Withholding Information Leads People to Like Us Less

People often prefer to hide sensitive information about themselves, thinking it will lead people to like them more. But research shows it has precisely the opposite effect.

How An Art Break Helps Kids Learn

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Home Base
Integrating play and creativity into the school day may help children learn. Here's an innovative school counseling program that did just that.

A Happy Ending Matters in this Hollywood Divorce

By Wendy Paris on September 27, 2016 in Splitopia
The negative stories about the Brangelina break-up are dangerous, because the expectation that divorce must be a tragedy for all involved can create just that outcome.

The Secret to Being Real, Successful, and Happy

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in The Hero Within
Being genuine in a shallow culture.

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President Trump?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Donald Trump is easily the most unusual and risky presidential candidate I’ve seen in my life. And that may be a winning strategy in this year’s election.

Medical Errors - A New Leading Cause of Death

Each year, one out of every four hospital patients in the United states will be harmed by the care they receive. Simple cost-free safety behaviors could cut these deaths in half.

The Cheap Shot Use of "You Don't Know That For Certain!"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
To feel right always, diagnose anyone who disagrees with you as suffering from bias and self-certainty. Perform an intervention and start treatment immediately.

The Power of Positively Priming the Therapist

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Millennial Media
We've all heard the adage that we are what we think. Turns out what your therapist thinks can go a long ways in your therapy treatment.

8 Things You Can Do When Your Child Is Belligerent

Kids learn much more from what we do than from what we say. If your default tone is respectful, that will be your child's default tone as well.

Happy Birthday Albert Ellis PhD !

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 27, 2016 in Tried and True
Albert Ellis PhD - Pioneer, maverick - creator of unique wit and know-er of wisdom, changed the lives of millions through his innovative works, huge body of writings, and example.

Therapists need to help adults deal with their siblings

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Buddy System
Do therapists know the importance of discussing sibling relationships with clients? Here are five things they should consider.

Bringing Methods of "The Voice" to the Presidential Debates

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 27, 2016 in Just Listen
What if the Presidential debates could be cleansed of persona and personality and see what content shows through.

A Broad, Studying: My Semester in London, 1977

When you live in another country, you learn that you carry the ability to make a life for yourself wherever you are. It's a lesson that should never be underestimated.

Can Sophistication in Writing Be Measured?

What those puzzling scores at the bottom of articles really mean.

The Bonus Effect

By Alfie Kohn on September 27, 2016 in The Homework Myth
If you're told "Do this, and you'll get that," you're likely to become less interested in "this" -- and more interested in "that." Especially if "that" turns out to be money.

The Mind Span Diet

By The Book Brigade on September 27, 2016 in The Author Speaks
America’s dietary recommendations may not be in the best interests of cognitive longevity.

Medical Errors Should Not Be Our 3rd leading Cause of Death

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 27, 2016 in Saving Normal
These six practical suggestions to reduce medical errors would do a great deal more to save lives than any medical breakthrough we can envision in the coming decades.

Did You Watch or Listen to the Presidential Debate?

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 27, 2016 in Between You and Me
We pay attention to different factors when watching versus listening to a presidential debate. Here's why.
Parents Affect Their Children’s View of Intelligence
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The Big Time Benefits of a Good Dad
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Mothers Are Altruists Sine Qua Non
Mothers Are Altruists Sine Qua Non

Just-in-Time and Deep: The Secret to Less Stressful Planning

Are you worried that you're doing too much planning and not enough doing? Once you know the purpose of personal project plans, you'll know just how much to plan, and when.

Recovery Is Not Immune From the Effects of Trauma

My work as a clinical psychologist has led me to understand that trauma may account for the lions’ share of recoverable substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.

Are Self-Esteem and Creativity Connected?

By Jennifer Haupt on September 27, 2016 in One True Thing
Sustaining creative work requires respecting yourself, honoring your life, and the humility and faith to keep going despite the ambiguity...

Staying in the Present Can Bring Happiness

Staying present it one of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, trauma, and suffering. Here's how to do it.

Expressive Arts Therapies and Posttraumatic Growth

Arts expression and expressive arts therapies are changing personal narratives of posttraumatic stress to ones of posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic "possibility."

New Research Shows How to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety

Extreme fear of public speaking is one of the most prevalent form of anxiety disorders. New research shows how you can test, and overcome yours.

Are We Inherently Playful?

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Depression is what happens when we want to play, but can't.

Super Senses

By Maureen Seaberg on September 27, 2016 in Sensorium
The senses exist on a continuum with a wide range of perception across humanity.

Wedding Vows for Modern Times

Today's marital vows seem to be much more about personal fulfillment than about making a life and a home together.

Juggling Bricks?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
In a way, everything is a cloud, made of parts. Enjoy the clouds. Relax.

Don’t Call Giraffe Tongue Orchestra a ‘Supergroup’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Brick by Brick
“Supergroup.” The mere mention of the term can cause involuntary eye-rolling and exasperated sighing.

Prepare Yourself for Change in 4 Basic Steps

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Making Change
By recognizing your unspoken hesitations about achieving your goals, you can address them and prepare yourself to create the change you want.

What to Do When You Feel Annoyed by Your Partner

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
When you’re feeling annoyed by your partner, what can you do in the moment that will make things better, not worse? Here are 5 winning tips for soothing the flames of indignation.

The Burdens of Intelligence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
We admire intelligence but it imposes hidden burdens. Fortunately, there are ways to address them.

9 Things Highly Sensitive People Do

Studies estimate 15 to 20 percent of the population meet the criteria for being highly sensitive people. Here are a few telltale signs you might be one of them.