The Importance of Evidence-based Practice

Identifying evidence-based practices can be tricky, but well-worth the effort.

Are You Tired of Being Judged?

We can't avoid being judged, but we can avoid letting others define us.

7 Reasons for Gay & Lesbian Couples to Celebrate

Saying “I do” is a big step whether the couple is gay, lesbian, or straight.

How to Fix Broken Sleep

Sleep hygiene isn't enough to treat chronic insomnia.

Denial Only Makes Chronic Pain and Illness Worse

Pretending you’re not sick or in pain adds an additional layer of suffering.

Expanding the Mental Health Workforce

A guest post by Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York City.

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May the 3rd Force Be With You

May the 3rd Force Be With You

Rollo May, Fritz Perls, Carl Rogers, and Abraham Maslow meet in a bar.....

Miscarriages: Conception Without Birth

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in How We Do It
Miscarriage is a rarely discussed, almost taboo topic. Couples hit by pregnancy loss are usually unprepared and left alone to cope with grief and imagined guilt. Popular belief has it that miscarriage affects only 5% of pregnancies, but the real rate is 15-20%. Far greater losses occur before pregnancy is clinically recognizable, and only 25% of conceptions lead to birth.

How Easily Can Someone Change Your Mind?

Are you the type of person who can resist the lure of tempting ads or the pressure of someone you know to get you to change your mind? Maybe you’re not as resistant to these influences as you think so that, even without knowing it, you’re an easy target.

Taking Control Of Our Narrative: Lessons From Caitlyn Jenner

By Brad Waters on June 02, 2015 in Design Your Path
Caitlyn Jenner's story contains lessons for all of us, regardless of our particular struggle.

The Importance of Evidence-based Practice

By APA Division 15 on June 02, 2015 in PsychEd
In virtually every professional field, a research-to-practice gap exists in which some practices shown to be effective by scientific research are seldom used in applied settings, but some commonly implemented practices are not empirically validated and may be ineffective or even harmful. Thus, great opportunity exists for those who employ research-based practices.

Why Pursuit of Superiority Lowers Happiness (and Success)

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in Sapient Nature
Most of us use the pursuit of superiority--the desire to be "better than others"--to motivate ourselves. Most of us also believe that the desire for superiority is a good thing, since it increases our chances of success and, therefore, our happiness levels. This article busts these myths.

How To Read People’s Minds: Everyday Mind Reading

Although there is no sound evidence for ESP, there is evidence that we can develop our perceptual skills and become better at reading other people’s feelings and thoughts. Here’s how to become an everyday mindreader.
The Boy Genius and the Genius in All of Us

The Boy Genius and the Genius in All of Us

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, Tom Clynes tells a fascinating story about a boy’s pursuit of a passionate interest in nuclear physics, and draws some surprising conclusions about the nature and development of genius-level intelligence. Clynes considers the roles played not only by innate ability and environmental factors, but also by temperament, culture, and politics.

The Enneagram: Teens Speak for Themselves I

A taste of interviews of teens and former teens, types 1-4. See types 5-9 in my next blog June 16.

How to Make Money and Save Lives

Some rough criteria for success in developing Precision Medicine products, as applied to mental health and substance abuse treatment, that can improve treatment outcome and be commercially viable.

Divorce Bias in the News

By Wendy Paris on June 02, 2015 in Splitopia
Divorce, so incendiary and viscerally arousing, can lead even the most well-meaning journalists and scholars make mistakes, sometimes due to their own, unrecognized bias. Such as an overview of new laws in Newsweek last month.
Don’t Waste Your Time (It’s Precious)

Don’t Waste Your Time (It’s Precious)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in The Power of Prime
I’m a ‘timeist.’ A timeist is someone who discriminates against others who waste their time. I hoard my time like misers hoard their money and animals hoard their food. Time has become truly precious to me and any second not spent with people or activities I care about feels like time stolen from me with no chance of return.

