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Personality Disorders Update

Personality Disorders Update John M Oldham MD At the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New York City this month (May, 2024), I was asked to be interviewed on video, to review recent developments in our understanding of the personality disorders.  That brief video, about 10 minutes, can be accessed here: https://www.hcplive.com/view/john-oldham-md-history-personality-disorder-pathology. As […]

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What is a sociopath?

What is a sociopath? by John M Oldham MD. In today’s media, it’s not unusual for someone to be referred to as a “sociopath,” often accompanied by sensational news about the person’s crafty, deceptive, self-serving behavior.  This is nothing new, since scoundrels have been around throughout history.  In the 15th century, Machiavelli wrote his famous […]

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Friendship Recession

by John M Oldham MD, March, 2024   “Friendship Recession” is a term I hadn’t come across before.  Perhaps it’s a sign of our times.  Journalist Daniel Cox used the term in a piece focusing particularly on American men (https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/07/american-men-suffer-a-friendship-recession/).  Drawing on data from the Survey Center on American Life, he reported that “the number […]

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Listening

Listening NPSP25 Blog, February, 2024 John M Oldham, MD   How good a listener are you?  How well do you listen to what other people say?  And I’m referring especially to one-to-one conversations with people you know well or people you would like to get to know.  In today’s hustle-bustle world, it’s harder than it […]

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Keeping Secrets (Good Ones)

Keeping Secrets (Good Ones) John M Oldham MD   We all know about keeping secrets, but usually they are things we don’t want anybody to know.  Things we’re embarrassed about or ashamed of.  Sometimes they can be really big deals, such as losing a lot of money when an investment tanks and you knew it […]

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Flourishing and Personality

Flourishing and Personality John M Oldham and Lois B Morris   There is a fascinating initiative at Harvard called “The Human Flourishing Program” (https://hfh.fas.harvard.edu).  The program has developed a Flourishing Measure that focuses on these 5 domains: Happiness and life satisfaction Mental and physical health Meaning and purpose Character and virtue Close social relationships. This […]

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Mattering

Mattering John M Oldham and Lois B Morris Do you feel that you matter to anyone?  That things you do make a difference?  That you have skills and talents that you’re proud of and that others appreciate?  A few years ago, Gordon Flett, a Canadian psychologist, wrote a book called “The Psychology of Mattering: Understanding […]

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