Inattentional Blindness: What we can learn from The Invisible Gorilla experiment?

Inattentional Blindness: What we can learn from The Invisible Gorilla experiment

Whether we know it or not, we are all guilty of inattentional blindness, and it’s something we really need to be more mindful of.

Most of us would like to think that we’re pretty good at paying attention to the world around us – that we’re observant, detail oriented, and highly perceptive. But the truth is, we’re not. As shown by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons in their now infamous Invisible Gorilla experiment, our minds don’t really work the way we think they do. Continue reading Inattentional Blindness: What we can learn from The Invisible Gorilla experiment?

Author of Untangling the Mind Offers Insight Into Our Behaviors

Author of Untangling the Mind Offers Insight Into Our Behaviors

It’s no secret that understanding ourselves and those around us can help us control our emotions and behaviors. But it’s easier said than done. 

– Guest Blog by David T. George, M.D. / Author of Untangling the Mind: Why We Behave The Way We Do

As a psychiatrist, I am impressed by the fact that people are often fearful to confront some of their inner-most thoughts and feelings. A number of unsettling questions are often buried in their minds: What is wrong with me? Why am I the way I am? Why do I behave the way I do?

Ever since Darwin’s groundbreaking work, we’ve known that the nervous system is driven by survival i.e., to respond to threat and to pursue reward. Here is how these “threats” translate into everyday life: Continue reading Author of Untangling the Mind Offers Insight Into Our Behaviors

The Science of Depression – Decoded

The Science of Depression - Decoded

We’ve already told you about how depression can affect your life, but we never quite explained the science behind it.

Luckily, we don’t have to – the wonderful folks at AsapScience beat us to it. Created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, The Science of Depression is under 4 minutes long, but perfectly describes what depression is, how it impacts the brain of the afflicted, and how it influences the person’s subsequent behavior. And, bless their hearts, they did it using colorful visuals to help us stay focused and pay attention. Continue reading The Science of Depression – Decoded

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & How Is It Conducted Online?

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & How Is It Delivered Online?

We decided to give you a more in-depth look at how some of our therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy online. We think it may be of interest to you.

First Things First, What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

As you may or may not know, cognitive behavioral therapy, otherwise known as CBT, is one of the more popular approaches to treating stress, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, substance abuse, relationship problems, and many other issues. Compared to traditional therapy, it focuses on what is happening in your present life, rather than delving deep into your past. So, chances are a few of you sighed with relief reading this just now.

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Dear Therapist: How Do I Change People’s Perception of Me?

Now that it’s been a while since I started therapy, I feel myself changing for the better, but I find that people’s perception of me remains the same. How do I help them see me in a different light?

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

From what I understand, the point of therapy is to come into my own, discover who I am, and figure out a way to change the less-than-awesome parts of my personality. It’s a tedious process that requires a lot of work, but I can happily report that it’s starting to pay off. The credit, however, is far from being all mine. I was paired with a very intelligent and thought provoking therapist, whom I have formed a great relationship with. Had I been paired with someone different, who knows what I’d be writing now. Continue reading Dear Therapist: How Do I Change People’s Perception of Me?

6 Ways to Support a Transgender or Gender Nonconforming Person

6 Ways to Support a Transgender or Gender Nonconforming Person

It is revolutionary for any trans (transgender) person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist. ~ Laverne Cox

Over the past couple of years the transgender community has gained a higher level of mainstream exposure. This is in part thanks to the transgender men and women who helped fight for equality at New York City’s Stonewall Inn riots back in the1960s. They, among many other social influencers, paved the way into popular culture for transgender individuals like Cher’s son Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black, as well as activists and authors like Janet Mock, who released last year’s Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Continue reading 6 Ways to Support a Transgender or Gender Nonconforming Person

Talkspace Takes Over the Northside Festival and Philly Pride

Talkspace Takes Over the Northside Festival and Philly Pride

As temperatures continue to rise, so does the excitement at Talkspace headquarters!

The second week of June proved to be a really busy one for Talkspace. Not only did we spend two days hanging out at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival, we also managed to make our way to Philly Pride, supporting the LGBTQ community in the city of love!

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How to Recognize Emotional Abuse in Intimate Relationships

How to Recognize Emotional Abuse in Intimate Relationships

One of my clinical specialties is relationships (and abuse within them). So naturally, many of my clients come to me because they are struggling in their marriage or partnership.

Of all the reasons for a relationship to be in trouble, one that consistently leaves people the most confused and causes the most damage is an invisible form of domestic violence called emotional abuse. Continue reading How to Recognize Emotional Abuse in Intimate Relationships

Relationships: The Expensive Cost of Infidelity

Relationships: The Expensive Cost of Infidelity

Let me begin by saying that typically infidelity is not the problem.

Infidelity is most often a symptom of a much larger issue within a relationship. For our purposes, we are going to define infidelity as a romantically involved person connecting with someone else – physically, emotionally, or both – like they would with their significant other. Continue reading Relationships: The Expensive Cost of Infidelity

Dear Therapist: I Am So Tired, Can We Reschedule?

Dear Therapist: I Am So Tired, Can We Reschedule?

Some responsibilities –  whether they are personal, social, or professional  – shouldn’t be put on the back burner when we’re tired. And that includes therapy.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

Things have been really hectic over the last month. For one, it’s birthday season. I find myself running around the city, attending different parties and buying amusing gifts for many of my friends and family. But even though I’m happy to be there for the people in my life, certain aspects of this time are a little difficult to deal with. For example, I occasionally end up having to make inevitable small talk with strangers in dark clubs filled with drunken college students and blasting music. I find it very tiring. Continue reading Dear Therapist: I Am So Tired, Can We Reschedule?