Self-deception Has Many Faces

Self-deception involves incongruity between beliefs, actions, and the world

Do Dogs Have Empathy for Human Stress and Discomfort?

Both dogs and people produce stress hormones when they hear a baby cry.

Do Sounds Have Shapes?

Synesthesia and the bouba-kiki effect

How Dreams Help Us Transcend Time and Place

Dreams reveal the emotions that connect our past, present, and future.

Where Are You From? It's a Complicated Question

The question is more difficult for some people than for others

Imagining an Authentic Life

There is no such thing as a real self, and we should celebrate this.

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On Crashing, Burning, and Finding Recovery

Creative people are prone to depression and burnout. Here's how to recover.

Healing Corporate Couples

A corporate couple are two people who put their relationship above all others. A psychobiological approach can help these couples in many of the same ways it helps those in romantic relationships.

"I'll Try New Foods When I'm 7!"

Kids have good intentions to try new foods. But just like many adults say they intend to diet but then never do, when it comes to how kids eat, there's a gap between intentions and behavior.

The Opposite of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Deborah's Story

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Chronotherapy
Spring has finally sprung, and now’s a great time to take stock of mistakes that produced the gloomy winter past. Psychologist Elizabeth Saenger tells the story of her co-worker’s descent from the Get-Up-and-Go Olympics to a turtle in molasses. And how she and you can turn this picture around.

Self-deception Has Many Faces

Procrastination is a stealth form of self-deception

How Many People Take Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines can be helpful in treating anxiety and insomnia. These medications are used more often by elderly adults than by younger people even though there are increased safety concerns with use by older individuals.
6 Signs That a Passion or Calling is "True"

6 Signs That a Passion or Calling is "True"

By Gregg Levoy on May 06, 2015 in Passion!
The critical challenge of discernment—of knowing whether your calls and passions are true or false, how and when to respond to them, even whether they belong to you or not—requires that you know what to look for to signal their "integrity." Here are six ways to tell.

Common Anti-Depressants Do Cause Weight Gain

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 06, 2015 in Open Gently
Wellbutrin causes less weight gain than other common anti-depressants.

Who You Calling Phobic?

Fears about unstable ground are real, say researchers. And that's particularly true after a major quake.

5 Easy Pieces...of Great Advice

By Meg Selig on May 06, 2015 in Changepower
The best advice ever? These 5 pearls of wisdom may be a bit unusual, but they provide effective, simple guidelines for making life decisions.

How Can We Nurture Our Teens?

What needs to be in place within communities to show teens that they’re not miniature adults, but valued for their stage in life?

Psychoanalysis Is a History of Storytelling

Psychoanalysis is part of the history of storytelling.

Do Dogs Have Empathy for Human Stress and Discomfort?

Dogs and humans seem to respond in the same way when they hear the crying sounds of the distressed baby.

Freedom of Speech Is Everything

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Homo Consumericus
Offending someone’s religious sensibilities can never justify a violent response. There are no “but” qualifiers and the sooner that this lesson is internalized, the rosier our future will be.

10 Notes for Parents of Complex Kids

You thought you were a doer, a go-getter, indefatigable and unsinkable? Think again. And welcome to the club!

Why Judging Others Is Bad for You

We go through so much of our lives judging people, places, and things. We make these judgments our reality and see them as facts. Then we use the same language to judge other people, places, and things, to judge ourselves. By doing this, we don't leave room for compassion towards ourselves and to the experience of others.

Behaviour for Failures

Top behaviours that guarantee misery for yourself and others

The Best Way To Handle Children’s Nightmares

An automatic response for many parents after their child has a nightmare is, “It’s not real, so you don’t need to feel scared.” The problem is, while the bad dream isn’t real, the emotions that the child is experiencing are intensely real and can’t be ignored.

Why We Don’t Speak Up!

Being rejected, thrown out, or having my voice suppressed has been one of the top three ‘fight back’ themes in my life. Since fear of rejection is hardwired into all of us I’ve been compelled to study, research, and experiment for three decades looking for a new approach.

Do Sounds Have Shapes?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Talking Apes
Synesthesia, or a mixing of the senses, may tell us something about the origin of speech.

The Causes of Laziness

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 06, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Understanding the causes of our sloth can help us to overcome it.

The Neuroscience of Making a Decision

Understanding how your brain makes decisions in the heat-of-the-moment leads to more positive outcomes.

A Workover: Wants to Convert Volunteer Gig into a Paid Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

No Virginia, Gay Marriage Won’t Lead to 900,000 Abortions

Gene Schaerr’s recently argued, before the Supreme Court, that gay marriage will lead to more abortions--900,000 more! But his argument wouldn't even receive a passing grade in my sophomore level logic class.

10 Tips for Making a Tough Decision

Stuck in a seemingly impossible dilemma? Consider these 10 research-based strategies for better decision-making.
How Dreams Help Us Transcend Time and Place

How Dreams Help Us Transcend Time and Place

Can we benefit from thinking about our dreams? Will attending to our dreams waste our time or, even worse, mislead us into inferences of false meaning?

ADHD Kills

There was a two fold increase in death rates for those with ADHD.

Boss of the Internet Playground

Parents seeking to control what kids do online find resources to help.

Think Twice Before Getting Knee Surgery

Accumulating evidence now proves that much of arthroscopic (keyhole) knee surgery may be unnecessary because the results are no better than placebo. This is an especially startling finding because this is the second most common surgical procedure in the world (after cataract surgery).

Research Proves Money Can't Buy Happiness

See if you can identify the kinds of qualities that you will want to strengthen and develop in yourself in order to be able to bring about the outcome that you desire. Give some thought to the kind of behaviors and practices that will support the development of these qualities.