The Urbanization / Mental Health Connection

During human evolution, the largest human communities rarely surpassed 150 people. An implication for modern living is this: Humans tend to do best in relatively small communities.

Admit it, You Are Secretly Voting For Donald Trump? Right?

Many people will not follow their expressed views with their vote. These stealth voters will hit the ballot box en masse in November. But will they make a difference?

The Real Story Behind the Goldwater Rule

By Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D on August 27, 2016 in Impromptu Man
Only the American Psychiatric Association bars long-distance diagnosis. Why?
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Colds and Clocks - How Bugs Use Timing to Infect You

Time rules life - included when and how you get infected.

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A Is for Aunt

By Susan Hooper on August 28, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
Since 2003, I have lived four miles away from my two nephews. During that time, they grew from boys to young men—and they transformed my life.

Looking Beyond Opioids for Chronic Pain

By Beth Darnall PhD on August 28, 2016 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Leverage yourself out of the chronic pain trap. Tap into resources -- including pain psychology-- that can help you feel better with fewer pills.

Beaver Island

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in The Political Animal
The King of Beaver Island didn't last long. The days of promiscuous absolutists are short, when the people find ways to sail, ride or walk away.

Dear Parent, Call Me with Any Concerns About Your Student

By Marcia Morris M.D. on August 28, 2016 in College Wellness
At a time of increasing distress among college students, I want more parents to collaborate in their child’s psychiatric care.

Sleep with Arianna Huffington, and others.

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on August 28, 2016 in Tried and True
Getting sufficient sleep is important, and many people feel anxious when unsuccessful at doing so. Thinking in healthy ways to reduce anxiety allows better sleep, and waking life!

Three Essential Trust Giving Don'ts

Knowing how, when and whom to trust gets complicated at times. Discover three easily avoided mistakes that will lower your workplace trust-risk while increasing your trust-skill.

Is the Warm Glow of Giving Universal?

If I gave you $20, would you feel happier spending the money on yourself or spending the money on someone else? If you’re like most people in the world …

A Wolfe in False Clothing

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Pura Vida
Tom Wolfe reveals himself as a passable if annoying writer, but someone who is profoundly ignorant of basic science.
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5 Things Care Givers Want Hospice Workers To Know

Hospice Care Giving Is Especially Difficult Because of These 5 Things

Illusion of Choice: The Myth of Free Will

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on August 28, 2016 in Neuraptitude
Does free will exist or is it a retrospective neural slight of hand? Neuroscience is revealing the unbelievable complexity of a seemingly simple assumption: choice exists.

A Marriage for the Kids’ Sake

Kids benefit when their parents co-parent well together (even if their parents are not married).

4 Ways to Think and Act Like a Superhero

What are the factors that cause and enable people to help others? How can we ourselves think and act like superheroes?

Numerologic Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Brain Workout
Arithmetic may be frustrating, but figuring out how numbers form relations is stimulating. These puzzles will activate inferential and reasoning processes in tandem.

Back to School is a Trusting Time

Trust needed for mountain climbing: 100%. Trust needed for most other tasks: a lot less than that.
Why No One Likes a Humblebragger
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Donald Trump as High in the Dark Triad
Inside the Mind of a Candidate
4 Signs That Someone Is Probably Insecure
The Signs of Insecurity
Envy and Gloating: An Unnecessary Surrender
Envy and Gloating

What Makes People Passive-Aggressive? 6 Possible Causes

Be on the lookout for these, before you’re blindsided!

On a Freud Quote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in How To Do Life
When does introspection cross the line into self-absorption?

On Being Presidential - 6 Qualities and 4 Traits

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 28, 2016 in Just Listen
Do you agree with these 6 qualities and 4 traits as descriptive of being Presidential? If so, please add in the comments your assessment of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Flexibility and Love: Reaching Children with Cartoons

What should children do with painful thoughts and feelings? Some modern cartoonists are giving our children research based guidance that can compete with toxic cultural messages.

Haven’t things changed in gender relationships?

Often people assume that with close to four decades of women having entered the workforce, we’ve arrived. Haven’t we given enough attention to this gender problem at work?

Commandeering Cuteness for Commercialism

By Douglas Van Praet on August 27, 2016 in Unconscious Branding
There is a good reason why cute and cuddly baby animals are tugging at your heart and pulling on your purse strings.
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What "Make America Great Again" Means

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 27, 2016 in Full Living
In this political climate, and with this upcoming election, judging/mocking/shaming/hating/spewing isn’t going to get us an America that embraces and supports all its citizenry.

The Difference Between Japanese and U.S. Use of Emoticons

Why emoticon expressions differ by culture. Understanding why Japanese people and Americans use different emoticons to indicate happiness and sadness.

Proclaiming Your Wabi-Sabi Is a Cathartic Antidote for Shame

By Christopher Bergland on August 27, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
You don't have to be a Zen Buddhist to embrace the power of "wabi-sabi." Publicly acknowledging your imperfections can make you immune to the isolation created by shame.

Past Forgiveness: Part II

What does it take to forgive someone?

Response to The School did Nothing to Stop the Bullying Lie

Juxtaposing the emergence of bullying as a contemporary social problem against the emergence of domestic violence as a social problem during the '60's & 70's is instructive.

Homeless, Mentally Ill and Neglected

When the symptoms of mental illness are acute, they affect an individual’s decision-making capacity. Our failure to provide treatment to those in need is discrimination..

Aging Well

Why should we bother about our old age?

Murder of Mississippi Nuns Echoes Homicide from Long Ago

A suspect has been arrested - but did he know right from wrong?

3 Things Mental Strength Trainers Teach Olympic Athletes

Mental strength trainers help elite athletes perform at their best. Here are some of the skills you can apply to your own life.

A Map of the Brain That Is Unlike Anything Seen Before

By Kevin Murnane, Ph.D. on August 27, 2016 in The Info Monkey
A sophisticated approach to mapping the brain more than doubles the number of identified areas in each hemisphere of the cerebral cortex.