Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
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The Stars in Our Eyes

Nothing today is the same as it was pre-Internet and social media. Certainly the way we think about fame has changed drastically.

How to Stop Robots From Harming Themselves—and Us

If the "suicidal robot" followed this new model, it wouldn't have drowned.

Things May Look Better When You Have Company

Bringing a friend along to the movies or a trip to the museum could make you enjoy it more—even if you don’t interact with your friend. Here's why.

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“Prodromal” dreams express what’s happening in the body.

By Michael Jawer on July 22, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals.
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Sexual Assault: Hot-Blooded Clashes

Problems with sexual assault reports include confusing assault with rape, focusing on the specific behavior experienced, and considering gender politics.

Facts and Fiction About the So-Called “Summer Slide”

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Perhaps we should call it the summer ladder rather than slide. Children gain skills--especially in mathematical reasoning--in summer faster than during the school year.

Coping with your Partner’s Annoying Behaviors

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Talking Apes
If we’re mindful about the true source of the minor irritations in our life, we can more fully appreciate the good things our partner does for us each day.

Privilege?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A debate: Should society's Haves redistribute more of their assets?
Thomas Wolter

The Stress of Competition: Alleviating Athletes' Anxiety

By Jay Winner M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Stress Remedy
Competition-related stress is universal. How can you minimize distress and maximized performance?

Four Reasons Why Paradox Helps Your Research Get Attention

Do Paradoxes Command Better Attention or Disbelief? The Answer Will Surprise You.

Unpacked, the Serenity Prayer is an Instant Wisdom Upgrade

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Decades studying decision-making and I keep coming back to the serenity prayer. Unpack it for a wealth of wisdom.

One More Reason Aerobic Exercise Is So Good for Your Brain

Researchers have pinpointed a molecular mechanism that might explain why physical activity improves cognitive function, boosts brain power, and reduces dementia.

I Need Help With My Stepmother

How to deal with a new stepmother.

If You Got It, Think Hard About Flaunting It

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Pop Psych
To what extent does promiscuity drive attitudes towards homosexuality?

Are You Dating Confident?

How do you approach dating? Here's why confidence can help.

Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

The psychiatrist as state agent, the psychoanalyst as contractual helper.

Have Fun with Sexual Fantasies

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on July 21, 2017 in Sex Matters
Sexual fantasies are private experiences, but sharing them with your partner can ramp up the passion, and increase your intimacy.

Religion, Secularism, and Homophobia

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in The Secular Life
Millennials are the least homophobic Americans, and also the least religious.

Don't Be Jealous!

What is jealousy? Can we escape from it? Are you a jealous person?

CEOsiopaths, the Fanatic Formula, and Why We’re in This Mess

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Are we playing or replacing the game? In politics, that's a hard distinction to keep straight. The Fanatic Formula and CEOsiopathy help explain why.

The Awakening Body

By The Book Brigade on July 21, 2017 in The Author Speaks
The more we live in a hyperintense world directed by the left brain, the more cut off we feel from the true source of well being. Somatic awareness is a necessary corrective.

Feeling Lost?: Part 1

The path of a committed relationship is challenging and rewarding. It helps to have a map of the terrain so that we can find our way.
David Hellerstein

Unlocking the Unconscious: 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago Short Term Dynamic Therapy was poised to take over the world of psychotherapy. What happened?

My Gay Uncle: When Diversity Was Deviance

It was only after my uncle died that I found a photograph of him and Fred dressed as Rhett and Scarlett; Fred was a coy Vivian Leigh and my uncle a smiling Clark Gable.

Learning About Privilege

Privilege is usually completely invisible to those that benefit from it. By virtue of being born into certain groups, we find ourselves receiving unearned rewards.

Hypotheses About Gender Imbalance in Expressing Opinions

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Cui Bono
Why are more opinion letters published in the NYT written by male authors? I explore both hypotheses about the answer to this question and how theories determine our hypotheses.

The Arrogant Positivity of Fitness

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Brick by Brick
"Performers and writers and artists that I love who are in a position of arrogance and wear it for everyone to see – there’s a generosity in that to me."

Is a Finite Diploma Obsolete in a Fast-changing World?

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Innovation You
Professional schools now offer life-long education.

There Is a Cure for Self-loathing: Self-forgiveness

Self-loathing can take its toll on a person, robbing the self of vitality and happiness. Self-forgiveness can restore that vitality and set you free from the bondage of your past.

Why They Let O.J. Out

By Stanton Peele on July 21, 2017 in Addiction in Society
O.J. Simpson will be released from prison after a parole hearing for his armed robbery conviction. But his self-image and demeanor are identical to when he was tried for murder.

The Root of Overprotective Parenting: Codependent Parents?

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 21, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
Overprotective parents say they have their child's best interests in mind. Is it true?

Who's The Baby?

By Nick Luxmoore on July 21, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We avoid having to acknowledge our own baby tendencies when someone else unwittingly expresses them for us.