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Face to Face: Virtual reality is no substitute for the real deal

Diane Cole • 11/12/2014

Review of: The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter

Research increasingly shows that screen time is no substitute for old-fashioned human contact.


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Side By Side: No creative artist is an island

Diane Cole • 9/11/2014

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

An investigation of some of history’s most famous creative teams leads to the conclusion that no artist is an island.


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What Makes Fanatics Tick? Exploring the Psyches of People on the Fringe

Diane Cole • 7/11/2014

Review of The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science

A new book investigates the worldview of a range of fanatics who’ve dedicated their lives to holding onto to their antiscientific and antihistorical claims.


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12 Missteps? The evidence that AA works is many steps behind

Diane Cole • 5/12/2014

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry

The authors of a provocative new book argue that, despite its sterling reputation, alcoholics anonymous has one of the worst success rates in all of medicine.


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Mad as Hell: The End of the Era of Male Entitlement

Diane Cole • 3/7/2014

The era of unchallenged male entitlement has come to an end, and many men are mad as hell. A new book provides context to help us deal with this anger in the consulting room.


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Sizing Up Goliath: The Upside of Being Underestimated

Diane Cole • 1/8/2014

With his enormous success, Malcolm Gladwell has morphed from a darling underdog to a publishing juggernaut at whom it’s now trendy to sling insults.


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Love and Terror: Penetrating the Heart of Evil

Diane Cole • 11/5/2013

Pilgrim's Wilderness

A new book examines how one man, under the guise of religious faith, kept his family isolated in a world of abuse and brutality, and how another family broke boundaries to help them escape.


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The Pathologizing of Everyday Life: When Did Sadness Become a Disease?

Diane Cole • 9/5/2013

The increasingly blurry distinction between normal and abnormal not only makes us easy targets for Big Pharma’s advertising, but also distracts us from the larger social and economic forces that shape our lives.


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The Taste Bud Conspiracy: Are we the victims of the food industry?

Diane Cole • 7/8/2013

A new book exposes the story of the corporate competition for our taste buds and ever-expanding tummies.


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Is Now Really Better? Lessons from Traditional Societies

Diane Cole • 5/1/2013

Jared Diamond’s new book explores the many lessons modern cultures can draw from the wisdom of small-scale, preindustrial societies.

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Learning to Manage the OCD Bully

A Story of One Woman’s Journey for Help

Diane Cole • 5/9/2019

By Diane Cole - An OCD sufferer describes the frustrating stops and starts and misdirections of her circuitous search for help in escaping the maze of her family of origin and the deep-seated tropes in her own brain.

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The Quest to Influence, Persuade, and Alter

What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

Diane Cole • 9/11/2017

Review By Diane Cole - Emotions can change people's behavior, says cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot in her new book, a highly accessible exploration of why and how we succeed, or fail, in our quest to influence, persuade, or alter the opinions and actions of others. Understand how the brain works, she argues, and you’ll have a leg up in successfully formulating and delivering the messages you want to get across to others.

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Viktor Frankl's Classic Has Just Been Released for Young Adults!

A YA Edition Brings Man's Search for Meaning to a New Generation

Diane Cole • 4/10/2017

By Diane Cole - Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl is best known for is his extraordinary first-person narrative about his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, as told in Man’s Search for Meaning. Now, his classic work will be published for the first time in a young adult and classroom-ready edition.

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Why Torture Doesn't Work

What Neuroscience is Showing Us

Diane Cole • 1/31/2017

By Diane Cole - Using a broad swath of scientific, psychological, and medical evidence about brain function, Shane O'Mara, a professor of experimental brain research, delves into—and disproves—popular misconceptions about the brain under stress, memory, and the psychological state of torturers.

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Challenging the Stereotype of the Paralyzed Trauma Victim

A Review of Jim Rendon's Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth

Diane Cole • 11/13/2015

In Jim Rendon’s new book, Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth, he challenges an all-too-common stereotype: that most trauma survivors remain forever stuck in place, embittered, broken in core ways. As psychotherapists know, the emotional (and sometimes physical) damage may sometimes be so vast and entrenched that repair comes slowly, if at all. But as therapists also know, this isn’t always the case. Many trauma victims have managed to make life go on---and even thrive.

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Who Am I to Judge? The Question of the "Good Enough" Parent

Diane Cole • 5/6/2019

A child-custody consultant wrestles with the question of what is a good enough mother.

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Where the Trauma Never Ends: Inside Chicago’s Urban War Zones

Diane Cole • 3/7/2019

Chicago’s inner city has long been termed an “urban war zone.” A new book by acclaimed journalist Alex Kotlowitz reveals the personal stories of trauma and grief, as well as solace and support, that unfold over one summer.

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The Scourge of Opioids

Diane Cole • 12/26/2018

A new book takes a close-up look at the opioid epidemic in America.

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Generations in Jail: When Crime Is a Family Value

Diane Cole • 11/9/2018

A new book explores how criminal behavior gets handed down in families from one generation to the next.

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The U-Curve of Happiness

Diane Cole • 9/5/2018

A new book claims that even if you find yourself suffering through a gloomy midlife slog, you’re likely to experience a brighter landscape in your 50s and 60s.

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When Is Enough Enough?

Diane Cole • 7/6/2018

Bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich believes that our obsession with longevity may have gone too far.

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A Tale of Mismatched Twins

Diane Cole • 5/9/2018

Review: Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture
A book about two sets of mismatched twins testifies to the power of both heredity and family loyalty.

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Life After Extremism: What It Takes to Renounce Hate

Diane Cole • 3/9/2018

Review: Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into—and Out of—Violent Extremism
A look at how to help former skinheads, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and jihadists leave extremist hate groups and find new ways of thinking and being.

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Measuring Mercy: Uncovering the Link between Cruelty and Compassion

Diane Cole • 1/8/2018

Review: The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between
There’s a surprisingly strong link between altruism and psychopathy.

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Beyond Illusion

Diane Cole • 11/9/2017

Review: Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Exploring contemplative practice may not be for everyone.

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Diane Cole is the author of the memoir, "After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges" and writes for The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.