Ep 192: An Example of How Psychoanalysts Really Interpret Dreams

MichaelCritical Thinking, Emotion, Therapy7 Comments

What do psychologists really think about your dreams – do they have meaning? In this episode I talk about what psychologists think today about dreams. You probably know that Freud thought that dreams had a manifest content (the people and things that happened in the dream that you remember) and a latent content (the unconscious meaning of the dream). Do … Read More

Ep 185: The Dynamics of Therapy: Transference and Counter Transference: An Interview with Kerry Malawista

MichaelTherapy1 Comment

Transference and countertransference are two key concepts in psychoanalysis and they are fascinating. If you’re interested in the therapy side of psychology – particularly psychoanalysis – this is the episode for you. Kerry Malawista, psychoanalyst and author, along with Anne Adeleman and Catherine Anderson, talks about their new book, “Wearing My Tutu To Analysis“. In this episode we focus on … Read More

EP 176: Why You Hate Psychology – Self Esteem Movement and Positive Thinking

MichaelCritical Thinking, Therapy15 Comments

Why do so many people have strongly negative feelings about the field of psychology? I think there are a handful of reasons and in this episode I talk about two of them: the so-called “self-esteem movement” and the “positive thinking” movement. Are psychologists responsible for why “kids today” appear to be so self-centered? Do psychologists think that changing yourself is … Read More

EP 161: Self Help You Can Believe In: Interview with Dr. Tim Wilson, Author of Redirect

MichaelSocial Psychology, Therapy5 Comments

Looking for a self-help book with some meat? One that won’t insult your intelligence with flowery words and hyped up promises and pseudoscience? Take a look at the book Redirect by psychologist and author Tim Wilson. Redirect will give you a lot to think about and some new insights into human nature. Why Do We Keep Trying What DOESN’T Work? … Read More

Ep 146: Borderline Personality: What is it? Could Your Cell Phone Help Deal With It?

MichaelDisorders, Therapy9 Comments

Borderline Personality Disorder is a difficult disorder to understand and treat. Briefly, people who suffer from BPD tend to have a heightened sensitivity to rejection. When they feel that they are being rejected they can react with strong feelings of anger. Their emotions can be very intense and vary widely during the day. This can also make their relationships very unstable.

Episode 144: Existentialism, Humanism and The Drowsy Chaperone

MichaelTherapy11 Comments

Americans spend billions of dollars on self-help products each year, but does someone else hold the answers to your questions about what your life is all about? Join me as I discuss a fascinating book called If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him!. We also see how a wonderful recent Broadway musical, The Drowsy Chaperone has some very intriguing things to say about life. Could it be that there is some existentialism in that musical? Listen to this episode to find out.

Episode 143: EMDR – An Interview with Founder Francine Shapiro

MichaelTherapy7 Comments

Curious about EMDR? Listen to this interview with the founder of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Dr. Francine Shapiro talk about EMDR and how it is different from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is an intriguing and unique type of therapy and if you want to learn more about it you’ve come to the right place.

Episode 140: Psychoanalyzing Jack Lalanne

MichaelMotivation, Personality, Therapy7 Comments

In this episode I put Jack Lalanne “on the couch”. I take selections from several of his vidoes and see what they reveal about his personality. He was clearly passionate about exercise, but what drove this passion? What was his underlying motivation? I suggest that his relationship with his father was crucial to his passion for exercise and fitness. Join me as I do a little armchair psychoanalysis of Jack Lalanne.

Episode 135: Adele Faber Interview on Parenting (Part 1)

MichaelDevelopment, Therapy4 Comments

Are you familiar with Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish‘s classic book “How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk“? You should be. It’s not just for parents. The ideas in this book and in their other books should be required reading for all of us, but especially for parents, therapists and anyone interested in what we can do to better communicate with each other. I think you will be as charmed as I was listening to Adele and I encourage you to listen to part 2 of this interview.

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