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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"Nobody’s original," says composer David Cope. Here’s what he means: there’s no such thing as "creativity," only endless copying, theme, and variation. "Everybody copies from everybody. The skill is in how large a fragment you choose to copy and how elegantly you can put them together." Cope is...
Thomas Henry Huxley by Marian Collier (née Huxley)
According to epidemiologists 30% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness in 2011. That’s disturbing enough, but this is also the year when the definition of what a so-called “mental illness” is could change.  You could be mentally ill right now - and if the pharmaceutical companies get their way, you certainly...
Studies show the "mentally ill" are no more prone to violence than anyone else
Research has shown that there is little to no relationship between “mental illness” and violent behavior. But try telling the public that.  Stereotypes are powerful, and not only is this one a thousand of years old, but it’s reinforced every night on prime time when cop shows and procedural dramas portray schizophrenic or...
Did he owe all his success to his love life?
It’s a headline guaranteed to make any romantic smile:  “Love, but not lust, inspires creativity.” That’s the conclusion of a new study reported in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  In it, researchers asked 60 university students to imagine either casual sex with someone they were attracted to but...
Cho Seung Hui, photo courtesy of NBC News
Do you know that the perpetrators of some of the most notorious school shootings in the world were on antidepressants? No?  I din’t think so.  Most people don’t.  It doesn’t get talked about very often.  But in fact Cho Seung Hui, the shooter in the Virginia Tech massacre in Blacksburg, Virginia was on...

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