What I Learned From 2,000 Hours Of Freudian Psychoanalysis

In 9 bullet points--My very productive exercise in futility

Six Ways to Get What You Want without Whining

Do people call you a whiner? These 6 tips will you get your way the right way

A Crash Course on Gender Differences - Session 8

Are Women really More Talkative than Men?

Near Misses Are Motivating

Nearly winning a prize is more motivating than winning it.

The Sexism in Science Controversies

Are scientific claims of sexism in science overstated?

Should Couples Share Their Sexual Fantasies?

Sexual fantasies excite the imagination—and sometimes are better left there.

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People Are Not Disposable

Relationships and friendships take effort, and no one is perfect. Although it may be difficult for you to discuss your feelings with someone who has hurt you, and you may be scared to open the discussion, it is the only way to resolve your issues. A few well-chosen words and taking the time to listen to one another could easily save your friendship or your marriage.

Dogs and the Death Penalty

Serious attention is being given to the human death penalty right now—both its overall constitutionality and morality, and also the particular methods by which it is carried out. This is a good opportunity to reexamine the use of death penalty language in relation to companion animals and assess whether it helps or harms.

4 “Selfies” That Drive People Crazy

We all worry where we stand with others. These four self-portraits, and the gaps between them, provide a map of your self-conscious thoughts.

Spiritual Beings on a Human Journey—Remembering Our Stardust

Something in us already knows that we are spiritual beings on a human journey, not just finite and little me-s. So what gets in the way of our remembering our infinite nature, our stardust. How to not forget who we really are...
7 Things I Love About Women With Postpartum Depression

7 Things I Love About Women With Postpartum Depression

When we can harness that arousal, we can guide her toward support resources that she is unable to utilize distress is high.

Why Vulnerability Takes Courage

Being vulnerable can be terrifying, but when we find the courage to step out on stage, we have the opportunity to reveal our deepest secret, which is often ourselves.

How a Sense of Purpose Can Help You Live Longer

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Recognizing what you want out of life and having a plan to achieve it is an important part of emotional well-being at any point in our lives. Still, a new research study published in the journal Development Psychology demonstrates that having a purpose in life is especially important in successful aging, both as a way of managing stress and preventing depression.

Arousal: Must It Mean Fear and Danger?

We can feel fear when safe. We can feel no fear when in danger. It takes more than feelings to determine whether we are safe or not. A sophisticated system hosted in the pre-frontal cortex does that.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Create the Dream Career

Get yourself on the right career path by reflecting on these six powerful questions before making the next move.

First in Mass Violence, Last in Paid Maternity Leave

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on July 06, 2015 in Child in Mind
When we offer time and space to listen to young families who struggle, we can help set development on a healthy path. If our country placed more value on children and families, would we see a decline in mass violence?

Soccer Star Carli Lloyd on How to Kick Criticism to the Curb

As the World Cup began, American soccer's Carli Lloyd faced stunning criticism from a former coach. Her response can teach us all how to keep destructive criticism from knocking us off our feet.

What I Learned From 2,000 Hours Of Freudian Psychoanalysis

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in Ambigamy
Everything I learned from long psychoanalysis, distilled to nine bullet points. Can you learn it just by reading the list? Probably not but you may be learning it anyway.

The Unveiling

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in How To Do Life
A Jewish tradition with lessons for us all.

Is Your Microbiome on a Paleo Diet?

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in The Good Gut
90% of our associated cells and 99% of our associated genes are bacterial, and this microbial community plays a vital role in our health, our diet needs to reflect that reality.

Training Reinvented

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in How To Do Life
A radically different approach to training mental health professionals.

June 26 and the LGBT Phone Explosion

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on July 05, 2015 in Shift Happens
Cells phones were on fire on June 26 with the Supreme Court announcement making same sex marriage legal in all states. So were phones of many therapists. This was a day for coming out, not just saying "I do". And for some it was a day of wondering if they were LGBT or if their children were. So how do you answer those questions?

Pet Sematary, Cujo, and Disaster Psychology

Psychological lessons from a chilling incident during our Maine vacation.

The Moment I Was Transformed Into a Champion Worrier

When I was a fearless young person, I had no clue that I would one day turn into a champion worrier.

Psychiatric Drugs Are False Prophets With Big Profits

The underling theory of somatic psychiatry is that the source of human struggle is considered to be the brain itself, rather than the person. Treatments that follow from this simplistic, mechanistic, and reductionist notion have been to act directly on the brain, always with violating and destructive outcomes. This is now the tenet of the American Psychiatric Society.

“Minding” Egrets—Humility In Being Human

Waking at her beach cottage, Dr Coche reflects on the overarching presence of graceful white egrets in her summer world. She reminds us of conservationist Marc Bekoff’s warning: “We bear a human imperative to honor and preserve other species planet wide.”

The Secret Life of Melatonin

Melatonin is a commonly used over the counter sleep aid, but this hormone's effect on fertility and puberty are powerful and not fully understood in humans. Caution should be exercised before any chronic use or using melatonin in kids.

Difficult Choices Following Bipolar Destabilization

Medical withdrawal from enrollment can be a painful but necessary choice sometimes encountered by university students with bipolar disorder. This blog post discuses the importance of carefully managing ones recovery during the time away from school in order to maximize chances of success upon return to the university environment.

Beyond Words: A New Book About What Animals Think and Feel

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Award-winning scientist Carl Safina's "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel" is an excellent summary of recent research on the fascinating animals with whom we share our magnificent planet. I highly recommend "Beyond Words" and I hope it will enjoy a broad and global audience. It really is that thoughtful and important. In many ways "Beyond Words" is beyond words.

What My Children Teach Me About How to Live Well

What my children have taught me is that it is better to be a human being than a human doing.

Ten Tips for Making a Family Vacation Great

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Why do so many family vacations fail to live up to our expectations and what can we do about it? Read on to discover the secret to making family vacations great.

Fish Smarts: Why Fish Are More Than Just Streams of Protein

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Fish are smart, sentient, and know a lot about themselves and others. A renowned researcher concludes, "the extensive evidence of fish behavioural and cognitive sophistication and pain perception suggests that best practice would be to lend fish the same level of protection as any other vertebrate." Stay tuned for more on the amazing cognitive and emotional lives of fish.

What is Your Relationship Attachment Style?

What is your relationship attachment style? Based on the works of Bartholomew and Horowitz, etc., there are four adult attachment styles: Secure, Anxious-Preoccupied, Dismissive-Avoidant, and Fearful-Avoidant. Most people have various degrees of the four attachment styles, which may change over time...
Can Offenders be Experts?

Can Offenders be Experts?

By Claire Nee Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in The Mind of the Perp
Can burglars be experts at what they do? This blog describes new techniques using simulations that will allow us to get inside the mind of the burglar.

You're No. 1 - Act That Way

By Hal Mathew on July 05, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
Doing things in your best interest ain't a bad thing