Instructions Never Included

I have decided at last to forgo my search for instructions.

Deb Schwarz Hirschhorn, Ph.D.

Dr. Deb Schwarz Hirschhorn ("Dr. Deb") graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2001 after spending ten years doing research on emotional, verbal and physical abuse for my dissertation. She earned her master’s degree from Drake University in 1978, having written a thesis about prison counseling. While attending Queens College, Dr. Deb completed honors research abroad on the effect of the mental hospital culture on patient recovery. She has been in practice as a marriage and family therapist...

Roz Chast

Roz Chast has been a cartoonist for the New Yorker since 1978. Her work has also appeared in many other publications, including Scientific American, Redbook, and the Harvard Business Review. Her latest collection is Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons, 1978-2006. In 2007 she illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!, the best-selling children's book written by Steve Martin. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to the two most anxious people on the planet, and to this day, anxiety is her default mode. Related Links Roz...

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Why you gotta turn my nail biting into some big mental thing. I just bite my nails, why are people making it such a big thing? ~Michelle Hammer Nail Biting. Hair Pulling. Skin Picking. All of these "bad habits" fall under the category of Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors or BFRBs. In today's episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss their issues with BFRBs and some potential solutions -- though they readily admit sometimes the solution can be worse than the habit. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Betterhelp. Save...

Our Fear of Health Care Reform and the Household Vacuum

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David Barlow, Ph.D.

Dr. Barlow is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 500 articles and chapters as well as over 60 books and clinical manuals, mostly in the area of emotional disorders and clinical research methodology. The books and manuals have been translated in over 20 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian. Dr. Barlow was a member of the...

Zen Bite: In Tough Economic Times

The team at This Emotional Life asked me to address a post they received from their Facebook fan page:


Christina is a student at Harvard. For years, her fear of flying prevented her from joining her friends on trips around the country and overseas. Her phobia manifested itself physically with sweating and shakiness in anticipation of the flight and hyperventilating when she was on the plane. Despite trying to rationalize her fear, she found flying so uncomfortable she eventually stopped. Since undergoing intense cognitive-behavioral therapy Christine has learned techniques to control her anxiety.  She still doesn’t enjoy flying but has made enough progress to...

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