Being a Patient: Lessons From the Other Side of the Couch

Being a Patient: Lessons From the Other Side of the Couch

When I was twenty-two, I went to my PCP with a growing list of symptoms that were concerning to me. I left that appointment with a ninety-day supply of Xanax. When I was twenty-four, I went to a different doctor to discuss a growing pattern of distractibility, loss of...

Why Intrinsic Motivation Will Take You Further

Why Intrinsic Motivation Will Take You Further

I am sharing another article I have written for Steven Kotler and his newest endeavor, The Flow Research Collective (AKA The Collective). It's an installment in the series Shrink Rap, where psychologists discuss the frontiers of human excellence. Today, I want to...

The Adolescent Experience: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

The Adolescent Experience: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Megan Gipson, LCSW on her podcast, The Family Brain. Megan is a long time friend and Georgetown alumni and I feel honored to be invited to talk with her (for the third time!!!). We discussed all things adolescence,...

Blind to Our Blindness: The Power of the Unconscious

Blind to Our Blindness: The Power of the Unconscious

I want you to ponder the items in the list below and identify what they have in common: Steve Jobs, political campaigns, the marketing industry, and cult leaders. What’s the overlap? They are all keenly aware that you are not aware of what you are not aware. In other...

The Keeper of Your Secrets: The Ellis in Wunderland Podcast Episode

The Keeper of Your Secrets: The Ellis in Wunderland Podcast Episode

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Georgia Ellis on her podcast, Ellis in Wunderland. Georgia nicknamed me "The Keeper of Secrets" as we talked about my approach to the doctor-patient relationship. Also in the episode, we discussed neurobiology, leadership,...

In the Tunnel: The Solitude of Excellence

In the Tunnel: The Solitude of Excellence

Today I am sharing another article I have written for Steven Kotler and his newest endeavor, The Flow Research Collective (AKA The Collective). It's an installment in the series Shrink Rap, where psychologists discuss the frontiers of human excellence. As a shrink,...

The One Thing You Can Do Tonight to Feel Better Tomorrow

The One Thing You Can Do Tonight to Feel Better Tomorrow

What if I told you there is something you can start tonight that will yield psychological benefits tomorrow? Would you do it? If it was a pill, would you take it? Consider these additional facts about what I am going to suggest in today’s post:   It’s free to...

How to Inoculate Yourself Against the Fear of Rejection

How to Inoculate Yourself Against the Fear of Rejection

I recorded a podcast with Jennifer Tracy of the MILF podcast a few months back and something I said garnered a bit of inquiry from listeners. I mentioned that I had decided several years back to “inoculate myself against rejection.” In one of my many email attempts to...

The 5 Secret Ingredients That Influence All High Performers

The 5 Secret Ingredients That Influence All High Performers

I got you here because of the title of this essay. Plain and simple. It’s Psychology 101. If I title something in a certain way, you are going to click on the link. And lists, recipes and anything that promises a quick fix are top of the list of most viewed articles...

A Lesson in Magic: A Transformative Trip to Sanoviv

A Lesson in Magic: A Transformative Trip to Sanoviv

I recently spent a week in Mexico at the functional medicine institute, Sanoviv. I have known about Sanoviv for many years now, as my obsession with finding core origins of suffering and disease has deepened. Let me clarify the use of the word “institute.”  Sanoviv is...

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