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  1. Affiliative and Bonding Behavior Triggered by Threats Of Violence – The Stockholm Syndrome

    by Ann Fillmore PhD

    “After it was over and we were safe, I recognized that they (the captors) had put us through hell and had caused my parents and fiancé a great deal of trauma.  Yet, I was alive beca...

  2. Answers to Readers and Speculations on Space

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    I have had several responses to my recent article in Positive Health on Psychological Cloning (Positive Health Issue 20, June/July 1997). Most of these correspondents were curious ...

  3. Beauty

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    What is it about beauty that fascinates us? In fact, more basically, what is beauty? What are the criteria for judging something or someone as being beautiful?

  4. Carl Jung (1875-1961)

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    Attacks on Freudian psychoanalysis the past decade have started to erode support for the old Viennese master, but Jung has been relatively immune from this new scepticism in the ...

  5. Carl Jung on Human Relations

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    In the last two issues of Positive Health, we discussed some of the primary ideas of Carl Jung, one of the early pioneers of the psychoanalytic movement, who broke with Freud to em...

  6. Doctor of the Soul

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    I was in New York recently, where I had lunch with a former colleague, Harriet, who is now a high-flying industrial psychologist, whatever that is. I think she travels around givin...

  7. Doctor of the Soul

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    I was at a party last week, and sometime after a long conversation with a group of people, an unknown gentleman, well-dressed in a tweed jacket, broke in and suddenly inquired of m...

  8. Don Juan and Casanova

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    Psychology is often not the best source of wisdom concerning the passions of life. Probably better to turn to great literature and real life itself. This is especially true when di...

  9. Dreams (II); Nightmares, Daydreams

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    A number of readers contacted me to ask about recurrent dreams and especially nightmares. In any discussion of dreams and related topics, I am often asked about daydreaming. These ...

  10. Encounters with Philosophers

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    Recently, I read in the newspapers about the current trend for people who are troubled to seek help through philosophy rather than visit the psychotherapist's office. The hope is t...

  11. How to be More Creative

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    In his column this month Sheldon Litt discusses some of the techniques that he has found to help people become more creative. He outlines some of the major obstacles to creativity...

  12. How to Make Decisions

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    Having trouble deciding to write about this month Dr Litt decided to write about making decisions. Perfectionism and a fear of taking risks are both important motivations for not ...

  13. Laura Perls (1905-1990): Co-Founder of Gestalt Therapy

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    Sheldon Litt gives a fascinating insight here into the life and work of Laura Perls, one of the co-founders of Gestalt Therapy.

  14. More on Jung

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    My last article dealt with Carl Jung, the famous analyst who developed a system that became one of the main rivals to Freud.

  15. One Hundred Years of Sigmund Freud

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    As 1999 transforms into the year 2000, it is a good time to look back on the contribution of Sigmund Freud to the field of psychology. It was 100 years ago that Freud's first maj...

  16. Paths Through Life

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    In his column this month Sheldon Litt addresses the question of the path each of us takes through life. In writing the on going story of our life each of us is his own script write...

  17. Phobias and Fears

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    In his column Sheldon Litt looks at fears and phobias, the reasons for them, their treatment and the hidden issues that may lie behind them.

  18. Psychological Cloning

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    Dolly the smiling sheep has her fetching photo on the front page of almost every newspaper I have seen recently, and the usual media pundits are discussing cloning everywhere I loo...

  19. Some Unwritten Laws of Psychology

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    The heavy psychology textbooks on my shelves contain some well-known laws: the law of effect, the Weber-Fechner law, the principle of just noticeable difference, etc. But here we w...

  20. The Impact of Existential Philosophy on Modern Psychology

    by Sheldon Litt, Ph.D.

    It is now some 50 years since existentialism swept through the salons of European intellectual life. Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) may be considered one of the leaders of the existe...

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