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Soft Belly

In this beautiful piece of writing, Stephen Levine reminds us of the importance of keeping a soft belly while doing any type of trauma or grief work. Our physiology is so intimately tied to our psychology, and if you can learn to soften one, you can soften the other....

Depression and Neuroplasticity

Depression and Neuroplasticity

In this fascinating blog, Scott Alexander goes into many of the emerging theories surrounding depression. While many of us assume depression is caused by low serotonin levels and therefore can be improved by medications such as SSRIs, medications that decrease...

Chronic Pain Psychology

Many people wonder why a psychologist might be involved in the treatment of chronic pain. Unfortunately, the longer one has pain, it becomes less likely that the pain is due to tissue damage, and more likely it is that the pain is due to overactive nervous system...

Pain is Weird

Excellent article on on pain physiology, and the effect the brain and beliefs have on pain intensity

Eight Keys to Forgiveness

In this excellent article, Robert Enright, PhD discusses various reasons and methods on how to develop a more compassionate and forgiving mind. Good stuff! have a read...

So Many Reasons To Meditate…

In a manner similar to flossing or exercise, meditation is an act of basic (mental) hygiene. Whatever reason that helps you to practice is sufficient... but if you needed 76 more of them, have a look through this recent blog post that summarizes some of the most...

Nutrition and Psychological Effects on Cognitive Abilities

I am often asked by patients about what steps they can take to improve or maintain their memory and cognitive functioning. The following is a really excellent summary article that includes information about nutrition, medical conditions, and stress and their impact on...

Happiness is love. Full stop.

Here's a fascinating article about a 75-year long study that followed men through their lifespan and examined many of the factors that promoted longevity and happiness. Interestingly, warm relationships appeared as a central factor for multiple measures of well-being...

Praise your kids (and friends) for effort, not abilities

This is a slightly older article, but it is a really good example of the idea of differential reinforcement (ie using reward to get more of what you actually want from others and your self). Have a read! New York Mag: How Not to Talk to Your...