Cognitive Dissonance and the Franken Sexual Misconduct Case

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Democrats and feminists must honestly grapple with the uncomfortable feelings generated by the Franken case.

How “Manipulation Armies” Are Undermining Democracies

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Side Effects
A new report on the “closed loops” of disinformation stoking chaos and confusion almost everywhere.

Controversies in the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders

Why are diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders always so controversial? Different groups want and need different things and reaching an agreement is difficult.

Measurement Validity Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Cui Bono
How do we know that a test that allegedly measures shyness actually measures shyness?

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I'm Too Ordinary to Get Into College

By Adam Price Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
How applying to college sucks the soul out of seventeen year olds

When Post-Breakup Pursuit Becomes Stalking

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Relational pursuit is part of love stories and romantic comedies—even after a breakup. Unfortunately, glamorous depictions of unrequited love create a false sense of normalcy.

The Psychology of Gift Giving

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 19, 2017 in Hide and Seek
...and 10 rules for better gifts.

3 Essential Tips for Mastering American-Style Small Talk

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 in Adaptation
Use these tips to make small talk a proud part of your conversational repertoire.
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Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims

It takes more than 20 sessions, or about six months of weekly therapy, before therapy patients start to improve.
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Relationship Trouble? Go Bold, Not Timid

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on November 19, 2017 in Fixing Families
When problems flare in your relationship, it's easy to try and lay low, calm the waters. But this is an opportunity to step up, get things on the table, stop going on autopilot.

52 Ways: Identify Threats to Your Relationship from Others

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 19, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Identify behaviors that undermine the integrity of your love relationship, create conflict between partners, or destabilize one member in a way that throws a couple into chaos.

Why You Should Consider Serving Fish This Thanksgiving

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 19, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Wondering what foods can reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s and actually improve cognitive function? Hint: It isn’t blueberries, coconut oil, or turmeric.
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The Ego and Delirium

We must confront a terrifying fact: Delirium, in its distressing volatility, in its elusive content, is a temporal horizon between meaning and nothingness.

Are Your Strengths Making You Unhappy?

When it comes to doing more of what you do best each day at work are you missing the mark? So what’s the best way to put your strengths to work?

National Adoption Day

By Frances Kuffel on November 18, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
I've been pondering adoption for a couple of years as jealousy of my brothers and their children for finding their biological families tortures me each summer weekend.

3 Mindful Eating Tips to Savor Thanksgiving

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 18, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Simple tips to help you savor Thanksgiving without restrictions

Darwin's Classroom

According to a recent study, having an elementary school education that matches features of our ancestral past has positive and far-reaching outcomes in life. Here is why.
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What is Love?

Most view love as the most important aspect in life. Why, then, do we spend most of our lives focusing on something else?

Beyond Reality: Pretend Play Matters

By Brittany N Thompson on November 18, 2017 in Socioemotional Success
What is pretend play? How does pretend contribute to social skill development? What does all of this mean for everyday contexts and interactions for young children?

How to Spot the Stalker: When Casual Dating is Dangerous

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
How many dates does it take to form a relationship? Stalkers might say one—or none. The distorted lens of unrequited love can be delusional and dangerous.

10 Things to Be Thankful For

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on November 18, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks with the people you love.

7 Ways the Insecure Try to Seem Important

Some people will go through extreme and perhaps ridiculous efforts to seem important. These seven behaviors may be covering up their feelings of loneliness and inferiority.

Walking in Natural Environments Nourishes Parent-Child Bonds

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending time together in nature increases family cohesion, according to a new study.

Use Scientific Methods to Detect Fake News

Both fake news and science became salient issues during last year’s presidential election. Understanding the principles of scientific methods can help detect false information.

Six Elements Of Self-Care In Adults With Childhood Trauma

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.

Navigating Difficult People and Opinions During the Holidays

We are living in highly polarized, traumatized, and mistrustful times. Here's how you can avoid turning Thanksgiving into Thanksblaming.

Reducing Host-Guest Tensions: How to Be a Good Houseguest

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Presence of Mind
These houseguest guidelines will increase the odds of a visit unmarked by host-guest tensions.

10 Reasons Why Your Grown Kids Hate You

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Between the Lines
Wonder why you and your grown kids can't get along? Here are 10 reasons, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Is Caffeine Causing Your Sleeplessness?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
What you need to know about caffeine.

The Paradox of Relationship Commitment: Who Holds the Power?

When a relationship starts to go stale, here are some ideas for ramping it back up to speed.