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Basic Mindfulness Practice Intro – Audio Download

Interested in improving how your brain works, prune old unhelpful pathways, and change how you feel, how you “do” your feelings, and even your relationships? I’ve created a basic introduction to mindfulness practice that you can download for free. I hope you’ll take a little time to read why I think this is important, as a neuropsychologist and a rabid fan …
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Optimizing Your Brain: 22 Ways to Hack That Fabulous Blob

The brain’s the thing. It’s a gloppy collection of staggering numbers of neurons and other stuff, made up mostly of water, that can’t support its own weight if you put it on a table (which I don’t recommend). The fluid that supports it in your skull is about the same density as the brain itself. In short: It’s delicate, unbelievably …
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Fair and Accurate Insurance Reimbursement for Psychotherapy

Getting the information you need to get fair and accurate insurance reimbursement for psychotherapy can be confusing — here’s a guide with the facts and steps you can take to be sure you’re a well-informed consumer, and a strong advocate for yourself. I’ve written this guide to help you get the information you need from your insurance company to get …
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Sleep, light, your electronic devices, and melatonin

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone related to sleep, needs to be released a few hours before bedtime. In a “natural” situation (one without artificial lights), daylight wanes, melatonin is secreted, and a couple of hours later, you’re drowsy and ready to sleep. Not only does bright light in the evening make it hard for melatonin release, light in the blue end of …
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Your Baby SHOULDN’T Read

Why early reading – let alone from a DVD – is a lousy deal for babies (Originally published May 27, 2010) Most often, the bottom-line reason people find their way to my psychotherapy practice is because of relationship issues — struggling marriages, unsuccessful dating, lousy relationships with family and/or coworkers — and of course, their relationships with themselves are also …
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Rewire Your Brain for Healthy Empathy: Acquire a Voltmeter

Understanding your brain when it comes to feeling empathy can lead to understanding your partner, spouse, and even your boss better. Read on to learn about rewiring your brain for healthy, balanced empathy. In “rewiring your brain for love,” one of the benefits of mindfulness practice when it comes to relationships could be thought of as acquiring a voltmeter — that quality of empathy …

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

From TED.com: “Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.” Vulnerability, connection, empathy, shame… all wrapped up in a warm, funny, research-based talk. I love it! …
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Your busy brain’s magic moment

Brain too busy to meditate? That’s actually a potential advantage when it comes to rewiring your brain, developing better attention, decreasing stress, and improving your relationships — because the moment you realize you’ve been distracted is the magic moment. From one of my favorite meditation teachers, Sharon Salzburg.  Sharon posted this on her Facebook page, and I thought I’d share it here as …

TED Video: Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome

From TED.com: “Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our “connectome,” and it’s as individual as our genome — and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds.” DISCLAIMER: I am many things, but I am not a …
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Four Ways to Respond During An Argument

For better relationships, what you want to create in your body and your brain is a sense of greater safety — that way, fight, flight, or playing dead aren’t your only choices when things get stressful between you and your significant other. Here’s how to give your brain a fighting chance in an argument. From your nervous system’s point of …