Articles & Blog Posts

Monty Python’s Life of Bryan Turns 25 (and Gives Some Bad Advice)
Huffington Post, Monday, July 18, 2014

This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Monty Python’s seminal achievements, “The Life of Brian.” In the film’s iconic final scene, viewers are given some strong (albeit tongue-in-cheek) advice through the song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” But is this actually good advice? Or might there be something dangerous in positive thinking.


How You Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things: Stories of Supersurvivors, Monday, July 14, 2014

At some point in our lives, the majority of us will face the task of recovering, rebuilding, and rebounding from adversity, whether large or small.  And in rare cases, survivors of tragedy do more than recover: they dramatically and positively alter their lives. We call these people superurviors.


What War Memorials Get Wrong
Huffington Post, Monday, July 13, 2014

In April, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council tasked Clementine Wamariya and other delegates to attend the twentieth anniversary commemoration of Rwanda’s genocide. Along with countless other victims, Clementine asks whether it’s possible to forgive the seemingly unforgivable.


Writing Wrongs: Writing About Trauma Leads to Better Endings
Psychology Today, Monday, July 13, 2014

Oxford Dictionaries and countless media outlets dubbed 2013 “the year of the selfie.” Some have said the increase in self-focused Facebook posts, Tweets, and Blogs is part of an epidemic of narcissism. But might there be some real value here


Will Technology Replace Traditional Psychotherapy?
Psychology Today, Monday, September 30, 2013

The new iOS upgrade has made headlines this past week. But technology upgrades are happening across a variety of domains, including in psychotherapy. As therapy apps, online support groups, and video counseling blossom, we ask whether people should be worried or thrilled.


Colorado Flood: Will Social Support Recede With the Waters?
Psychology Today, Thursday, September 19, 2013

Aid and national sympathy poured into Colorado during the past week, as victims faced flooding of unthinkable proportions. But research shows that, as the flood waters recede, social support is likely to diminish with them, leaving some survivors feeling abandoned. Is there anything we can do to stop this from happening?


Grudge Match: Can Unforgiveness Be Bad For Our Health?
Psychology Today, Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In the week after the Jewish Day of Atonement, we reflect on forgiveness in the midst of a chaotic world. Can unforgiveness be bad for our heath? Can forgiveness help us to live a healthier, happier life?


Zero Worship: Did Surviving Cancer Make Armstrong a Hero?
Psychology Today, Thursday, January 17, 2013

The recent Lance Armstrong PR nightmare leads us to ask why we so easily accord survivors role-model status, and should we?