Your family life is rife with rituals that can send messages of compassion, kindness, and sharing to your children. When you sit down for a meal, you are sharing your food and each other's company. When you hug and kiss your children good night, you are sharing your love. When you play games together, you are sharing your time. Read More
Weeks after his death, we continue to talk about and mourn the loss of Robin Williams. There is another side to suicide we should look at. Who are the real victims of this tragedy. Tabloids indicate that his wife is now suicidal. I hope not. And what about his three children? How should they feel about a father who just could not work through difficult times? Read More
As we wait for the U.S. Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) to decide whether or not to address state bans on same-sex marriage, we can reflect on how quickly marriage equality has ricocheted across the country since SCOTUS struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. We also do well to ask ourselves what these rapid changes imply about our culture. Read More
People often feel caught with a relationship conflict or life dilemma that feels unsolvable. But stepping "away" from the problem, and viewing it from an enlarged, "outside" perspective can help you discover constructive pathways to new solutions. Now, research shows why that helps. Read More
There are many extrinsic benefits to music training. For example, musicians tend to have higher math and verbal scores. But what about the intrinsic benefits of being a musician? Those are equally as important, don't you think? Read More
Former Army Capt. Charles Gatlin has set a precedent with national implications for all vets. A state licensing board in Montana ruled that a psychologist working for the VA had to practice using state standards, not the VA's. It said the psychologist evaluating Gatlin for TBI was not qualified to do so and it directed the VA to have him reassessed by a neurologist. Read More
A study directly comparing autism and schizophrenia risks in a population of 5 million provides the first large-scale empirical test for the imprinted brain theory’s prediction that such risks co-vary inversely. Read More
When Ray Rice’s wife Janay publicly stood by her man, web chatter proclaimed her not a victim but a gold digger. But blows to the head like the one she suffered are typical of the abuse battered women take. Do brain injuries leave women too neurologically fragile to take back their lives? Read More
In May 2014, The Beagle Freedom Project released nine beagles who had never known sunlight, kindness, touch, safety, or love. The depth of their unbounded joy on their first foray onto grass and meeting other beagles cannot be captured in words. Please watch this video and share it with everyone you know. Their forgiveness and resilience should be a model for all of us. Read More
Economists are beginning to question their jobs data. They had been focusing on the percentage of workers looking for work, and that news has gotten slightly better. But now they realize that the work force itself has been shrinking. That’s troubling and strange. It also changes their conclusions. Read More
Throughout the U.S. shiny aluminum and colorful packages line the shelves of many convenience stores. To a normal shopper, these cute cartoon looking packages appear to be potpourri, but to a drug seeking teen they are something entirely different; they are packed full of synthetic marijuana. A dangerous substance that can be potentially fatal to the user. Read More
The Golden Rule of “treat other people the way you want to be treated” is the problem not the solution to successful social living. Societies will function effectively over extended time scales when we find ways to treat people according to their own desires rather than the standards of others. Read More
Comedian Robin Williams’s death in August rocketed depression into the headlines, and his suicide became a defining moment when the nation would finally reckon with depression.
But this reckoning never happened.
Sometimes our sense of grief and loss over a failed relationship far outweighs the depth of the relationship. Why does rejection in these new relationships hurt so bad and what can we do to face this pain realistically? Pulling up your bootstraps is only part of the equation; sometimes the real work is in looking at ourselves instead. Read More