Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up.

Five science-based reasons to unleash your inner Jimmy Valvano

Is Friendship in Decline?

Does social media spell the end of intimate friendship?

The Scientific Case for Owning Up to Your Porn Use

Women are happier when they believe their partners are honest about porn habits.

Forgetting Apple’s Logo: Why We Forget What We Often See

Things we see constantly can be easily forgotten because we see them so often.

Creepy New Marketing Targets Female Sex Hormones

Can marketers spy on women's sex hormones to time their pitches better?

Singles, You Can Lower Your Risk of Divorce

The things you can do before you marry that can change your odds of divorce

The Latest

Why Group Projects Fail

By Rebecca Jackson on March 04, 2015 in School of Thought
Although the benefits can be substantial for students, careful planning and instruction on the part of the teacher is essential for group projects. It’s empowering for students to be given choices and freedom when it comes to learning; but it’s hard for kids to accept responsibility when things don’t work out.

What Is Your Life Goal? 5 Personal 'Bottom Lines'

Organizations measure their success based on measurable, “bottom line” variables. What about people? What are you striving for? What gives your life meaning? Here are personal bottom lines.

An International Adoptee's Need to Connect to Her Roots

An adult adoptee from India seeks funding for a documentary film about a search for her cultural roots.

Are You Strong Enough to Unplug for 24 Hours?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in Singletons
Everyone from your boss to your child’s teachers expects you to be connected and be reachable 24/7. What a relief it can be to unplug for one day and not be at the mercy of your “screens.” What happens when you unplug for a whole day?

Why We Hold Onto Grudges, and How to Let Them Go

We hold onto our grudges, fiercely, even though we really want to let them go. We stay stuck in anger and resentment towards those who"wronged" us in the past, but we really want to move on and live in the present moment. What gets in the way of letting go and moving on, and how can we get free from our grudges and live what we really want?
Why Cleanliness Is Not Always Next To Godliness

Why Cleanliness Is Not Always Next To Godliness

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on March 04, 2015 in Sleeping Angels
A study published this week in Pediatrics found that children in households in which dishes are washed by hand—rather than by dishwasher—are much less likely to suffer from allergies

Jodi Arias Update

The Jodi Arias jury deliberations continue.

Let's Honor Leonard Nimoy and End Smoking in Rehab

By Jason Powers M.D. on March 04, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
Leonard Nimoy, an icon to millions of Trekkies as Mr. Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human first officer of the Enterprise, fell victim to the most human of all diseases: addiction.

The Prevalence of the Arab-as-Terrorist Stereotype

Playing video games featuring Arab terrorists evokes both explicit and implicit anti-Arab sentiment. There’s little surprise there. But so prevalent is the association of terrorism with Arabs that playing the same game but with Russians as terrorists still evokes anti-Arab sentiment—as does playing a game involving Arabs in a non-terrorist, non-violent setting.

You Just Found Your Kid’s Drug Stash - Now What?

Don’t delay in talking to your child. Take a little time to get educated about commonly abused drugs and adolescent substance use trends so you can better assess your child’s risks.

Psychology Poems for the Month of March

Listen first, hear a blur…
Get clues, listen twice, words are heard!
Top-down: it filters.

Arrogance And Ignorance

By Michael F. Kay on March 04, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Our beliefs can cripple us from seeing not only the big picture, but the real picture.

Negative Emotions, Anyone?

By Sandeep Gautam on March 04, 2015 in The Fundamental Four
In a recent post Todd claimed that intentionally creating or prolonging negative emotions/states may be healthy; I present a counterpoint.

Why is Mary Such a Bitch to Edith?

Beautiful, stylish, powerful Mary should really be secure enough in her own identity that she doesn’t need to diminish poor struggling Edith in order to confirm her superiority, yet she does. This sub-plot mirrors the truth about what goes on in many families, where often an older sister is ruthless in her need to keep her rival’s head below water so she can shine.

