A Lesson Learned From Auschwitz: Who Am I to Judge?

The phrase “Who am I to judge?” is a call to ponder the need for reflection.

Are Mental Health Issues On the Rise?

Why it's important stories about generational differences look at the research

In Praise of Demotivation

How can we shift our efforts without it?

Coming Out and Taking In

National Coming Out Day is a time to celebrate people who make us feel like us.

What Is a Democracy?

And what might keep us from thinking about it?

The Latest

10 Bad Habits That Sometimes Do Us Good

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 in In Excess
All of us have bad habits, and all of us from time to time feel guilty about these habits. But there are some bad habits – at least when carried out in moderation – that might actually have benefits for psychological and/or physical wellbeing. Here are my top 10 bad habits that might do you good.

Do Brain Training Games Actually Improve Cognitive Function?

By Christopher Bergland on October 13, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists from around the world recently wrote a "consensus letter" condemning the brain-game industry for making false claims. However, not all video games are created equal. Some video games may actually have cognitive benefits.

Just a Bit of Lint

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 in How To Do Life
The fifth installment in my series of "How to Do Life" fables.

Resilience in Polyamorous Families

This blog introduces resilience as a strengths-based perspective that helps to understand how some families thrive through adversity, and then discusses how polyamorous families demonstrate resilience through flexibility and communication.

Forgiveness: The Secret to a Healthy Relationship

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Compassion Matters
Scientists who study forgiveness have long agreed that it is one of the most important contributors to a healthy relationship. Studies have shown that couples who practice forgiveness are more likely to enjoy longer, more satisfying romantic relationships and potentially longer lives. So, what makes forgiveness so good for us and how can we grow our capacity to forgive?

Social Media Shaming: A call to conscience or mob madness?

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on October 12, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Recently two books explore the good, bad and ugly of online shaming. Here's a brief review and reflections on where we are in the age of social networks

7 Ways to Protect Your Joints in Yoga

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on October 12, 2015 in Urban Survival
Here are useful tips to make sure your wrists, shoulders, hips, and elbows stay safe when doing yoga.

Is It Normal? Am I?

By Isadora Alman MFT on October 12, 2015 in Sex & Sociability
Whatever you are, have, think about or do, be assured that you are not alone in the universe and that there are likely to be people who admire and desire whatever it is you are worried about.
Shattered Families: The Three Stages of Suffering

Shattered Families: The Three Stages of Suffering

By Stephen Seager M.D. on October 12, 2015 in BrainTalk
The Family Trauma of Mental Illness

A Brief History of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in The Pursuit of Peace
The emotion of awe long has been thought to be important to human experience, a speculation that increasingly has been supported by empirical research. However, awe also is an extraordinarily complex phenomenon. This is reflected in how substantially the conceptualization of awe has changed over time.

The Power of Awe

Awe can enhance you and your world.

Healing Body-Shame & Trauma: Sharing My Story To Heal Yours

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Stress and Sex
As a psychologist, I’ve known for a long time that letting go of shame and pain requires speaking the unspeakable. Now I know that sometimes speaking is not enough. Sometimes we have to move, to breathe, and to deeply focus without thinking or talking at all.

5 Myths About Burnout

It’s Sunday night and you’re dreading the thought of going to work in the morning. You used to be able to juggle all of the demands of the job as you leaned into success, but now something is missing. You don’t feel as “plugged into” the projects you’re working on, but you know it’s not the right time to change jobs. Is this burnout? Are you just stressed out?

A Simple Act of Kindness

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 12, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
Acts of kindness go a long way towards making us better people, and this a better world.

Remembering Our Selves

By Robert N. Kraft Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Defining Memories
Our memories can be changed by our beliefs and by our social environment, but our memories can also be remarkably accurate – depending on the strategies we use to remember.

How to Bring Up Personal Hygiene Issues

By Kerry Patterson on October 12, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
Set the tone in helping an awkward discussion go quickly and smoothly.

Stealth Abuse of College Women: Coercive Control on Campus

While sexual assaults on college campuses are making the headlines, some of the most common dangers college women face are less visible: the verbal and psychological abuse, stalking, and sexual coercion that comprise a form of abuse called coercive control.

How Gun Control Can Work

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 12, 2015 in Am I Right?
It is possible to have safer public spaces and the Second Amendment, just as it is possible to have a car in every garage and safer roads.

How to Bring Mindfulness Into Meetings--10 Tips

By Ray Williams on October 12, 2015 in Wired for Success
Meetings can be far more productive, less stressful and more interesting if they are conducted mindfully.

School Reform: A Crisis of Expectations

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Digital Pandemic
Tired of the political battles over school reform? Time to take off the rose-colored glasses and end the blame game.

The Short Life and Eugenic Death of Baby John Bollinger

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on October 12, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
In 1915, Dr. Harry Haiselden decided not to operate to save the life of a baby born with disabilities. His controversial choice sparked a massive public debate over the responsibilities of medical doctors, the rights of individuals with disabilities, and the new and dangerous field of eugenics.

Five Ways Teams and Leaders Can Deal with Negative Attention

Great communication and mental health awareness are present in successful teams like the New England Patriots. Coach Belichick and Tom Brady have exemplified their leadership skills and created a mentally tough team that can turn negative energy into something powerful.

Failure to Communicate

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in One Among Many
Open communication comes with risks. The goal to reduce these risks while preserving openness creates a social dilemma. Your responses will reveal your values.

Escaping or Accepting?

It is my belief that escape is at the heart of all addiction. Brene Brown points out in her book "Daring Greatly," shame and guilt are fostered by our attempts to escape our feelings. She identifies three primary ways of escaping feelings.

What Are They Feeling?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Imagine a day at work like this, or in your family, aware of the surface behavior of the people around you but oblivious to their inner life while they remain unmoved by your own. That's a world without empathy. To me, it sounds like a horror film.
The Psychology of Immigration

The Psychology of Immigration

Birman provided a broad overview of immigration today and spoke of the contribution psychology can make in understanding processes of acculturation and developing appropriate mental health and educational interventions.

Stick to the Facts to Keep Stress and Anxiety at Bay

I’ve learned that I can save myself a lot of needless stress and anxiety if I catch myself before I start spinning stories that go beyond my direct experience. Here’s an example involving my dog, Scout...

Master Your Motivation

By Tina Seelig on October 12, 2015 in CreativityRulz
There is a deep linkage between motivation and success. Those with a strong mission are much more likely to succeed.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Evolutionary View

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in How We Do It
Sexually transmitted diseases are unlikely to arise with monogamous mating. Yet several human venereal diseases, notably syphilis, have sometimes spread epidemically. Promiscuous mating in nonhuman primates is correlated with higher levels of white blood cells and faster evolution of immunity genes connected with defences against pathogens. So where do humans fit in?
The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 12, 2015 in The Happiness Project
If you’re a serious reader, it’s great to have a reliable source of recommendations