Work/Life Integration

Get More Done by Focusing Less on Work

Six Tips to Guide You in Sharing Your Feelings

There’s a time, place, and way to use self-disclosure in your relationships

Finding Meaning Through Mental Time Travel

Imagine walking into the door of your childhood home: What would you learn?

The Pull of Old Habits

How the brain gets stuck in harmful patterns

Knowledge and Blame

We blame people when we believe they should have known better.

Telepressure: The Dark Side of Convenience

The benefits of technology may come with a price for employees.

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A Spiritual Life with a Psychology to Match

Spiritual people, spiritual psychology: hope for the future.

Simplifying Heroin

Heroin addition is often described as a disease like any other. It is not.

10 Signs Your Boss / Manager is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." At the workplace, a pathologically narcissistic manager can be insensitive and conceited at best, and exploitative or abusive at worst. Here are ten signs that your boss might be a narcissist...
Our Fear of the Envy of Others

Our Fear of the Envy of Others

Our fear of being envied by others can stifle us in our development and creative expression. Sometimes this envy comes from those we think should love us the most.

Neuroscientists Confirm That Strangers Can Become Ourselves

Your brain has the ability to transfer your sense of self into the physical body of a stranger.

A Workover: Do I Need to Be Completely Honest on My Resume?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Love your Boss

Can we learn from the psychology of relationships research how to get on much better with our boss? After all she or he can have a very significant effect on your life. It is certainly better to have them as a friend and ally rather than an enemy. So what can you do to improve your relationship?

Mechanics of the Placebo Effect

A look at how the placebo effect works

Teach Someone to Prioritize Using Psychological Distance

You may be tempted to write off some team members as never being able to manage themselves. They may be great at execution, but the level of handholding they need about what actually has to get done is frustrating. It would be ideal if there were a way to get everyone on a work team to be thinking about the big picture.

Posttraumatic Growth

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Tattoos and Identity:

A website urges you to tattoo a song lyric on "your skin and soul." What's going on?

Torture and the Identity of Psychology

By Gregg Henriques on May 02, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
The torture fiasco is partly a function of the APA being very confused about the identity of psychology and psychologists.
Work/Life Integration

Work/Life Integration

Work/Life Integration: How to get more done by focusing less on work.

The Puzzling Unhappiness of Braggarts

What can John Mayer tell us about happiness?

Why Not Tax the Rich?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on May 02, 2015 in Hidden Motives
Strangely, the poor themselves end up protecting the rich

Six Tips to Guide You in Sharing Your Feelings

We say that people have “no filter” when they let everyone know exactly what they’re thinking at any given moment. Although self-disclosure can promote intimacy, there are times when discretion trumps honesty in order to preserve your relationships. These 6 tips will help you develop that perfect filter.

Part II: Communication is Not about Techniques

There is almost always a hidden agenda in the use of communication techniques. When people are emotionally disconnected, communication techniques makes them feel manipulated.

The Honest Truth About Self- Publishing

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 02, 2015 in Listen Up!
There are profound rewards, delights, and costs to self- publishing. They may not be the ones you expect.
Nuclear Weapons R'Us - Not!

Nuclear Weapons R'Us - Not!

It takes wisdom, compassion and courage to lay down weapons and offer friendship to those we have formerly mistaken as enemies.

A Workover: Coping with a Co-Worker Who Drives You Nuts

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Does Harry Potter Have the Power to Wipe Out Prejudice?

According to a recent study, young people who identify with Harry Potter are less likely to be prejudiced against minority groups.
Kindness Is Our Business

Kindness Is Our Business

By Tim Leberecht on May 01, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Small or big acts of kindness have become an outright trend both at the workplace and in customer experiences—and that’s a good thing!

Finding Meaning Through Mental Time Travel

Imagine returning to the home where you grew up, opening the door, and walking right back into your childhood or youth? What would you learn about yourself and your life story? How would you live your life differently today?

Kanns' Vergessen

Psychological Science (from the eponymous journal) occasionally penetrates the academia/public membrane. Some findings go viral or merely fungal, and sometimes for the wrong reasons. See here for two examples and a word of the day for your edutainment. Never mind the title of this post. Just read on.

You May Be Playing the Victim, and Not Even Know It?

When you do everything your partner asks, you likely expect gratitude in return, but what it actually creates in them is a reservoir of guilt and anger.

Tips to Avoid Pain Recovery Relapse

I typically use the famous quote from W.L. Bateman, “if you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got,” when patients come into treatment after having no success with methods of pain relief.

Stop Working On Yourself and Start Growing in a Deeper Way!

The article explores how our attitude toward personal growth can hold us back. The expression "I'm working on myself" might foster a self-critical vigilance that impedes our growth rather than furthers it. Perhaps paradoxically, it is when we accept ourselves just as we are that we create a more reliable foundation for personal growth.

Mental Health Awareness

The month of May celebrates mental health

Tame Your Sabotaging Self-Talk, Part 1

You may have heard the expression “monkey mind,” which refers to the way that our minds are all over the place. To learn more about how to be present with the inner chaos, I turned to Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., mindfulness expert and author of The Awakened Introvert.

Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself

The more we understand our own relationships to gender, the more room we have to live with freedom, with authenticity, with a sense of integration, and the less we scapegoat our marginalized sisters and brothers who are targeted, discriminated against, and attacked.