Dec 05 / Simcha

Four Behaviors to Combat Depression (A. Korb)

upwardspiralIn The Upward Spiral (New Harbinger Publications, 2015), UCLA neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, he offers multiple tips for rewiring the brain, altering its chemistry, and in so doing, creating an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.

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Jun 11 / Simcha

Persuasion and the Emotions (T. Chamorro-Premuzic)


In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review (Persuasion Depends Mostly on the Audience, 6.2.15), Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and a faculty member at Columbia University, explores how persuasion is emotional first and rational second. Effective persuasion, he tells us, highlights the irrationality of human thinking; “we may be living in a data-driven world, but that does not make people more logical.”

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May 19 / Simcha

Recognizing an Abusive Relationship

neverDomestic violence affects people from every racial, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, and of every sexual orientation. A leading cause of injury for American women between the ages of 15 and 54, it takes place against women of every age. It is easy and natural to ignore signs of domestic violence.

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May 04 / Simcha

Key to Success: Trust Yourself (Diane von Furstenberg)

dianeIn New York Times column Corner Office (05.03.15), Adam Bryant talks with top executives about the challenges of leading and managing.  In an interview with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, a central theme running through many of her responses is the notion of trusting oneself.

I loved her definition of what it means to be relationship with oneself.  The following are edited selections of her words.

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Nov 28 / Simcha

Red Lipstick and Feminism (M. Marsh)

redlipstickAlthough this article strays a bit from “Psychotherapy” and “Personal Growth,” I found it an interesting look at the relationship between self-beautification and the sexualization of women.  Author Madeleine Marsh, who wrote a history entitled Compacts and Cosmetics: Beauty from Victorian Times to the Present, explores the history of cosmetics and lipstick; she suggests that — contrary to common knowledge — red lipstick in particular has been a symbol of female strength, especially in the past century.

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