My endeavor to convey an understanding of emotion and its significant role in who we become is exemplified by my books (below), media interviews, and contributions to Psychology Today, Thrive Global, and Psychwire websites. With this same goal in mind, I am also a professor in the doctoral program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and have a private practice in Marin County, California.
Memory is an essential tool we use for adapting to various circumstances. In situations involving loss, however, new information does not align with our existing memories: Although recent memories inform us of the loved one’s absence, more distant memories remind us of their presence. How we reconcile this clashing information influences our responses to loss. This book illuminates how memory interfaces with loss in interesting and unusual ways.
Many successful people put things off until a deadline beckons them, while countless others can't resist the urge to do things immediately. This book explores the emotional lives of people who are successful in their endeavors--both procrastinators and non-procrastinators alike--to illustrate how the human motivational system works, why people respond to it differently, and how we can use our natural style of getting things done to our advantage.
There is much more to shame than its reputation as a negative emotional state. This clinical book delves into the role of shame in many complex issues such as personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and addictions to show how an understanding of the positive side of shame can be translated into practical therapeutic interventions.
An informative and practical guide filled with current and relevant psychological research on emotions, real-life stories, useful quizzes, and fun-fact boxes to help kids understand the strong feelings and intense emotions that are part of pre-teen life.
What is the point of guilt? Or anxiety? Or hope? Just what are these emotions trying to tell you? Everything!
Emotions are a powerful and extraordinary part of being human. They serve as an instant cueing system to inform us about situations and motivate behavior.
Are you attracted to needy, damaged, or helpless people? Do you feel like your love can heal your partner? Do you make excuses for your partner? Do you try to "save" people from themselves? White knights are men and women who enter into romantic relationships with damaged and vulnerable partners, hoping that love will transform their partner's behavior or life--a pattern that seldom leads to a storybook ending.