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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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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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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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How to Change Minds: Reasoning Will Get You Nowhere

Diane Cole • 9/7/2017

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
When it comes to truly changing minds, reasoning will get you nowhere.

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Back to Bedlam? America’s Neglect of Its Mentally Ill

Diane Cole • 7/12/2017

No One Cares about Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
America continues to turn its back on the mentally ill.

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When the System Fails: Tales of the Wrongfully Convicted

Diane Cole • 5/1/2017

The waking-nightmare stories of people wrongfully imprisoned, often for decades, for crimes they didn’t commit expose the flaws in our criminal justice system.

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Hearing Voices: Eavesdropping on Our Inner Conversations

Diane Cole • 3/13/2017

The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves Making sense of the particular internal mix of words, conversation, music, and images that natter away at us nonstop.

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When the Rules Change: Learning to Learn from Your Children

Diane Cole • 11/3/2016

There’s a crucial point in the parenting life cycle that’s not often discussed in the literature.

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Mistaken Identity? A Daughter Reflects on Her Father's Decision to Change Gender

Diane Cole • 8/30/2016

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Susan Faludi explores the story of how the despotic father who’d once ruled her terrified family underwent sex reassignment surgery late in life.

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Learning to Manage the OCD Bully

A Therapeutic Odyssey

Diane Cole • 6/30/2016

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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Have SSRIs Gotten a Bad Rep? The Author of "Listening to Prozac" Thinks So

Diane Cole • 6/30/2016

Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants 
In his latest book, Peter Kramer argues that medications represent the best, most effective tool for fighting the bleakness of depression.

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Who’s the Grown-Up Here?: Helping parents abandon the “buddy” system

Diane Cole • 1/11/2016

In The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups, family physician and psychologist Leonard Sax insists that too many parents these days misunderstand the role they should play in their children’s lives.

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Who Do You Trust?: Revisiting the McMartin Preschool Case

Diane Cole • 11/18/2015

Review of We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s and The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Sometimes it can be easier to argue about witch-hunts than risk confronting the dark, unsavory reality of child abuse.


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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.