The Social Media Effect: Our brains on social media

How often have you half-consciously opened Facebook just to scroll mindlessly through your feed? How often do you pick up your phone first thing in the morning or last thing at night, and end up losing more time than planned, following the rabbit trail of text exchanges or notifications, coming out the other side feeling[…]

6 Reasons Why Therapy Doesn’t Suck.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was pretty terrified of seeing a counselor once upon a time, even though I knew I wanted to be one. Relationship stress didn’t convince me. Panic attacks didn’t convince me. Processing difficult experiences by myself didn’t convince me. I squeaked by with the help of mentors and a compassionate[…]

Anxiety Reduction: Is it really as simple as “Just Breathe”?

  Anxiety is normal. It forces us to jump into action when we are most at risk. It allows us to achieve great feats of strength and stamina. It keeps us alive. And when anxiety is too easily triggered, so that fear arises in ways that are disproportionate to actual risk, it can feel like torture.[…]

The Intersection of Depression and Comedy

Sometimes it seems like a cliche that so many comedians are incredibly self-deprecating (see: Mitch Hedburg, Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, for example). For a punchline to be hilarious, a comedian almost has to shock the audience with the level of sad truth that they communicate. There are Ted Talks about depressed comedians, scholarly papers looking[…]

The Necessity of Mental Downtime: True or False?

A fascinating article in Scientific American outlines recent neuroimaging research about the necessity of mental downtime, concluding that without exception, mental downtime (identified by neurologists as the utilization of the “Default Mode Network” of neural connections, when a person isn’t actively problem solving or focused on an outcome) is critical to productivity and continued high functioning.[…]

‘Psychology Today’ Villifies Narcissists

A new article in Psychology Today makes some sweeping assumptions about individuals with narcissistic tendencies. Penned by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., currently a professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the article makes some scathing generalizations, suggesting that we stereotype, stigmatize, and write-off anyone with narcissistic tendencies: “We know that in real life, narcissists can[…]