PSYCHVINE

Category: Attention

No matter where you live in the world, you may have strong emotions about the recent U.S. election.  Millions of those living in the United States have expressed intense frustration, anger, rage, disbelief, depression, despair, anxiety, fear, and pessimism.  Others feel joy and extreme optimism about the future now that Donald Trump has won. Today’s headlines about possible Russian interference in the election has stunned many people while others seemingly feel indifferent or complacent about that ominous possibility.  Another bombshell…

In our last blog, you met Dr. Patricia Smelt and her client, Kimberly. Dr. Smelt is trying to figure out what Kimberly wants out of therapy. She has detected a whiff of resistance. Dr. Smelt’s last question was, “So, if we asked your boyfriend what he thinks you need from coming here, what do you think he’d say?” Let’s see what happens next. Kimberly hesitates and rubs her forehead, “I guess he might say I need to work on my…

I often read before going to bed. Usually I read until I’m getting pretty sleepy. My reading material consists of the Sunday paper or a book–either my e-reader or an actual book. I never really considered the source of my reading material a potential problem, that is until I read about the study reported in this month’s Proceeding of the National Academy of Science. A clever research design involved hospitalizing 12 volunteer participants for 2 weeks. They asked all the…