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?" Can Be a Complicated Question

The question is more difficult for some people than for others

5 Reasons Why The Fairy Tale (Almost) Always Dies

Here are five reasons why fairy tale dreams often lead to misery in romance

Makings of a Child

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) expand the basis of a baby.

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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.

Subverting the Trap of Perfection This Mother's Day

Just in time for the Mother of all holidays, a book that applauds the imperfections of getting older. Finally.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

How do we express our gratitude to our favorite teachers? Empower them.

Helping Teenagers who Live in Dysfunctional Families- Part 1

As teens forge trusting and safe therapeutic relationships with us, opening up and disclosing their deepest thoughts and feelings, we know that after the session they are often returning to environments and interpersonal dynamics that threaten to "undo” the positive work that is happening in our offices.

"Where Are You From?" Can Be a Complicated Question

The question is ambiguous. Depending upon what the questioner wants to know, it can mean a number of different things, but where you are right now can only be understood in relation to where you came from and where you are going.

Imagining an Authentic Life

Stop trying to be true to yourself, because there's no self to be true to. You are a character in a fiction of your own making, constantly revising your narrative to adapt to your circumstances. If you don't like your life, change your story.

How To Hold It All Together in Life and Literature

By Sheila Kohler on May 05, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
A great editor once told me, "If you do it once and it works, do it again. If you bring in a character once bring him/ her in again. " This might be applied to both life and literature.

Make Skepticism, Not Gullibility, Your Habit

Everyone knows someone who believes in some form of unscientific science. After all, if such-and-such helped so-and-so, it should help you, right? Not so fast.

Transgenderism 101

In the weeks since Bruce Jenner's interview, many individuals have asked me to explain what it means to be transgendered, and what the difference is between gender identity and sexuality identity. In this piece, these differences are explained.
Why It’s a Bad Idea to “Interview for Pain”

Why It’s a Bad Idea to “Interview for Pain”

Not “interviewing for pain” seems to me to be excellent advice for dealing with children–and also adults.

5 Reasons Why The Fairy Tale (Almost) Always Dies

The cultural roots of the warrior/hunter man and the feminine/passive-gatherer woman are reflected in the princess and knight in shining armor mentality promoted today. Although compelling, fairy tale expectations set many men and women up for eventual romantic defeat. Here are five reasons why fairy tale dreams often lead to misery in romance.

Lessons from Appalachia

How stereotypes and lack of knowledge obscure the true image of one of America’s most distinct cultures.

14 Tips from 14 Years Sick

#14: When all else fails, go to bed.

The CIA’s Torture Consultant Darlings

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on May 05, 2015 in The Violent Mind
How the American Psychological Association has supported the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" (aka Torture) program.
8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.

From Arrogance to Appreciation

Using the compass of character strengths to move through the journey of life, takes us from arrogance to appreciation.