The Adjustment of Adoptees

Studying the behavior and adjustment of adopted children

7 Ways to Combat Facebook Jealousy

Envy on social media is real and depressing; here's how to fight it.

Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?

Culture influences the relationship between anger and health.

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

Family income and parental education are linked to a child's brain development.

It's Time to Take the "Positive" Out of Positive Psychology

Being kind, caring, and compassionate may not always lead to greater well-being.

Get on the Train

For Palo Alto High School students who have considered suicide

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Loving Eye Contact: How Mutual Staring Can Create Passion

Research suggests that a mutual gaze or stare can help to create feelings of passion and attraction, even between total strangers. Read on for more...

14 Prompts To Help You Start Communicating About Sex

Most people know that communication is a healthy and necessary part of any sexual relationship. But let’s face it - sex is tough to talk about! Many people have never talked about sex openly in their relationship, so they don’t even know where to start.
My favorite way to teach couples to start communicating about sex is by using prompts.

What Kind of Justice at Guantánamo?

What does justice mean at Guantánamo? And for whom?

Creativity Hiding in the Headlines

“Anglo Saxon Eye Remedy Kills Deadly Superbug.” It’s the kind of headline that is sure to attract anyone interested in ancient, complementary and alternative medicines, but why post it in a creativity blog? Well, if you haven’t guessed by now, creativity can hide anywhere, manifest itself in any field, and impart its lessons through any medium. So read on!

Indiana: Where "Freedom" Requires Discrimination

By Marty Klein PhD on March 31, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
"Religious freedom" was never intended to exempt people from legal obligations.

Jerked Awake

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Sleepless in America
Although their cause is unknown, sleep starts are experienced by a majority of people. They occur during drowsiness or light sleep and feel like falling with a sudden jerk. Most often they are unpleasant but harmless. In some cases, however, they can cause insomnia or even sleep deprivation.

Loves Lost: One Troubled Pilot Brings Grieving to Many

One wonders how many words were left unspoken by those who boarded the plane? Will those left behind expressed gratitude because their last moments together were a blessing? Or did they part with an unkind word or look that can never be repaired?

Cooperation is Natural

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in The Green Mind
Nature contact facilitates mental and physical development, improves learning, makes us more cooperative, and promotes pro-environmental choices. These are the qualities we need for a prosperous society and that negotiators in tough negotiations need for positive results.

Cinderella: Trash or Treasure?

Is Disney’s new Cinderella just more grist for the princess mill? Is it drivel, schmaltz, fantasy? Or does it go way deeper? Intelligently written, directed, designed, and acted, the filmmakers have created a profound exploration of life, love, spirituality, international politics, and valuable lessons to embrace. Look through a new lens and see what resonates with you.

Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

Animals and people can die of a broken heart. The pain and grief we feel when we lose a loved one activates some of the same brain areas as those that formed that love in the first place. Moving forward with the scars of loves we have lost can make us wary of opening up to new relationships.

Autism and Sleep

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Sleepless in America
Parents of children with autism often report sleep difficulties for themselves and their children. Research over the past decade has given information about the sleep difficulties faced by these children. Problems falling and staying asleep, having negative attitudes toward and fears related to sleep are significantly more common among these children.

Why DO Humans Dance?

Why DO humans dance? You might think this question would be an easy one to answer. It isn’t!

The Body as (part of) Protest

This entry explores the possible pros and cons of Brittany Mason's YouTube video, in which she protests the recent passing of the Religious Freedom Act in Indiana.

5 Ingredients of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Extraordinary people exist within even the most ordinary lives. They are the ones with the knack for living genuinely and who inspire us to attempt the same.

Music Therapy Activities Wiki

Learn more about music therapy, the value of music therapists and how music therapists envision and develop music therapy strategies. MusicTherapyActivities.Wikia.com is an encyclopedic collection of therapeutic music activities, indexed by goal and objective-- and it will help you understand more about the range of this dynamic approach to health.

The Self-Deceptions of Recycling

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in The Green Mind
It’s important to keep in mind that recycling not only takes large amounts of energy and resources to turn materials into products again, it also may lead to greater consumption and avoidance of better solutions. It’s better to instead focus on the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

How Deep Relaxation Affects Brain Chemistry

Deep relaxation and meditation have long been known to help with anxiety disorders and major depression. Since both anxiety disorders and major depression reflect an imbalance in brain chemistry, it would seem that relaxation techniques can influence brain chemistry. How do they do that?

How Do You Force Someone to be Nice?

By Donna Barstow on March 31, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
The great thing about relationships is, there's always something to improve or fix.

How Rudeness at Work Can Wreck Your Health

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 31, 2015 in Minding the Body
Workplace rudeness sets the stage for after-work stress and eventual health problems.

The Top Four Reasons Relationships Fail

Committed relationships can survive ups and downs, but some patterns and behaviors can create more permanent damage. Infidelity is only one of the reasons relationships break up. These four negative patterns raise red flags about the state of your relationship or marriage. If you recognize your relationship here, it's time to change course

Stress and The Gender Gap

By Shimi Kang M.D. on March 31, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
Less than 200 years ago, women were faced with fighting for their fundamental civil rights. The right to vote, attend university, a pension, play contact sports, earn minimum wage, the list goes on. Today, despite being the closest we have ever been to equality in North American history, women are now fighting an entirely different battle against a silent killer: Stress.

Another Guy Who Isn't a Sex Addict

By Marty Klein PhD on March 31, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
"Sex addiction" is a very poor way to understand people.

“Ho-Hum”: An Unspoken Danger of Travel

By Jaime Kurtz Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Happy Trails
Maintaining a sense of wonder even as you experience more and more.
Good Friday, Good Grief

Good Friday, Good Grief

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Freedom to Grieve
Too often, church services or conversations with Christians do not give enough time for expressions of pain, loss, and grief. We want to rush to the happy stuff. We want to convince ourselves and others that life is all good. But life can be really hard.

Language

Language represents a huge developmental leap. Think of all the things we can accomplish with our words and language. We can enhance relationships with our children. We can share feelings and ideas.

Infantasy: The Dream of Unconditional Love Never Dies Young

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Ambigamy
Romantic love and confirmation of our social worth are complexly tangled.

Surprising Facts Learned on My Trip to India

On my recent trip to India, I became immersed in the rich culture. While learning more about this culture, I began to realize that there were facts about the culture in India that I had been completely unaware of!

The Adjustment of Adoptees

By A Guest Blogger on March 31, 2015 in Brainstorm
Does the emotional, behavioral and academic adjustment of adopted children differ from that of non-adopted children? New research sheds light on the differences—and similarities—between both groups.

The Internet Is Not a Playground

Browsing online can be a wonderful thing—until it's not such a wonderful thing.

The Catch-22s of Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in In Practice
Why don’t people seek help so they can live life more fully, without being limited by anxiety?

Obviously there are practical barriers like cost, time off work, and child care. However, there are also some key psychological reasons that are specific to anxiety: Aspects of anxiety itself get in the way of people seeking treatment.