The Therapeutic Benefits of Extreme Music

The effects of extreme music on your teen.

What We Really Want—And Almost Never Get

The secret desire that makes or breaks relationships.

Trump: A Psychosocial Analysis

The psychosocial dynamics of Trump's rise.

5 Things Extroverts Who Love Introverts Should Know

(And they're not what you think.)

Is Depression Hereditary?

Working to better understand depression through the science of epigenetics.

Three Tricks to Find Your Flow

When was the last time you were so focused that time stood still?

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Kitty Dukakis’s Chronic Depression

It is wonderful to see science and reason triumphing over urban myths -- comparable to the anti-vaccine myths – that are toxic to public health. And it’s happening because of the engagement of non-physician volunteers such as the Dukakis’s and the Lutz’s.

Toddler Temperament and the Gut

By Emily Deans M.D. on September 05, 2015 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
This spring and summer brought many exiting new studies teaching us more about the gut-brain connection. One article that made splashy headlines linked differences in the gut microbiome with different behavior in kids.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Extreme Music

By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann MS, LPC on September 05, 2015 in Teen Angst
Sure, it’s easy to want to blame extreme music for your teen’s behavior, but according to a new study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, it’s not the music’s fault.

Psychology in the News: Who Should You Believe?

Recent stories in the news concerning both psychological research and ethics may make you wonder who or what to believe. Here’s are some tips you can use when psychology stories hit the popular press.

Why Do Politicians Say Dumb Things?

Why do politicians - many of whom are presumably pretty smart - often say such non-smart things? According to Jason Brennan, it's the smartest thing they could do.

Psychosexual Stages: Freud’s Theory

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 05, 2015 in A Sideways View
Is Freudian personality theory valid?

Psychology Uncovers Racism at the Movies

New research finds racial bias against movies with black leading actors and white supporting roles is rife amongst mainstream newspaper critics - resulting in an average revenue loss for these films of up to $2.57 million, per movie

Generating Your Big Idea

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 05, 2015 in How To Do Life
Ideas and questions to help you come up Your Big Idea.

Why Do Girls and Boys with Autism Have Differing Behaviors?

By Christopher Bergland on September 04, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Researchers at Stanford University have identified that boys with autism have different brain structure than girls with autism.

Why Clients Smile When Talking About Trauma - Part 1

Do you have clients who smile or laugh as they recount traumatic experiences? There are possible reasons for this common phenomenon that you can explore in therapy.

What We Really Want—And Almost Never Get

The problem in relationship is that we don't dare to ask for what we really want. Most of all, we just want to be listened to, not changed, not fixed, and not judged. What if we could risk asking for what we really need?

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 1: Ego Anxiety

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Happiness on Purpose
Anxiety cannot help but destroy one’s ability to be happy. Learn how to eliminate one form of anxiety, ego anxiety, and unconditionally accept oneself, and live a life free of anxiety.

As the Seasons Change

We need to trust our process and reap what we sow.

Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 04, 2015 in The Fallible Mind
Today’s students are less capable compared to their earlier counterparts. Education technology is an alluring cost-effective illusion that promises more efficient learning that real teachers provide.

Why Blame the Brain When the Problem Is in the Neck?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Suffer the Children
When a patient complains about depression, a doctor typically focuses on a brain chemistry defect. But other organs can actually be the source of the problem.

Want Less Silent Treatment and More Talking?

Tired of the silent treatment, slammed doors, and eye rolling from your adolescent daughter? Here are 4 strategies that can help open the door to better communication.

Can Botox Treat Depression? Facial Expression Can Cure You

The authors conclude that their clinical trial shows facial expressions associated with depression are not just the consequences of low mood. In fact, they may be integral components of the disorder, and may therefore be targeted with much benefit as an entirely new approach to the treatment of clinically low mood.

Siblings for Life or Friends Forever? Adult Sibling Rivalry

What do you do when sibling rivalry follows you into adulthood?

The Stigma of Mental "Illness," Part 2

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on September 04, 2015 in The I-M Approach
With our deeper knowledge of Theory of Mind it is time to move away from the concept of pathology. As long as we keep seeing people as "sick", we should not be surprised that many are resistant to treatment. We are interested in what other people think or feel about us. All of us. This story of a man with schizophrenia illustrates the power of The I-M Approach.

Surprise Reflects Difficulty of Explanation

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
We have all experienced surprise. Some of those surprises are wonderful. You get home and find an unexpected gift waiting for you. That is a happy surprise. Perhaps, though, you turn on the news and find out that a young actor you admire has died. Again, you experience surprise, but this time the emotion is negative.

You Naturally Choose Your Friends With This Pattern

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Your Online Secrets
Benford's Law says that numbers in natural systems start with a 1 far more often than they start with a 9. A new study shows this applies to friend counts in social networks - and to friend counts in your own social circle, too.

Trump: A Psychosocial Analysis

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
An psychosocial analysis of why Trump appeals to disaffected, angry white men.

How Many Children and Adolescents Take Antipsychotics?

Antipsychotics are being prescribed to over 1% of boys and nearly 0.5% of girls between the ages 7 and 12. Most often, these drugs are used in combination with other psychoactive drugs. Decisions about using such drugs can be difficult especially when data are limited regarding their benefit and there is the potential for long-term risks.

5 Ways Yoga and Mindfulness Fight Addictions

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 04, 2015 in Urban Survival
Yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools to fight addiction. Here are 5 ways that yoga and mindfulness can help you on your road to recovery.

How Illegal Drug Markets Operate?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Science of Choice
Illegal drug markets, like all markets, respond to changing circumstances.

Criminals are Not Invariably Cop Haters

Many criminals find police work exciting

9 Things Only Passive-Aggressive People Do

While most people take the passive-aggressive approach once in a while, for some people manipulation and indirect communication become a way of life.
Mental Health Care Reform Requires Families to Speak Up

Mental Health Care Reform Requires Families to Speak Up

By Rachel Pruchno Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in All in the Family
Now, after decades without meaningful reform, Congress is paying attention. Several bills that can improve care for people with mental illness have been introduced.
Understanding Self-Harm

Understanding Self-Harm

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 04, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Self-harm is reaching epidemic proportions in the UK.
When the Going Gets Tough

When the Going Gets Tough

By Patty Chang Anker on September 04, 2015 in Some Nerve
Have you ever worked really hard for a long time toward a goal and then hit a wall? I've hit many walls facing my fear of swimming in open water. And now I can add sea lice to that list.