How to Learn to Love Networking

"We all want to connect at a deep level."

How John Steinbeck Convinced Me to Start a Writing Diary

Confronting self-doubt head on can help put it behind you.

Embracing Hardship, a Surprising Secret to Happiness

We try to avoid pain and difficulty. Research shows that embracing it will help.

When Adolescents Continually Lie

Adolescents need to learn that lying is a very inefficient way to communicate

The Cure for Fear, Grief, and Death

What is the cure for exceptional suffering?

Why Jobs That Make You Think Are Good Brain Medicine

The more mentally taxing your job is now, the more your brain benefits later.

The Latest

Developmental Psychology and Environmental Sustainability

By Sandy Olliges M.A. on June 29, 2015 in EcoMind
In a new book, A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews, Steven Schein used the lens of developmental psychology to view the motivation of sustainability leaders, and he posits that sustainability leaders have developed an ecological self, a postconventional worldview, and an enhanced systems consciousness.

Anxiety and Overcoming Failure to Launch Syndrome

When overcoming debilitating anxiety in young adults, what matters most is not just an improvement according to a diagnostic manual (known as “syndromal improvement”) but also functional improvement. In essence: Has the young adult’s life improved in ways that he or she now has more hope, feels happier, and has a sense of real, meaningful connection to the world?
Pushing Past Creative Burnout: Baby Steps

Pushing Past Creative Burnout: Baby Steps

After consulting a couple of life and career coaches, I'm starting the work of loving my work again.

How to Learn to Love Networking

We all want to connect at a deep level. The only question is, how do you find the magical portal to the deep stuff?

Fixing the Neural Circuit to Combat Mental Illness

By Julie K Hersh on June 29, 2015 in Struck By Living
A trip to Stanford gives a look into the work of Dr. Amit Etkin and Stanford's NeuroCircuit Group.

Do You Forgive and When Should You?

From our partner not doing their share of the chores to infidelity, brutal mass murder and everything in between, there are many times in life when we are called on to forgive (or not). Consider these psychological facts before making your personal decision about forgiveness.

Will the Arguing Ever End?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on June 29, 2015 in The Dolphin Divide
Why things get worse before getting better. We all argue now and then. Chronic arguing, however, requires thoughtful and ongoing work. Happy endings are possible—but there may be a storm or two before the calm.

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Here is the reality: It can be damaging to our daughters if we are critical of our own appearance. I know this is a sobering thought for all moms. One of the best predictors of whether a girl will have negative body image is if her mother has negative body image...

Do You Have an Honest Relationship?

Honesty is a key component of a healthy relationship, yet 64 percent of serious lies involve people’s closest relationship partners. So, what can we do to not only be more honest but to promote an atmosphere of honesty around us?

Healing Hints for When Love Fades

When loves fades, our feelings vacillate between sad, uncomfortable, and angry. It is our right and responsibility as human beings to try to fix it. And we all have the ability. Unfortunately, many people are too afraid to work on their relationships.

Be Amazed

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Try to see more of your world as if you are seeing it for the first time, perhaps through the eyes of a child. If you're not amazed, you're not paying attention. If we were brave enough to be more often filled with wonder and surprise, we would treat ourselves, others, and our fragile world more gently.

How Does Your Child Sleep?

Having difficulty getting your child to bed down in the evenings? Check out this new book for frazzled families.

Magic Squares

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Brain Workout
Magic squares are fascinating and they provide a challenge to the brain to solve.

Self-Help Tips for Empaths: A Cartoon

By Anneli Rufus on June 29, 2015 in Stuck
A few simple tips for empaths seeking to safely navigate this crowded world.

Choose Your Own (Romantic) Adventure

By Samantha Joel M.A. on June 29, 2015 in Dating Decisions
Choose Your Own Adventure stories aren't just for kids anymore.

How John Steinbeck Convinced Me to Start a Writing Diary

For years I resisted keeping any sort of diary or journal, but reading the writing diary of John Steinbeck made me look at keeping one in a different light.

Picture This: Using Visual Aids to Inspire Creativity

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Innovation You
It's no coincidence that the word "visionary" denotes having the ability to see well and possessing a gift of creativity.

Paraphilia: Insects as Sources of Sexual Arousal

For many people, insects evoke a sense of fear or disgust—not lust. So how and why do some people use these creatures with sexual excitement? The answer lies in the ways in which our bodies respond to lions, cockroaches and foreplay, along with the capacity of the human mind to interpret physiological states in rather remarkable and creative ways.

Embracing Hardship, a Surprising Secret to Happiness

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Feeling It
We try to avoid pain and difficulty. Research shows that embracing it will help.

Sober Summer!

For those trying to cut back on their drinking or for sober alcoholics, the summertime and the many celebrations that accompany it can be temptations.Many will report that the warm weather, the outdoor bars, family gatherings, vacations, the beach, sporting events, etc. can bring back memories of “the good ole’ days”. Here are some tips for sober summertime fun!

Finding a Life Partner, Part Two

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Media Spotlight
While David Buss points out that we all come from a long line of ancestors who have been fairly successful in the mating game which, in theory, means that we are all equipped to succeed ourselves, Menelaos Apostolou isn’t so optimistic. The rules under which we live in modern society are very different from what our ancestors took for granted.

Revolutionary: the Pressure-Less Diet

If you feel like you are burdened daily, have trouble sleeping, and going nowhere fast, it's time to start the pressure-less diet.
When Adolescents Continually Lie

When Adolescents Continually Lie

Continually lying to parents needs to prove counter-productive for the adolescent.

Can Evolution Explain All Human Behavior?

Evolutionary explanations of human behavior abound and they call on what we know about evolution. However, proving the validity of these explanations is another story. Why is that?

Serial Killers: Modus Operandi, Signature, Staging & Posing

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
FBI profilers examine, among other things, whether a victim’s body was posed to predict whether an unknown offender is an organized or disorganized killer. Organized criminals are meticulous planners, often psychopathic but know right from wrong, not insane and show no remorse. Disorganized criminals are impulsive, irrational, and assault victims in blitz-like attacks.

Is Everyone on Match.com Looking for a Match?

By Marty Klein PhD on June 29, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
Many people use dating sites to window shop. Their mates, however, may not be amused.

Can Subliminal Messages Create Feelings of Love and Lust?

Can a sexy picture in the background or a well-chosen romantic word, trigger automatic feelings of love and desire? Could the right situation or association make you seem more attractive, sexy, or alluring to a potential lover? See what the research has to say here...

This Proves That Men Are Visual Creatures

By Donna Barstow on June 29, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Some men are wonderful conversationalists, but others don't say much at all, and prefer to let their eyes do the talking.

A Workover: Should You Follow Your Passion?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

The Cure for Fear, Grief, and Death

When Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s infant son was kidnapped and murdered, only this story helped her.