Saving Primary Care

How can patients get better healthcare access and quality while lowering costs?

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron influences brain maturation and deficiency may play a role in ADHD.

Personality's 'Big One' and the Enigma of Narcissism

Narcissism is a complex mix of adaptive and maladaptive traits

Letter from a Nurse Who Accidentally Killed A Patient

My advice on how to cope with having made a big mistake.

Why Financial Incentives Don’t Improve Performance

Bonuses Actually Demotivate and Harm Productivity

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

3 Kinds of Kids Parents Should Never Reward with Gifts

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Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

When Parents Name-call Their Adolescent

When parents get upset with their adolescent, they can be tempted to use hurtful labelling to express their discontent. When this occurs, damage can be done to the relationship.

Forgiveness May Harm Society

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 30, 2015 in Am I Right?
After the shooting in Charleston and terrorist attacks elsewhere, a question arises: is there anything that cannot be forgiven?

83 definitions of play

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 30, 2015 in On Having Fun
Maybe play is everything we imagine it to be. Everything we name when we say it.

No, Single People: Your Lives Are Not Second Rate

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Living Single
No, single people, your lives are not second rate. That's not what the science shows. Claims about the superiority of marriage are often based on massively flawed studies, and ignore research showing something else entirely.

As Easy as Apple Pie

By Susan Hooper on November 30, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
After a bad experience with a pie crust, I learned the value of keeping it simple, trusting my instincts and using common sense. I also discovered you can learn a lot about life from making a pie.

Do You Know Your Derailment Factors? Part Two.

By Megan Dalla-Camina on November 30, 2015 in Real Women
For career success you must know what you could derail you. Find out here.

When Eating Disorders and Drug Addiction Collide

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on November 29, 2015 in Real Healing
Eating disorders and drug and alcohol addiction have many characteristics in common.

Eat Yourself Happy

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on November 29, 2015 in Real Healing
What does food have to do with depression or anxiety? A lot. Paying attention to your diet not only promotes good physical health but can also improve your mental health.

On Thanksgiving: Patients who gift their time to research

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
In neuropsychology, functional MRI and other high-tech methods cannot give the detail single cases can provide. And the history of science, whatever the discipline, still has lessons for students and researchers in today's world.

Life's Headwinds and Tailwinds

Why Do So Many People Have a Hard Time Feeling Grateful

What Video Gaming Tells Us

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
Humans everywhere use culture to turn fear into play. Video games turn paranoia into survival ecstasy and fertility—more life. These deep creaturely motives are symptomatic of many concerns today, from terrorism to virtual identity.

Why Speech Anxiety is a Sign of Integrity

Why speech anxiety is a sign of fundamental integrity.

Paris, Beirut, Mali...You Still Must Live Life.

By Mark Banschick M.D. on November 29, 2015 in The Intelligent Divorce
Terrorism is real - and so is fear. Here's what you can do.

Saving Primary Care

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on November 29, 2015 in Happiness in this World
The healthcare landscape in the U.S. seems to have changed more rapidly in the last two years than it has in the last two decades. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has mandated health insurance for all Americans and made it possible for approximately 30 million more of them to obtain it. While this is a welcome development, it poses a significant problem.

Reader Roundup 2015

By Sharon Praissman on November 29, 2015 in Beyond the Egg Timer
From Law of Attraction to the scientific method, from coping with infertility to finding jeans that actually fit while pregnant with twins, these books will inform, inspire, and entertain you!

Being Friends With The Ex?

A common question after a breakup is "Can we be friends?" 8 reasons why that's not a healthy way to heal from the loss of a love.

Is Trump’s Narcissism Really a Bad Thing?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Women Who Stray
We select leaders who tell us what we want to hear - that they have the answers and can fix things. Are we telling candidates we want them to be narcissists?

Gullibility Gulag

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in One Among Many
After a 7-year hiatus I ventured again into the free-wheeling fringe world of alternative discovery. This time, it was show-and-tell for a detachment of Russian knowledge workers. That had much to say about negative energy, and indeed, something did not smell quite right.

Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD

Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain and vital for normal brain development and human behavior. It is a key cofactor in the making of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that affect neuron signaling, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and especially dopamine.

Misandry Again- Part 2

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Rethinking Men
The strange thing about misandry is its rapid rise. Until the 1950s men were generally respected, I think.

Misandry Again Part 1

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Rethinking Men
My earlier post, “Re-Thinking Misandry” (6 October 2010) generated considerable interest: some positive, some negative, some constructive, some remarkably obscene, and much of it debating male privilege vs female privilege: as in “Women and children first” and “At least you know the kid is yours.” Clearly both misogyny and misandry are alive and, well, sick...

Feeling Like a Fraud?

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Happy Trails
Here's one reason why.

Heavy Metal: Iron and the Brain

Iron deficiency is an incredibly common condition associated with higher levels of psychiatric and neurologic problems.

Ignoring Science Is Killing Us

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Excellent Beauty
Racism plagues our lives. We'd do well to take its evolutionary roots seriously.

15 Ways to Reclaim Romance, Love, and Intimate Pleasure

By Rita Watson MPH on November 29, 2015 in With Love and Gratitude
Embracing your heart's desire -- romantic love.
Mitchell Gunn, used with perfmission

Sports Just Don’t Make Sense

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in The Power of Prime
Sports just don’t make sense. They don’t always go the way we want them to. Sports can be so frustrating. To the point where it’s easy to wonder why we devote so much time and energy to it. Let’s look at why sports don’t make sense. Sports are complex. Sports are unpredictable and uncontrollable. Nothing comes quick and easy in sports. Progress isn’t steady.

Benefits To Bullying

By Jesse Marczyk on November 29, 2015 in Pop Psych
It is precisely because bullies are doing well that they are able to effectively bully others. This might also make them more attractive to members of the opposite sex.

How and Why Dogs Play Revisited: Who’s Confused?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A new book presents some interesting but untested ideas and beliefs about play behavior in dogs as facts. We know far more than the authors suggest and this essay reviews some of the detailed research that has been conducted on play in dogs and offers old and up-to-date sources for wide-ranging and critical discussions of play and other behavior patterns.

Think Pink for Girls

The Bank of Costa Rica announced the opening of pink banks for women with the slogan, posted on billboards all over San Jose, "NoWoman Is Complicated." I know where I am geographically, but I think I have fallen out of time to a much earlier century.