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Book Review: Writing for Bliss

Ever since her mother gave her a journal at age ten to help her cope with the suicide of her beloved grandmother, Diana Raab has used writing as a way of navigating life’s challenges and joys. She believes it can help you, too.
Writing for...

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Book Review: The Secret Lives of Introverts

What's wrong with you? Are you upset?
If you are an introvert, these are questions that you've heard at some point in your life, whether you've been at a party, at work, or at a family gathering. Because you like to spend time alone, it...

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Book Review: Your Behavior

Have you ever done something and then asked yourself, "Why did I do that?" Or perhaps you’ve wondered why other people act in the ways that they do, or how you can change your own behavior.
In his new book, Your Behavior: Understanding and Changing...

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Book Review: The Influential Mind

“It seems to me that the people with the most important message, those who have the most useful advice, are not necessarily the ones who have the largest impact,” writes Tali Sharot.
In her new book, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our...

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Book Review: How People Change

The dust jacket of How People Change is a mirror image of two people; black and white on the left, and in color on the right. When I saw it, I thought about clients I've worked with who described the depths of depression as...

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Book Review: The Possibility Principle

When notions of separation fade, the deep-rooted sense that we are all connected, and that every living thing is part of a much greater whole emerges. This very thought offers a profound shift in the way we view the world – one that frees...

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Book Review: Welcome to Your World

Students of psychological research have become familiar with a wide array of factors that play a role in how our lives unfold, including our personalities, upbringing, talents, motivation, social connections, cultural attitudes, and the structures of our societies. In Welcome to Your World: How...

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Book Review: Another Kind of Madness

“There are times that I wish I had cancer.”
It is difficult to imagine that anyone would wish for cancer. But through the eyes of someone diagnosed with a mental illness, this statement may make more sense. The cultural perception that cancer is a “real”...


Book Review: Tough-To-Treat Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common problems people face today, and yet, it is often complicated with other co-existing conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, and depression. Comorbidity can make treatment challenging, even for clinicians who specialize in anxiety.
In her new book,...

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Book Review: Your Resonant Self

We all have an inner voice. Sometimes this voice is reassuring, kind, and compassionate. Other times, it is critical, cruel, and the source of shame. Acting like a barometer for our well-being, our inner voice often eludes to feelings we may have overlooked, ignored,...