A Letter to a Person Failing in Search of a Full-Time Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in How To Do Life
My best thoughts on how to land a job in a competitive field.

The Logical Genealogy of Mr. Spock

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on March 04, 2015 in Living It
A method of logically synthesizing parent values as a key to children's identity choices

3 Signs It’s Time for a Friendship Break-Up

Knowing when it is time to let go of a friendship is a matter of personal preference, but there are 3 sure-fire signs that the relationship leaves you cold.

Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up.

When a cancer-ridden Jimmy Valvano told the world, "Don't give up; don't ever give up" at his famous ESPY speech of 1993, he had a tremendously important message for all of us. When failure and rejection strike in your life, don't retreat; Jim Valvano never did. Instead, look failure and rejection in the eye, and use these experiences to energize your future successes.

Love the Child, Not the Gift

For all parents of gifted children, be sure you communicate unconditional love for your child throughout his/her development. Love the child, not the gift. Reward your child for effort, dedication, and discipline, not their gifts. Be there for them throughout their development. Listen to their struggles and support their dreams.

Pain Medications, Heroin, and You

Prescription opiates can be very useful in the treatment of pain; however, opiate abuse is an increasing problem leading to addiction and premature death. More people are making the transition from using prescription pain medications to abusing heroin, and middle class young people are now the common faces of heroin addiction.

My Wife Drove My Son to Suicide

What to do when your wife hates your son

Could Narcissism Be Getting a Bad Rap After All?

While living in a Facebook, celebrity driven, reality show, and selfie environment, how can we not become more narcissistic? Ultimately, we have to learn to balance and manage our narcissistic tendencies in a way that considers the needs and rights of others. Easier said than done but we must do so to live in a better world for all of us.

Getting Rid of Your Feelings: Does It Help?

Because feelings can be so overwhelming, we often have the misconception that the best way to deal with them is to get rid of them. We imagine that life would be so much easier if we could just shut them down entirely and for good.

Swinging for the Fences

By APA Division 15 on March 04, 2015 in PsychEd
Education intervention researchers dream of swinging for the fences, which for them means making a difference in the lives of teachers and their students. Despite the complex challenges, intervention researchers engage in these worthy endeavors with the goals, hopes, and aspirations of improving the very nature of classroom instruction and learning.

Mourning – Death, Loss, Trauma, and Psychotherapy

Mourning is the process by which we heal from grief. I’ve heard people say, “What’s the point of grieving, you can’t bring a loved one back from the dead.” That of course, is true, but it is what allows us, the survivors, to return back to the land of the living and resume our lives.
Understanding Why You Can’t Get to Sleep

Understanding Why You Can’t Get to Sleep

Education and alternative therapies can provide healthy solutions to sleep abnormalities. Talk to a healthcare professional for additional information about getting a proper night’s sleep, safely and naturally.
Q & A with R. Thaler on What It Really Means to Be a "Nudge"

Q & A with R. Thaler on What It Really Means to Be a "Nudge"

By Peter A. Ubel on March 04, 2015 in Critical Decisions
Nudge is one of the most important and influential books on behavioral science and public policy I’ve ever read.

4 Secrets to Negotiate with Difficult People

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in Turning Point
Are you dealing with a grumpy teenager, or an impossible boss? Here are 4 secrets suggested by successful mediators to deal with difficult people and situations.

Kindness to You Is Kindness to Me

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Helping others helps you; helping yourself helps others. Similarly, harming others harms you; harming yourself harms others. By letting it really land inside you that we are deeply connected with each other.

A Reflection on Extreme Prejudice and Violence

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in The Pursuit of Peace
It is painful to passively accept the extreme prejudice and violence being reported across the world. Reflecting on these incidents can help to raise awareness of similar tendencies around and within all of us. What can we do locally and in ourselves to counter prejudice and violence, and promote more peaceful and effective relations, particularly across different groups?