Self-deception Has Many Faces

Self-deception involves incongruity between beliefs, actions, and the world

Do Dogs Have Empathy for Human Stress and Discomfort?

Both dogs and people produce stress hormones when they hear a baby cry.

Do Sounds Have Shapes?

Synesthesia and the bouba-kiki effect

How Dreams Help Us Transcend Time and Place

Dreams reveal the emotions that connect our past, present, and future.

Where Are You From? It's a Complicated Question

The question is more difficult for some people than for others

Imagining an Authentic Life

There is no such thing as a real self, and we should celebrate this.

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Happy Adolescents

Happiness is always a possibility for those who commit and acquire the necessary know-how. Albeit it is especially challenging for adolescents. Their brains change so furiously, how can they and their parents keep up? Attitudes about this stage have to change. And then comes the approach....

Child Custody Issues for Polyamorous Families

Sexual minorities usually fare poorly in court when family members (often an ex-spouse or parent/grandparent) or institutional representative from Child Protective Services challenge their custody of their children. This blog explains five things parents or families who are concerned about custody can do to prepare themselves in case their custody is challenged.

The Anti-Psychiatry Movement

The 1960s and 1970s saw the growth of the Anti-Psychiatry movement? What was that all about? Where do we stand on some of these issues today

The Key to Becoming Resilient

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 07, 2015 in How To Do Life
A way to make it easier to rebound from rejection and other failures.
Communication from Boardroom to Bedroom

Communication from Boardroom to Bedroom

Communication between the sheets is as important as it is in professional settings. Intimately, sensual talk is of universal interest and curiosity. Lines of communication should be as open in the bedroom as they are in the boardroom. It is all about the art of transparency. Here are some reasons why transparency and open communication is vital in both scenarios.
Mother's Day and Alzheimer's Disease

Mother's Day and Alzheimer's Disease

How to celebrate Mother's Day with someone who has Alzheimer's disease

Anxiety and the Art of Listening

By Rictor Noren on May 06, 2015 in Music Maker
Whether or not music dulcifies our anxiety, it can provide a place to put it, a storyboard where ideas are worked out, massaged, and sometimes discarded.
Listen to Schumann’s narrative without prejudice, as a child would, and remember what it was like to hear for the first time.

Perchance to Dream (or perhaps just sleep)

Quality of sleep can be improved in the following ways.

On Crashing, Burning, and Finding Recovery

Creative people are prone to depression and burnout. Here's how to recover.

Healing Corporate Couples

A corporate couple are two people who put their relationship above all others. A psychobiological approach can help these couples in many of the same ways it helps those in romantic relationships.

"I'll Try New Foods When I'm 7!"

Kids have good intentions to try new foods. But just like many adults say they intend to diet but then never do, when it comes to how kids eat, there's a gap between intentions and behavior.

The Opposite of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Deborah's Story

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Chronotherapy
Spring has finally sprung, and now’s a great time to take stock of mistakes that produced the gloomy winter past. Psychologist Elizabeth Saenger tells the story of her co-worker’s descent from the Get-Up-and-Go Olympics to a turtle in molasses. And how she and you can turn this picture around.

Self-deception Has Many Faces

Procrastination is a stealth form of self-deception

How Many People Take Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines can be helpful in treating anxiety and insomnia. These medications are used more often by elderly adults than by younger people even though there are increased safety concerns with use by older individuals.
6 Signs That a Passion or Calling is "True"

6 Signs That a Passion or Calling is "True"

By Gregg Levoy on May 06, 2015 in Passion!
The critical challenge of discernment—of knowing whether your calls and passions are true or false, how and when to respond to them, even whether they belong to you or not—requires that you know what to look for to signal their "integrity." Here are six ways to tell.

Common Anti-Depressants Do Cause Weight Gain

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 06, 2015 in Open Gently
Wellbutrin causes less weight gain than other common anti-depressants.

Who You Calling Phobic?

Fears about unstable ground are real, say researchers. And that's particularly true after a major quake.

5 Easy Pieces...of Great Advice

By Meg Selig on May 06, 2015 in Changepower
The best advice ever? These 5 pearls of wisdom may be a bit unusual, but they provide effective, simple guidelines for making life decisions.

How Can We Nurture Our Teens?

What needs to be in place within communities to show teens that they’re not miniature adults, but valued for their stage in life?

Psychoanalysis Is a History of Storytelling

Psychoanalysis is part of the history of storytelling.

Do Dogs Have Empathy for Human Stress and Discomfort?

Dogs and humans seem to respond in the same way when they hear the crying sounds of the distressed baby.

Freedom of Speech Is Everything

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Homo Consumericus
Offending someone’s religious sensibilities can never justify a violent response. There are no “but” qualifiers and the sooner that this lesson is internalized, the rosier our future will be.

10 Notes for Parents of Complex Kids

You thought you were a doer, a go-getter, indefatigable and unsinkable? Think again. And welcome to the club!

Why Judging Others Is Bad for You

We go through so much of our lives judging people, places, and things. We make these judgments our reality and see them as facts. Then we use the same language to judge other people, places, and things, to judge ourselves. By doing this, we don't leave room for compassion towards ourselves and to the experience of others.

Behaviour for Failures

Top behaviours that guarantee misery for yourself and others

The Best Way To Handle Children’s Nightmares

An automatic response for many parents after their child has a nightmare is, “It’s not real, so you don’t need to feel scared.” The problem is, while the bad dream isn’t real, the emotions that the child is experiencing are intensely real and can’t be ignored.

Why We Don’t Speak Up!

Being rejected, thrown out, or having my voice suppressed has been one of the top three ‘fight back’ themes in my life. Since fear of rejection is hardwired into all of us I’ve been compelled to study, research, and experiment for three decades looking for a new approach.

Do Sounds Have Shapes?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Talking Apes
Synesthesia, or a mixing of the senses, may tell us something about the origin of speech.

The Causes of Laziness

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 06, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Understanding the causes of our sloth can help us to overcome it.

The Neuroscience of Making a Decision

Understanding how your brain makes decisions in the heat-of-the-moment leads to more positive outcomes.