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Archives for June, 2013


The Soul Factor: Jewish Prayer

Going to Shul on Shavuos by Esther Zibell

We agree with the studies mentioned here  at PsychCentral, which indicate that regular "shul" (synagogue) attendance is  "among the most reliable predictors of measures of physical and mental health" for Jewish people.

What we (respectfully) don't agree with is Dr. Jeff Levin's suggestion that "These findings nicely reinforce the inherited Jewish folk wisdom that going to shul (synagogue) is ‘good...
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Parental Alienation: Heartbreak & Hope

In our earlier interview with Dr. William Bernet, author of Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11. PA and the DSM-5. In this post, Dr. Bernet comments briefly on the history and prevalence of PA as well as various approaches to addressing the problem.

Dr. Bernet, is parental alienation (PA) a new disorder or is there evidence that PA has a history? How pervasive would you say PA is?

PA is not new at all. The concept of...
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Parental Alienation Expert Dr. William Bernet Discusses The DSM-5

Dr. William Bernet is a professor of psychiatry at and his research is in forensic psychiatry, in particular effects of divorce, child custody disputes, child maltreatment, and methodology of distinguishing true vs. false allegations of child sexual abuse. Dr. Bernet is the author of is the author of Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11 and other books.

Welcome, Dr. Bernet. We’ve been receiving conflicting information over the past few weeks. Is parental alienation (PA) listed as a...
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The Overconfident — Narcissistic Spectrum?

Photo by Ron Jeffreys

If you've read about the recent study on overconfidence (we wrote about it) you may have noticed that some of the traits of over-confident people seem to be a bit (or more than a bit), narcissistic.

This Sciencedaily article about the study states that:
Overprecision -- excessive confidence in the accuracy of our beliefs -- can have profound consequences, inflating investors' valuation of their...
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Psychiatrists Say Nutrition Is Key To Mood

He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician.
- Chinese Proverb

Psychiatric Times recently reported that at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting the “Prescription Brain Food: From Bench to Table" workshop was standing room only!

Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, told the packed room that the brain consumes 420 calories a day.
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