Category Archives: Psychology

Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It

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Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It

Here are some excerpts from this 2021 book: * The reason rituals are so effective at helping us manage our inner voices is that they’re a chatter-reducing cocktail that influences us through several avenues. For one, they direct our attention … Continue reading

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The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder

Here are some highlights from this 2007 book: * The book you are about to read is a brilliant tour de force of scholarship and analysis from two of our leading thinkers about psychiatric diagnosis and the nature of mental … Continue reading

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Historicism and Hill Street Blues, Major Depressive Disorder, Afghan Refugees

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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Michael Lewis writes in his 2016 book The Undoing: * All the leading behaviorists were WASPs—a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by young people entering psychology in the 1950s. Looking back, a casual observer of the field at that time … Continue reading

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