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Why Another Blog?

In this age of information overload it certainly is a fair question to ask, why write, let alone read, another blog.  My hope is that this blog will be somewhat unique, offering the reader (lay person and professional) an opportunity to consider some of the more complicated and challenging issues in the mental health field.  Some of the topics will be potentially of more interest to mental health professionals while others are addressed to all readers with an interest in psychology, psychotherapy and mental health. Topics to be addressed include recent research on psychotherapy, evidenced based approaches to treatment, alternative and “innovative” treatments, ethical issues and concerns, and psychological research.

Book reviews and the arts. In addition, to writing on more traditional mental health issues and concerns I will also provide occasional reviews and thoughts on books (and even movies and plays) which touch on important issues in understanding human behavior, or which I found intellectually stimulating and thought provoking.

My goal in writing this blog is to examine various issues in a thoughtful and constructively critical manner. It is not my goal or intent to offend anyone.  However, I am confident that some will disagree, possibly quite strongly, with some of the opinions and ideas raised here. Again, my goal is to stimulate critical thinking and when possible encourage a more scientific and ethical approach to issues in the field.

When I was in graduate school one of my professors was a devotee of Albert Ellis, the originator of Rational Emotive Therapy (RET). For those not familiar with this model, it is probably best characterized as a hardcore Cognitive Therapy which asserted that how you think determines how you feel and behave. Ellis was a strong proponent of the idea that our problems are the result of how we think about things, and that the solution is to change our
Much to my chagrin, I cannot find the  exact quotation,but I believe that it was Aldous Huxely, the British writer, who noted near the end of his life that the one piece of advice he could offer, was to “try and be a little kinder.”  We think that this would make an excellent New Years resolution for all of us, particularly if we apply it to ourselves as well as to others.  Be Kinder to Yourself America has been home
All too often we fall into the trap of believing that we are right, that our opinions and beliefs are “indisputable facts,”  and that those who disagree are at best naive and ill informed, and at worst fools, apostates, and threats. The first step towards increasing the chances of maintaining family harmony and preventing device conflict is to acknowledge the all too human propensity to believe that our opinions/beliefs are the only correct ways to view a situation.  If we
We think we know way more than we actually do.  This is the theme of several books I have recently read.  The idea that we know what motivates people, know their intentions and even know whether they are being honest with us, are assumptions that many of us make.  Therapists in particular can be victims of this fallacy as we are experts in understanding people.  However, all of us are vulnerable to being more certain than we should.  The idea
The new school year is upon us just as the spread of the Delta variant and increased Covid-19 rates are hitting alarming highs.  While the past year and a half has been very difficult for many of us, these new developments have added a new layer of stress and anxiety.  Just a month or two ago, at the start of the summer many Americans hoped we were turning the bend and moving past the Pandemic. This is clearly not the

Peter Perrotta, Ph.D.