Posts By: marinac

Why Do We Have Nightmares?

 Nightmares are helpful to our survival or else they probably would have  been done away with by evolution, said Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at  Harvard University. Barrett theorizes that nightmares act as the brain’s  way of focusing a person’s attention on issues they need to address.   http://www.livescience.com/32730-why-do-we-have-nightmares.html

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Can you teach people to have empathy?

Open Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one line will jump out at you: “You never really understand another person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33287727

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The examined Life- How we lose and find ourselves

A summer read suggestion: “This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding. Its aphoristic and elegant stories teach us a new kind of attentiveness. They also unveil a delicate self-portrait of the analyst at work and show how lessons learned in the consulting room can reveal as much to the analyst… Read more »

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The Architecture of Psychotherapy

“Why am I sharing this small story? Perhaps because I love that  psychoanalysis is a frame through which I have permission to pay close  attention to peripheral vision, to things that are out of focus and not so  conscious. Enigmatic dreams, childhood memories and mourning are all  welcome, and they open me to my own… Read more »

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Are you depressed without knowing it?

This is a useful article breaking down some of the signs of depression. Knowing what depression is can be proved useful to address what might be affecting ones wellbeing. The diagnosis of depression though can lead to other issues such as overprescribing medications without first exploring other available interventions. Depression has a vast spectrum and… Read more »

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Moms, Let Dad Be Dad

   Marking the father’s day just passed this article highlights the  contribution of father’s input in the child’s development. It is important  not to get drawn into stereotyping mother’s and father’s approach but  instead to highlight the significance of difference and plurality in the  children’s life.   http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-dads-play-does-for-kids-1434476561

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Inside the head of an anorexic.

 An insight of how it feels to suffer from anorexia and how people and  professionals tend to respond to. Elena Dunkle refers to the severity of  her internal critical voice which was obstructing her to pursue a fulfilling  life and was instead feeding the development of an “anorexic mind”.     http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/jun/15/anorexic-elena-vanishing-teenage-anorexia

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The Role of the Unconscious in Career Development

This is an interview with american psychoanalyst Dr. Lynn Friedman  who explains how early ways of relating to important others such as our  parents can be re-enacted, repeated within the working environment  with our colleagues, managers, clients.  It provides an interesting  account of how early patterns of relating are engrained in us and we  carry… Read more »

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Blind, Yet Seeing: The Brain’s Subconscious Visual Sense

The mind can ‘see’ even when it appears it cannot. This article presents some interesting research around the unconscious perception and the ability of the brain to process the environment even when the visual skills are impaired. It demonstrates the depth of the human mind beyond the surface.       http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/health/23blin.html?_r=1

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Which Early childhood experiences shape adult life

 It is well accepted and scientifically evidenced that early childhood  experiences define the brain wiring. This paper touches this very  interesting topic of the importance of early childhood experiences and its  connections to adulthood.       http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/12/19/which-early-childhood-experiences-shape-adult-life/

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