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The Alice Tarot: More Than Just a Pack of Cards

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 10.22.2014 | Books
Stephen D. Winick

The Alice Tarot gets its distinctive lush look from the Baba team's unique approach to illustration. Each card is based on photographs of places, animals, objects, and costumed people, collaged into seamless tableaux and blended through skillful illustration.

Why I No Longer Take My Fear So Seriously

Hiba Giacoletto | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Hiba Giacoletto

We tend to believe that people who are "out there" and doing things are different to us. That they don't have fear. Yet if there is one certitude in life, it is that where there is change, there is fear.

The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

Patrick Corvington | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick Corvington

Over the past 400 years, we've gone back and forth -- and still, we haven't settled on what is true -- depression is a treatable illness. And, in the absence of this more informed view, we're left asking ourselves, again and again, why kids slip into this tragic permanence.

Mindful Happiness: 10 Remedies For Subtle Incessant Dissatisfaction

Ira Israel | Posted 10.09.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

Pursuing happiness actually causes misery. The irony is that if you want to be happy you need to release your desire to be happy -- for desire is the root of all suffering, according to the Buddha, and happiness -- when it occurs -- is actually a by-product and not a direct result of particular actions.

The Pleasure and Pain of a Diagnosis

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Rautenberg

There is pleasure and pain involved with every diagnosis doled out, on multiple levels. But, ultimately, it's up to us to recognize that the root of all of these labels basically comes down to how effectively we can process our feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

Emotional Currency, the Underlying Exchange

Jenny Florence | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Our capacity to learn an emotional language and our ability to relate primarily to ourselves, as well as to others, will dictate whether or not we can learn to process, understand and indeed move on from any of our past emotionally laden experiences.

Yoga and Psyche: The Birth of a Field

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | San Francisco
Mariana Caplan, Ph.D.

It is exciting to live in a globalized society, even as it is demanding. We have at our fingertips access to much of the knowledge that has ever been available on these subjects, both in distant past and immediate present. Yoga and psychology are tremendous complements to each other.

Revolution Is Actually Condensed Evolution

Jenny Florence | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

Learning to listen and be responsive to our emotions is possibly the biggest generational task that we face in our current time. It is both a challenge and an extraordinary opportunity.

Successful Strategies To Find The Right Therapist

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Once you've made the right choice, the therapeutic relationship can be one of the most life enhancing, rewarding relationships and experiences you'll ever have.

(Clinical) Fear and Loathing in America

Max Dorfman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Max Dorfman

Maybe as a nation--despite the depressed economy--we're not looking at ourselves clearly. We are still powerful--but no one, and no country, could possibly confront the mass amount of issues we believe we're responsible for in today's world. That is scary.

Our Emotions Are Our Navigational System

Jenny Florence | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

So many of our emotions get labelled as bad or negative and yet this good/bad, positive/negative kind of definition is a very narrow description, and one that doesn't recognize how important all of our feelings actually are.

I'm Sorry

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

We read and hear a lot about the importance of the balm of forgiveness, how it heals the giver and as well as the given too. But I think we don't think enough about the power of of asking for forgiveness, to knit together what feels irretrievably broken.

Lindsay Holmes

4 Ways Everyone Can Benefit From Therapy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living

By now, you likely have a go-to coping mechanism for when stress and problems arise. Hopefully it's something on the healthy side of the spectrum, suc...

Affordable, Quality Psychotherapy in America: Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

Paul Fugelsang | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Fugelsang

It's been about a year and a half since I first introduced my idea for making mental health care more affordable for more people. I blogged about it r...

Mental Health: Part of a Balanced Lifestyle

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

Too often, we have competing interests in our day-to-day lives. With pressures coming from employment, peers, family, household chores and more, our daily tasks often become hasty, triaged decisions based in reaction rather than prevention.

Why Psychotherapy Appears to Work (Even When It Doesn't)

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In his classic 1952 paper, Hans Eysenck did not attempt to explain why therapists' beliefs are so resistant to proof -- it was beyond the scope of his analysis. But now a group of psychological scientists are attempting to do just that.

Gynecomastia and My Traumatic Day at the Beach

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorne Jaffe

It took 10 years post-gynecomastia surgery for me to go to the beach and take off my shirt because I still felt those now phantom breasts and stares.

3 Steps To Get Out Of Your Hidden Depression

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

The good news is that you can feel better. If you are in a relationship, you can feel more connected. And your family can function in a much healthier manner. These three steps are a beginning. The beginning of a journey where you will start to know who you really are.

What Buddhism and Psychotherapy Are Learning From Each Other

David Loy | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
David Loy

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung Whenever Buddhism has spread to ...

Who's to Blame for Your So-Called Career? Surprise!

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.24.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Psychologist Ellen Winner says it's now widely believed that if parents put in enough work, "it may not be all that difficult to produce a child prodigy." Whoa. It's all about work, and wanting it enough. Them. Us. Boom.

Ira Israel

Ira Israel | Posted 08.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

How does one alter one's perspective to perceive that being obligated to show up someplace for 15-20 hours per week is a tremendous luxury?

10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

Ira Israel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many levels!

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

'Godfather Of Ecstasy' Dies

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 08.03.2014 | Science

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alexander Shulgin, a respected chemist famed for dusting off a decades-old recipe for the psychedelic drug ecstasy, died Monday...

What Being A Therapist Taught Me About Gratitude

May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
May Benatar, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Over 40 years of almost continuous practice: It is hard to really comprehend that amount of time. I do comprehend, though, what a blessing it is to have been part of a profession that has brought richness and meaning to so many days of my life. I am grateful.