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Archives for March, 2010

Love, Sex, and the Male Brain: A Controversy

A recent opinion piece on CNN came out about a book by Dr. Louann Brizendine, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF, that caught my attention and so I had to read further (a sign of good marketing). The book is The Male Brain, a follow up to her past book, The Female Brain, and it basically states that the classic stereotypical male attributes ( automatically looking at women's breasts, lacking empathy, oversexed) can now be explained from a neuroscientific perspective. In...
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Depression

Learn to Cultivate Joy Right Now!

I’ll be interviewing James Baraz in the not-too-distant future, but I thought the topic that he writes about his latest book Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness is pertinent enough to let you know about it now rather than later so you don't have to wait to know about it. I have people that come into my practice all the time that lament...
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Addiction

The RAIN Practice: Monday's Mindful Quote with Rumi

Here we are again with Monday’s Mindful Quote. In a famous poem, 13th century Sufi poet Rumi lays down a radical notion about welcoming pain in life, rather than avoiding it to experience emotional freedom. As you read the following poem, remember, the words speak as a guidepost, reminding us which way to go. After the poem, I will introduce you to a practice from A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook...
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Addiction

The Neuroscience of Happiness: An Interview with Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

I am delighted to bring to you neuropsychologist, meditation teacher and author of the hit new book Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, Rick Hanson, Rick is co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, which also publishes the monthly Wise Brain Bulletin and hosts the website. He is also author of the Meditations for Happiness audio download and co-author...
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Two Questions You Must Answer to Live the Life You Want

Here's a question to consider (and this isn't one of the two): When the mind pops up with the statement "I am such a failure," what is the underlying value that it is in cahoots with?

We all have values in life, some we're aware of and some we're not. Values are the road signs that guide us in the direction we want our life to go. Maybe we value good physical or mental health or perhaps being a good friend or politically active member...
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General

Mindfulness and Trauma: An Interview with John Briere, Ph.D.

Today I am proud to bring to you John Briere, , Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and recipient of ISTSS's Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement. John has authored a number of books, including Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation,...
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Addiction

Neuroplasticity: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

If you've been following recent developments in the field of psychology or neuroscience or if you've been following my postings, you've heard the term neuroplasticity before. This term refers to the discovery in recent years that the brain is actually malleable throughout the lifespan and we have the ability to grow new neural connections. This has tremendous implications for our mental health and anything that has to do with human training, both hopeful and detrimental.

Now, this isn't the first time this idea has...
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