Psychology Archive

Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes - When I knew I was going to be writing about her book, I sent a Facebook message to Therese Borchard.  “Review on the way,” I told her. “Don’t kill yourself

Buck Brannaman, the Horse Whisperer - Buck Brannaman specializes in the improbable. Got a skittish, poorly trained horse? A bucking bronco? A steed who seems not to care about anything? When an owner brings that uncooperative

Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children - I thought I was doing a dead writer and her friend a favor. Some favor.   Elisabeth Young-Bruehl --- a psychoanalyst and biographer of Hannah Arendt and Anna Freud --- had,

Eric Hoffer: The True Believer - “The True Believer” is short: just 168 pages. Eric Hoffer believed in short. Anything that needs to be said, he believed, could be said in 200 words. Hoffer thought of himself as a

Esther Perel: Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence - Esther Perel gave a TED Talk on Valentine's Day: "The secret to desire in a long-term relationship." Two weeks later, 830,000 people had viewed it. Now she's up to 5 million

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between - I asked the 7.5-year-old, “Do you know the meaning of life?” “Sure,” she said, giving me that Oh, Daddy look. “It’s obvious. Nobody knows. And then you die.”   Which pretty much nails

Stumbling on Happiness - I was nearing the thrilling conclusion of  “Stumbling on Happiness” when I came across a sentence so brilliant, so subtle, so genuinely funny that I had

The Drama of the Gifted Child - CONTEXT: This interview with Alice Miller's son will surprise you. Or, more likely, knock you off your chair. ------- The biggest event in Jodie Foster's life may have occurred before she

Why Johnny Can’t Read. Or Think. Or Do Much of Anything. - Timing is everything. A starred review --- the very best kind --- from Publishers Weekly is not a small thing, so an enterprising publicist at Penguin Books sent me