Nut (Heaven) and Gab (Earth), ancient Egyptian gods of dreaming. Source: E. A. Wallis Budge/Wikimedia Commons This is a guest post by Harry Whitaker, retired university professor and founding editor of the journals Brain and Language and Brain and Cognition . Professor Harry Whitaker. Source: Harry Whitaker “I’ve always remembered my dream when I wake up in the morning; imagine my astonishment when I learned that I have actually had seven or eight dreams each night, all completely unrecalled.” Why Do We Dream? Some people think that dreams "work" to consolidate memories or help you adapt to stressful events. A few think that dreams reveal something hidden about the dreamer. Some think that dreams regulate mood and emotions. Still others believe that dreams are merely built from the "residue" of previous daytime experiences. Jaylene's Melancholia. Source: Belle Tuckerman, used with permission What notable thinkers have … [Read more...] about Why Dream—and What Are They For? Poets Answer Scientists
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As impossible as it may sound, creativity isn’t always a good thing. Psychology has traditionally deemed the “think outside the box” mindset as far more preferable than sticking within the straight and narrow. Decades of research have linked creativity to a myriad of positive outcomes, with “flow” (the feeling of being internally motivated) seen as the key to happiness . Historically, the creative geniuses—such luminaries as Michelangelo, Mozart, and Picasso—are lauded for their brilliant and lasting contributions to the arts. The Thomas Edisons, Henry Fords, Albert Einsteins, and Marie Curies of science permanently changed the way the world operates, with accomplishments that could only have been produced by the most creative of minds. The psychological analysis of people endowed with creativity with a capital “C” (the eminently creative) contrast their gifts with those whose creativity takes the “lower case” form of living a creative life. Against this compelling backdrop, … [Read more...] about Does Creativity Have its Dark Side?
Psychotherapy is not dead despite the advantages medications provide. It thrives, with a vibrant history and roots still propagating. In the late 1800s, the “ neuron doctrine” declared that neurons made up the anatomical brain, which became the mind's seat. In 1891, schizophrenia (“ dementia praecox”) was identified, classifications of mental illnesses arose, and psychotherapy was born. Making sense of this over 100-year history is daunting. Because psychosocial therapies are often synonymous with their founders' imprints, their essential contributions can be lost among the jargon. Unifying ideas and techniques with a super-theory are far from achievable, yet basic themes prevail. The giants contributing to their origin are remembered and given homage. Knowing this material makes it actionable, giving new birth to our long-gone parents. "Self-reflection," oil, by author Frank John Ninivaggi Source: Frank John Ninivaggi MD, 1965 Basic Themes … [Read more...] about Ghosts in the Nursery of Psychotherapies
Being an autistic parent is tough. Just like being any kind of parent. But it’s also the best thing in the world - as any parent, not just autistic ones, will tell you. Source: Unsplash/吴 迪 @brawny One of the things I find hardest about parenting with autism is the discrepancy in the way that I “play” versus the way my children play. Especially as they get older and their imaginations get wilder, I am constantly finding myself lost and tired and overwhelmed after only 5 or 10 minutes of dedicated play time. Throw in the fact that the kids are with us nearly 24/7 now due to the ongoing pandemic, and you have a recipe for epic burnout ! I have often thought to myself, what’s wrong with me? Play time is supposed to be fun, right? Why do I find it so draining? Well there’s nothing wrong with me. I am autistic, so I “play” differently, and that’s okay. Now, my son is also autistic, but as any autie will tell you, “if you have met one autistic person, you … [Read more...] about Autistic Parents: Is Playtime with the Kids Wearing You Out?