In: Personality

Breaking Up without Depression
January 12, 2016

Some people seem to find it much easier to weather the breaking up of a romantic relationship than others. Sure they may…

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Distress Tolerance
August 7, 2015

In A wonderful young woman we have been seeing for a few months asked for some recommendations for skills to help her…

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Why Do We Procrastinate?
April 30, 2014

Procrastination may be related to impulsive decision making. This somewhat surprising finding is based on a large study of twins. Most modern explanations of…

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The Pressure of Perfectionism
June 18, 2013

In today’s society, many people struggle with the desire to be perfect. Perfectionism is the view that anything done in…

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Gambling: Sucked into the Slots
June 7, 2013

Dr. Howard Forman interviewed Dr. David Forest about the reasons behind the great appeal of slot machines. Gambling is a phenomenon…

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On the Borderline
March 17, 2013

I am writing a presentation for the UCSF Bipolar Program on the topic of the relationship between Borderline Personality Disorder and…

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Needing to be Perfect
February 26, 2013

The need to be perfect is one of the “dangerous ideas” that can destroy a life. It often comes from the…

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Borderline Emotions
January 17, 2013

Originally, the label “borderline personality disorder” was applied to patients who were thought to somewhere  between patients with neurotic and psychotic…

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December 27, 2012

For most of us there is nothing more important than the quality of our closest relationships. In sometimes frustrating ways, many…

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Anger and Change: “It’s Wrong” Mentality
November 15, 2012

Anger and Change: “It is just wrong, I can’t accept it, I have to stand up to things that are wrong.”…

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In Memoriam
November 1, 2012

In memoriam. He was brilliant, a creative artist and writer with a strong and clear voice. He was impulsive and he…

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Imperfect Bodies
September 30, 2012

In his book, “The Heart of Man,” Erich Fromm wrote about two modes of being – one he called biophilia (the…

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Misunderstandings: Feeling and Thinking
September 12, 2012

Misunderstandings. There are so many ways that we can misunderstand each other. We like the Myers Briggs for its non-pathologizing approach…

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Dealing with Perfectionism
July 28, 2012

Society puts a premium on perfection, for good reason. Perfection fascinates and inspires. I am particularly drawn to the symmetry and…

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July 17, 2012

“You’re such a narcissist!” It’s easy to see why people with moods are often accused of being narcissistic. When we are…

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