The Secret To Overcoming Life’s Challenges

The Secret To Overcoming Life’s Challenges

  Think of a profoundly difficult issue you are facing. Something that has to do with your inner life, about how you think and feel, or something you want to avoid. It could be the sadness of a loss; anger from a betrayal; anxiety from a challenging situation; or...
What If You Have “Bad” Values?

What If You Have “Bad” Values?

A key element in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT) is helping people get in touch with their core values. After all, if a person knows what matters most to them, they are more likely to take life-enhancing actions. For instance, it’s easier to kick a bad...
Why The Mental Health System Is Failing Us

Why The Mental Health System Is Failing Us

In the 13th century, medics commonly treated mental illness by drilling a hole into a person’s head, thus releasing demons and evil spirits, in the hopes of “curing” the person.   Up until the 19th century, medics also believed that if bodily fluids got out of...
Take a Knee and Feel the Pain of Others

Take a Knee and Feel the Pain of Others

Racism runs deep in the fabric of our cognitive networks, driven by fear, objectification, failures of perspective taking, and self-avoidance. Almost all of us will recoil at the video of George Floyd dying before our eyes. But racism is vastly deeper and darker than...
How to Stop Touching Your Face

How to Stop Touching Your Face

  In this era of COVID-19 you have a hard time avoiding advice about washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face. As a public health matter, it is clearly good advice. I’m all for both of these things.    As a psychologist, however, I can...