Articles Referencing My Books

Surge of Piety: Norman Vincent Peale and the Remaking of American Religious Life (2016)

The Religious Roots of Trump’s Magical Thinking on Coronavirus,” CNN (May 21, 2020).

Resurgent Christianity,” American Literary History (January 2018).

The Power of Trump’s Positive Thinking,POLITICO Magazine (October 13, 2017).

Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him, by Stephen Mansfield (October 2017).

The Trump Phenomenon: How the Politics of Populism Won in 2016by Peter Kivisto (August 23, 2017).

The Pastor Who Helps Explain Donald Trump,The Gospel Coalition (April 19, 2017).

The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty (2011)

Doubt as a Sign of Faith,New York Times (September 26, 2014).

Why This Fascination with the Apocalypse?MSNBC (May 22, 2011).

The Prophets of Doom: This Isn’t the First Time the Demise of Our World Has Been Forecast,NBC News New York (May 20, 2011).

Doomsday Psychology: The Appeal of Armageddon: Why People Like Believing the End Is Near,ABC News (May 20, 2011).

Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (2007)

Researchers are working on a pill for loneliness, as studies suggest the condition is worse than obesity,National Post (August 12, 2019).

Don’t worry, we have a useful but possibly fatal drug for that,Calgary Herald (February 6, 2019).

Technology, dating, college, career: Here’s why today’s teens are the most anxious ever,Deseret News (August 1, 2018).

Are You An Extrovert or Introvert?, Fairfield Daily Republic (August 17, 2017).

Why Are College Students Taking So Much Adderall?, Cosmopolitan (August 23, 2016).

Robert Spitzer, le psychiatre le plus influent du XXe siècle,Nouvel observateur (France; January 10, 2016).

Refute of happiness: How our obsession with positivity is making us miserable—and insufferable, National Post (Canada; October 16, 2015). Syndicated across Canada.

The Secrets to Handling Passive-Aggressive People, io9 (January 22, 2015).

Snared by Drug Companies,New American (March 17, 2014).

Living in America Will Drive You Insane—Literally, (July 31, 2013).

Shyness Cannot Be ‘Cured’, Aeon (July 17, 2013).

La nueva biblia de la psiquiatría se estrena entre polémicas [The new bible of psychiatry appears amid criticism],” El Periódico (Spain; June 10, 2013).

Sommes-nous tous classés fous? Triste après un deuil? [Are we all to be classified as crazy? Sad after a loss?]” Psychologies (France; June 10, 2013).

DSM-5: What’s in a name? Codifying mental illness, BBC News Magazine (June 3, 2013).

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has been updated, but should we beware this manual’s diagnosis?The Independent (UK; May 8, 2013).

When is shyness an ‘illness’?Globe and Mail (Toronto; January 30, 2013).

Worried about work? You may need therapy: Psychiatric “bible” may classify more chronic worriers as mentally ill,Vancouver Sun (December 9, 2012). Syndicated across Canada by CanWest.

Bienvenue à l’homme augmenté [Welcome to ‘Upgraded’ Man], 451 (Paris; October 23, 2012). The lede translated: “Pills to improve memory, control mood, grow hair, lose weight faster… Is the new man to be found in a tablet?”

We Are Being a Bit ODD, Herald Sun and Sunday Mail (Australia; August 26, 2012).

Teen rage: mental disorder or psychological crisis?Deseret News (August 24, 2012).

La normalidad es un territorio en el que cada vez transita menos gente [Normality is a ‘terrain’ to which fewer and fewer travel],” La Tercera (Chile; August 12, 2012).

The Spotlight Dims and Shyness Sets In, New York Times (July 8, 2012).

The Age of Rage: Psychiatrists Battle over Teen Anger Diagnosis, Edmonton Journal, (July 1, 2012).

How Offensive Is the Word ‘Lunatic’?BBC News Magazine (May 8, 2012).

Screening Out the Introverts,Chronicle of Higher Education (April 15, 2012).

The Power of Shyness,TIME cover article (February 6, 2012).

Picky Eaters May Join List of Mentally Ill, National Post, (January 24, 2012).

Sexual Addiction Among Women Real and Growing: Psychologists, (January 5, 2012).

Study: Nearly 1 in 8 Shy Teens May Have Social Phobia, TIME (October 17, 2011).

In Defense of Shyness, Counterpunch (August 12, 2011).

The Illusions of Psychiatry, New York Review of Books (July 14, 2011).

