Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

Surprising findings show a possible link.

Suicide as a Form of Homicide

Multiple characters operate in acts of self-harm.

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

Are ADHD and brain injuries linked, or do they just look similar?

Creativity Is Memory

Coming up with new ideas requires retrieving those ideas from your memory.

Inside the Mind of a School Shooter

A Case of Triunal Rigidity

Criticizing Personal Autonomy

Self-realization comes not from control but from connection

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My Gap Is Over, Now What? Grad School After A Break

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Web of Violence
Suggestions on preparing a strong application for graduate school after taking time off from school. The Data Doctor responds.

Two Low-Cost Ways to Avoid High-Cost Concussion Challenge

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on October 06, 2015 in Brain Trauma
Concussions are costing millions of dollars in research, treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, they can also cost lives. Here are two simple, low-tech, low-cost ways to get our heads in the game.
Performing Under Pressure: Martian Style

Performing Under Pressure: Martian Style

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
What do you want to be wearing in a high pressure moment? It's a lot cheaper than a 16 million dollar NASA space suit.

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Truisms of Wellness
Despite debunking the myth of astrology, however, scientists have found that a person’s projected health can be linked to his or her birthday. The month in which people are born can influence their future, from their longevity to their future profession.

Overcome Feeling Like a Fraud or Failure

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Making Change
Success often brings unexpected anxieties and feelings of being a fraud. When this happens, you may press for more accomplishments or accolades. But this only seems to perpetuate your anxieties. Despite what it seems, there is a way out of the seemingly unending self-doubt and self-criticism.

Can Dogs Learn Word Meanings by Just Watching and Listening?

Both dogs and human children learn language through simple observation — without the need for rewards for each word they learn.

How Do Children Learn to Recognize Print?

By Jamie Zibulsky Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Book Smart
My fourteen-month-old son, Henry, has just started to recognize his name in print, which feels like an amazing milestone to me. Here’s how it happened.

How Many Foundations Of Morality Are There?

By Jesse Marczyk on October 06, 2015 in Pop Psych
Our moral sense operates in a variety of different domains, from fairness, to harm, to disgust, and well beyond. Does this reflect the operations of a single cognitive mechanism or a variety of different moralities?

The 6 Worst Relationship Habits and How to Overcome Them

We typically think of habits as bothersome behaviors that affect us as individuals. However, there are habits that couples develop which can be just as bothersome, if not more so. By keeping us from getting the most we can out of our closest bonds with others, they can stand in between us and true relationship happiness.

Journalists Can Be Nearly as Prone to PTSD as Combat Vets

By Eric Newhouse on October 06, 2015 in Invisible Wounds
Recent studies show that war correspondents and photojournalists covering combat may have five times the normal rate of PTSD. Some national and international news organizations are now offering counseling to employees who are having trouble processing what they've seen on the job.

What Do Roseburg, Chicago and Baghdad Have in Common?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Time Out
Although geography and culture, politics and narratives may differ, pathological narcissism is the driving force behind individual and collective acts of extreme violence.

Suicide as a Form of Homicide

There are as many reasons for killing oneself as there are for killing other people.

When You Are Grieving After a Miscarriage

Grieving is a very normal and healthy response to pregnancy loss. For some women, physical and emotional healing happens fairly quickly. For others, it can take longer – months or even a year.

A Decent Minimum of Care for Companion Animals

The increasing range of options for caregivers of companion animals should be celebrated. And it should also remind us that although there can be too much of a good thing, there can also be too little. Ffar too many pets are denied basic care like dental hygeine, antibiotics, and treatment for pain.

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

What you should know about the similarities and differences between brain injury and ADHD.

The Human-Robot Interface

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Human Beast
The digital revolution is about to steal most people's jobs as artificial intelligence does our work ever more efficiently. What about caring for children and the elderly? If these tasks are soon to be taken on by robots, what will the interface look like? How will interacting with robots affect us?

How to Stop Hating Your Body

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LGSW on October 06, 2015 in Mindful Musings
Want to feel better about your body? Do this.

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

By The Book Brigade on October 06, 2015 in The Author Speaks
We all get a distorted cultural message about the nature of the human condition. Pain and illness and aging are natural aspects of life, nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone faces health challenges—and self-compassion is a most necessary medicine.

A Kinder, Gentler World Starting with Football?

By Elizabeth Wagele on October 06, 2015 in The Career Within You
Seahawks coach Carroll “embraces diversity, encourages free expression, promotes self-discovery and remains positive.”

Adults With ADHD Are More Common Than You'd Guess

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 06, 2015 in Open Gently
ADHD affects 3 to 5 percent of adults.

Fish Show Coordinated Vigilance and Watch Each Other's Backs

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A new study shows fish display coordinated reciprocity providing safety for foraging partners; they watch one another's back. The results add to the database showing fish are much smarter than most people assume, and can rightfully be included as members of the sentience club. One researcher notes, "This may also require a shift in how we study and ethically treat fishes."

Creativity Is Memory

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Do you remember the shock you had (perhaps as a teenager) when you realized that all of the characters in your dreams are part of your own memories? Even though, the things they say seem to come from someone else, they have to reflect information from your own memory and experiences.

Becoming The Person I Drank to Be

By Anna David on October 06, 2015 in After Party Chat
Everything I know how to do I learned in recovery. Through that, the personality I craved as a kid has revealed itself to be a part of me.

Reinvent You: The Third Manifesto.

Just about everyone is trying to change their life. Reinventing yourself is becoming essential. The world wants minds and lives to be changed. Reinvention is as necessary as breathing, clean water, and staying healthy.

Inside the Mind of a School Shooter

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 06, 2015 in Just Listen
What may cause a person to become a school shooter is when his mind becomes so disorganized that the three brains that make up his triune brain react by becoming "locked and loaded" and focused on a mission to get in and get even with a world that caused him to feel put down and pushed away.

Do You Feel Like a Failure? 4 Things You Should Do

By Peg Streep on October 06, 2015 in Tech Support
Taking a close look at why some people recover from failure, and others don't, and what you can do to help yourself.

If Your Dog Is an "Upper" or a "Downer" and What It Means

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Animal Emotions
It's wrong to assume dogs are always "up" and ready to bound around without a care in the world. A study using non-invasive methods shows there are marked individual differences in personality among dogs concerning whether they're "glass half empty" or "glass half full" bowsers, just like humans. This information is directly linked to questions about their well-being.

Can Your Child's Friends Affect How Much He or She Learns?

By Garth Sundem on October 06, 2015 in Brain Trust
A study in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology explores how friends influence each other's school skills.

Textual Relations

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in This Is America
In Reclaiming Conversation, Sherry Turkle reprises her concerns about the downside of technology on family life, romantic relationships, friendships, education, work, and the public square. By "reclaiming conversation," she maintains that we can restore our capacity for self-reflection, empathy and genuine intimacy. But it won't be easy.

The Upward Spiral of Healthy Behaviors and Positive Emotions

By Christopher Bergland on October 06, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A new study from Penn State found that people who reported more positive emotions were more likely to be physically active and have healthier habits. Which came first, the positive emotions or the healthy habits?