy trying to extinguish it.
I’m talking about shame....

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Book Review: The Empowered Mama

“It seems to me that a happy life would be a pretty good legacy to leave your children,” writes Lisa Druxman in her new book, The Empowered Mama: How to Reclaim Your Time and Yourself While Raising a Happy, Healthy Family. Druxman helps moms...

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Book Review: The Interbrain

British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips often referred to nonverbal communication as “what falls out of the patient’s pockets while he’s speaking.”
For Digby Tantam, a psychiatrist, professor, and author of The Interbrain: Embodied Knowledge Connections Versus Common Knowledge, what is emitted, rather than spoken, forms a shared...

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Book Review: The Heart of Trauma

Betrayal, painful losses, devastating natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and mass shootings can all cast a physiological residue on those left in their wake. A neuroscientific footprint that extends far beyond the experiences that caused it, but into all aspects of our lives, trauma...


Book Review: Out Of The Madhouse

Michael Maitland suffered from clinical depression, anxiety, and anorexia so severe that it landed him in the emergency room with a collapsed lung.
In his new book, Out Of The Madhouse: An Insider’s Guide To Managing Depression and Anxiety, which he co-wrote with his father,...

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Book Review: Happy Together

I have often wished there was a resource I could recommend that would offer couples genuine hope, with practical steps on how to strengthen and grow their love. Happily Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love that Lasts by Suzann and James Pawelski...


Book Review: Parenting the Addicted Teen

While parents play a critical role in a teen's recovery from addiction, the cycle of addiction itself often disempowers the entire family in such a way that recovery and reconnection become almost impossible.
In her new book, Parenting the Addicted Teen: A 5-Step Foundational Program,...

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Book Review: Mindful Eating

How long does it take you to eat lunch? 10 minutes? 15 minutes? Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk or in front of the TV, realizing that you have no recollection of what you've eaten? If so, you're not alone.
We live...

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Book Review: The Kindness Cure

The British psychoanalyst Adam Phillips once wrote, “Kindness is always hazardous because it is based on a susceptibility to others, a capacity to identify with their pleasures and sufferings.”
Yet, according to Tara Cousineau, author of The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can...