Procrastination, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

Why self-compassion may be important.

When Children Learn About Other's Minds, They Learn to Lie

Lying requires understanding that other people don't always share your beliefs.

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

Deception and self-interest are again undermining efforts toward APA reform.

Considering the Negative Consequences of a “Bikini Body”

An open letter to Kayla Itsines and Others Who Perpetuate the "Thin Body" Ideal

The Psychology of Tipping

Do American tipping practices help the customer more than the waitstaff?

How Minds Work: As Little As Possible

Minds aren't machines but they mechanize what they can. And then some.

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Darwin’s Long Reach across Psychology

A small evolutionary psychology conference in Upstate New York sheds light on a wide variety of psychological phenomena - from music to emotions to relationships - and more.

Know Yourself

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Seeing What Others Don't
We are often told that is important to know ourselves, but what does that mean? By observing others and noticing similarities and differences, we may gain some insights.

4 Tips to Help You Survive the Holidays

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on December 01, 2015 in Mindful Anger
The trick is to not judge yourself too harshly for reverting to childhood behaviors and to not let your family's treatment of you get too far under your skin.

When You're in Relationship With a Blamer

The most difficult people are our greatest teachers, and they often manifest in the form of family.
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Cranberries — Not Just For Thanksgiving

Think cranberry sauce is just for Thanksgiving? Think again.

Making Severe Autism Visible

By Amy S.F. Lutz on December 01, 2015 in Inspectrum
Despite many written accounts, severe autism is still not understood by those who have never encountered it. These projects aim to show what this devastating disorder looks like.

Getting Kids in Pain to School: Tips From the Trenches

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Thinking About Kids
The recommended rehab for kids in pain is to send them to school. But how? Some thoughts. Please add your own.

Are You a) Happy, b) Unhappy, or c) Both?

By understanding how life is made up of happiness, sadness, and some combination of the two, you can gain insight into bringing out the most of those best of times.

10 Things About Sigmund Freud You'll Wish You Hadn't Learned

By Rebecca Coffey on December 01, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
December 3 is the 120th anniversary of Anna Freud's birth. What most people don't know is that the secrets she held threatened to shake the foundation of her father's legacy.

The Power of Positive Psychology

When we view challenging times in life as opportunities for growth and change, it can seem easier to take the necessary steps to make improvements with or without professional help. Here are a few ways to harness difficult emotions and thoughts for psychological growth and development.

Are Musically Trained Parents Better at Decoding Baby's Cry?

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in What Shapes Film?
Infants cry for many different reasons. Are those who have taken music lessons more 'in tune' with what babies are trying to communicate?

Celebrating the Holidays While Divorced

By Wendy Paris on December 01, 2015 in Splitopia
While most of us cherish holiday traditions, family celebrations need to adapt as families change. This is particularly true after divorce. The holidays can be a perfect time to reflect on your post-marriage relationship, and make adjustments as needed.

Do Today’s Teens Lack Character?

By Elizabeth Wagele on December 01, 2015 in The Career Within You
Teens who study the Enneagram learn to observe behavior and put themselves in others’ shoes, which builds kindness, caring, and character.

Procrastination, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Don't Delay
Personality traits can confer risk for poor health and adjustment. This recent study documents how procrastination is a vulnerability factor for poor adjustment to and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

When Children Learn About Other's Minds, They Learn to Lie

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Lying is a pretty sophisticated behavior. When you lie to someone else, you need to understand that when you tell them something that you know is not true, that they come to believe the false information. That means that you need to understand that their belief and your belief will differ.

Six Terrible Reasons to Have A Child

By Peg Streep on December 01, 2015 in Tech Support
The reasons we decide to become parents can have far-reaching effects on how we interact with our child or children, especially if they remain unexamined and unarticulated. A close look at one of life's biggest decisions.

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
Disgruntled factions are pursuing a deceptive and self-protective campaign aimed at discrediting the recent Hoffman Report, which documented extensive and compelling evidence of collusion between leaders of the American Psychological Association and Department of Defense officials. The latest entry comes from the leadership of the APA's military psychology division.

Five Reasons for Online Dating at Christmas

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Love, Digitally
Disinhibition may work in our favor at Christmas. During this time, mathematically at least, we have more of a chance of finding our match.

Cancer Is My Teacher, Part 4

By Lucy O'Donnell on December 01, 2015 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Having so many operations during this cancer journey and coping with so many general anesthetics crammed into such a short space of time—you really need to approach this as you would a job. What are all these tests and what do they do? Understanding this complicated process and being prepared makes it a whole lot easier.

Rethinking What It Means To Be German

By Jon M Jachimowicz on December 01, 2015 in On The Pursuit of Passion
Almost nine million were born in Germany, yet remain “hyphenated Germans” who must tick “yes” on official forms to the question: “Are you a German with a migrational background?”

Letter from a Therapist: "I'm Successful but Not Effective"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
My advice to a practitioner with serious self-doubts.

Countertop Contretemps

When a letter to the editor appeared in a prestigious medical journal reporting the death of a patient linked to a common countertop material, the manufacturer’s response was not just immediate, it was published simultaneously. DuPont challenged the report that impugned Corian, a product it argued was perfectly safe, if used as directed.

Goodbye Perfectionism: I'm Done With The Anxiety You Bring

By Kristen Lee Costa Ed.D., LICSW on November 30, 2015 in Reset 24/7
Have you had a long term relationship with perfectionism?The head games may be more dangerous than you realize, and get in the way of making new friends that are a lot more accepting, better for your health, and fun to be around.

Exercise, Movement, and The Brain

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in What a Body Knows
Studies of bodily movement and human health generally fall into two categories that reinforce one another: exercise studies and sitting studies. What emerges in the crossfire is a sense that bodily movement is the determining ingredient of health.

Compassion After Loss

It says a lot about me that I really, really looked forward to a six-and-a-half hour training on grief after suicide.

Is Fear of Death Behind Anxiety Disorders?

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Post Clinical
Empirical science answers the big questions

The Unseen Human Being: Reflective Gear Saves Lives

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
As we approach the shortest days of the year, it’s important to remember to wear reflective gear anytime you are walking, jogging, or cycling on public roadways after dark.

What Do Men and Women Want in a Mate Overall?

There are certain categories of features that we all consider when choosing a romantic partner. Knowing them can help you make better choices about who you pick for a mate—and help you be more desirable to others too. Learn what the research has to say...

Authentic Leadership Rediscovered

By Bill George on November 30, 2015 in What Is Your True North?
Authenticity is discussed commonly around leadership. But, what does it actually mean? In this article, Bill George, author of Discover Your True North, discusses what authenticity means for leaders.