Irvin D. Yalom uses 10 case studies to examine how therapists can collaborate with patients.
I've read this book and so have my counselling colleagues Jill and Paul and we all enjoyed it. The tales get better and better as the book goes along. I've enjoyed each of Yalom's books and I enjoyed this one too. It combines good story telling with existential insights and top tips on working with clients - in the here-and-now and with the therapeutic relationship. Yalom is now writing a memoir and today his new DVD arrived from Amazon. Go Yalom!
For chronically ill patients with major depression, an approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates patients' religious beliefs is at least as effective as conventional CBT, suggests a study in the April issue of The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
Social anxiety disorder treatment has entered the personalized medicine arena. Brain imaging can provide neuromarkers to predict whether traditional options such as cognitive behavioral therapy will work for a particular patient, reports a January 2013 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded study. Social anxiety disorder (SAD), the fear of being judged by others and humiliated, …
If I read this right, brain imaging measures a person's sensitivity to angry faces. Greater levels of sensitivity predict better responses to CBT.
‘Eight and the gate’ is a corrections officer’s unofficial motto, but the hyper-vigilance of the job and the episodes of inmate violence take an extremely high toll. ‘We’re doing time too, we’re just getting paid for it’
Very interesting article on the risk of psychological trauma amongst US prison officers. Makes me wonder about the stress placed on their British counter-parts, especially as the prison population has grown and resources have been cut.
The vampire myth has appeared over the centuries in almost every culture, beginning with the earliest recorded epic from Babylonia, about 2000 years B.C. Although there are cultural variations in the various legends, there is always one defining trait of a vampire: a vampire sucks blood. It consumes another to sustain it's own life.
Blood stands for life, and blood is also the archetypal symbol of the soul (life energy) . Therefore blood is a central symbol in many religions, including the Christian. The central image of all vampire lore is blood.
The image of the vampire is dark. Like an insatiable void, vampires consume another person and suck away their life energy. The vampire story has been a prime carrier of horror, but a remarkable aspect of this horror is the vampire's lack of violence, and except for some of Hollywood's versions, commonly a lack of overt sex... (Click title for more)
If you have a happy, stable, fun, loving marriage, you should count your blessings, right? Right. But what if that marriage is happy, stable, fun and loving without sex? Would you still count your blessings? In other words, can couples be happy without sex? The answer is, it depends. People have different tolerances and needs. …
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