What Would a Therapist Say About Bernie Sanders?

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Check out the first part of our series if you’re interested in seeing Donald Trump’s psychological profile!

Bernie Sanders released a folk album in 1987 that even the record producer thought was terrible – but musical taste hasn’t stopped the 74-year-old Senator from Vermont from appealing to Democratic voters across our country.

Sanders ran for president to ensure politicians addressed issues such as single-payer healthcare and free education during Democratic primaries, but his ideas touched a nerve with voters. Now the long-serving politician is tied with Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.

In the second of our series on presidential hopefuls, Talkspace therapists assess Sanders’ psychological profile and how well it fits him for the job of president. Continue reading What Would a Therapist Say About Bernie Sanders?

What Would a Therapist Say About Donald Trump?

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Check out the second part of our series if you’re interested in seeing Bernie Sanders’ psychological profile!

Presidential election campaigns generally resemble a cross between a circus and a mud-fight. That’s fine, as it’s better for democracy if the candidates fight it out down in the mud — where everyone can see them — than behind closed doors, where they can get up to no good.

But this year, the grandstanding and childish hurling of insults has reached fever pitch with the appearance of Trump on the Republican campaign trail. His outspoken rhetoric has managed to offend immigrants and women, alienate Fox News (his natural supporters) and cause a possibly fatal split in the Republican party.

At the same time, Trump’s penchant for saying what he thinks and casting political correctness to the side has won him a legion of followers. His initial 3% of the national Republican vote has grown to 31%, giving him an 18% lead over his nearest rival, Texas senator Ted Cruz.

As part of a series on the personalities of the presidential candidates in the 2016 election, we decided to address the question everyone is asking: Does Donald Trump have the personality of a capable president? Continue reading What Would a Therapist Say About Donald Trump?

Here’s Why You Failed Your New Year’s Resolutions (And How to Succeed Next Time)

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The New Year has barely started and people everywhere are starry eyed and ready to begin anew. We have our grocery-shopping lists done and new gym clothes hung and ready for wear. We hit the ground running, quite literally, for about a month. We begin to see some progress and are excited by the possibilities.

Then, out of nowhere, our grand plans come screeching to a halt. In an exhausted and disappointed haze we declare, “Maybe next year” as we fall into the same old routines.

“I have really been screwing up. I don’t understand why this always happens,” my Talkspace client, Emily, texts me around dinner time on a Sunday.

Note: Out therapists obtain permission from clients before featuring them in stories and change their names to protect privacy. 

Continue reading Here’s Why You Failed Your New Year’s Resolutions (And How to Succeed Next Time)

Something You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman

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When a beloved actor dies, we mourn ten times more because it feels like their characters have died with them. It feels like Voldemort killed Snape again, doesn’t it?

But here’s the silver lining: Alan Rickman’s passing inspires us to learn more about him as we honor his memory. Keep reading to learn something you most likely didn’t know about the beloved British actor. Continue reading Something You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman