One Word: Neuroplasticity


Perhaps the most significant news of recent decades, in particular following the dubious results of the “decade of the brain,” is the fact that the brain is not fixed, but can be “fixed”:  Neuroplasticty means that the brain changes as a result of how we do or do not use it, and therefore mental health may be a product of the choices we make.  Forbes magazine reviews ways that exercise can improve your brain.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].