Life Doesn't Just Happen to Us

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
Are you resistant to change? If you want things to stay the same, then something is going to have to change.
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Are Heroes and Psychopaths Cut From the Same Cloth?

Do evil psychopaths and valiant heroes share a common core? The issue is complicated, but hard-core psychopaths are highly unlikely to be motivated to become heroes.
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How to Help Someone in Grief This Holiday Season

By Kristin Meekhof on December 17, 2017 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Not sure what to say to the bereaved during the holiday season? It may surprise you what fills the void. Say their loved one's name, and then listen.

On Accepting the Truth About Our Own Species

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on December 17, 2017 in Pura Vida
We are indeed special — at least in our own minds. The greater specialness — confirmed by science — is that we're organic and... ordinary!

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Why Did Diversity Become a Bad Word?

Some people are uncomfortable with the term "diversity". But diversity has benefits for everyone.

Youth Say “Listen to Science” and Do the Kind Thing

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Youth feel climate science is clear, and the kind response is to act. But what do we do? Social scientists say we can easily do 3 powerful acts today beyond changing a light bulb.

Out of the Ashes

Sometimes it takes a great loss to remind us of what truly matters and to give us the experience that helps us to put things in perspective...

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Why Do We Struggle With Love?

Is love a choice? What does our perception of self-worth have to do with love?

Gary Lucas and Captain Beefheart's Orchestrated Nightmare

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Most people are not up to the challenge of Beefheart. I hope to change that.

Seven Simple Tips for Coping With Holiday Stress

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in In It Together
Are you feeling holiday burnout? Here are some ways to lighten the load.
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Mothering a Transgender Child

How a novelist and mother used storytelling to teach about transgender.

A 10 percent Raise or a Great Boss—Which Would You Take?

By Victor Lipman on December 18, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
A new management survey addresses this and other questions, and examines common disconnects between managers and employees.

Do We Perform Better Under Pressure?

By Alfie Kohn on December 18, 2017 in The Homework Myth
Claims that stress can be productive turn out to be not only simplistic but often to conceal elements of conservative ideology about parenting and masculinity.

Why You're Likely To Be Unhappy With Your Job

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in The New Resilience
Surveys keep finding chronic unhappiness with work. The usual focus is on managing stress, but ignores the source: An unhealthy management culture.
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To Help Kids Remember What They Need to Learn Tell a Story

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on December 18, 2017 in Radical Teaching
The phenomenon of wanting the same book read repeatedly represents the brain's seeking its own reward-pleasure response system. Help children tap into this pleasure—right now.

Five Things an Unloving Mother Never Does

By Peg Streep on December 18, 2017 in Tech Support
Healing from childhood can be elusive unless we focus on both what happened in the home and what didn't.

Study Shows Father's Rejection Triggers Anxiety in Teens

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on December 18, 2017 in Worry-Free Kids
Is your teen struggling with making friends? Work on building your parent-child bond.
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Six Mistakes to Avoid When Making Friends

By Miriam Kirmayer on December 18, 2017 in Casual to Close
Sometimes, the most helpful way to understand how we can make new friends is to recognize the behaviors we should try our best to avoid.

Drop the "Shoulds"

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Consider a situation that bothers you, and find a deeper "should" that's related to an experience you "must" have or avoid. Face the should, ask this question: "Is it really true?"

The Psychology of Hipsterdom

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Just why do hipsters do what they do?

Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Should Begin in December

By Utpal Dholakia on December 18, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Changing a bad habit or forming a new, virtuous one, requires advance preparation and trial and error.

Religion and Mental Health: What is the Link?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Talking About Men
A growing body of research indicates that religious belief and practice can promote good mental health, as well as foster recovery from mental illness.

The Lessons of Time Travel in "Dark" and "Twin Peaks"

By Jean Kim M.D. on December 18, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Time travel is popular in recent TV shows like Netflix's "Dark" and "Twin Peaks" and reflects our internal anxiety about death and loss and lack of control in our lives.

Want a More Altruistic Brain? Try Daily Gratitude Journaling

By Christopher Bergland on December 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Taking a few minutes each day to express gratitude in writing can cultivate "pure altruism" on a neural level, according to a new brain imaging study.

Addiction is a Social and Psychological Symptom

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in The Me in We
How did America get so overmedicated?

Six Steps to Tame Your Impatience

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on December 18, 2017 in Wander Woman
Attention spans are shrinking while impatience is growing. Here are six steps that will help you minimize the damage you might cause as a result of your impatience.

Twins Can Teach Non-Twins

By Barbara Klein Ph.D., Ed.D. on December 18, 2017 in Twin Dilemmas
Twins can teach others about the power and comfort of closeness.
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Why is it so hard to exercise?

You know you should be more active but something always gets in the way.

Making Mentoring Matter

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 17, 2017 in How To Do Life
Maximizing the benefits of mentoring to the protégé and the mentor.

What Can Chimps Teach Us about Strength?

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on December 17, 2017 in Pop Psych
Do chimps like strong males because of evolution or culture, and are those competing explanations?

Use this Subtle Tactic to Transform Negative Toxic People

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on December 17, 2017 in Living Forward
Negative people can drain your energy and take you down with them. When you can't escape, use this subtle tactic to shift their attention to more positive topics.

What Gifts from Your Spouse Say about Your Marriage

Knowing what to get your spouse, how much to spend, and where to buy your gifts can speak volumes about how you view the marriage or how engaged in the relationship you are.