Gulliver’s Travels: Another Classic Portrayal of Autism

Gulliver’s Travels can be read as an autistic’s satire on a society into which he does not fit: neither physically nor mentally.

Are Sexbots Here to Stay?

Sex dolls have been around for centuries and are coming of age with the advent of humanoid robots and virtual reality. Where are we with sexbots? What will the future hold?

6 Pieces of Bad Advice We Give Kids

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Feeling It
We’re giving our kids scientifically unfounded advice about how to succeed in life .  Here’s what to do instead if you want them to succeed and be happy.

Should You Stay Friends With Your Ex?

Will a friendship with your ex-romantic partners work out? It depends on your motives.

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Why Is Recovering from a Breakup Easier for Some Women?

Wonder why you are still struggling to recover from a breakup that happened long ago? Three factors may explain why.
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6 Inner Resources You Didn't Know You Had

Character strengths come in many shapes and sizes. Lost strengths. Happiness strengths. How might you use each category of strengths to make the most of your life?

Benefits of Sex After 50

On July 24, 2017, The European Court of Human Rights affirmed the importance of sexuality to people 50 and older. From hormones to spirituality, sex can benefit older adults.

Silent Third Person Self-Talk Facilitates Emotion Regulation

Silently talking to yourself in the third person—and using your own name during inner dialogues—facilitates emotion regulation, according to a recent neuroscience-based study.

Staying Good in Times of Bad

Let's put "human" back in "humanity."

Music to Motivate Exercise

Does music listening actually improve exercise? Research helps explain the role of music for entrainment, mood, and overall motivation to participate (and adhere) to exercise.

Lessen Your Child’s Back-to-School Stress

Are your kids stressed-out about school starting? Do a back-to-school mental health check-in.

Why Everyone Looks Good When Closing Time Is Near

Have you ever found yourself saying "yes" to an offer that you should have refused?

Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

How do we choose to live? How do we find meaning?

Senior Self-Employment

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in How To Do Life
Seven ideas well-suited to older people that haven’t previously been self-employed.

Is Wonder Women an Expression of Androgynous Power?

For a woman, using power can be tricky. She risks being perceived as pushy and aggressive—after all, power is openly expected to be excised by men.

Can Neuroscience Help Me Send My Daughter to College?

By Amy Banks on July 27, 2017 in Wired For Love
Some days it feels like I am about to loan my most favorite piece of heirloom pottery to a fraternity. Other days it feels like I am saying good-bye to my best friend.

Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? Should You Change?

The brain areas associated with high sensitivity are the same ones involved when expressing empathy. You can benefit from your high sensitivity by selecting the right environment.
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Ravens Plan for the Future; Rats Know When They've Forgotten

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Research on animal cognition is yielding very interesting results. New studies show ravens show flexibility in planning for the future and rats know when they've forgotten stuff.

Values Can Be a Conduit to Recovery

By Dan Mager MSW on July 27, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Contentment, like recovery, is an inside job. It comes from making choices that are healthy and helpful, and in alignment with our values.

Gentle Touch

Feather-light touch might help stroke victims and others with brain damage regain movement capabilities.

Help, I Married My Father

Why do so many women end up unhappily in relationships with males who remind them of their father? How can we stop this painful habit?

What Is the Sexiest Emotion for Men to Display?

By Alec Beall, Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Aesthetics 101
Why are bad boys so dreamy? Emotion research may help to explain.

Battling Your Inner Dragons

Some people get up and go to work. Other people have to fight a dragon to get there. Or a series of dragons—the dragons of depression or anxiety.
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Can We Teach the Rules for Breaking the Rules?

By Barb Cohen on July 27, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
If I take a box of pens from a store without paying, I commit shoplifting. But suppose I take a box of pens from the office where I work. Will my coworkers judge me a thief?

Do We, as Americans, Worship God?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in The Secular Life
Most Americans believe in God. But many don't — and their numbers are growing.
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Leadership Benefits of Synchronicity Awareness

Meaningful coincidences can inform leadership decisions in highly useful ways. Philip Merry discusses how openness to using them helps develop opportunities for synchronicity.

Are We All Becoming More Self-Centered?

What does a "me first" attitude and rising narcissism mean for our future and for the planet?
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All Hormones for Menopause Are NOT the Same

Why are some menopause hormones marketed as safer? Here's how to find the truth behind the ads.

Exploring Justice in the Classroom

Are you ready to join a community of educators exploring justice in our nation's schools?

How You Can Use Self-Talk to Step Forward

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in All about Anxiety
“Whatever it takes, I’m going to finish this.” When you face a daunting task, that message doesn’t instruct you; it encourages you to push through resistance and continue on.

7 Myths About Emotions That Will Rob You of Mental Strength

Before you can understand how your feelings influence your thoughts and behavior, you need to know the truth about emotions.

Feeling Lost? Part 3

When you begin to master the tasks of the wanderer, caregiver, warrior, and orphan, you move into the intimacy stage. All along we have had unpredictable episodes of intimacy.