Debate about PTSD Treatment Guidelines

The APA is once again involved in a debate about treatment guidelines, this time for PTSD.

Personal Value Exploration: An Experiential Activity

Values clarification is an important part of life. This blog describes an activity that therapist and group leaders can use to guide individuals to get clear about their values.

Getting Beyond Negativity

Negative reactions to negative feelings create vicious neurotic cycles. Here's how to shift your inner attitude toward a healthier place.

Distress: It's Not the Negativity but Your Reaction to It

The key to understanding neurotic conditions is that people have negative reactions to their negative feelings.

Seeking Justice or Enhancing a Victimized Identity?

There is always a potential tension between seeking justice and emphasizing a victim narrative.

Diagnosing Trump: A Reply

The issues of diagnosing President Trump are complicated, in part because there is no consensus on what constitutes a mental disorder to begin with.

Toward a Big Theory of Knowledge

The 21st century needs to see a return to big ideas about knowledge.

23 Kinds of Depressive States

Depression is a state of behavioral shutdown. Here is a description of 23 common ways that folks get shut down.

Our Divided America

We need to face fully the divide in this country and use the principles of family therapy to move in a new and more productive direction.

Why Sexual Aggression Is About Both Sex and Power

We should dispense with the myth that sexual aggression is only about power.

What Should Psychology Be?

Since the American Psychological Association released a retrospective on the past 125 years in the field, right now is a great time to look toward the future.

How to Metabolize Painful, Dark Emotions: A Letter

A letter writer asks for advice on dealing with painful, dark emotions.

Is Addiction a Disease of the Brain?

Addiction is when the primary process mind overpowers the deliberative actor mind.

A Call for Men to Take a Pledge

Disrespecting others is just not ok. We should pledge to Just Not Do It.

Our Two Essences: Modern Humans as Primates and Persons

Modern human beings are of two essences. There is our animal-primate essence as homo sapiens. And there is our cultural person essence.

An Empirical Study Mapping Personality Disorders

Empirically mapping personality disorders by using Leary's Interpersonal Circumplex and Beck's Sociotropy and Autonomy formulations.

Physical Health and the Wellness Wheel

Mental health and physical well-being are tightly related.This article provides a map of physical well-being and how to assess it with two simple tasks.

A Moral Compass for Troubling Times

We need a clear moral compass during these complicated times.

An In-depth Analysis of the Crisis at Google

The crisis at Google in the wake of the Damore memo controversy is an unfortunate symptom of our hyperpolarized society. This post explains how to understand it and move forward.

Maggie's Story: The Many Reasons Why Not

Maggie Nelson wanted desperately to end her life, to end the pain. But she gave hope a chance and found her way to flourishing.

A Note of Gratitude for My Friend

Dr. Leigh Shaffer has been an inspiration to me and I want to share my feelings of gratitude.

My 20-Year Journey Toward a Unified Framework

A retrospective on my work toward a unified framework for psychology and psychotherapy.

A Periodic Table of Behavior for Psychology

The Tree of Knowledge System provides psychologists (and scientists in general) with a new Periodic Table of Behavior.

Twenty Billion Fails to "Move the Needle" on Mental Illness

Former NIMH Head with remarkable admission: $20 billion in taxpayer dollars fails to move the needle on mental illness.

Depression and Psychological Nourishment

Depression arises from a failure to achieve "psychological nourishment".

The Well-Being Wheel: An Experiential Activity

This blog describes an experiential activity to lead groups in rich discussions about their well-being.

How to Understand Depression

Although Dr. Sapolsky argues depression "screams biology", the fact is it "screams psychology" far louder.

A New Big Five for Psychotherapists, Part II

We can transcend the paradigms in psychotherapy by thinking in terms of systems of character adaptation.

A New Big Five for Psychotherapists (Part I)

Psychotherapists should not think in terms of paradigms, but five systems of character adaptation: 1) habits; 2) emotions; 3) relationships; 4) defenses; and 5) justifications.

This Is What Is Wrong With the Core of Psychology

The core problem with psychology is conceptual. This blog examines the problem with the term cognitive and explains how to best think about the term.