The Surprising First Step in Effective Child Discipline

By David Rettew M.D. on February 11, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Programs to help parents overcome child defiance don't usually start with star charts or time-outs but rather the surprisingly simple but tricky skill of paying attention.

How Smart Is that Doggie at My Table? A Measurable Fido IQ

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Animal Emotions
An exciting new study has discovered a generalized intelligence factor for dogs. The researchers found that dogs who did well on one test tended to be better on other tests.
Krystine I. Batcho

Faded Glory: What Can We Learn From the Formerly Famous?

Celebrities are exceptional individuals. Can we learn from how they cope when their glory fades?

Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Psychosis

This public health measure is well meaning. Good enough maternal love ought to be the highest value in our society. In practice this means the destructive use of antidepressants.

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Valentines Day 2016: Can You Really Die From a Broken Heart?

By Kevin Campbell M.D. on February 11, 2016 in At the Heart of Health
Broken Heart Syndrome--Can real life Heartache Result in real life Heart Failure?

Lori Sylvester on Residential Treatment for Adolescent Girls

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lori Sylvester on residential treatment for adolescent girls.

If Emotional First Aid Were a Dress It Would Look like This

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
An artist inspired by themes of emotional vulnerability and emotional resilience created a stunning wearable emotional fashion statement.
Courtney Carmody/flickr, used with permission from Creative Commons

Teens and Sex

By Sara Villanueva Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in How to Parent a Teen
Afraid to discuss "the birds and the bees" with your teen? Here are a few tips.

Thriving, Cognitive Complexity, Bee Wisdom—and You

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in The Hero Within
To thrive in today’s world, it is critical to be able to track emerging cultural stories that empower rather than limit you.
Dr. Robert Puff's photo, Big Sur

Advanced Happiness Skill

There are three parts to this Advanced Happiness Skill. One is to be passive. The second is to be detached. And the third is to observe.

A Howl from the Wolf of Winter Blues

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in Chronotherapy
A recent scholarly article asserts Seasonal Affective Disorder is a "folk theory." At first, this was a blow to my (rather large) ego, but then I decided it was good for business.

One Soldier's Struggle With Torture, Trauma and Moral Injury

By Eric Newhouse on February 11, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
LTC Bill Edmonds was put in an impossible situation: forced to decide between allowing torture to save American lives or risking death to American soldiers.

How Your Unconscious Mind is Keeping You Single

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in Dating and Mating
Many people are consciously and happily single. But if you are interested in finding a mate, consider these unconscious factors that may be affecting your relationship status.

Too Many Leaders Spoil the Group

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Powerful people have trouble working together.

Your Brain in Love

By Joe Pierre M.D. on February 11, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Spending Valentine's Day in an MRI scanner.

Do Vitamins Have Placebo Effects?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in The Human Beast
After years of hearing that vitamin supplementation was protective of health, we are now hearing that they are a waste of money for people with an adequate diet.

Setting Your Money “Normal”

By Michael F. Kay on February 11, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
When it comes to money, you have "normal" habits. But that doesn't make them effective, efficient or even appropriate.

Can Children Be Actors?

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
If actors must have the emotional maturity and understanding to create extreme scenarios and characters, but the imagination and openness of a child, can children act?

Art Therapy in Prison Is Social Justice

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on February 11, 2016 in Art on Trial
Is art therapy in prison social justice? If social justice is about giving the marginalized and disenfranchised members of society a chance, then the answer has to be yes.

Does Experiencing Therapy Make a Better Therapist?

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
The therapeutic alliance between client and therapist is affected by therapist well-being.

Combining Aerobic Exercise and Meditation Reduces Depression

By Christopher Bergland on February 11, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that the combination of doing focused meditation and aerobic exercise back-to-back reduces depression, rumination, and overwhelming negative thoughts.

Valentine's Day—Love's Amateur Night

Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity to test the waters and see what it might be like if we allowed the intimacy and vulnerability of our partnership to happen every day.

Is the Love You Take Always Equal to the Love You Make?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in In the Name of Love
Are equality and reciprocity essential to romantic relations, as is commonly assumed? The surprising answer is negative: they are not necessary, not always, and not every kind.

9 Ways to Win the Salary Challenge When Job Hunting

Salary discussions can be a challenge when job interviewing. But by negotiating wisely - with a solid strategy and emotional intelligence, you'll increase your odds of success.

Loneliness Has an Antidote and You’ll Never Guess What It Is

By Kira Asatryan on February 10, 2016 in The Art of Closeness
Make more friends? Nope. Improve social skills? Nope. The secret to overcoming loneliness is something you’ve never heard of.

Just Get Over it and Move On!

Are you a survivor of childhood sexual abuse or in a relationship with someone who is? Why are sentences like "Just get over it" the wrong thing to say?

Spontaneous Remission: Fact or Fiction?

By Judy Carter on February 10, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Can the mind heal an incurable, fatal medical illness? As seen "Oprah," Jeffrey D. Rediger MD calls for a medicine of hope & possibility.

Is It Possible That a Dog Could Be Racist?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 10, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that minor actions by a dog's owner can cause it to develop negative emotions toward particular people.

Why Are Painful Emotions So Hard to Handle?

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 10, 2016 in Beyond Freud
Throughout development, maturity lessons need to be learned and re-learned in order to best master the inevitable disappointments of life.

Black History and the Filipin@ Community

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Unseen and Unheard
As we celebrate Black History, I am reminded of the painful reality that many of my fellow Filipin@s still hold prejudices against African Americans and other dark-skinned peoples.

Little Treasure, Little Sun, Little Mouse

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Between Cultures
Idiosyncratic communication between couples is associated with relationship satisfaction.

"I Don't Like My Wife"

By Isadora Alman MFT on February 10, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
If you want to know what's going on, ask in such a way that is likely to get you an honest answer.

Can Playing Pinball Be Addictive?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in In Excess
Does pinball addiction exist? Only one academic paper has ever been published on pinball addiction (a case study) and this blog takes a look at that paper in more detail.

Sneaky SAD

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Chronotherapy
I thought I was going to skip a year of SAD in November of 2015. I was feeling symptom-free! But I didn't count on a gradual onset, one stealthy symptom at a time.