Controversies in the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders

Why are diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders always so controversial? Different groups want and need different things and reaching an agreement is difficult.

Measurement Validity Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Cui Bono
How do we know that a test that allegedly measures shyness actually measures shyness?

Pure Solitude, Away from Devices, Is Calming: New Research

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Living Single
Four new studies show that pure solitude, away from electronic devices, is calming. They also help explain when time alone is and is not experienced as sad, lonely, or boring.

Sleep Strengthens Recent Learning and Negative Memories

By Lydia Denworth on November 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
What happens in the brain during sleep? Quite a lot. Machine learning and EEG are revealing how memories, especially negative ones, and learning are boosted while we're asleep.

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7 Ways the Insecure Try to Seem Important

Some people will go through extreme and perhaps ridiculous efforts to seem important. These 7 behaviors may be covering up their feelings of loneliness and inferiority.

How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed-loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

Walking in Natural Environments Nourishes Parent-Child Bonds

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending time together in nature increases family cohesion, according to a new study.

Media's Obsession with Celebrity Gropers Will Set Women Back

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in BrainSnacks
Will men in power react defensively to the media obsession with sexual misconduct by adopting the "Billy Graham rule" in dealing with the women in their environments?

Use Scientific Methods to Detect Fake News

Both fake news and science became salient issues during last year’s presidential election. Understanding the principles of scientific methods can help detect false information.

How Can We Approach Self-Care Without A Full Sense Of Self?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.

Navigating Difficult People and Opinions During the Holidays

We are living in highly polarized, traumatized, and mistrustful times. Here's how you can avoid turning Thanksgiving into Thanksblaming.

Reducing Host-Guest Tensions: How to Be a Good Houseguest

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Presence of Mind
These houseguest guidelines will increase the odds of a visit unmarked by host-guest tensions.

10 Reasons Why Your Grown Kids Hate You

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Between the Lines
Wonder why you and your grown kids can't get along? Here are 10 reasons, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Is Caffeine Causing Your Sleeplessness?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
What you need to know about caffeine.

The Paradox of Relationship Commitment: Who Holds the Power?

When a relationship starts to go stale, here are some ideas for ramping it back up to speed.

Shame as a Barrier to Addiction Treatment

The largest barrier to alcoholics getting treatment is shame. This is ironic because getting help and getting sober should be an action that alcoholics feel proud of.
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How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

The Parents of "Stranger Things"

By Mariana Plata on November 17, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
What does Netflix's "Stranger Things" get right about parenthood? Exploring the psychology behind the hit series.

Our Entomophobic Culture

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
The playfulness of the Itsy Bitsy Spider can’t compete with the image of a frightened Little Miss Muffet. Nursery rhymes and adult stories tell us that insects are terrifying.
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Forget Intelligence. Aim for Mental Complexity

By Ryan Smerek, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Learning at Work
Looking for a different way to think about expanding awareness of workplace dynamics?

Five Ways to Remain Calm This Holiday Season

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The First Impression
Is it possible to get the joy out of the holiday season without the added stress and anxiety?
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How to Flip the Switch on Stress

Is stress wearing you down? Here is a simple practice that might make a difference.

College Students and Thanksgiving Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Social Lights
Tips for enjoying the holidays with your adult children.

Why Is It Important to Have Personal Boundaries?

Boundaries are our guidelines for what you will and won’t accept in a relationship. They show people how to treat you and what to expect from you.

New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

What Are Spiritual Guidelines for Organizational Success?

Group entrainment can lead to desired outcomes in sports, jazz, and organizations.

Chimps Seem to Know What Others Know—So Do Dogs at Play

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Chimps alter alarm calls and seem to know what others know about possible danger.
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Suicide Grievers Talk About Family and Friends

By Elizabeth Young on November 17, 2017 in Adaptations
“Does anyone else feel worried about the safety of a family member?”

Light Physical Activity Prolongs Life, but MVPA Is Better

By Christopher Bergland on November 17, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
If you dislike aerobic exercise, good news: A new study reports that light physical activity can prolong life. That said, moderate intensity provides even more benefits.

Roy Moore's Systemic Danger to Our Democracy

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Concerned about Roy Moore? This post shows how his accusations are a systemic danger to our democracy.