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Michael Yapko

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What Resilient People Can Teach Us About Being Effective

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 4:18 AM

Much of my professional focus for the last three decades has been on striving to better understand how people do things well. I have mostly focused on depression, the most common mood disorder psychotherapists are asked to treat. Specifically, as a clinician, I have been deeply interested in the experiences...

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We're Too Proud of Our Anger

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 9:23 AM

"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."
--Carl Jung

The suicide of the student at Rutgers is a tragedy that has everyone examining cyberbullying...

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Deciding Between Personal Well-Being and a Greater Good

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 3:16 PM

In the movie "The American President" starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening, a climactic scene near the end features an emotional speech from the president who, along with his new love interest, has been relentlessly attacked for their romantic relationship. In the speech, the president directly addressed the difficulties in...

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Avoid Disaster: The Merits of Hindsight in Advance

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 2:41 PM

In a June 2 interview with the Financial Times, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward openly admitted BP was not prepared for the kind of disaster that has been unleashed on the Gulf. In classically understated form, he said, "What is undoubtedly true is that we did not have the tools...

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Angry Americans Aren't Necessarily Better Americans

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 11:43 AM

The fact that all of us are eminently capable of experiencing angry feelings is a given. What defines us, though, is how well or how poorly we manage that anger. Does the anger rise to the level of managing the impulse to do harm, or does it trigger the most...

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How Depression Informs Our Political Choices

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 9:48 AM

This week's election of a Republican senator in Massachusetts has been widely characterized as a symbol of the anger and disappointment the public feels with the government. The public is so disenchanted with the status quo that somebody new--anybody new--so it seems, will be better than what we have....

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Your Focus Shapes Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 1:36 PM

Happy New Year!

This first blog of the new decade is all about developing the kind of focus that can not only help you feel better, but be better. I have much more than a casual interest in the topic of how your focus influences your life...

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Our Narrow View Of Depression Is Compounding The Problem

(101) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 4:55 PM

The costs of depression on a variety of levels are huge: Marriages and families splinter, individuals suffer, societies suffer the consequences of the often destructive behaviors of people coping badly or not at all with their depression, businesses suffer the negative effects of employees too disabled to function properly, the...

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You're More Than Your Biochemistry: A Social Perspective On Depression

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 12:28 PM

Welcome to my new blog for the Huffington Post. I'm excited about this new venue for sharing information and perspectives about the work I've been involved in for more than three decades. I'm a clinical psychologist, author and regularly conduct clinical trainings for mental health professionals around the world, particularly...

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