Psychology Today post: “Suicide as Sickness?” The heartrending suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shocked and upset us. But are we exaggerating the role of individual defects in suicide, while overlooking the powerful impact of sociocultural circumstances?
My latest blog post asks, “Is Donald Trump out of his mind?” The answer? From a context-centered therapy perspective, not a bit. Sadly, he’s all too much in it. Check out the full post.
My latest Psychology Today blog post invokes George Kelly’s notion of hostility to examine Trump’s insistence that his inauguration had more attendees than Obama’s: Trump’s Hostility and “Alternative Facts”
“The Meaning of Grades in Graduate School” New post on my blog, “Making Meaning: Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World.” Is a “B” in grad school really a “C”?
“Do You Actually Have a Personality?” New post on my blog, “Making Meaning: Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World.” Excerpt: From the standpoint of social constructionist approaches to meaning-making, this presumption that how you act stems mainly from stable and enduring qualities inside you is suspect because it fails to fully consider the crucial influence of context on… Continue reading →
Can You Ever Really Get Inside Someone Else’s Head? New post on my blog, “Making Meaning: Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World.” We often speak of “getting inside someone else’s head.” When we talk this way, we usually mean that we wish to understand things as others do so that we can grasp what otherwise might… Continue reading →
Check out my new blog post: What Do People Mean When They Say They’re Happy? …even though we all have a general sense of what it means to be happy, one of the things we notice if we pay close attention is that happy to one person can be pretty different from happy to another.
New blog post: Raskin, J. D. (2014, August 18). How about a diagnostic alternative for use in talk therapy? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://dxsummit.org/archives/2190 Excerpt: In order to devise a diagnostic alternative with widespread appeal, we must: a) generate a system that is not bound to any particular theoretical orientation other than one that sees all forms… Continue reading →
New blog post: Raskin, J. D. (2014, May 20). Reclaiming diagnosis [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://dxsummit.org/archives/2086 Excerpt: . . . the word diagnosis does not technically mean “cause.” Actually, the word has origins in ancient Greek and literally means “to discern or distinguish.” . . . To discern or distinguish something is far broader than presuming to… Continue reading →