Unsurprisingly very nice piece by Dachel Keltner and Paul Ekman in the New York Times on the portrayal of emotions in the recent Pixar movie “Inside Out.”
…studies find that sadness is associated with elevated physiological arousal, activating the body to respond to loss. And in the film, Sadness is frumpy and off-putting. More often in real life, one person’s sadness pulls other people in to comfort and help.
First, emotions organize — rather than disrupt — rational thinking. Traditionally, in the history of Western thought, the prevailing view has been that emotions are enemies of rationality and disruptive of cooperative social relations.
Also posted at LA Eastsider Depressed
photo by nevil zavery (creative commons) I’ve got another blog kicking around. Though it’s called LA Eastsider Depressed it’s devoted to a number of topics, much like this blog. The style is a little less wordy than here, and I’m making more of an effort toward variety — quotes, images, videos, poetry, etc. Some of the recent posts:
- Sonja Lyuborminsky: Happiness Research Very solid research on what you can do to foster happiness.
- Peter Kramer of Romanticizing Depression Terrific essay by the author of “Listening to Prozac”.
- “We’ve had a lot of trouble with Western mental healthcare workers…” Funny/sad perspective on how we treat depression, from Solomon’s talk (see below).
- Emily Dickinson on Depression Painful, but if you suffer from depression, familiar.
- I Felt a Funeral in My Brain Andrew Solomon wrote “Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.” Here is his moving first-person account of depression.
- Two Great Graphic Novels that Deal with Depression Both highly recommended.
- Is Depression Related to Inflammation? Therese Borchard looks at some fascinating research.
- Red State Blues New York Times Op-Ed piece looks at the rate of suicides and correlates it to utilization of services in the South.
- 10 Bestselling Books on Depression
Since I’ve moved my practice to the Los Feliz neighborhood, about a year ago, I’ve started two new blogs. One covers mental health in general, Los Feliz Psychologist, and the other, LA Eastsider Mindful, focusses on mindfulness. The mindfulness topic was taking up lots of bandwidth on this blog, so I gave it its own forum.
There’s a map on the sidebar to the right, to help you locate my new office. Find a brief bio and some thoughts about psychotherapy at kaleachapman.wordpress.com I hope you’ll stop by!
For some time now I’ve hosted a page with a compilation of thoughts on “What is Psychotherapy?” I’ve now combined and lightly edited these posts, and bundled them together into a free ebook, Psychotherapy: Frequently Asked Questions. The book is divided into two parts.
Part I focuses on the many questions — frequently relating to doubts, fears, and misconceptions – that people have about psychotherapy.
Recently came across, and enjoyed, this graphic novel that chronicles one woman’s struggle with bipolar disorder. I’m not going to review it here, but I will say that I enjoyed it. It accurately describes the frustrations that those with bipolar face to find the right balance of treatments. As the NPR reviewer wrote:
Bipolar disorder defies easy treatment; each individual patient must become their own guinea pig to discover the balance of medication and lifestyle therapies that will allow him or her to achieve long-term stability.
Here are a few reviews, including the one from NPR:
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me, (The Guardian)
Marbles, By Ellen Forney, and More, (The New York Times)
The issue of torture by our government, and the role of psychologists in that policy, has been a concern of some psychologists since as early as 2009. Obviously it’s gotten more airtime since the recent senate report. Some of you may find the thoughts of one prominent psychologist — known for his ethics textbook, among other things — of interest.
Here’s the link to that earlier post.