Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?

Culture influences the relationship between anger and health.

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

Family income and parental education are linked to a child's brain development.

It's Time to Take the "Positive" Out of Positive Psychology

Being kind, caring, and compassionate may not always lead to greater well-being.

Get on the Train

For Palo Alto High School students who have considered suicide

Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs

Both genes and environment help account for Jobs's success.

Positive Thinking: A Brief User's Guide

Positivity will lift your spirits, but will it lead to meaningful change?

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The Catch-22s of Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in In Practice
Why don’t people seek help, so they can live life more fully, without being limited by anxiety?

Obviously there are practical barriers like cost, time off work, and child care. However there are also some key psychological reasons that are specific to anxiety: Aspects of anxiety itself get in the way of people seeking treatment.

What Happens When the Class Clown Grows Up

Every school classroom seems to have a class clown. The nightmare of most teachers, we know very little about what happens to them when they enter the world of work, home, and community. When they grow up , these “wits” or jokesters can also create havoc to the other adults who inhabit their world.

7 Ways to Combat Facebook Jealousy

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
Many of us are trapped in a cycle of seeking out social media almost automatically when we're bored or stressed. Sometimes, though, it can do more harm than good-- especially if it spurs on jealousy. Here are seven ways to break free.

The Clumsy Left-Handers: Fact or Fiction?

There seems to be an ingrained belief in our world that left-handers are clumsy. Is that true?

The Eyes Reveal our Sexual Orientation

Can the eyes reveal sexual arousal?

Discover the Joy of Missing Out

Turn down the noise from our wired world to reconnect with your true self and your true life.

Don't Give Up on the Difficult Patient

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 31, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
The most difficult patients often eventually form the deepest relationships and have the most satisfying outcomes. We are most important and make the biggest difference in the lives of the people who need us most, even if the day to day is not always smooth. With redirection, what was once the power to destroy can now become the power to heal and create.

Hope Floats

Must death leave us feeling hopelessly mortal?

Happiness With Life 7: Rid Life's Unnecessary Negatives

Leading a happy life includes building in as much pleasure as possible, while also ridding all the hassles and hardships you can. While needing to gracefully tolerate those frustrations you cannot eliminate, learn the process of slowly but surely eliminate all those you can.
Want To Change a Habit?

Want To Change a Habit?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 31, 2015 in The Happiness Project
I truly do believe that it’s possible for us to change our habits — even when we’ve failed before.

Trying To See The Items For The Means

A pitfall for researchers to avoid.

Toxic Friends Who Take More Than They Give

Whether you think in terms of the Golden Rule, karma, or Law of Threefold, how we treat others greatly influences how we, ourselves, are treated.

Commit to Self-Compassion

By Wendy Paris on March 31, 2015 in Splitopia
Self-compassion is a powerful force when it comes to getting through a divorce and getting on with your life.

Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Long-term stress is bad for you. Decades of research demonstrates that when people are stressed over a long period of time, their immune system is suppressed. These individuals experience health problems including heart disease and high blood pressure.

5 Epic April Fool’s Pranks and the Psychology Behind Them

There are psychological reasons why we fall for April Fool's pranks, and these 5 are among the best.

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

In the largest study of its kind, a team of investigators from nine different universities have identified a correlative link between family income and a child’s brain structure.

One Warning Sign That He May Not Be the Best Lover

By Donna Barstow on March 31, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
A cartoon about OCD and food obsessions.

Think You Know What Your Dog Is Feeling? No, You Don't.

By Peg Streep on March 31, 2015 in Tech Support
Dog owners universally ascribe complex emotions to their furry companions. But what's really going on? Do dogs feel what we think they feel or are we all just projecting?

Do You Have to Be a Billionaire to Make a Difference?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Time Out
The super-rich are well-placed to be a positive influence in the world. Many of them are trying, according to their lights. You can talk with one of the super-rich tonight: share your views of the good society and how we can move toward it.

A Prayer for My Aunt

By Susan Hooper on March 30, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
My mother's younger sister often seemed angry with the world. In her last months, as she battled the physical and mental indignities of old age, I saw a new sweetness of character, along with the iron strength that had sustained her through her life's tribulations.

Being Misunderstood

By Lynne Soraya on March 30, 2015 in Asperger's Diary
Looking back at my life, if I were to identify a common theme, it is feeling misunderstood. It sounds so much like a cliché, that many roll their eyes when hearing the phrase. “Everyone feels misunderstood,” they say. But what’s interesting is that those in my life who have said that, have gradually come to realize that it is true.

Helping Clients Reconnect with Their Bodies

Clients with histories of physical and sexual abuse or neglect are often chronically disconnected from their bodies. Therapists should be mindful of the fact that survivors of abuse and neglect are likely to live in this state of physical detachment. Helping clients safely reconnect to their bodies is vitally important.

Mental Health Screening Wouldn't Have Saved Germanwings 9525

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 30, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Screening must balance concerns of rare high-risk cases versus the vast majority of functional people with mental illness trying to overcome stigma and judgment

It's Time to Take the "Positive" Out of Positive Psychology

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on March 30, 2015 in Between You and Me
What is the prescription for optimal living? The burgeoning field of positive psychology appears to have many of the answers: We should be kind to others, forgiving of transgressions, gracious and compassionate in our daily lives, and optimistic about the future. Following this simple plan should keep us happy and healthy. It turns out the answer might not be so simple.

High School and Beyond

As a parent, you understand the desire to help your child succeed in the world and have the best future possible. Many parents dream their child will be successful, obtain postsecondary education, excel academically and most of all: find a career that is rewarding and satisfying. After all, isn't that the American dream?

7 Science-Based Reasons to Laugh Every Chance You Get!

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Feeling It
Go on, rent that comedy! Laughter has more benefits than you even know!

Can We Reverse Cognitive Decline?

By Katherine Bouton on March 30, 2015 in What I Hear
Good brain health is the bottom line. Now we just have to figure out how to preserve that health in those with hearing loss.

Relationship Secrets of Happy Couples

We all want loving and successful relationships but we don't all know how to achieve them! Research shows that certain ways of being together can create the glue that holds your relationship intact for the long haul. Read about some things you can do right now to make your relationship happier and healthier.

The Sleep and Dream Database

The SDDb is a free, open access resource for empirical dream research using simple yet powerful and highly flexible tools of analysis.

Get on the Train

By Ariel Gore on March 30, 2015 in Women and Happiness
I'm going to give you some advice your parents and teachers might not: Drop out of high school.