Why The Germanwings Tragedy Couldn't Happen In The U.S.

The Two-Person Rule keeps a pilot from acting alone.

Unbroken by Divorce: 5 Rules of Resilience

What's different about the people who are least likely to be undone by divorce

How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation

Most of the matter in the known universe is stuff that we have no way of seeing.

Adolescence and Honoring Agreements

Why adolescents can make more agreements with a parent than they tend to keep

What Do Women Look for in a Mate?

Choosing a potential mate is always tricky. A new research study shows why.

The Power of Influence

Want to affect the world? You have more power than you think.

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If You Tend to Get Scattered, Check for Adult ADD/ADHD

Children with attention deficits tend to be recognized by parents, pediatricians and teachers. Adult ADD sufferers by contrast often go undiagnosed. Yet adult ADD can destroy relationships at home and at work.

Why The Germanwings Tragedy Couldn't Happen In The U.S.

Can a flight attendant in the cockpit keep a deranged pilot from intentionally crashing a plane?

What Is Your Problem, Baltimore?

By Kathryn Seifert on May 04, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
What Is Your Problem, Baltimore? Racism, Lack of Economic Opportunity, Community Engagement, or Something Else?

Thriving Under Stressful Work

Although employees often focus on the negative effects of stress at work, when approached in the right way work demands can provide employees with opportunities for growth and development. In this post we discuss what determines whether employees can thrive rather than falter under stress, including how work demands can be perceived and attacked before they become severe.

The Beneficial Effects Of Animals On Children With Autism

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Animals and Us
Temple Grandin told me that some (but not all) people with autism have a special way with animals. This new study examined the biological mechanisms behind the soothing effects Guinea pigs can have on children with autism spectrum disorders. .

Unbroken by Divorce: 5 Rules of Resilience

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Living Single
There are big differences among people in how well they do after getting divorced. A recent review article suggested 5 ways that resilient people differ from those who have the hardest time.

Neurofeedback as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

April was Parkinson’s Awareness Month, which prompted me to share this story and an effective, yet little-known treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Does Eating Your Carrots Make You More Creative?

In a new study, people’s daily fruit and vegetable consumption predicted how engaged and inspired they felt that day.

Adopted Kids Do Not Come With a Warranty

By Tina Traster on May 04, 2015 in Against All Odds
Long Island case involving two adopted Russian children is one to watch

How Rules and Bureaucracy Breed Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Innovation You
Here's the thing that innovators tend to forget: bureaucracy is our friend. The rules and regulations of any organization are also the forces that unwittingly create whitespaces, the opportunities to break new boundaries.
Four Steps to Making Change an Opportunity Not a Threat

Four Steps to Making Change an Opportunity Not a Threat

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in The Power of Prime
In general, people don’t like change. During primitive times, change was perceived as a threat to survival which triggered our ‘fight or flight’ response. Unfortunately, though we like to think that we have evolved far beyond our ancestors, the reality is that we are still quite primitive in some basic ways including our response to change.
Adolescence and Honoring Agreements

Adolescence and Honoring Agreements

Keeping agreements is a teenage habit worth the parental effort to teach.

The Culture Wars and Parental Guilt

A massive cultural change that has taken place in a fairly brief period of time has led to the infamous culture wars between the forces of individualism and those of conformity. Gender role expectations have dramaticly transformed. This has led to a massive explosion of parental guilt, which has resulted in problematic parenting practices that lead to impairment in kids.

Bipolar Disorder and Failure to Launch Syndrome

How does bipolar disorder present as failure to launch syndrome in a young adult? Read on...

How to Understand the Germanwings Crash

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Insight Therapy
The crash of Germanwings flight 9525, a murder-suicide perpetrated by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz killing all 150 people on board, is raising questions about how to account for, and protect ourselves against, such shocking instance of manmade terror.

Getting Stuck in Time Wasting Tar Pits

These time wasters are taking away tiny pieces of our lives. Some are easier to avoid than others. Ultimately, you will save the most time, and will enjoy your life more, by not getting caught up in negative emotions about it.

Working An Imaginary Shift at Night

Have you ever had a night of light or disrupted sleep because you were thinking about work all night long? Maybe, even if you fell asleep, you dreamt about work and all the potential work-related disasters that could occur? If you feel like you work an imaginary (unpaid) shift at night, here are three tips for keeping work out of your bedroom.

Teaching: The Single Most Important Profession

Of all the elements of my job (writing, research, paper-pushing), it’s the teaching that is, by-far-and-away, front-row-and-center. If you can read this, then you should thank a teacher this week!
What Do Women Look for in a Mate?

What Do Women Look for in a Mate?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Some researchers have named those qualities that women look at in choosing a mate as the Three Gees - good genes, good providers, and good fathers. Men who can demonstrate all three of these qualities stand the greatest chance of winning the mate selection competition. But how important are these traits? New research from China puts the Three Gees to the test.

Mothers Who Harm Their Kids To Garner Attention

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Homo Consumericus
Few could imagine that a mother could harm her own biological child as a means of garnering empathy and sympathy. Yet, this dreadful reality has been documented in a wide range of cultural settings.

Susie Orman Schnall Wants You To Find Balance

Susie Orman Schnall, founder of the Balance Project, shares how we can find the perfect work-life balance in our busy lives.

Is Criminal Profiling a Science, Art or Magic?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
Practitioners of profiling share a common goal of analyzing evidence gathered at a crime scene and statements provided by victims and witnesses in order to develop a description of an unknown offender. As conducted by the FBI, criminal profiling is involved in the investigation, apprehension and prosecution phases of the criminal justice process.

Dr. Oz, Entertainment, Ethics and Medicine

The debate about whether Dr. Mehmet Oz should resign from his position at Columbia for "quackery" continues. Questions about doing no harm, doing good, forgiveness, public shaming and responsible medicine are addressed in this blog.

Looking to the Future of Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is at a crossroads whether it is a new separate discipline or a force for transformation and integration

Beyond the Divided Self: Why Mental Conflict Is Normal

Although inner conflict has traditionally been pathologized, the diametric model shows it to be normal.

A Workover: A Nurse Wants a Raise

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program. Relevant to a wide range of negotiations.

Breast-feeding Moms Have a Bigger Job Than You Think

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on May 03, 2015 in The Good Gut
Breast milk is loaded with human milk oligosaccharides, which can’t be digested by humans. Why is it there? Because Mom also has to feed her baby’s gut microbes.

Voices

Voices is a beautifully rendered documentary on the lives of three people with severe, persistent, psychotic illness. For 56 minutes we enter lives upended by an illness, schizophrenia, which for these three led to substantial disability, homelessness and catastrophe.

Happy Mother-Someone's Day

As there are "good enough mothers,” there are also good enough "mother-someones" who do not give up when things go terribly awry, but are able to use the failures and derailments as opportunities to work together to right the wrongs, get the relationships back on the rails together—to repair interactively.

Mama Bliss

Mama Bliss, a stellar Portuguese water dog, provides mothering in the most surprising way.