27 May

There is a fear of being laughed at. For those who have this phobia, all laughter is suspect. It is probably treatable, but “the bad news is it might be hard to convince someone who dreads laughter to visit a therapist who might smile at patients to put them at ease” (p.9)(Zaraska, M. No laughing matter. Scientific American Mind, 2017, 28(3), 9)



25 May

The brush stroke patterns of great artists who developed Parkinson’s disease (e. g.,Salvadore Dahli) or Altzheimers (e.g., DeKooning) changed as they aged. Those who did not develop any neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Picasso)kept the same patterns. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(4), p. 12)

Treatment Effects

20 May

A meta-analysis of 2075 studies with over 20,000 patients showed personality changes from psychotherapy and medications. After an average of 24 weeks of treatment, patients became significantly less neurotic and somewhat more extroverted than pre-treatment. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(4), p. 12)


18 May

Pablo Neruda: You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t stop spring.


13 May

Apple, with the arrival of the iphone in 2007, changed our connectivity with the world and others. But we can rely on smartphones so heavily that it interrupts our sleep, makes us afraid of missing out, and decreases our real-life connections. Being less dependent on technology can be a good thing. (Weir, K. (Dis)connected. Monitor on Psychology, 2017, 48(3), 43-48)


11 May

Jane Austen: Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken. http://www.finebergpsychotherapy .com


8 May

Judith Viorst: Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands-and then eat just one of the pieces. http://www.finebergpsychotherappy .com