Archive for September, 2010

Kabbalistic Meditation: Magic, Religion, or Healthy Boundaries?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Ultimately, like much of Judaism, authentic Kabbalistic meditation is about developing an understanding of healthy boundaries—between self and others, heaven and earth, divine and mundane; and through a deeper understanding of these boundaries, come to understand what true unity is. This is one of its possible benefits to the psychotherapy process.

Transcendental Meditation and Kabbalah: The Great Meditation Debate Continues

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Josthna says yoga and TM aren’t marketed as religious, but spiritual, by what we’ll call the “Yoga industry” and the “TM industry”. She says that’s because the word “religion” makes Westerners nervous and that the original gurus saw the tide turning against religion in the 1960s so “repackaged” these practices!

Diet Pills and Weight Loss: Weekly Poll

Monday, September 27th, 2010

A greatly anticipated diet pill has once again been shot down by the FDA. Arena Pharmaceuticals magic bullet, lorcaserin, is simply too risky, say government officials. Should we be focusing our efforts on other weight loss methods? Take part in our weekly poll.

Zen, Yoga, TM, and Kabbalah: The Great Meditation Debate

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Since meditation became acceptable in the West (beginning in a big way in the 1960s with the Beatles’ introduction of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, their soon-to-be dumped guru), the types of meditation available to even the most casual seeker have multiplied rapidly.

Funny On Demand: Cartoonist Mark Hill

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Creating comic strips for syndication was a my first real test of wit; needing to write and draw a funny cartoon every day of every week, each year, whether sick or tired, etc. So now, when a client or publisher calls with a deadline a few days away, it’s a breeze in comparison.

ADHD Medication News: Weekly Poll

Monday, September 20th, 2010

a recent Business Week article, a new ADHD study is brought to light. Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in NY says that by paying more attention to dosing and taking the time to get just the right dosage, ADHD medications such as Ritalin can “significantly reduce or eliminate aggressive behavior” in at least 50 percent of very agressive kids.

Kabbalah’s Secrets of Creation and the Therapy Process

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Judaism, (Christianity and Islam agree), says that God didn’t just create the world and then settle down to watch the show, but that He is continually and actively involved in the world He created. In fact, God’s involvement, according to the Kabbalastic sages, has a stunning and profound component that actually has implications for the therapy process: Creation is ongoing, constant, and continual. This has important implications for personal change and the process of psychotherapy.

Your Favorite Mental Health Organization: Weekly Poll

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

What mental health organization is worth writing home about?

The Cartoonist Is In: Therapy Soup Interviews Mark Hill

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Cartoonist Mark Hill

It seems that therapy is a frequent subject for cartoons—the most famous perhaps being Charles Schultz’s “The Shrink is In” cartoons which really hit home with so many mental health professionals and patients, even to this day.

Cartoonist and illustrator Mark Hill*, whose work has been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers including Time Magazine, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and others has created cartoons about our favorite Therapy Soup topic.

Google Balls Vs. Bubble Wrap: Weekly Poll

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

One of us is a “Bubble Wrap” popper and the other, well, let’s say shrieking cats scratching their untrimmed claws on a blackboard in a construction work zone would be soothing compared to the effect those little plastic poppers have.

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