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James E. Groves, MD
James E. Groves, MD, is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor at the Harvard Medical School. He has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the psychiatric literature on the doctor-patient relationship and the impact of personality disorders on health care. More recently he has been collaborating in a series of research projects studying the influence of the Internet on medicine and psychiatry. He practices psychotherapy and teaches and supervises Massachusetts General Psychiatry residents in the psychodynamic therapies. He offers elective courses and tutorials to medical trainees on Evolutionary Psychology and on Literature & Psychiatry ( He lives in Boston with his family.

Entries by James E. Groves, MD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Yoga Nidra Meditation

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 9:33 AM

I woke this morning thinking I really ought to post a memo for people with post-traumatic stress disorder telling you how to sleep.

PTSD is a specific medical condition following a life-threatening event, or at least something your brain registers as life-threatening. It consists of recurrent brief traumatic nightmares that...

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5 Ways Yoga and Mindfulness Can Help Fight Addictions

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 11:34 AM

Yoga combines both exercise and mindfulness (the practice of "non-judgmental attention to experience" in the present moment). Moderate to high intensity physical exercise, including mind-body practices, have been shown to improve attainment of sobriety as well as to reduce anxiety and depression -- symptoms that often trigger relapse....

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Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling's Intellectual "Property"

(30) Comments | Posted April 19, 2008 | 6:35 PM

It was a thrilling day when J.K. Rowling surpassed the Queen of England in wealth. But a sadder day was to follow: Ms Rowling is suing the publisher of a geeky librarian who's compiled a Harry Potter encyclopedia. There's little doubt that on his website Steven Vander Ark left some...

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Their Mullahs -- and Ours

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2007 | 11:47 AM

This morning I was sitting around minding my own business, bothering nobody, rereading the Constitution of the United States. News of the Middle East was on in the background. I was only half listening but it hit me, how much their mullahs are like our mullahs -- our Christian fundamentalist...

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How Hitler Did It

(34) Comments | Posted November 12, 2007 | 5:15 PM

Nobody has the right to deprive simple people of their childish certainties until they've acquired others that are more reasonable.

-- 14 October 1941, Hitler's Secret Conversations 1941-1944, N Cameron, trans.

How, I keep wondering as the 2008 election looms, how did he do it? I can't...

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Harry Potter and the Magic Antidepressant

(33) Comments | Posted July 29, 2007 | 10:43 PM

At two this morning I finished The Deathly Hallows. It left a void I needed to fill, but I didn't entirely trust starting the Sorcerer's Stone a third time. So I read old reviews of J.K. Rowling's books. I had missed some, especially one by Harold Bloom (someone I...

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Scooter Libby, Paris Hilton and Village Gossip

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2007 | 1:54 PM

Just when I was wondering where my next laugh was coming from, I saw a CBS report that in 1994 the Air Force's laboratory in Dayton asked for $7.5 million to develop a chemical weapon that would turn enemy soldiers into horny homosexuals.

The story momentarily distracted me from my...

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Pardon My Obsession, Scooter Libby

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2007 | 6:35 PM

A lot of water has gone over the dam, much of it blood tinged since George W. Bush first swore to preserve and protect the Constitution. Given the gravity of other issues, it's baffling why so many people spend any energy thinking about Scooter Libby's pardon. I'm particularly obsessed by...

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