Mysteries Of The Mind

Mysteries Of The Mind

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Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #39 | “Understanding Trump Fatigue”
September 19, 2019

Trump Fatigue refers to the experience of being beaten up and enervated by President Trump’s paranoid and narcissistic behavior.  The fatigue results from having to constantly fight against feelings of helplessness and the experience of being gaslighte...

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #38 | “The Myth of the Spoiled Child”
September 12, 2019

There is a popular misconception about “spoiling” children.  This belief is that the spoiled child is overly gratified by parents who can’t say no, a problem that results in the child growing up to be an entitled and self-centered adult.  In fact,

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #37 | “’Shooters Are Just Crazy’ Republicans’ Dishonesty and Hypocrisy About Mental Illness”
August 29, 2019

Trump, Republicans and the NRA always speak out about the problem of mental illness following a mass shooting, obviously a distraction from gun control and, lately from the problem of white supremacy.  But they are hypocrites or liars.

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #36 | “Psychotherapy Is Supposed To Help You Feel Better, Isn’t It?”
August 22, 2019

Psychotherapy is hard to study.  It’s particularly hard to study what it is exactly that helps people in therapy get better.  Some schools of thought, like psychoanalysis, are uncomfortable even declaring therapeutic aims to be the primary consideratio...

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #35 | “The Happiness Trap”
August 15, 2019

The Happiness Trap is a self-help book written by Russ Harris and is based on the ideas of Steven Hayes who developed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT.  ACT is based on the premise that our attempts to fight or flee from uncomfortable feelings...

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #34 | “Testing In Psychotherapy”
August 08, 2019

Psychotherapy can be understood as the process by which the therapist and patient work to disconfirm the pathogenic beliefs that the patient acquired growing up, beliefs that cause the patient to feel distress.

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #33 | “Why People Sometimes Vote Against Their Own Interests”
August 01, 2019

People act against their own self-interest all the time.  This is the stuff of psychotherapy. But people also vote against their own best interests.  For example, white working class Trump supporters have not benefited from his Presidency and,

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #32 | “The Importance of Understanding Transference”
July 25, 2019

The past is always alive in the present.  In particular, all of us regularly repeat our important childhood relationships in our current life, especially with people upon whom we’re dependent or who have some form of authority.

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #31 | “What is a ‘Good Enough Life?’”
July 18, 2019

Most of us think that the goal of life should be happiness.  We define happiness as the opposite of suffering and act as though if we can only get rid of the bad “stuff”, we’ll be left with only the good.  The problem is that this is impossible.

Mysteries of the Mind | Episode #30 | “The Psychology and Politics of Cynicism”
July 11, 2019

Cynicism is a plague in our society.  There is a personal psychological dimension of it and a social or political version.  On a personal level, cynicism is the belief that the way things are is the way they’re supposed to be.