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Help us support her through therapy.

Mom's about to start psychotherapy for a condition that has been around for a long time and that we only recently had the nerve to talk to her about. How can we be supportive, what can/should we do to help her through the shock of going to therapy for the first time, and what else can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Therapy or Party?

Did I just break up with my therapist? Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 32 answers

My Dream is Telling Me [...]

How to Become Better at Dream Analysis [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Oct 13, 2011 - 15 answers

Why don't I feel sadness anymore?

Why don't I feel sadness anymore? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Where'd my mojo go?

How do I make life magic again? [more inside]
posted by henryaj on Sep 30, 2011 - 31 answers

Is it worth quitting my job to avoid separation anxiety for yound kids?

Ask people who knows child developmental psychology stuff about separation anxiety for 1 yr old. Will there be permanent damage to the kid? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

How to repair after major disrepair?

A few months ago, I had a complete physical and emotional breakdown and actually went temporarily insane. I'm ok now. How do I begin to repair the relationships that suffered during this time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Child/family therapist in Baltimore?

Does anyone know a wonderful child/family psychologist in Baltimore to work with a first-grader (and his parents)? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Sep 22, 2011 - 4 answers

How did mainstream liberals lose their direction (and cojones)?

[Distraught Progressive Filter] I need a postmortem on liberalism in the United States. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Sep 18, 2011 - 28 answers

Severe emetophobia. Need help.

I am posting this for my partner, who has severe emetophobia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Sep 16, 2011 - 41 answers

Left, right, right, cry, steal Mom's glasses and throw them on the floor, left, left, right

What data-coding problems are sufficiently like my data-coding problem to have built good software solutions to handle it? Or can I write something myself? [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Sep 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Is this approach to adhd psychotherapy of any use?

Psychologist says his approach to ADHD is based in developmental psychopathology and that he thinks disruptions in parental attachments could cause ADHD symptoms - is there any basis to this? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on Sep 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Emulating people to improve productivity at work & home

Is it normal to wanting to emulate a certain person at your job? My guess is yes, but I find myself doing this all the time. One day, I want to be as ambitious as General David Petraeus and it shows in my work - my productivity increases. This goes on for a few weeks... recently I've been reading about Tim Cook (Apple's new CEO) and aside from being very impressed with him, I have a more of an "industrial design" approach to my work... help! (more examples below.) [more inside]
posted by msposner on Sep 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Did Freud ever claim not to know why psychoanalysis works?

Quote filter: Did Freud ever claim not to know why psychoanalysis works? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I avoid some rookie mistakes?

Any non-obvious tips for conducting a successful interview? I'm looking for perspectives both in general and also considering my situation. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Sep 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Psychological Profiles / Analysis resources?

Psychological profiles and analysis: Help me get inside your head! [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate on Aug 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Stupidity or self esteem?

He says it's poor memory and stupidity. I say it's low self esteem and insecurity. How to tell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 - 20 answers

Dealing with a harsh comment from a superior at work.

Though I can be broodish and moody at home at times, I keep it in check. People at my workplace find me enjoyable and fun to work with. They find me humorous. I have friends there. Today, one manager out of the blue from another department told me "You are the most negative person I know." I told her in an even tone "That is not too nice a thing to say, you know?" She just rolled her eyes and laughed and said "You're a downer…like Eeyore". Context: She sort of glides from department to department with this air of superiority and says edgy things to people in a joking-but-not-really way. Many don't find her funny. I let her get to me as it cut me deeply. Real deep. Before that I was in a zen mode all day and at peace. How do I deal with interactions with her in the future as I can't change her and I secretly think she likes taking jabs at people. (moderate sociopath?) She is higher in the chain and is liked even higher up as a hatchetwoman and I don't want to be rash with something I might say back. I wish I could buy Thick Skin on ebay or something. Thanks for your answers. (If it matters, I am a male.)
posted by snap_dragon on Aug 23, 2011 - 48 answers

Why do I clap my hands without knowing it?

Sometimes when I'm concentrating, I unconsciously and involuntarily clap / clench my muscles / make nonverbal noises. I've done this ever since I was a child. What am I doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 - 14 answers

I see a butterfly. No wait. Clouds. No wait...oh, that's dirty!

I am about to see a psychiatrist for the first time for some anxiety-related issues. I am...anxious about this. Naturally. What can I expect, and what should I look out for? [more inside]
posted by Caligula's Idiot Cousin on Aug 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Which rent discount offer is more appealing?

Behavioral economics: which rent discount option is more appealing? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Aug 15, 2011 - 27 answers

How to tell my therapist I want his job?

How awkward will it be if I tell my therapist that I want to be a therapist? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Aug 12, 2011 - 22 answers

Name for the fear you're doing something wrong but don't know what it is?

Is there a word for the fear that you're doing something wrong but don't know what it is? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Aug 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Emotions, incoming!

Have you gotten off mood stabilizers? Have you started having emotions after locking them away for forever? Give a man a hand. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2011 - 5 answers

A book to tell me what to do with my life

I'm almost finished reading The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. Can you recommend any books that are similar in approach but deal with a wider focus, that is, setting medium- and long-term goals? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Can deficiency needs be answered?

Thinking in context of "Maslow's hierarchy of needs" (the pyramid) - can voids be filled? If so how did you succeed in it? [more inside]
posted by MTuser on Jul 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Do I need a doctor?

[Psych filter] I'm a few months out of a relationship that wouldn't have happened if I'd been honest with myself from the start. However it led to me questioning more than just my motives... do I need to talk to a pro, or just rest, relax and not make such a big deal of life? Of course there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 7 answers

The science behind contempt?

