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May 23, 2018


Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

This week I want to share with you the blog I wrote for Dr. Peter Breggin, an incredible doctor, member of my Integrated Mind Network, and good friend! Dr. Peter Breggin, MD is often called “The Conscience of Psychiatry”: for many decades he has successfully led efforts to reform the mental health field. His scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies. It was such an honor to recieve his Award in Ethical Human Sciences and Services!

May 23, 2018

What happens when we truly understand and use our minds!

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Many of us know the brain is a powerful organ, but how? How can this power transform the way we think and live?
The mind does not emerge from our brain activity. Brain activity, rather, reflects mind activity. Even though the mind controls the brain, the brain feeds back to, and influences, the mind. The brain seats the mind, and therefore the mind influences the physical world through the brain. The mind controls the brain—the power of the brain lies in how we use our minds to change the brain.

May 09, 2018

Mental Health News May 2018: Children at Risk!

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Childhood can be challenging, especially in today’s highly demanding world. From early on, many children are trained to enter the rat race, compelled to live up to certain ideals of success, beauty and productivity. It is unsurprising that these ideals, often solely focused on what New York Times Columnist David Brooks calls the “resume virtues,” extract a high price—more and more young people are suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression, and more and more children feel that suicide is their only way out.

May 02, 2018

The current mental-health care system is a mess!

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Everyone seems to be talking about mental health these days, but what exactly is mental health, or mental illness? Does our current system provide adequate care, or even and adequate understanding, of mental well-being?

Apr 26, 2018

Mirror Neurons: Why we feel each other's emotions.

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

We have all heard the verse love your neighbor as you love yourself. But is it possible to love someone like we love ourselves? Is it possible to truly care about what someone else is going through? How do we put ourselves in another person’s “shoes”?

When we study the nature of the mind and how it impacts the brain, we realize that humanity, and indeed the world, is entangled. We are designed to sympathise with one another, to reach out in love and to care about our neighbor. We all have mirror neurons, which enable us to experience what other people are going through—our brains literally act as a “mirror”.

Apr 18, 2018

The mind CAN change the brain!

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Thirty years ago, I set out to answer a question that was considered at the time to be ridiculous: “can the mind change the brain?" Back in the eighties many scientists believed that a damaged brain could not change. Healthcare and therapy professionals like myself were taught to help their patients compensate for brain disabilities and mental ill health; total recovery was, for the most part, out of the question.
I, however, decided to take a different approach to the mind-brain question.

Apr 09, 2018

2018 Conference: THINK, LEARN, SUCCEED!

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

How you understand and use your mind is predictive of how successful you will be. This conference is all about helping you understand how to use your mind to succeed in school, work, and life in general.

Mar 09, 2018

Sexual Crimes and the Mind

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Yesterday was international women's day: a time to reflect on the roles women play in our lives, the power they have, and, unfortunately, the marginalization and abuse they face on a day-to-day basis. How can we make sure that our daughters grow up in a world where they are empowered, loved and safe? How do we prevent them growing up in a world where rape and sexual harrassment are commplace? Why do some people commit sexual harassment or abuse? What drives a human being to forget their humanity?

Mar 05, 2018

My Response to the Increase in Mass Violence and Shootings

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Like everyone else, I was utterly devastated to hear of yet another shooting at a school in the U.S. 17 innocent children dead. On Valentine’s day. In a school—a place where children ought to be safe...

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