Archives for July, 2012

God in Therapy

Can Lucid Dreaming Studies Help Us Understand Who We Are?

writes: By studying lucid dreamers, scientists are finding more of the "meta-consciousness" spots in the brain. According to this article at :
"Studies employing magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) have now been able to demonstrate that a specific cortical network consisting of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the frontopolar regions and the precuneus is activated when this lucid consciousness is attained. All of these regions are associated with self-reflective functions. This research into lucid...
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General

Questions About The Batman Killings


James Holmes has added his name to a very repulsive list: Jared Loughner: Nidal Malik Hasan; Jiverly Antares Wong: Seung-Hui Cho:  Michael McLendon:  Dylan Harris and Eric Klebold; Stephen Ressa, — American killers, all. Unlike serial killers, these men might be categorized as "spree killers" or "rampage killers."

We don't know all that much yet about James Holmes.

In 2011, Jared Loughner had abused drugs and alcohol. His schoolmates and employers...
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Can Art Therapy Help Narcissists?


After reading this excellent article in Psychiatric Times, which comments on the new definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the DSM-5, we had a long conversation about NPD. We've both interviewed several people who've had relationships with people who had NPD and I've worked with clients with this challenging disorder.

We all like and dislike people, often for reasons we're not proud of. But people with NPD...
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Do Your Facebook Likes Reveal Your Politics?

They're back. Those political prognosticators who say they know how we'll vote (or why). This time, two marketing firms say they have their finger on the pulse.

Of course, it's only a matter of time before social psychologists will publish their findings on why we'll vote the way we do in the upcoming presidential election.

Engage and GetTrendsetter, the two firms, have combined forces to analyze what your Facebook likes have to...
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Depression

Healing Your Thoughts: Despair Vs. Repair

If you believe you can damage, believe you can repair. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

There is no such thing as despair. —Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

There is no such thing as despair? Sounds like a koan, but it's not. Rebbe Nachman was saying (in part) that despair is manufactured by the negative inclinations of those who believe they have no choice but to give up on themselves, or the world.

They feel so down on themselves, so down on...
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anxiety

Women, Men and Trauma

shares more thoughts on trauma:

I watched in horror as a little boy of about five was whacked—hard—across his face on the subway. His mother began to berate him, calling him names ("retard" was one of the ones I remember), ridiculing him. He didn't cry. He just stared straight ahead, as if he wasn't in his body.

I desperately wanted to do something, but there was only a subway worker in uniform and me on the...
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General

Celebrating Freedom And Human Rights

writes:

As the United States prepares to celebrate Independence Day, someone I work with asked me if I'd ever read the Declaration of Independence. I was embarrassed to admit that I hadn't really read it all the way through in many years. Just the popular bits.

He chided me, "Why not? That's the reason why we celebrate 4th of July."

He's right. And, since I wanted to write something different than we've done in the past...
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