Familiarity breeds contempt. (But why?) [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Am I paying too much for therapy?

I found a CBT doctor here in NYC, Dr. Fader, and he charges $300 per session with no sliding scale. My insurance, United Healthcare, covers 70% after I hit my $500 deductible. So after hitting that I would be paying $90 out of pocket. Is this a typical amount to pay w/insurance? I'm asking because I can always look around, but this doctor is supposed to be very good and if it's a typical price I might as well stay with him. Thoughts?
posted by blunt_eastwood on Jul 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Where to find experiment participants?

Does anyone know any appropriate mailing lists or online forums where I can find participants for an online music rating study? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Jul 19, 2011 - 11 answers

The jerk store called; they haven't carried that model since 1964

What did "jerk" mean in 1964? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jul 17, 2011 - 32 answers

If you want to be me be me?

What do you know about "identity transference"? I'd like to find more materials on it, be it films like Ingar Bergman's Persona, songs ("I'm slowing turning into you" by the white stripes?), or fiction/nonfiction writings.
posted by neil pierce on Jul 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Why go to harness races?

Who goes to harness racing (a.k.a. horse buggies, trotters), and why? A friend compared it to speed walking, lots of activity but still pretty darned slow. Is it simply something else to bet on or is there something wonderful or at least interesting about the sport that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Recommendations for developmental pysch thinkers/books?

Calling developmental psych people (especially those who work with adult development): What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Jun 30, 2011 - 4 answers

I would prefer not to? Wow, not a huge Melville crowd, I guess

A person actively avoids doing what he knows will make him happy. He just doesn't want to do it. Psychologically, what's going on here? And more importantly, perhaps, why should he do what he doesn't want to do? What arguments, appealing to either his reason or his emotions, might he consider? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 29, 2011 - 37 answers

Psych Titles to Prepare for September

After a few years out of school, Jr. miss thinkpiece is entering master's program in psychology in September with an eye towards a PsyD. She's looking for a summer reading list to help her ramp up and get into the flow. All suggestions welcomed, but please, no doom'n'gloom about the academic path. Thanks all!
posted by thinkpiece on Jun 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Developmental Psychology literature

Developmental psychology books for new parents? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Jun 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me acquire a protective machete to conquer the dark forests of career despair.

How do I stay motivated in applying for jobs when, after a year, even looking at a job description or approaching a cover letter gives me an overwhelming sense of doom and failure? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Jun 28, 2011 - 12 answers

I'm not crazy. You're the one that's crazy...

Help me navigate Kaiser Permanente's mental health services. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I find a good CBT doctor in NYC?

I have dystemic depression and I'd like to try CBT. I found an in-network doctor but he doesn't push me at all. Im looking for someone who will give me structured exercises and be tough on me. Im tired of just talking about things all the time. I have United Healthcare Insurance and I've found plenty of doctors in the directory, but I have no way of knowing if they are any good. Any ideas?
posted by blunt_eastwood on Jun 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Understanding psychopaths

Is it possible a psychopath can be a "good " person? Or at least ethical? By this I mean purposefully moral.
posted by beckster on Jun 23, 2011 - 25 answers

Guilt When Receiving Money

What can I do about my hangups about receiving money? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jun 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Feeling emotionally flat; how do I fix this?

Recently my psychiatrist and I halved my Zoloft dosage in an attempt to help me feel less emotionally flat. That doesn't seem to have worked, and in fact now I'm just a bit depressed. So I'm thinking the flatness is personality- or lifestyle-derived. Any thoughts on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Jun 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Can a reserved, somewhat shy person be a good therapist?

For much of my life I dealt with rather severe depression and anxiety, which I've recently overcome with nearly 3 years of therapy. I'm 24 years old, trying to find a meaningful career that's more than just a paycheck. At this point, all I want to do is be a therapist. I want to help others the way that I've been helped. However, another issue I've been working to overcome is crippling social anxiety. It's gotten much better; I hardly consider myself shy anymore. Still, though, I'm not sure if I have the warm, trust-inspiring personality a therapist should have. Could I be a successful therapist if I'm far quieter and more reserved than the norm? I do love people and want to help, but sometimes I might not come across that way. Can a shy person be a good therapist?
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Marxists: What exactly is wrong with Carl Jung?

Hi there Marxists, or psychologists, or Jungians, or what have you. My book club recently voted to read The Undiscovered Self by Carl Jung. One member quit, insisting that she couldn't read Jung because she was a Marxist. Why? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jun 7, 2011 - 10 answers

How can you change how you think and analyze things?

How can you change how you think and analyze things? How do you think and analyze things in different ways? [more inside]
posted by markbao on May 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Achievement Armlocked!

RewardFilter: Inspired by the recent Habit Judo hoo-ha, what are novel and interesting ways to reward yourself ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on May 20, 2011 - 5 answers

I really kinda thought I'd be a better person by now :(.

I've spent decades working on the same personal flaws, and despite clear goals and clever attack strategies, nothing ever seems to stick. Is it even possible to permanently "fix" specific aspects of one's character or personality? If so, how? and how long does it take? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Books

Best books about manipulating people - e.g. via game theory, behavioural economics, inaccurate cognitive algorithms and so on? [more inside]
posted by kid A on May 13, 2011 - 24 answers

Tell me what to tell (college) kids about drugs.

What should college kids know about psychoactive drugs? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on May 12, 2011 - 25 answers

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