A Note of Introduction
I have thought about feelings extensively for over thirty years. As a teenager, psychologist, wife and mother, I always focussed more on inner emotional life than on the workings of the outer world. By now, I have a pretty good - though still imperfect - understanding of how feelings work. I want to share my knowledge, insights, and perspective with you so that you can use your feelings wisely -- because self knowledge can change and improve your life. The Emotional Detective is an attempt to help anyone who is interested in better understanding their own feelings, emotions and choices in life.
Having been born in New York City, I attended the Ethical Culture Schools for fourteen years. I then went on to Oberlin College (in Ohio), where I fell in love with learning and psychology. After graduating with highest honors, I moved to Los Angeles to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology at UCLA. In graduate school I conducted, presented, and published original research on women’s health and their well-being. Upon graduation, I was awarded Graduate Woman of the Year from UCLA before starting work at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. At that point in my life, I was solidly on track to becoming a research psychologist and psychotherapist.
However, as John Lennon famously remarked, life is what happens while you are making other plans: Within two years of receiving my doctorate, I was married and pregnant with twins. After the birth of my daughters, I realized that I could not “have it all”-- I could barely keep up with my own two babies! So, to my great surprise, I abandoned my research career and focused on being a mother, therapist, and clinical supervisor. Watching my twin daughters grow gave me a marvelous opportunity to study nature versus nurture, and provided endless opportunities in which to examine and think about emotions, inborn temperament, and the development of feelings.
After my children started elementary school, I began contemporary psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, where I am currently a member. All the while, I have continued to work in private practice in West Los Angeles and supervise graduate students, first at Pepperdine University and then UCLA, where I am now on the clinical faculty.
I believe that understanding emotions and why we have them gives us the ability to change the way we react to the world around us – and what an invaluable power that is.
Meyer, C.B. (2010) The Emotional Detective: www.emotionaldetective.com
Meyer, C.B. (2008) Book review of Emotionally Healthy Twins: A new Philosophy for Parenting Two Unique Children. Clinical Update, 37, 8
Meyer, C.B. (2005) A Note on Infertility. The Los Angeles Psychologist, 19 (1). 8
Rapkin, A.J., Meyer, C. B and Reading A. E. (1989). Cognitive processing and premenstrual syndrome. Fertility and Sterility. 52. 15-19.
Meyer, C.B. and Taylor, S.E. (1986). Adjustment to rape. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 50. 1226-1234.
Borys, D. S., Meyer, C.B., Falke, R.L & Sonne, J. (1986). Dynamics of Treatment Groups for Victims of Therapist Misconduct. In A. Burgess & C. Hartman (Eds.) Series in Sexual Medicine: Vol. 4. Sexual Exploitation of Clients by Health Professionals, 178-184.
Stone, C.B. and Meyer, C.B. (1985). Psychological aspects of lower urinary tract dysfunction. In D.R.Ostergard (Ed.), Gynecologic Urology and Urodynamics. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.
Sonne, J., Meyer, C.B., Borys, D. and Marshall, V. (1985). Clients' reactions to sexual intimacy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 55. 183-189.
Meyer, C.B. The development of girls' sex-role attitudes. (1980). Child Development. 51. 508-514.
PRESENTATIONSMeyer, C.B. (2012, October) The Emotional Detective: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Thought Online, International Forum for Psychanalytic Education, Portland, Oregon
Meyer, C.B. (2012, June) Emotional Detective: A Method to Investigate and Decipher Feelings, Santa Monica YWCA.
Meyer, C.B. and Jacobs, M.S. (2009 August) Healing Through Understanding: Secrets to Emotional Health, Torrance Public Library.
Meyer, C.B., Sexual Harassment and Sex Roles. (1996, May) Guest Lecturer at California Professional School of Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.
Borys, D., Dishon, M., Meyer, C.B., Kaser-Boyd, N. and Shubs, C. (1993, May). Unique client management and damages issues raised by domestic battering, rape, adult survivors of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and civil violence. Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Forensic Update Regarding Violence Against Women, Los Angeles, CA.
Meyer, C.B. and Reading, A.E. (1989). Intrusive thoughts and infertility as an index of emotional processing. Paper presented at the American Fertility Society.
Rapkin, A.J., Meyer, C.B. and Reading, A.E. (1989). Cognitive processing and premenstrual syndrome. Paper presented at the American Fertility Society.
Meyer, C.B. and Morell, M. (1988). Stress reactivity in women with PMS and Controls during the intermenstrual and premenstrual phases of the menstrual cycle. Presented at Society of Psychophysiological Research, San Francisco, CA.
Meyer, C.B. (1988). Psychophysiological correlates of premenstrual syndrome. Paper presented at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Nursing Research Conference, Los Angeles,
Meyer, C.B. (1985, August) Adjustment to rape. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles, California.
Pierson, C., Meyer, C.B. and Ostergard, D.R. (1985, September). Life stress and depression in women with urinary incontinence. Paper presented at the International Incontinence Society, London, England.
Sonne, J., Borys, D., Marshall, V. and Meyer, C.B. (1984, May). Clients' reactions to sexual intimacy. Presented at the American Psychiatric Association, Los Angeles, California.
Zamudio, T., Meyer, C.B., Marshall, V. and Falke, R. (1984, March). Post-Therapy Support Program for clients involved in client-therapist sex. Presented at the Mid-Winter Convention of American Psychological Association, Division 42, San Diego, California.
Falke, R. Marshall, V., Meyer, C.B. and Zamudio, T.A. (1984, February). A group therapy project for clients who have been sexually intimate with their therapists. Poster session presented at the annual California State Psychological Association, Irvine, California.
Meyer, C.B. and Stone, C.B. (1983, November). Psychological evaluation of patients with lower urinary tract dysfunction. Paper presented at the annual Gynecologic Urology Society, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Meyer, C.B. (1979, March). The development of girls' sex-role attitudes. Poster session presented at the annual Association of Women in Psychology, Dallas, Texas.