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Freud was wrong about catharsis

Why does the “talking cure” pioneered by Sigmund Freud and his students help relieve anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses? Freud famously taught that psychotherapy helped the patient achieve catharsis, or purging of the emotions. This was helpful, Freud thought, … Continue reading

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Are we a ‘touch-starved’ culture?

UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner thinks we Americans are definitely touch-deprived.  In lecture 8 of his excellent course Human Happiness (feed),  Keltner presents evidence that when we touch each other, we feel less stressed, more altruistic and well — happier. … Continue reading

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Human happiness

UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner is the real deal — the kind of professor I wish I’d seen more often in my university days. Not only is he a cutting-edge researcher in the field of human emotion, he’s also … Continue reading

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Yet more Harvard for free

Fans of Harvard lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar (see: The best psychology lecture on the Internet) will be pleased to discover that two of his courses are available for free in their entirety as streaming video lectures. They are: Psychology 1504: Positive … Continue reading

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