Just Having a “Plan B” Makes It More Likely You’ll Need One

Research has found that when you plan for failure, you're basically giving yourself permission to fail.

What Dale Earnhardt Jr. Can Teach Auto Accident Survivors

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in The New Normal
Dale Earnhardt Jr. advances public awareness of concussions.

Music Enhances Beer's Flavor

Listening to music we love can make whatever we're drinking taste much more delicious.

5 Tips for Avoiding Regrets About Love

Wondering how to avoid having regrets about love and relationships? These five tips will help keep you from saying "if only..."

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Are You a Perfectionist? Take This Quiz

By Judith Orloff M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Emotional Freedom
If you're a perfectionist or inner slave driver you'll need to tame these in order to live a live a happy, balanced life.

Unsafe Refuge

The Centers for Disease Control recently reported on the case of a family poisoned in their home after a botched Florida fumigation. It would be reassuring to view this as a fluke
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4 Strategies to Mindfully Enhance Everyday Creativity

Creativity is about journeying into the dark and mysterious forest of the unknown. Learn how you can begin opening the door to your core creativity and to your open-mind awareness.

Parenting a Gay Child

Can't accept your child's sexual orientation? Tips from those who've been there!

Three Ways Stimulants Negatively Change Your Life

There are so many more than just these reasons to avoid abuse of stimulants.

Two Hidden Ways to Sustain Romance and Intimacy

Are you failing to see what can promote lasting romantic connection and wellbeing with your partner? Two new findings show what's been hidden in plain sight.

Four Ways to Help Your Kids Avoid Depression and Addiction

Intentionally building your relationship with your child to include trust, open lines of communication and mutual support is one of the best ways you can encourage your child.

Look Up: The Surprising Joy of Raising Your Gaze

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in Mind Wandering
Next time you need a lift, try looking upwards.

How I Became Friends With the Dalai Lama

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in Face It!
A friendship with the Dalai Lama is no small matter, even when you're a world renowned psychologist.

Common Sense Trust Thinking

Do you trust strangers more than coworkers or bosses? More than neighbors? The government? Discover why common sense thinking about trust isn't so common.

What Are Your Options if Your Parent Has BPD Rages?

Parents' harsh anger can emotionally disable a son or daughter—child or adult.

Love Won't Last With Your Partner Unless You Both Have This!

Do you really think, "We just drifted apart" cuts it to explain why so many loving relationships fail? Read about this key ingredient to make satisfying love truly last.

Coping After Shootings: Self-Care Strategies for Families

Witnessing gun violence directly or through media can cause difficulties with behavioral and emotional functioning. Read these tips on coping to reduce trauma.

Better Mindsets, Better Results

Here are 4 mindset shifts that can help us win at life.

A Billionaire Looks at Death

By Robin Marantz Henig on July 29, 2016 in Cusp
Finding out by chance George Soros' interest in end-of-life decision-making and why it's important.

Are You Getting Enough Affection From Your Partner?

Affection is a basic human need, so what happens when you don't get enough of it in relationships? New research explores this question.

What to Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 29, 2016 in Saving Normal
Giving up on curing the illness doesn't mean giving up on helping the patient.

Why Is Poor Balance Strongly Correlated With Dementia Risk?

A first-of-its-kind study has identified a strong link between poor balance and the risk of dementia in older age. What is the neuroscience behind this correlation?

Art Therapy Does Not Happen Through an Adult Coloring Book..

There is no doubt that adult coloring books can be forms of emotional grounding and relaxation, depending on the individual. But therapy is more than self-help and self-soothing.

My Gardening Mentor

By Jennifer Haupt on July 29, 2016 in One True Thing
I had a love/hate relationship with my garden. So I hired someone who could teach me the basics of how to spend less time digging in the dirt and get better results.

5 Questions for Kids Fearful of Trying New Things

"Fear of failure" preventing your kid from thriving? Here's the encouragement your kid needs

I Don't Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

By Amy S.F. Lutz on July 29, 2016 in Inspectrum
Before we can appropriately support the severely developmentally disabled, we need to understand their impairments. Yet parents who describe them are routinely castigated.

The Divorce Curse of Bravo’s Real Housewives Continues

Let Jules, Cynthia, Yolanda, Luann, Bethenny, NeNe, Porsha, Phaedra, Tamra, Vicki, and others be cautionary examples of how the show makes relationships more vulnerable to divorce.

When Stress Turns Toxic

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on July 29, 2016 in Brainstorm
New research shows that after three days of stress, the brain begins to shrink, manifesting quickly in loss of memory.

Should We Torture Suspected Terrorists?

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in Face It!
Weighing in on the use of torture as an interrogation tactic for suspected terrorists.

Tens of Thousands of fMRI Studies of the Brain May Be Flawed

By Kevin Murnane, Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in The Info Monkey
Several decades of brain mapping studies based on fMRI data are brought into question because the assumptions underlying the statistical analyses used in the studies were not met.

Why I’m Giving Up My Job as an Undercover Muppet

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on July 29, 2016 in Reset 24/7
Are you a perpetual people pleaser? Our performance driven culture can leave us depleted, requiring us to rethink our obsession with perfectionism in favor of self-compassion.

Advice: Should I Delete My Ex And His Family On Facebook?

When you break up, should your online friendships end, too? Advice to a letter writer who feels self-conscious about her ex's family checking up on her online.

The Civic Imagination

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 29, 2016 in On Having Fun
It is easier to gain entrance to the public imagination with humor than with outrage.

The Happiest Nation in the World

The United Arab Emirates is looking to be the happiest nation in the world. How can psychology help?