AuthorMark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history. *The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.

The Future of Medicine

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According to Professor Michael Bess, we are on the brink of a medical revolution and about to enter the age of “bio-enhancement,” in which not only will we heal the body but even alter and improve it. After millennia of useless herbs and potions, of savage, bungling operations, human beings are finally developing effective medicine. Where We Are and How We Got Here It is often said...

The 19th-Century and the Birth of Modern Medicine

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In 1860, the American doctor and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes remarked, “If all our medical drugs could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for humanity and all the worse for the fishes.” And yet this was the century that laid the foundations of modern medicine. Indeed, greater advances were made in the 19th-century than all the previous centuries combined...

Five Key Medical Breakthroughs

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The history of medicine is the history of breakthroughs. Sometimes these occur thanks to the efforts of one exceptional individual. More often, they are the result of collective work. That is certainly true today, with researchers able to share information and obtain feedback from colleagues anywhere in the world, at any time. Background Books on the history of medicine usually begin with the...

When Your Child Won’t Let You See Your Grandchildren

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Being estranged from one’s grown up children is hard enough, but when that also means losing your grandchildren the pain can be unbearable. Thankfully, there are ways of fighting back – including legal ones. Becoming Estranged People become cut off from their grandchildren for all sorts of reasons. Often, it is the child’s partner who causes the problems, sometimes as a form of...

Commitment Issues? What Causes Fear of Intimacy and How to Overcome It

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The fear of intimacy causes incalculable harm, not only undermining romantic relationships but affecting friendship, family life, even the way people raise their children. Though you can live without intimacy, you cannot grow and thrive. Signs As with so many of life’s problems, you can only address this fear once you recognize it. Be under no illusion, the fear of intimacy is very common...

When Your Daughter Is in an Abusive Relationship

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Few things are so heartbreaking as the sight of a beautiful, happy girl transformed into a fragile mess by her abusive partner. Sadly, it is surprisingly common. And parents often find themselves reduced to helpless bystanders. Understanding When your daughter arrives home covered in bruises, or her boyfriend yells at her during a family meal, your first instinct is to leap to her defense. Before...

Understanding Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns in Your Family

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It is often said that we live in a therapy culture, one in which everyone has a label and everyone is a victim. Today, not only do increasing numbers of people believe themselves to be mentally ill, many also believe their family is abnormal. But there is a difference between an odd or eccentric family and one that is truly dysfunctional. Dysfunctional Family Dysfunctional families come in many...

How to Develop and Improve Your Sense of Humor

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If the average person could improve just one trait, many would choose humor. People value charm, intellect, efficiency, patience, etc., but humor is a magic key. It oils the wheels of social interaction and makes almost anyone seem likeable and attractive. Indeed, when asked what they look for in a partner, most people include “a sense of humor,” and it is arguably the main thing they...

When Your Child Becomes Anorexic

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Few sights are more heartbreaking than a young woman reduced to a fragile, emaciated wreck by anorexia. For a parent, there is the added sense of helplessness and failure. Seeing your child starve herself because of the demons in her head is torture, and yet there seems to be nothing you can do. However, though anorexia may be a monster, it is a monster you can defeat. Understanding First, find...

When Your Child Befriends Dangerous People

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Every parent is haunted by the fear that their teenager will befriend the wrong sort of people. Peer pressure is very real and very dangerous. Indeed, pregnancy, eating disorders, petty crime, drug addiction, and many other things, can often be traced to the influence of toxic friends. Understanding As with so many things in life, the more you understand the better. Growing up is hard. And it is...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.