Posts Tagged: therapy

Psychotherapy in the Age of Facebook

Many people are outraged by the ethical implications of the recent revelation that Facebook conducted psychological experiments on unwitting users, manipulating their emotions by skewing their news feeds toward positive or negative posts. But look on the bright side: now that we know how "emotional contagion" works, mental-health professionals are going to have a much easier time at their jobs.


Client 1: I don't know why, but lately I've really been feeling down.

Dr. Psychiatrist: Hm. Well, we see a lot of people respond well to filling their Facebook news feeds with positive content.

Client 1: All [...]


Couples Therapy


When Angry Birds Get Therapy

Jim Behrle needs a new shrink.


Don't Hate Her Because She Is Beautiful

"I was traveling so much, and I just needed to make sure I was grounded and had someone to talk to. [My therapist] talked more than I did, which was hilarious and great and fun… It was like having a girlfriend. But I'm not going to give her $300 an hour to have the same conversation I could have with my girlfriend." —Oh, January Jones, you are so beautiful when you sit there quietly. Maybe it's better if you just keep your lips pursed together gently when they are taking pictures of you.


Rom-Com Relationship Therapy

Any woman who’s ever fought with a guy after the kind of movie where Katherine Heigl finds love may be shocked by the findings of a new study. A report published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that watching a romantic film with your spouse and discussing it afterwards lowers your likelihood of divorce as much as going through couples therapy does. Researchers analyzed 174 newlywed couples who either went through therapy or merely watched and discussed romantic movies, and after three years, both groups had equal divorce rates. Here’s a transcript from one couple, who watched the romantic movie “Her,” about a mustached man named [...]


Jealousy Mutations and the 2.5 Days Game

1. At the end of this school term, I will be finishing my masters (yay!), and the long year of long distance relationship my boyfriend and I have soldiered through will be over (YAY!!). I'm moving to where a job opportunity brought him last year, and he is hard at work making sure I have a good life waiting for me there. We are so excited to enter this new chapter of our life together!

There's one tiny problem, though. His closest friend in the new city is a single woman, and she definitely has romantic feelings for him. I won't get into how I know, as I don't [...]


Things a Psychic Told My Girlfriend (According to My Therapist)

“I sense that someone is interfering with your aura, preventing it from shining as blindingly as it might. On the surface, all seems in order, but don’t be fooled. Look inside and the source of this karmic disruption will reveal itself. Could it be that it’s someone you’ve been involved with romantically? No matter how well-adjusted a person seems, or how much inner growth he’s achieved recently, the man in your life could be a viper in the bush, laying in wait — if you’re caught unawares, the attack can be deadly.”

“For how long have you kept your spirit confined when it’s starved for adventure and your heart [...]


How My Obsession With Furnishing A Future Put Me Nearly $40,000 In Debt

In April of 2009, I was 22, debt-free, and a month away from graduating from an expensive, private liberal arts school whose primary focus, beyond education, was the careful comfort of its 2,000 students. This was a place where free cocoa was dispensed in the library lobby beginning at midnight, where students could invent and design their own major, and where parents—from their darkened dens—could elect to send ‘Spoil ‘em Long Distance’ care packages from the college’s online bookstore; they were delicate wicker baskets containing pucks of brie and water crackers. My parents—a pharmaceutical chemist and French teacher who’d fallen in love on that same campus—had paid my tuition [...]


Sleep Habits, Finding a Therapist, and Men Who "Make an Effort"

I’ve been going through the cycles of a verbally abusive boyfriend for about a year now, and I’ve been through the emotional rollercoaster of “he’s really trying to make an effort” to “it’s impossible for him to change” so many times that I’m exhausted. My friends are all irritated that I can’t cut it off with him, and frankly, so am I. But his remorse is so sincere, and his willingness to work on his issues fills me with so much hope and optimism every time. He’s gone to some therapy sessions for anger management and wrote apology emails to his ex-girlfriend, giving closure to their tension-filled breakup. What [...]


Enough About Me, Let's Talk About You! What Do You Think of Me?

Is there some bit of personal information you're dying to know about your therapist? ("Why can't you stop yawning when I talk?") Well, you should just go ahead and ask them, after first asking if it's okay to ask them about themselves. Maybe they'll say yes, and then you'll have your answer, which you might not actually want to hear. ("Because I find your voice to be so soothing that I get sleepy when you drone on about your problems.") But, hey, at least you will know.