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IHR Podcast #20: What am I doing here?

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I think out loud about the question “What am I doing here?” before rambling on about everything under the sun.

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Brant Cortright on the role of neurogenesis in holistic health

I took a counseling class (Transpersonal Psychotherapy) with Dr. Brant Cortright while I was working on my first master’s degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies, way back in 1995. I liked him a lot. He had a gentle, … Continue reading

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IHR Podcast #16: Critical Thinking

In this episode of the Integral Health Resources Podcast, I string together some loosely formed thoughts about the centrality of critical thinking in all walks of life. Related media: Critical Thinker Academy: Good website with lots of free resources about … Continue reading

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss: The NIMH rejects DSM categories, but continues to give short shrift to psychosocial perspectives

The National Institute of Mental Health will reportedly discourage the use of DSM categories for its future research projects. NIMH Director Thomas Insel is promoting a new approach, the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), which is based on three guiding principles: … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes

Dr. Roger Walsh recently wrote a landmark article in the American Psychological Association’s flagship journal, American Psychologist. The article, Lifestyle and Mental Health, outlines eight major lifestyle factors that are woefully under-appreciated in the field of mental health, despite overwhelming … Continue reading

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Embodiment of social context – “Sites of Shaping”

Here’s another wonderful and fascinating presentation from Staci Haines of the Strozzi Institute. (Thanks to Mark Walsh for the heads-up.) [From StrozziInstitute]We are always living inside of a social context. We embody our social contexts, just as we are shaped … Continue reading

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Integral seeds found in my Human Development textbook

I took a course this summer in Human Development as part of my graduate program in counseling. I had taken a similar course as an undergraduate, back in 1990, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much more integral/holistic the … Continue reading

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Dr. Mike Evans and his “favourite medicine”

I’ve recently added My Favourite Medicine to my list of integral health web resources. The site is an effort by Dr. Mike Evans to “curate the best health information found online.” He has produced a couple of excellent whiteboard-style animated … Continue reading

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Addictionally irrational

Go to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website right now and you’ll see brains. Pictures, graphics, scans — a colorful display. You’ll also see a photo of Nora Volkow, NIDA’s director, whose “work has been instrumental in demonstrating … Continue reading

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Somatic Transformation

Mark Walsh of Integration Training tipped me off to this wonderfully lucid explanation of somatic transformation by Staci Haines of the Strozzi Institute. Haines describes three components of somatic transformation: Somatic awareness: What are you noticing in your sensations and … Continue reading

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