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.

Self-Actualization, Actually

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

Psychiatric Diagnostic Labels: What Do They Mean?

Why is diagnosing Trump such a hot news topic, controversial, and confusing?

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Are Sexbots Here To Stay?

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

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
7 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 straddles a tight rope of 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.

The Whale Sanctuary Project: Saying No Thanks to Tanks

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Captive cetaceans have highly compromised lives. They need all the help they can get. Dr. Lori Marino tells us about a new project committed to improving individuals' well-being.

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.

Some Mysteries Take the Genre to a New Level

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Literary? Who knows or cares. This mystery novel is delightful and worth reading long into the cold dark night.

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.
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Back to School and Back to Early Wakeups

Is the family ready for the new school year? Here some tips for readjusting to a new sleep/wakeup schedule.

Zeus or Sisyphus?: A Tale of Couples Therapy

By Marty Babits on July 27, 2017 in The Middle Ground
With Zeus wielding power to create anything and Sisyphus, trapped in eternal futility, how can a couples therapist help break this deadlock?
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Purpose and Sleep

Does a sense of purpose lead to better slumber?

Why Do People Skitter on the Margins of Their Own Lives?

Are you like a mouse running along the trim board of your own life? You need to move back to the center of your life.

The New Science of Using Eye Movements as a Test for Autism

Neuroscientists have identified a radical new way to test for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by monitoring rapid eye movements.

The Political Uses of Psychiatric Labels

The "Goldwater Rule" and the psychiatrization of sociopolitical conflict.