From Shutdown to Sheer Panic and the Sometimes Elusive Middle Ground: A Primer on Affect

"Affect" refers to your internal emotional state. It’s the felt sense of what is happening in your body. Affect is both an embodied, physiological reality reflecting the ...

What Makes Trauma Trauma?

The word trauma comes from a Greek word meaning “wound.” A traumatic experience wounds the mind. It changes the physical structure of the brain, just ...

Why Engaging Your Story Heals Your Brain

So it turns out that the practice of reflecting on the story of your life actually promotes healing in your brain. There are two reasons for this: ...

Ambivalent Attachment

A child will develop an ambivalent attachment when she experiences her primary caregiver as inconsistent and, at times, intrusive.  When the child becomes distressed, her ...

Avoidant Attachment

"We can grow up in homes in which the food finds the table, the money finds the college funds, and the family even finds the ...

Attachment: What It Is and Why It Matters

Neuroscientist Curt Thompson is fond of saying that when each one of us comes into this world, we enter it looking for someone looking for ...