Posted by: Marie | November 2, 2010

(435) Spotlight: Storied Mind

Post #435

Spotlight on a Great Blog

I have been perusing many therapy and mental health related blogs over the past few months and have found quite a number that I really like and have added to my blogroll.

Some of those blogs are of exceptional value to me — I feel compelled to call attention to them, as is the case with the blog I’m highlighting in this post. You may ask, “What qualifies as exceptional value?” Well, I value the following:

1) An overall focus on healing and moving forward — that doesn’t necessarily mean there is an absence of negative material; but rather, that it is balanced with solution-oriented insights;

2) Originality — while links to and reuse of enlightening material is good, original content is even better;

3) Relevancy — the majority of the posts are related to therapy and the therapeutic process;

4) Level of activity — the author(s) keeps the material fresh.

So, here is one blog that I feel qualifies as “highly valuable”:

Storied Mind

This blog contains many stories of recovery from depression that the author, John, hopes will inspire you. One recent post I really like is, Why Therapy Can Work: Ideas from Brain Research. This post discusses the role three different forms of psychotherapy can play in the healing process. Here is an excerpt from that post:

As Siegel elaborates, most people retain a flexibility in this process and respond appropriately to what they’re witnessing in the present. They have the feeling, it ends, and they move on. But many of us have a tendency of mind to interpret events consistently in one way. An explanation could be that certain memories – especially of experiences repeated over long periods of time, like psychological abuse – override everything else.

The mind gets stuck in linking present moments to those most painful memories and reacts with feelings more appropriate to the old experience rather than the new one. As LeDoux points out, weakening the power of those memories may be one of the benefits of psychotherapy.

If you are so inclined, I encourage you to swing by this blog and enjoy!


  1. Thanks for the heads-up.

    • You’re most welcome!

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