Empathy Vs Sympathy

Sympathy and empathy often lead to each other, but not in all cases.

The Importance of Detaching From Work

Detaching from work is one of the keys to thriving under stressful work.

Confessions of a Know-it-All

The illusion of knowledge is an enemy of wonder

We Are What We Landscape

Desert plants or lawn? Communicating identity through our front yard.

The Uses of Shame

How society makes use of shame to enforce its values

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TV Binge Watching Disorder

Hi, I'm Larry, and I Binge Watch TV

No Way did I want to Die

Adolescents want to feel pleasure, takes risks and be social. Add in a brain that is impulsive and emotional and you have a set up for potential addiction. This is a story about just such a teen.

Beyond Bread and Butter

Progressive political activists are too fixated on economic inequality and justice, reflecting a narrow and incorrect view of what people really need. They/We need to appreciate the m

The Sad Case of The Duggars

How The Duggars Situation Contributed To Sex Abuse

7 Ways Yoga Helps Children and Teens

Yoga helps teens by developing their strength, creativity, discipline, and awareness. Find out 7 ways yoga helps children and teens.
The Procrastination Prescription

The Procrastination Prescription

Why do we put things off, even when they're important? How do we overcome our own resistance? When your plate is full and you've got the "I shouldn't be online right now" blues, try these 6 strategies to get things done ... or not.

Four Quick Videos On Anticipatory Anxiety And Fear of Flying

A vicious cycle can hold you captive in a state of anticipatory anxiety. The thought of your plane crashing - or of having a panic attack - can trigger the release of stress hormones. Once released, these hormones keep your thinking locked on those thoughts, which, in turn, trigger even more stress hormones. How can you break out of this vicious cycle?

Online Personality Disorders

In my work as a web psychologist, I’m exposed to many different types of user behavior and online decision-making processes. Although each person is different and has an individual style, I have identified six recurring patterns of behavior that I identify as specific “online personality types.” In this piece, I’ll discuss the six pattern types, explain the psychological d

Toddlers Understand the Cost of Actions

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
When a friend refuses to help you with something, that may or may not upset you. It depends on their ability to help as well as the cost of that help. What do young children do?

Don’t Just Tell Me "Thank You"

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in Afterwar
A young vet came forward, turned to a civilian he hadn’t met before, and said: “Don’t just tell me ‘Thank you for your service.’ First say, ‘Please.’” He didn’t explain further. But the resentment expressed was unmistakable. You couldn’t be a civilian in that room and not feel the sting.
Four Tips for Loving Someone with Depression

Four Tips for Loving Someone with Depression

What do you say and how do you help someone who has depression? What do you do when you fear your loved one’s depression may be turning suicidal? There are many ways you can help.
Pew on Pot and What We Can Learn from Portugal

Pew on Pot and What We Can Learn from Portugal

At the addiction treatment center I founded and serve, we treat people without thought of whether or not their drug of choice is legal or illegal.

Empathy Vs Sympathy

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 22, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Empathy is often confused with pity, sympathy, and compassion, which are each reactions to the plight of others.

What Really Motivates Kids

What really motivates kids (and adults for that matter)? Not rewards. Not punishments. Not even intrinsic motivation! My goodness -- what's left?

How Do Our Clients Feel About Therapy?

Did you know that therapy is not openly supported within every culture? There are a number of questions that might be beneficial to weave into the early stages of treatment if a client admits that he or she could be judged or ridiculed for getting such support.

The Importance of Detaching From Work

Typically when we hear that someone is “detached”, or is actively seeking “detachment”, this is viewed negatively. There are, however, instances where a certain amount of detachment is a good thing; in fact, there is considerable evidence that regularly detaching from work is an important key to thriving under stressful conditions.

Unhappy? How Offering a Small Smile Can Make You Happier

An attractive, well-dressed, and recently divorced client told me that she knew she was looking “old, fat and ugly. What man is going to be interested in me now?” she asked. I wondered about the discrepancy between how I saw her and how she saw herself.
Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin Cancer Prevention

Learn some essential tips to prevent skin cancer.

Behaviours for Winners

Winning behaviours to help you get what you want and want what you get.

Balancing a Japanese and Irish Heritage

I have learned to balance my parents' lessons in living.

Premarital Sex Rises with Economies

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in The Human Beast
I have been analyzing Pew data on acceptance of premarital sex around the globe to see whether it fits in with the ecology of modern life. Is acceptance of premarital sex higher in developed countries? What about the risks of pregnancy, and disease? What about female participation in the workforce?

Do Older Married People Live More Happily Than Single Peers?

When marriage is enjoyed by two people later in life, it can be more rewarding and fulfilling than expected. By keeping in mind just a few tips, committed couples can improve their quality of life by exercising choices that are within their control.

8 Tips for Letting Go of Your College Grad’s Job Hunt

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in Singletons
More and more young college grads find themselves jobless or underpaid, living with their parents again and job hunting. The situation can feel like a minefield. Discover when to step in and when to back off as your young adult looks for employment.
Fourteen Dead Men: Link or No Link?

Fourteen Dead Men: Link or No Link?

Recent book provides comprehensive overview of Smiley Face incidents, offering unique serial murder theory.

The Joys of Self-Infliction

It is an illusion that people want to be happy, at least to judge by the way they behave.

A Workover: A Career Changer Wants into Alternative Energy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Finding the Truth through Forensic Media Psychology

In years ahead, law schools, schools of psychology, television, media and film, business schools and schools of public policy will offer courses, certificates and degrees in Forensic Media Psychology; a field whose time has arrived.

Clark Strand: Are you addicted to light?

By Jennifer Haupt on May 21, 2015 in One True Thing
Waking up to the dark was viewed as a nightly blessing before the introduction of artificial light. That restless dread so many of us feel in the middle of the night is a byproduct of our artificially lengthened days and the amount of wattage we've taken in through information, advertising, news alerts, and actual light.