Hate Small Talk? It’s a Skill Worth Learning

5 Ways to Make Conversation about Unimportant Things

The Grass Moment

We Need to Help Kids Become "Reflective Rebels"

5 Ways to Heal a Broken Heart

... including the truth about rebound relationships.

Dropping Your "Me" Story

How to stop taking your life so personally.

Are Babies Contagious?

Why parenthood spreads through social networks.

Dementia and the "Obesity Paradox"

Why are we still surprised when obesity is linked to better health outcomes?

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How I'm Using Science to Help My Daughter Keep Liking Math

By Garth Sundem on April 24, 2015 in Brain Trust
My 5-year-old daughter loves math and I'm terrified this fall when she starts kindergarten, she could lose that love. Priming studies show that girls are still on the receiving end of negative math stereotypes. But knowing the challenge might also point to a solution. I sure hope so...

The Problem With People-Pleasing

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on April 24, 2015 in Meaningful You
Do you bend over backwards to make everyone else happy? Then why are you so lonely? Here's why being a people pleaser is a losing long-term strategy.

The Social Layers of TV and Film Fandom

How is watching your favorite show a form of "social media"?
How A Health Crisis Becomes A Gift

How A Health Crisis Becomes A Gift

A health crisis or any personal roadblock can feel overwhelming, make you angry or frustrated. But, let's look how to turn it into an opportunity.

The Secret to Well-Being

Finding one's happiness is each individual’s personal adventure, but research can provide some guidance. Find out what science tells us is the key to finding your happiness and learn the five essential elements that lead to well-being.

Sex with Animals

Is zoophilia, or sexual attraction to animals, a sexual orientation? Or is it a perversion? And is it possible to engage in zoo-sex without causing harm?

Changing Minds

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on April 24, 2015 in Eyes on the Brain
Can a few hours of watching a 3D movie overcome a lifetime of deficient stereovision? Just how plastic is the adult brain?

Using Time-Outs: Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make

Time-outs do not cause brain damage and are an effective strategy to reduce negative behavior in children. However, they can easily be used in less than optimal ways. Keeping in mind these 5 common errors can help parents get the most out of this valuable technique.

How to be Healthy: Grandma’s Advice May Be Best After All!

We live in a fast-paced world, and new wellness information comes out constantly. Each day, a new list of foods to have and to avoid gets published, dismissing what was said before. But if we look closer at current trends, we find that many health practices from 100 years ago still have a lot of intrinsic value today. Turns out grandma's advice may be the best after all.

Hate Small Talk? It’s a Skill Worth Learning

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 24, 2015 in Off the Couch
Do you hate small talk? You’re not alone, of course. Maybe you’re shy, or introverted, or maybe you’re bored by it. Or do you get irritated by the apparently endless and meaningless chatter? Here are 5 reasons to change your mind. And 5 techniques for getting better at it.

5 Signs You’re Overdue for a Breakup

By Kira Asatryan on April 24, 2015 in The Art of Closeness
Is your relationship past its expiration date? Learn the signs.

What Does Your Email In-Box Say About You?

Email in-boxes are ubiquitous. How do we manage the email we receive? For most, it comes down to some more personality-related behaviors—a combination of organization, procrastination, perfectionism, fear of loss, and the ability to let go. What about you?

Twelve Tips for A Stronger, More Satisfying Relationship

You can get the love you want by using these twelve strategies.

3 Reasons You Need Mental Strength to Thrive

Building mental strength will help you reach your greatest potential, despite whatever challenges you face.
Managing Student Expectations After High School

Managing Student Expectations After High School

If as a parent you’ve been handing out money without teaching your children about budgeting, you’ve done them a grave disservice. Teach your children about budgeting, living within their means, and having an emergency fund.
Meditation Improves Brain Function

Meditation Improves Brain Function

There is a great deal of evidence that meditation, in particular mindfulness meditation, improves the brain, and the research is teaching us a lot about how and why that happens.

The Grass Moment

By Alfie Kohn on April 24, 2015 in The Homework Myth
If we want to raise kids who aren't self-centered, we should stop emphasizing compliance and instead foster a willingness to question authority

How Well Do You Understand Your Emotions?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on April 24, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
How tuned in are you to your emotions?

The Shocking Truth about ECT

By Julie K Hersh on April 24, 2015 in Struck By Living
Should the media be reporting on medical treatments when they lack the time and expertise to fully present information?

Five Fascinating Findings About Anger

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on April 24, 2015 in All the Rage
Anger is everywhere. It influences our behavior in ways we can’t possible imagine. Here are five examples.

Dropping Your "Me" Story

You are not experiencing suffering, you are suffering your experience.

Why Is Air Pollution So Bad for Your Brain?

Air pollution has long been associated with health risks including asthma and an increased risk of stroke. New findings show that air pollution also damages the human brain.

6 Magic Questions to Unlock the Meaning of Your Dreams

Let go of the need to analyze the isolated dream as a stand-alone entity, but to look for its meaning as it relates to your own current reality.

Lust and Loyalty: When Sex and Love Don’t Mix

The difference between fantasy and hot-blooded betrayal.
Pain in the Family

Pain in the Family

There are approximately 116 million people currently suffering from chronic pain. And if you’ve read the headlines recently, you know that many people with chronic pain are also struggling with opiate dependence. When we think of treatment and intervention, many of us only consider the person in pain. However, family and friends are impacted as well.

The Bear Hug and the Boogie Man

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
Every day world leaders shake hands or threaten somebody. The news can rattle you even though the diplomatic howdy-do is as artificial as a puppet show. Formality in business, sports, and even marriages tries to prevent tantrums and meltdowns. Once in awhile you may spot body language that could reveal something about inner life.

Is Your Dog Lonely?

Is Your Dog Lonely?
It can be difficult to decide whether to adopt a second dog

Are Babies Contagious?

We commonly consider fertility outcomes to be idiosyncratic or accidental. But parenthood spreads through social networks, passing between siblings, friends, and co-workers. Why might the baby bug be so contagious and how do prospective parents catch it?

Would Teaching Doctors to Cook Solve the Obesity Problem?

Attacking the obesity problem by teaching docs to cook. Hmm. Are there really families who have missed the message about cooking? And if people know they ought to cook but don’t know how, what could a physician say that would really change anything? Are doctors going to start conducting knife-skills tutorials between vaccinations?There's a better solution.