Your brain is your greatest resource—use it by design to help you achieve health, happiness, and success!—Arlene R. Taylor PhD

Emotions - Feelings

Q. I’ve been depressed recently but don’t want to take antidepressants. Isn’t psychotherapy equally effective?

Answer...Antidepressants

Q. I’ve attended several of your seminars and notice you use only black and white overhead transparencies. You do know that color and PowerPoint® technology exist?

Answer...Color, Use in Seminars

Q. What can I do about contextual depression?

Answer...Contextual Depression

Q. Before I lost my father to cancer, the hospice volunteer discussed with him the stages of death and dying. While it gave him some peace, it hasn’t done much for me. Is there something wrong with my brain? I’d appreciate your comments.

Answer...Death and Dying

Q. Can you give me a definition or description of depression?

Answer...Depression

Q. I suffer from severe depression and take antidepressants, which have mostly stopped thoughts of suicide. My doctor told me that I need to “change the way you think” if I get a suicidal thought (which I sometimes do if I get exhausted and lose sleep). I’m not sure what that means.

Answer...Depression and Antidepressants

Q. My mother seems more prone to depression than my father. Do you know of research on depression rates by gender?

Answer...Depression Rates by Gender

Q. Would you list factors that can contribute to depression?

Answer...Depression, Contributing Factors

Q. What is depression? Can you give me a definition or description?

Answer...Depression, Definition of

Q.  My nephew has been hospitalized for weeks after a horrible vehicle accident in which he sustained a concussion. His girlfriend recently asked if I thought my nephew was suicidal. I had no idea. What would I look for?

Answer...Detecting Suicidal

Q. What is downshifting?

Answer...Downshifting

Q. My 10-year old son takes trumpet lessons; my 13-year old daughter plays flute. Sometimes they blank out at recitals and forget the notes. Why do I get so embarrassed?

Answer...Embarrassed

Q. I've always used the words emotions and feelings as synonyms. Recently I heard a comment that makes me think they may refer to different functions in the brain, right?

Answer...Emotions vs Feelings

Q: Once again I find myself depressed. My cousin and his wife did not invite me to their son’s wedding. What is it with their brains that makes them exclude me, and what is it with my brain that I let it bother me?

Answer...Excluded from Family

Q. Do you have references about love affairs, depression, and suicide attempts?

Answer...Failed Love Affairs

Q. Sometimes I feel like I'm about to fall off the edge. What do you do when you feel that way?

Answer...Falling Off the Edge

Q. I once heard you use the term “flippant forgiveness.” You said it is filled with hidden dangers and can be a counterfeit for genuine forgiveness. I’m confused. I thought forgiveness was forgiveness.

Answer...Flippant Forgiveness

Q. I've heard you talk about a positive mind set, and that it's a choice to be happy, but many days I do not feel happy and don't understand how it's possible to change that.

Answer...Happiness

Q. Why do we have to experience loss? I hate feeling sad!

Answer...Loss

Q. Is love an emotion or a feeling?

Answer...Love

Q. My father, aged 62, seems to be having memory problems. Do you think this could be related to his depression?

Answer...Memory Problems

Q. I read your article on “forgiveness” in a recent Brain Bulletin. I also finished the book “The Body Never Lies” by Alice Miller. She made a comment about how honoring your parents can be misunderstood with resulting dire consequences. How could that be?

Answer...Misunderstanding Forgiveness

Q. A friend of mind recently told me that I contribute to my own depression by a negative mindset. Is that possible?

Answer...Negative Mindset

Q. Three of our four children are readers. The fourth child prefers to listen to contemporary music. Strangely enough, this fourth child is the least happy of all the children and I don’t understand this.

Answer...Reading vs. Music

Q. Nearly every day someone ruins mine. Is this going to happen for the rest of my life?

Answer...Ruining My Day

Q. I suffer from severe depression and take antidepressants, which have mostly stopped thoughts of suicide. My doctor told me that I need to “change the way you think” if I get a suicidal thought (which I sometimes do if I get exhausted and lose sleep). I’m not sure what that means.

Answer...Severe Depression

Q. I suffer from severe depression and take antidepressants, which have mostly stopped thoughts of suicide. My doctor told me that I need to “change the way you think” if I get a suicidal thought (which I sometimes do if I get exhausted and lose sleep). I’m not sure what that means.

Answer...Severe Depression

Q. I’ve heard you talk about four core emotions but the other day I read an article that mentioned seven “universal” emotions. What’s that about?

Answer...Universal Emotions

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