Interesting interview with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk http://sideeffectspublicmedia.org/post/childhood-trauma-leads-brains-wired-fear
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 here
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 recent scientific studies supporting the benefits of meditation.
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 the brain. This will likely be a helpful resource for investigating treatment options if you are experiencing a cognitive decline, although the article should not be considered medical advice and you should check with your physician before taking any of the supplements in the article (e.g. some of the supplements can interact with your medications).
Read more here
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 (psychological, medical, financial, sexual, etc) while avoidance strategies (such as alcohol use) were associated with all cause morbidity and mortality (e.g. death and illness). For the rest of the article, go to: 75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life
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 Kids
“Ceaseless optimism about the future only makes for a greater shock when things go wrong; by fighting to maintain only positive beliefs about the future, the positive thinker ends up being less prepared, and more acutely distressed, when things eventually happen that he can’t persuade himself to believe are good.”
Read the rest of this article in The New Yorker …
Many people are confused when their physician refers them to a psychologist for chronic pain. The video below explains why some strategies involving types of treatment other than medication can be helpful in dealing with this condition.