Misuse of Stimulants by College Students

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants by college students is common. Students who misuse these drugs have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorder and conduct disorder.
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Open or Closed Sexual Relationships?

What do we know about consensual non-monogamous relationships? This study is a first step.

3 Fascinating Discoveries About Laughter

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Curious?
Let us travel where scientists seldom tread—everyday, lowly human behaviors. Laughter. What myths do you hold? What truths are you ready to discover?

Are Americans Really Becoming Less Religious?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Are Americans becoming more secular or just finding new ways to explore spiritual questions and beliefs?

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A Curious History of Hanging

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Amanda Howard compiles a sordid history of hanging-by-rope, with stories that have visceral punch.

The Dark Side of Oxytocin

Normally thought of as purely positive in its effects, oxytocin is also implicated in religion, nationalism, and xenophobia.

Porn: Does it Damage your Relationship?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
The stereotypical porn user is a single man. But couples view pornography too. What effect does it have on their relationships?

A Grown-Up's Guide to Friendship

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Making, deepening, and keeping friends.

“The Shallows” and the Desensitization of our Youth

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Millennial Media
Teen summer beach flicks have been around for a long time. But with "The Shallows" have they gone too far down the deep end?

Class Reunion

By Susan Hooper on October 24, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
For decades, I shuddered at the memory of my high school years. Attending my high school reunion helped me put those memories in a new context.

Some Thoughts on Changing for the Better:

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in He Speaks, She Speaks
The androgynous communication style grasps the differences and uses them to improve the interactions between men and women.
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The Truth About Hospice

Are you afraid of hospice? Know these facts first.

Promising to stop addictive behavior is a very bad idea

By Lance Dodes M.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Heart of Addiction
It's common for people suffering with an addiction to tell others, or even themselves, "I promise I'll stop (my addictive behavior)." But it's a disaster waiting to happen.
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The Surprising Reason People Aren’t There For You

When people don’t listen to you, don’t have your back, or constantly let you down, are they treating you the way you treat yourself?

Having Election Anxiety? You are Not Alone!

By Judy Carter on October 24, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
If you’re finding that your emotional well-being is challenged by this presidential election, you are not alone. Therapists report "Trump Anxiety" among clients. The cure? Read on.

Four Ways to Help Your Kid to Be The Best Player On the Team

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The New You
You are your kid's most important coach. Learn how performance psychologists and mental conditioning coaches help youth athletes and parents to work together to develop talent.

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Unfortunately too many social services and legal professionals are unaware or unwilling to be aware of the harm of parental alienation syndrome and it hurts children.

The Usefulness of Worry

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in All about Anxiety
The unconscious mind will think that worry is solving problems. So it will stay in repeat mode. But that's wrong. Either worry triggers problem-solving or worry is useless noise.
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9 Compassionate Tips for Surviving the Death of Your Baby

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. The death of a baby can bring profound grief. Here are some words of comfort and wisdom to carry parents through their mourning.

Bringing Gaslighting to Light, Part III

Are you being gaslighted? Here's how to tell!

Myth of the Perfect Partner

Mary and Jordan are a couple I worked with fell into a pattern of avoiding sex because Jordan had come on too strong, too directly, without setting a context for the love-making to
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Teach Your Child Athlete Healthy Perspectives

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Despite all that so many parents do for their children’s athletic pursuits, they often fail to provide them with the foundation of all of their efforts: perspective.

Faces of the Narcissist: The Critic and the Judge

Eight tips to protect yourself from a critical and judgmental narcissist.

Mental Health Support in Humanitarian Settings

Bringing dedicated non-specialists on board can be a feasible and highly effective solution to help alleviate the increased burden of mental health in undersourced settings.

Keeping Life in Perspective

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
I want a low-stress life, and I want to live as fully as possible. I know that keeping things in perspective is a far better way of going on with this (mostly) wonderful journey.

Six Cues That Your Lover Is Selfish in Bed

If you clearly express your needs, and your lover still does not do his best to try to satisfy you sexually, then you are with a person who is selfish and lazy in bed. Get out now!

What Are Migraines, Exactly?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Brain Babble
What exactly are migraines, and how are they different from headaches?

The Crisis of the Ailing Toxic Mother: Caretake or Run?

By Peg Streep on October 24, 2016 in Tech Support
Much has been written about the "Sandwich" generation-but the daughter of an unloving or abusive mother faces a different, more complicated choice without easy answers...

Personality and the Brain, Part 8

Knowing how the brain works, how it specializes for certain tasks and what triggers changes in the brain’s structural connections can help you change your personality.

Moments That Changed Everything

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in How To Do Life
And how you might change things again.

Secret Service Dogs: How Their Work Is Vital to Our Safety

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States" explains how these hidden heroes serve to protect presidents and us.

How Much Money Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

Economics & psychological perspectives provide us with different spending values in response to this common question.