5 Problems that Are Unique to High Achievers

Becoming successful won't make you immune to many of life's problems. In fact, your accomplishments could bring about a whole new set of problems.

Form a Line in the Barbie Queue

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in In Excess
Doll fetishism is a type of sexual fetishism where individuals are sexually aroused and attracted to dolls and/or doll-like objects (e.g., figurines). There is also a virtual form of doll fetishism where such fantasies can be acted out online and in virtual worlds via self-created doll avatars. But what else do we know psychologically about the behaviour?

The Mysteries of Madness

In Madness and Civilization, Andrew Scull reviews how the struggle between those who understand madness as a supernatural phenomenon, those who viewed it as a problem originating in the biochemistry of the body and the brain, and those who advanced social and psychological explanations of the afflictions has persisted over two millennia in countries throughout the world.

The Good and Bad News for Post-Menopausal Women

By Rebecca Coffey on June 02, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
A four-year placebo-controlled study suggests that HRT doesn't slow cognitive decline. But there is good news for post-menopausal women who feel like they're "losing it."

Why You Shouldn’t Overthink Your Relationship

A common piece of advice when you’re trying to make an important decision is to generate a pros and cons list. You think “Should I break up with my boyfriend”, and then you generate a list of your guy’s faults and assets. It turns out this strategy is remarkably ineffective in illuminating your true feelings about your partner. But why?

A Workover: A Communications Person Wants More Creativity

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk, Part 2

In this second part of my interview with Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert, he refutes common myths about meditation (e.g., restless minds can’t meditate; a practice of non-attachment results in a zombie-like, passionless life). He also offers helpful tips to engage your “monkey mind” (that internal noise!).

The Psychology of Hallucinations

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in A Sideways View
How are hallucinations different from illusions or delusions? What causes them? How do we explain them?

Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator. Part 1

Did you know that behaviors we commonly think of as being diagnostic for separation anxiety (destruction, urination/defecation inside, vocalization) can actually be signs of other behavior problems? In this series of blogs Dr. Stepita will explore these causes as the problem is unlikely to be managed or resolved without knowing the root cause of your dog's behavior.

Here’s A Smart Monkey!

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in Screen Time
All good preschool children’s programs include several factors that make them successful and long running which can be explained by the included content, and the medium through which it is delivered.

Give Me a Break!

Why aren't more Americans taking their vacations? What benefits can come from vacationing more frequently for American workers?

Do Prescription Sleep Medications Cause Sleepwalking?

Although many people think that sedative-hypnotic sleep aids often cause sleepwalking, this adverse effect is rare.

20 Signs Your Partner Is Controlling

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
The stereotype of a controlling partner is one who is physically intimidating and threatening. Sometimes, the signs are much more subtle-- but the danger is just as real.

5 Things to Do Today to Save Your Relationship

Because the only person we can control or change in a relationship is ourselves, it’s almost always worth it to do what we can to develop ourselves before we throw in the towel with our partner. Here are five things that can help any couple reignite their feelings of love.
Are You Tired of Being Judged?

Are You Tired of Being Judged?

We are being bombarded with implicit and explicit judgments in our professional and personal lives. Does constant evaluation take a toll on our psychological well-being?

Is Social Media Inevitably Sociopathic?

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on June 01, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
The U.S. Supreme Court just overturned the conviction of a man who used violent language against his estranged wife online. Social media is inherently disinhibiting. What are the social, biological and evolutionary bases of cyber-disinhibition? What hope is there to control our online behavior? Here's an argument to keep our relationships primarily IRL (In Real Life).

Age Difference and Love

People raise eyebrows at couples who are far apart in terms of age. Anything over ten years apart is subject to question. The real truth is that there are so many other things that matter more when it comes to long-lasting love than how old the two of you are.

You Can't Live a Social Media Life

If social media is your main way of relating to other people, I strongly urge you to look in your own backyard. Even talking face-to-face with a neighbor is more heartwarming than receiving an instant message.