The Compassionate Way to End a Relationship

Of the 47 ways to leave your lover, there's one that hurts the least

3 Reasons Not to Spend Your Money on Things

Science says buying new shoes won't make you happier, but a dinner out might

Facebook Rainbows

On Why Gay Pride Support on Facebook Matters

14 Tips for Parenting in Public

For the times you have felt nudged into parenting in a certain way

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.

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Why Do We Misjudge Others

When we interact with a new person, our judgments are colored by our own past experiences, projections, and expectations.

Is the Modern World More Violent?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in The Human Beast
If it bleeds, it leads is a truism of news coverage. We all sympathize with the victims of senseless violence, and their families, because we know that it could have been us, and our families. Yet, our world has never been less violent – except in news media and entertainment.

Do This One Thing If You Want To Heal Faster From Divorce

How is it that being with others in the same boat can help so much?

Five Tips to Get More Clients When Networking

We all get a bit nervous when networking. Learn 5 must have tips to expand your client base when networking from media coach Gina Rubinstein.

Why Are U.S. Workers Both Burned Out and Satisfied?

A recent survey of U.S. workers by Staples Advantage found some puzzling results: 53 percent of employees report feeling burned out at their jobs, yet 86 percent of those workers say that they are satisfied. How can this be?

Eleven Facts About Sex I Wish Judges & Lawyers Understood

By Marty Klein PhD on June 30, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
The justice system requires knowledgeable judges and lawyers. When it comes to sex, most aren't.

Preventing Disaster Through Screening and Assessment

By Kathryn Seifert on June 30, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
Recently we have seen two convicted murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, escape prison with the help of two prison employees, Gene Palmer and Joyce Mitchell. It leads us to ask the question, how does this happen?

Let Them Be Plain, Old Kids

This blog is about the myriad benefits of play for children. Too much cerebral focus and too little spontaneous thought can be damaging for creativity, intellect and overall wellbeing.

6 Tips for a Fun 4th of July for Parents of Kids With Autism

The 4th of July is a fun and exciting holiday filled with many amazing activities for your children. However, for some individuals with autism and their families, the crowded public spaces and the crack and shimmer of fireworks can be difficult and uncomfortable.

The Compassionate Way to End a Relationship

Ending a relationship involves pain for both partners, regardless of who initiates the breakup. Although the well-known song proclaims there are 50 ways to leave your lover, the literature identifies 47. People high in compassionate love will be the most likely to use the least painful of these breakup strategies.

4 Things You Should Never Do During an Argument

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on June 30, 2015 in Between You and Me
The last time you got into a fight, how did you act? Did you criticize or roll your eyes as you sat in stony silence? Did you get defensive? Or maybe you were able to joke around and lighten the mood. Although everyone fights, people differ in how they deal with conflict. And it turns out that how we deal with conflict says a lot about the future of our relationships.

Motivation in Education, Therapy, and Parenting

Vengeful parental fantasies often take the form of protecting the child from invented or exaggerated external threats.

The Deep Dark Hole of Depression

Depression is scary to some and familiar to others. But everyone knows how easy it can be to fall into the depression hole. What we all need to realize though is that regardless of whether we fall in the trap or not, we don't have to live there. We don't have to make a home there. This article distinguishes between living in depression and acknowledging that it's there.

3 Reasons Not to Spend Your Money on Things

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on June 30, 2015 in Between You and Me
The other weekend I went to the mall in search of new running shoes. When I arrived, the parking lot was so full that I had to circle around before I found a spot. The stores were equally crowded inside. Apparently none of these shoppers had read Leaf Van Boven's 2005 review article highlighting the benefits of spending money on experiences over material goods.

Your Commute Could Be Killing Your Happiness

If reducing your commute isn't an option, changing your attitude could combat the negative effects of a lengthy commute.

Eating for Optimal Mental Health

In order to improve overall wellness, a whole body approach should be considered. Here we explore the role that nutrition plays in the pursuit of wellness.

Happiness With Life 10: Practice Curiosity

Contrary to popular wisdom, curiosity enriches the cat, not kills it. Learn the benefits to your happiness in being curious and the five strategies to incorporate it into your daily routine.

Can Technology Improve Divorce?

By Wendy Paris on June 30, 2015 in Splitopia
Technology has improved divorce in many ways, such as by allowing people to learn the laws in their state without ever leaving the living room. One website promises to help you choose the right professionals by "crunching" the details of your dissolution style, and steering you toward a customized support team.

Afraid of Dark: Film Explores Stereotypes About Black Men

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Intersections
"Afraid of Dark" documentary begins a conversation about the stereotypes African American males face on a daily basis.

Wanting to Feel Good, Familiar or Useful?

But what about familar emotions? Do people like, and seek out, familiar emotions more than unfamilar ones? Or, do people merely seek out emotions that feel good?

Humanism: To Think Is to Act

Humanism: Moving towards pre-frontal cortex functioning and moving away from reptilian brain functioning

The Power of Integrative Medicine When All Else Fails

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Feeling It
A new generation of patients and doctors is changing the face of American medicine. It's about more than curing disease now—it's health for the whole person.

3 Reasons to Seek Awe (and Ways to Spur the Feeling)

Whether it comes from looking up at the night sky or wrapping your mind around quantum theory, awe has the power to change your life—and maybe make the world a better place.

Venting Your Feelings Isn't Enough

Research suggests that venting might make you angrier, but a process called pendulation might actually decrease angry feelings.

Commitments the APA Should Make Today

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
It is reasonable to expect that the soon-to-be-released Hoffman Report will provide further evidence of grave collusion between the American Psychological Association and government agencies involved in the torture and abuse of war-on-terror detainees. This is an opportune time for the APA’s leadership to commit to specific actions if this indeed proves to be the case.

Facebook Rainbows

Rainbow colored Facebook images could help in some way to alter views towards homosexuality. At the very least, it shows support for a group of individuals who have been marginalized and made to feel less than for far too long. And I can imagine that that - even in such a small gesture as a colored profile pic- feels incredible.

The Fat Fetish, Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in In Excess
One sexual behaviour that appears to be very popular among a minority of men is ‘BBW squashing’ (i.e., men being squashed by one or more ‘big beautiful women’ for sexual pleasure) and also known as ‘crushing’ or ‘smashing’ by squashing enthusiasts. But what do we know psychologically about this strange sexual behaviour?

No More Tears

It will be a year ago tomorrow that my mom left this world. Even though I believe that she is happy and at peace, I still want her here with me NOW.The heartbreak of loss seems to be a fundamental, inescapable aspect of the human condition. When we take the risk of caring about another living being, we set ourselves up for eventual loss. What can compare to that pain?

This Is a Dumb Reason to Turn Down a Proposal

By Donna Barstow on June 30, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Maybe you shouldn't say no - to anything - until you know yourself a little better.

Personal Growth 101: Letting Go of Self-Improvement

Too often striving to be a better person means rejecting the person you are. This can be demoralizing and undermine your motivation to make changes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If you value who you are AND strive to improve, you will flourish as a person.