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Albert Ellis, Happy Birthday

As one of the most influential psychotherapists in history, Dr. Albert Ellis (1913-2007) is lauded for developing Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) in 1955. The first of what is now known as cognitive behavioral therapies, REBT is built on the idea that how we feel is influenced by how we…


Five Reasons to Celebrate Selfies

Before criticizing your daughter or friend the next time they take a selfie, you might want to think again. If you feel selfies are for vain or self-absorbed people, it might be good to step back and take a look at “the whole picture” and find out that selfies may…


Happy Donut Day

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for! Today you have a bonafide excuse to go through caution and calories to the wind. But did you know eating donuts today could actually be a healthy choice? In a ground-breaking Harvard research study (called the Alameda County Study, by Dr. George…


Sigmund Freud, Happy Birthday

Sigmund Freud is perhaps the most well-known figure in all of psychology and psychiatry. He is the founder of psychoanalysis, and is responsible for developing the concepts of the id, the ego, and the superego. He is credited with exploring the role of repressed memories and conflict between members of…



Viktor Frankl, Happy Birthday

A psychiatrist and the founder of logotherapy, Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) is an important figure in the history of psychotherapy and psychology. In a rare appearance from 1972, his TED talk on the importance of believing in others has garnered nearly a million views. This short, four minute lecture encourages us…






Top 10 Movies to Watch on Christmas

For many, watching holiday movies is a treasured tradition. Christmas Day just cannot come without getting most of these favorites checked off the list. When watching a movie, you have the chance to snuggle with loved ones, sit by the fire, and drink hot chocolate. What could be better? With…


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