Seven Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

It's often the little things that cause big reactions.

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

The strange battle over what's psychiatric versus neurological.

A Basic Map of Political Positions

The political positions on a simple grid.

Why We Love to Be Scared

The physical, psychological, and social reasons we crave thrills and chills

A Performance Review... for Your Marriage?

Sometimes all it takes is a check-in.

Six Reasons Pop Singers Pronounce Some Lyrics in Odd Ways

'Secret Asian Man' and Other Mysteries of Song

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When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

It was shocking to feel so typical

Be Slick, Do Less, Get More

We have found that the irony of caregiving and caretaking is that the worst form of rip-off is does not occur when we give too much—what's better than a well-earned and -nursed grudge? What's more gratifying that a well-placed blast of righteous indignation? No, the real relational fleecing, the true shakedown, comes from having our own contributions declined.

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but did not head to work in the morning excited to do their jobs.
Ghost Stories for Dogs

Ghost Stories for Dogs

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
For Halloween, Ghosts of Gettysburg provides a unique socializing event for service pups in training.

Fun That Takes You By Surprise

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 09, 2015 in On Having Fun
The wonder that arises from the most wonderful of all games has nothing to do with score or even excellence, but rather from that moment of fun that takes us by surprise.
The Being of Humans

The Being of Humans

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in In Control
Control is nothing more than the activity of making things be the way an individual wants them to be and keeping them that way until the individual decides they don’t need to be that way any more.

The Bee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in How To Do Life
A fable that raises stinging questions about the life well-lived.

Why "Twilight" is Worse Than Just a Bad Book

Why is TWILIGHT scary? As a romantic fantasy, it's a damaging one; that even for a trashy book, it's a lousy one; and that even-or especially-as an for escape for a young woman who's longing to break out of her everyday confinements, it's a trap.
Does Your Personal Brand Broadcast Success?

Does Your Personal Brand Broadcast Success?

The actions you take each day build your personal brand. The way you think, the way you feel and the way you behave shape the stories people tell about who you are and what they can expect from you when it comes to your work.

Why Wait? The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

We all procrastinate. New research in psychology provides clues as to why--and how to stop.

A Different CBT Approach To Eating Addiction

Do you believe your love for junk food, your dysfunctional childhood, or the stress in your life is at the root of your compulsive eating? Is so, you've fallen into the therapy trap. The cause is more fundamental yet simpler. Here's how to diagnose and treat the root, acting as your own therapist.

Love And Manipulation

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Ambigamy
Understanding how affirmations work will help hone your ability to discriminate between genuine and manipulative flattery.

Navigating Life via the Stars of Detail

Are you unsure how to navigate your life? Notice the details.

The Problem of Phubbing

A recent study has shown that people who attend to their cell phones in the presence of their partner – or do what researchers call “phubbing” are less satisfied in their relationships. So, what should you do if you’re being phubbed? Or if you’re the phubber?

Feeling Exhausted and Overwhelmed?

Feeling exhausted and run-down? The answer may be closer than you think.

Movies in Mind: Our Addiction to the Screen

By studying the allure of movies, we can learn much about how the mind works.

The Scary Truth About Procrastination

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Motivate!
Sometimes finding out the root cause of our behaviors can be downright frightening. Beware the evil that lurks in the minds of the prospective procrastinator!

Dealing With the Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications

Unfortunately, some patients experience side effects before seeing relief on new medications. Here we explore five strategies for dealing with them.

No Longer at the Mercy of Our Moods

By Tom Wootton on October 08, 2015 in Bipolar Advantage
As a culture, we are learning to separate thought from action and stimulus from response. This makes it less likely, less acceptable, and less necessary that any of us be at "the mercy of our moods."

Quash Your Bad Habits by Knowing What Triggers Them

By Peter Bregman on October 08, 2015 in How We Work
“One minute I was fine,” Jeff later told me at dinner, “And the next I was yelling.” He paused, thoughtfully, shaking his head, “I did not see that coming.”
Do Your Expectations Get In the Way Of Your Happiness?

Do Your Expectations Get In the Way Of Your Happiness?

With every job you’ve ever taken, have you noticed a stark difference between what you initially thought the job was going to be like and what it actually turned out to be like six months later?
You're Not My Real Mother (Part 1)

You're Not My Real Mother (Part 1)

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 08, 2015 in The Human Equation
What if the person closest to you suddenly felt like a different person? Individuals suffering from Capgras delusions believe that a loved one has been replaced by an imposter. Here's why.

Top Psychiatrist's Stunning Announcement About Gun Violence

American Psychiatric Association speaks the truth about gun violence and mental illness, but politicians ignore her.

What if You Were Perfect As You Are?

Where have you felt broken? Are you ready to change?

Medications and Weight Gain: We Need Support

By Elizabeth Brondolo Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Take Control
Have you gained weight from taking medications for bipolar disorder? Are you getting support or feeling stigmatized?
Why Do We Remember Certain Things, But Forget Others?

Why Do We Remember Certain Things, But Forget Others?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Science of Choice
Much of learning takes place in the form of emotional learning.

Could a Social Network Motivate You to Exercise More?

By Christopher Bergland on October 08, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communication have identified a new way to use social networks to motivate people to adopt healthier behaviors and exercise more.

Seven Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Irritability is the carbon monoxide of emotional pollutants, but here's what you can do about it.

Why We Need to Quit Linking Mental Health Reform & Violence

We need mental health reform. We need more programs that reach out to the young, before problems can take hold and before substances such as drugs and alcohol become a way to medicate away distressing feelings.