Still Alice? Still Alzheimer’s

Searching for good news and grace in the tragedy of dementia

Is Music a Universal Language?

Expressing the shared human experience

Fading Fast: Is 'Thank You' a Thing of the Past?

How to reinvigorate the power of appreciation

Do Dog Owners Make Better Lovers? Some Scientific Answers

Insights into the human-canine connection

Punk Music Isn't "Bad"

Extreme music can help regulate emotions (if you like it).

Creative Concerns

Uncertainty and bias against creative ideas

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What It’s Like To Live with Borderline Personality Disorder

"I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder when I was 14. Because I fear abandonment, I instinctually don’t trust anyone. I’m 23 years old, and I have yet to give my trust to anyone outside of my family."

4 Changes I Will Make When Using Amazon MTurk for Research

I describe the changes I will make henceforth when using Amazon Mechanical Turk to collect survey and experimental data for my social science research. Based on my recent experience as an MTurk worker, I would like to use MTurk for data collection more ethically and effectively.

The Value of the Therapeutic Relationship, Part Two

Although I steadfastly hold to the belief that therapy can be extremely helpful, even life changing, as is the case with all other professions, there’s a bell curve of competence and effectiveness. Meaning, there are incredibly talented, compassionate, non-judgmental, effective, and extremely bright clinicians and there are mediocre, ineffective, even bad clinicians.

6 Things Women Secretly Know About Relationships

We want to be your friend but if we’re sexually/erotically involved, we want to be acknowledged as more than your friend. If we’re living together, you shouldn’t say, “This is my housemate” or “This is my roommate.” If we’ve been a couple, openly and happily, for more than a few months, let’s figure out a way to present ourselves to the world as more than “just friends.”
Henry David Thoreau: “Simplify, Simplify”

Henry David Thoreau: “Simplify, Simplify”

We’re probably not going to do what Henry David Thoreau did and live at a lake to make our lives simple. But we could move in that direction.

Still Alice? Still Alzheimer’s

By Joe Pierre M.D. on July 31, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Is there anything nice to say about Alzheimer's disease?

There Is Grandeur in This View of Life

Some people think that evolution somehow diminishes what it means to be human and strips us of any spirituality. As I see it, this does not need to be the case at all. And here is why.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) And Addiction

The core feature of BPD is impulsivity and poor emotional regulation.

Yet Another Reason Why It’s Good to Be a First-Born Child

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 in Social Instincts
New research finds that eldest siblings are better at picking up second languages.

Is Music a Universal Language?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 in Talking Apes
Both music and language are universals of the human experience, even though the forms they take vary greatly from culture to culture.

Why Do People Like Sad Songs?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 in Hot Thought
The emotional impact of music does not come from imparting particular emotions, but rather from being emotionally engaging in general. So it does not matter whether a song is happy or sad, only whether it has an emotional impact on the listeners.

Why Grow and Make Your Own Food? Especially as an Artist?

Why grow and make your own food? Why put it in all those hours slaving under the hot sun, covered with dirt, when you could stroll through an air-conditioned grocery store? Why spend all that time processing milk when there are others who can do it for you? And what does it have to do with being an artist?

No, No, No, I Love YOU

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 31, 2015 in On Having Fun
A word game that sometimes takes you both beyond words into something very much like deep, loving, intimate glee.

Killing Lions and Self-Respect

Philosopher Dave Schmidtz addresses the value of trees, lions and other animals in a way that can explain why we care so much about the killing of a lion.

The Psychology of Touch: The Taboo of Physical Contact

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 in A Sideways View
Who can you physically touch at work? A handshake may be acceptable but what about a "high five" or a bear hug, or even a kiss on the cheek? This whole area has become a minefield such that many of us are too terrified to have any form of physical contact with anyone publically lest one is accused of some immoral act or intention?

Out-of-the-Box Activities to Push You Off Autopilot

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 in How To Do Life
Many of us become victims of habit. These activities may disrupt that.

7 Ways to Deal With a Chronic Complainer

The chronic complainer. Nothing's ever good enough for them. They love to focus on problems and ignore solutions. This person might be a customer, an employee, a student, a co-worker, a child, or a spouse. On some days, it seems like it's everyone all at once.

How can you effectively deal with these people without resorting to violence or sedatives? Here's the plan:

The Trouble With Facebook

We need Facebook etiquette rules.

Can't Stand Your Self-Absorbed Parent?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 30, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Got an aging parent or in-law who's a narcissist? They're arrogant, have a sense of entitlement, are always ready to instill guilt, they insist rules don't apply to them, and they fly into a rage if challenged. There's help for you.

7 Ways Your Childhood Affects How You Parent

Attachment research tells us that the biggest predictor of how we will be as parents is how much we’ve been able to make sense out of our own past. So, while the last place we may be looking when we become parents is at our own childhood, that’s exactly what we should be doing if we want to be better present-day parents to our children.

Depression and Suicide in Black Youth

Depression is a serious mental health issue that significantly impacts the lives of many youth. Among Black youth 3.2% report suicidal thoughts and 1.4% report attempting suicide. Given the serious risk, it is important to learn early warning signs.
Fading Fast: Is 'Thank You' a Thing of the Past?

Fading Fast: Is 'Thank You' a Thing of the Past?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on July 30, 2015 in The Dolphin Divide
How to reinvigorate the power of appreciation. Despite our well-meaning efforts to appreciate our fellows, our favorite phrase of acknowledgment seems to be ringing hollow these days. Can “Thank you” be restored to its former glory by capitalizing on the psychology of message delivery -- or are we doomed to a thankless world?
5 Ways Relationships Get Derailed

5 Ways Relationships Get Derailed

Relationships get stuck or can't move forward because one or both partners don't feel safe. Here are 5 of the common causes and ways to make it better

The Value of Sadness

We tend to pass on the message that sadness is bad and should be avoided. Yet, research has shown that sadness can be an adaptive emotion with real benefits. Sadness can make us feel more vital and centered within ourselves. So, why is it that we are so afraid to feel sad?

Eugenics, Love, and the Marriage Problem

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on July 30, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
When gazing deeply into a lover's eyes, eugenists advised, women should not look for the "yearning, burning, soulful fires, which rage in the erotic litany of love," but for symptoms of eye disease.

Changing Our Brains in a Good Way

Nature can help calm our overactive, multitasking brains.

Where Do Our Fantasies Come From?

By Sheila Kohler on July 30, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
But from this reality, Oates takes a few small steps ( did Henry James really faint at his first visit overcome by the sights and sounds around him?) and eventually some imaginative leaps which seem to come only from her own imagination and perhaps her own fantasies. Are they also ours?

How to Stop Beating Yourself Up

How to stop being your own worst bully.

Warts and All: Why We Prefer People Who Aren't Perfect

For all those who live in fear of making a mistake, take heart. According to research, making mistakes makes us more, not less, likable.