It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

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We can look at the self as a divided self.  Studies of people with split brains show how easy this is; when the corpus callosum is severed, each half of the brain acts as sort of an individual human.  You can even remove an entire hemisphere and be left with a functional person. There are many ways of dividing the brain and mind. ...
The western body of psychotherapy takes little consideration of how culture is a part of the human psyche. The DSM IV has been rightly charged with being culturally unconscious of the fact that psychological suffering is unique to the individual’s cultural identity.   This fact was driven home to me during this fall’s five...
From crushing unemployment to multiple global conflicts – 2011 is a year that desperately needs a psychology that helps people tap their inner reserves and find their sense of purpose.  Yet too often academic psychology seems to have set everything human about humanity in its crosshairs.  Evolutionary Psychology tries to tell us...
The problem with psychology is that it doesn’t keep up with the latest fads.  That was the conclusion of a panel discussion covered by the APA Monitor.  Recommendations for the future of psychology included the inevitable “pay more attention to key markets,” “embrace technology” like Twitter (maybe you...
Baseball is arguably the ultimate existential sport – and I have been a Mets fan from birth.  I would like to say that for me, being a Mets fan has been genetically encoded—an existential given—even though I know it is impossible having been born to a Yankees fan and a Minnesota Twins fan just a few years after the Mets came...

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