Archive for Robert Putnam

The Love Wars—Harry Harlow and the All Night Comfort Food Café (part I)

You’re a medical director. Your shift is almost over as you slip into your desk chair for a quick respite. You spin around to look out the window. It’s snowing. There’s a layer of fluffy snow covering the ground. As you gaze upon this blanket of virgin snow you crack a slight smile. You’re filled […]

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“The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain (Second Edition)”—Your Brain on Bad Relationships

If you lived in the US back in the 1980s, you’re probably familiar with this tagline: “This is your brain on drugs … any questions?” This tagline came from a series of TV PSAs (public service ads) sponsored by Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The ad I remember featured a guy who looked like a […]

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“Addictions from an Attachment Perspective”—A Review (part II)

Welcome back. This is part II of my multi-part blog series wherein I review the 2014 edited volume entitled Addictions from an Attachment Perspective—Do Broken Bonds and Early Trauma Lead to Addictive Behaviours? We’ll start off looking at Chapter Two—Addiction: Treatment and Its Context—by Jason Wright. Let’s dive in. Wright provides us with what he […]

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Quick Look: Secure Attachment Continues to Fall … For Some But Not All

I recently finished reading Robert Putnam’s new book entitled Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Back in 2000, Putnam released his now classic book entitled Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. In many ways, Our Kids updates us on what has happened in the fifteen years since the release of Bowling […]

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REPRINT: Why is Depression Becoming More Common: Some Likely Cultural Factors

On occasion I visit a web site entitled Mad in America–Science, Psychiatry and Community. While browsing articles over at Mad in America the other day, I noticed a link to an article by psychotherapist Randy Paterson entitled Why is Depression Becoming More Common: Some Likely Cultural Factors. Dr. Paterson runs a blog over at […]

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