Book Claims That Psychiatric Labels Are Driven by Drug Companies,Drug Injury Attorney Blog (June 6, 2011).

Sedation Nation: The Cost of Taking the Boisterous Out of Boys, Sydney Morning Herald (February 17, 2011).

You Had a Feeling? Oh, Goodness… Here… Have a Pill, Huffington Post (October 13, 2010).

Are You Normal or Finally Diagnosed? Pacific Standard (June 10, 2010), reprinting from Miller-McCune Online (June 8, 2010).

Are We Really Going Crazy? National Post (April 30, 2010). Syndicated across Canada by CanWest.

Meltdowns or Mental Illness?Ottawa Citizen (April 27, 2010). Syndicated across Canada by CanWest.

What Makes Behavior Abnormal?Montreal Gazette (April 26, 2010). Syndicated across Canada by CanWest.

The Sickening of Society, Ottawa Citizen (April 26, 2010). Syndicated across Canada by CanWest.

Pas ce soir, je suis en cure—Au pays des sex addicts,” Nouvel observateur (France; April 8, 2010).

Cambios en el atlas de la locura [Changes in the book of madness],” El Periódico (Spain; March 10, 2010).

Head Case: Can Psychiatry Be a Science?New Yorker (March 1, 2010).

Sex Addiction Divides Mental Health Experts,” Los Angeles Times (March 1, 2010).

Anger to Be Called a Mental Illness?Marie Claire (UK ed; February 16, 2010).

Psychiatrists Want to Call Being Angry a Mental Illness. How Utterly Mad!Daily Mail (UK; February 15, 2010).

Children’s Tantrums May Be Re-Classed as Psychiatric Disorders,Guardian (UK; February 10, 2010).

Revision to the Bible of Psychiatry, DSM, Could Introduce New Mental Disorders,” Washington Post (February 10, 2010).

High Anxiety,Experience Life Magazine (November, 2009).

Is Binge Eating a Psychiatric Disorder?Los Angeles Times (November 23, 2009).

Sjukt blyg? Oftast inte [Troubled Shy? Usually Not],” Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden; November 11, 2009).

Werden Wir Wirklich Immer Gestörter? [Were We Ever Really Disturbed?],” Psychologie Heute (Germany; November, 2009).

We Are All Crazy,Yedioth Ahronoth (Jerusalem; August 20, 2009). In Hebrew. The lede translated: “Bitterness is a mental illness, say some U.S. psychiatrists, provoking a debate about the limits of normality. Why do the world’s most influential psychiatrists insist on defining natural behaviors as mental disorders, and how much money do the pharmaceutical companies make out of it? A glimpse into an industry gone mad.”

Is Your Sanity at Stake?Globe and Mail (Toronto; July 3, 2009).

Bitterness Touted as Sanctioned Mental Disorder, National Post, CanWest,, Vancouver Times, Calgary Herald, Regina Leader-Post, and more (May 31, 2009).

Scholars Discuss ‘Medicalization’ of Formerly Normal Characteristics,Harvard Gazette (April 28, 2009).

La maladie de la médicalisation,Le Monde (March 5, 2009).

Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption,New York Review of Books (January 15, 2009).

Psychiatric Manual’s Update Needs Openness, Not Secrecy, Critics Say,” Chicago Tribune (December 27, 2008). Reprinted: Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

The New Mental Disorders?Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 23, 2008).

Psychiatric Bible to Add New Diagnoses: DSM Makeover Process Shrouded in Secrecy,” American Chronicle (October 15, 2008).

Anti-Depressant Nation: Sometimes a Little Anxiety Is a Good Thing,Daily Beast (October 6, 2008).

Popping Pills for Shyness,Comment Factory (October 2, 2008).

Critics Blast the Book on Mental Illness,Globe and Mail (Toronto; June 25, 2008).

More Than Shy: How to Cope With Social Anxiety,U.S. News and World Report (April 2, 2008).

Is Being Shy an Illness?BBC News Magazine (March 4, 2008).

How Shy Became Sick,Chicago Reader (February 14, 2008).

Who Needs Seroxat? A Better Drug’s At Hand,Daily Telegraph, op ed (UK; December 21, 2007).

Being Shy Is Not an Illness—So Why Are We Treating It With Drugs?Daily Mail (UK; December 18, 2007).

Mind Games: Too Many Being Treated for Mental Disorders They Don’t Have,Atlanta Journal-Constitution, op ed (December 9, 2007).

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