Electric Currents And An ‘Emotional Awakening’ For One Man With Autism

AutismTerry Gross provides an insightful and humanistic look at autism through the story of one man who underwent an experimental treatment for his condition and then goes on to eloquently explain both the gains and losses he experienced as a result.   Continue reading

Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest

Men and Emotions South Lake Union TherapyFor many years I have been speaking to the increasing shift in traditional gender roles and the ways in which this shift is altering the power differential between the sexes.  In my practice, I see these changes manifest in a variety of new and interesting ways, both adaptive and maladaptive.  My work is primarily with men and this latest New York Times article gives a comprehensive overview of the very real and immediate need to foster and accept emotional vulnerability in men for the sake of their health and success.

“Last semester, a student in the masculinity course I teach showed a video clip she had found online of a toddler getting what appeared to be his first vaccinations. Off camera, we hear his father’s voice. “I’ll hold your hand, O.K.?” Then, as his son becomes increasingly agitated: “Don’t cry!… Aw, big boy! High five, high five! Say you’re a man: “I’m a man!”

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When Willpower Isn’t Enough- A New Freakanomics Radio Podcast

When Willpower Isn't EnoughIn this podcast, Katherine Milkman, an assistant professor at the Wharton School at Penn, applies some of her findings on the topic of behavioral economics to human psychology.  She discusses two ideas that are not new but may be of some use to certain people struggling to achieve goals. Continue reading

How Meditation, Placebos and Virtual Reality Help Power ‘Mind Over Body’

From a recent episode of Fresh Air: “While researching the book Cure, science writer Jo Marchant wanted to understand how distraction could be used to nullify pain, so she participated in a virtual reality experiment.” Continue reading

‘Fake it ’til you make it’ is psychologically damaging

Fake it till you make itOur lives and careers are filled with examples of inauthentic behavior. We feign interest in meetings or laugh at our boss’s bad jokes in order to be positive team members, build relationships, and accomplish shared goals. This is how we get along—and it is how some of us get ahead.

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The Strain of Being On-Call

Strain of Being On Call“A recent study links extended work availability with decreased calmness, mood, and energy levels. By looking at industries from technical services to nursing, the study evaluated the effects of being on-call — that is, not at work, but being expected to remain available by phone for questions or customer requests. Continue reading

The Emotions Behind Procrastination

Procrastination South Lake Union TherapyProcrastination is a topic that comes up often in my practice.  Successful professionals well-versed in time management and theories of organization come in searching for answers and strategies to address delayed action in some key areas of their lives.   Continue reading

The Stability Network

The Stability NetworkThe Stability Network is a coalition of successful professionals who live, or have lived, with mental health conditions.   Continue reading

TED Talk: Depression, The Secret We Share

Goya South Lake Union Therapy“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. Continue reading