The Urbanization / Mental Health Connection

During human evolution, the largest human communities rarely surpassed 150 people. An implication for modern living is this: Humans tend to do best in relatively small communities.

Admit it, You Are Secretly Voting For Donald Trump? Right?

Many people will not follow their expressed views with their vote. These stealth voters will hit the ballot box en masse in November. But will they make a difference?

The Real Story Behind the Goldwater Rule

By Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D on August 27, 2016 in Impromptu Man
Only the American Psychiatric Association bars long-distance diagnosis. Why?
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Colds and Clocks - How Bugs Use Timing to Infect You

Time rules life - included when and how you get infected.

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Learn When, Why and How to say NO

Why replacing "Yes" with "No" can make you happier and healthier

Explaining Donald Trump

Being rich can make you insufferable.

Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Dr. Nathan Emery's new book "Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence" is a gold mine of information and surprises about the latest research on bird smarts.

7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

By Christopher Bergland on August 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that people tend to become happier as they age. Unfortunately, younger people are less happy than ever. This post offers insights for people of all ages.

Dissecting the Clean-Eating Meme

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 29, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
At the heart of 'clean eating' is a potent metaphor. It's worth taking a long hard look at its threats and promises and the rest of its dangerous box of cognitive tricks.

How the End of Jobs Could Be a Good Thing

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
A scenario for how the likely serious jobs decline would create a kinder, gentler civilization.

Yes, Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
Overprotective parenting may cause more than just stunted psychological development; it may actually be bad for children's health.

Helping Kids Succeed—Minus the Stress

The secret of high-achievers is NOT tutoring or AP classes

How Optimism Can Affect Our Financial Decisions Adversely

Research shows optimists prefer risky investments, gamble to win & postpone saving money. But we can be optimistic and make good financial decisions at the same time.

Colin Kaepernick

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on August 28, 2016 in Minority Report
Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand during the national anthem and his decision is being viewed as unpatriotic. While controversial, I believe this is a litmus test for us...

Conceptual Art and Health

This summer, culture consumers were reassured by the retraction of a faulty scientific study: no need to worry about formaldehyde overexposure from fine art installations...

There's Hope After Heartbreak

You can heal and go on after heartbreak by allowing your emotions while taking care of you.

Labor is Love

There are hidden blessings for at-home caretakers of Alzheimer's sufferers

Why We Need More Empathetic and Compassionate Leaders

By Ray Williams on August 28, 2016 in Wired for Success
Recent studies have shown that contrary to some conventional wisdom, empathetic and compassionate leaders promote trust and collaboration and well being get positive results.

A Is for Aunt

By Susan Hooper on August 28, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
Since 2003, I have lived four miles away from my two nephews. During that time, they grew from boys to young men—and they transformed my life.

Looking Beyond Opioids for Chronic Pain

By Beth Darnall PhD on August 28, 2016 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Leverage yourself out of the chronic pain trap. Tap into resources -- including pain psychology-- that can help you feel better with fewer pills.

Beaver Island

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in The Political Animal
Promiscuous absolutists have had their day after the people find ways to sail, ride or walk away.

Dear Parent, Call Me with Any Concerns About Your Student

By Marcia Morris M.D. on August 28, 2016 in College Wellness
At a time of increasing distress among college students, I want more parents to collaborate in their child’s psychiatric care.

Sleep with Arianna Huffington, and others.

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on August 28, 2016 in Tried and True
Getting sufficient sleep is important, and many people feel anxious when unsuccessful at doing so. Thinking in healthy ways to reduce anxiety allows better sleep, and waking life!

Three Essential Trust Giving Don'ts

Knowing how, when and whom to trust gets complicated at times. Discover three easily avoided mistakes that will lower your workplace trust-risk while increasing your trust-skill.

Is the Warm Glow of Giving Universal?

If I gave you $20, would you feel happier spending the money on yourself or spending the money on someone else? If you’re like most people in the world …

A Wolfe in False Clothing

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Pura Vida
Tom Wolfe reveals himself as a passable if annoying writer, but someone who is profoundly ignorant of basic science.
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5 Things Care Givers Want Hospice Workers To Know

Hospice Care Giving Is Especially Difficult Because of These 5 Things

Illusion of Choice: The Myth of Free Will

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on August 28, 2016 in Neuraptitude
Does free will exist or is it a retrospective neural slight of hand? Neuroscience is revealing the unbelievable complexity of a seemingly simple assumption: choice exists.

A Marriage for the Kids’ Sake

Kids benefit when their parents co-parent well together (even if their parents are not married).

4 Ways to Think and Act Like a Superhero

What are the factors that cause and enable people to help others? How can we ourselves think and act like superheroes?

Numerologic Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Brain Workout
Arithmetic may be frustrating, but figuring out how numbers form relations is stimulating. These puzzles will activate inferential and reasoning processes in tandem.

Back to School is a Trusting Time

Trust needed for mountain climbing: 100%. Trust needed for most other tasks: a lot less than that.

What Makes People Passive-Aggressive? 6 Possible Causes

Be on the lookout for these, before you’re blindsided!