Archive | March, 2013


31 Mar

70 million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder. (Scientific American Mind, 2013, 24, 1, p. 12)

TV & Marriage

28 Mar

TV depictions of marital relationships can build unrealistic expectations for marriage that contribute to disappoints and divorce. (Scientific American Mind, 2013, 24, 1, p. 10)



Continuing Education

26 Mar

I just returned from a two day workshop in Boston entitled ” Therapeutic Action of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.” The invited speakers were experienced and renown. They presented both challenging and clarifying perspectives on the way psychodynamic therapy can be at its best. I’m very glad I went. 



20 Mar

The effectiveness of psychotherapy is widely accepted. “Indeed, about 80% of those receiving psychotherapy will have mental health status superior to those receiving no treatment. (Psychotherapy, 2013, 50, 1, p. 17)


19 Mar

 New research suggests that being kind to others may benefit you as much as those whom you are helping. (Mind, Mood, & Memory, 2013, 9, 4, p. 2)

Placebo Effects

16 Mar

Researchers at the Universities of Michigan, North Carolina, and Maryland found that placebos used to decrease physical pain have greater benefits for positive than negative people. (Scientific American Mind, 2013, 24, 1, p.9).

Time with Teens

12 Mar

Recent research in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that it isn’t the family dinner per se that helps prevent teen adjustment problems. What does is parents building relationships with their kids at any opportunity, like riding in the car. (Scientific American Mind, 2013, 24, 1, p. 8)

Wall Street Then and Now

9 Mar

Edith Wharton’s “Age of Innocence” (1920) told of a time when “unblemished honesty was the noblesse oblige of old financial New York.” If a financier did harm to clients, even if no law had been broken, he became a social and business outcaste. Oh, how things have changed on Wall Street in the early part of the 21st century!

False Self in Wharton’s “Age of Innocence”

5 Mar

Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence (1920) depicted the false self as manifested by the majority of New York City’s upper crust in the late 19th Century. In this society, as she saw it, the unspoken rule was never to acknowledge unpleasantness and better yet never even to know it was there at all. Devoted to superficial, its denizens experienced that “real loneliness is living among all theses kind people who only ask one to pretend.”                  i


3 Mar

The Broadway musical “Next to Normal,” music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, played recently in Indy. It was a moving portrayal of a bipolar disorder and its effects on the person with the disorder, her family, and those trying to provide treatment.