The Adjustment of Adoptees

Studying the behavior and adjustment of adopted children

7 Ways to Combat Facebook Jealousy

Envy on social media is real and depressing; here's how to fight it.

Are People Who Express Anger Unhealthy?

Culture influences the relationship between anger and health.

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

Family income and parental education are linked to a child's brain development.

It's Time to Take the "Positive" Out of Positive Psychology

Being kind, caring, and compassionate may not always lead to greater well-being.

Get on the Train

For Palo Alto High School students who have considered suicide

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12 Things That Make Bosses Want to Get Rid of an Employee

12 Things That Make Bosses Want to Get Rid of an Employee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
Do you do something likely to put you on your employer's chopping block?

Is the Earth a Sentient Being?

The planet senses threats and changes its behavior to reduce those threats. Is it alive?

Announcing A New Journal In Psychology

By Jesse Marczyk on March 31, 2015 in Pop Psych
It's time to fix the false positive problem in psychology

Boyhood

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Tell Me a Story
Richard Linklater's film Boyhood beautifully illustrates milestones in child and adolescent development. The film is required watching for all students of child development, as well as for all parents.

Social Challenges of Children With ADHD

For children, the most difficult part of having Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often the social challenges it causes.

Rock On: Getting Your Teen to Talk

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Tell Me a Story
Teens need to be able to disclose their thoughts, struggles, and dreams with their parents. Learn ways to communicate with your teen that help build your relationship, and that will make it more likely that your teen will keep talking to you.

Pilot suicide: A likely scenario

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on March 31, 2015 in Mood Swings
Suicide is unpredictable. It was depression. The antidepressants caused it. Why all these views are questionable, and why there is a more probable psychiatric scenario to explain the recent German pilot suicide.

5 Signs That Seeking Help May Benefit You

People often get stressed, have problems with others, or have problems coping with life. Yet many don't seek professional help. Here are some ideas about when therapy may benefit you or your family.

Six Ways to Stop Feeling Annoyed with Your Mate

We all have pet peeves. When they get in the way of you enjoying your relationship, it’s time to take stock of what is going on.

Loving Eye Contact: How Mutual Staring Can Create Passion

Research suggests that a mutual gaze or stare can help to create feelings of passion and attraction, even between total strangers. Read on for more...

14 Prompts To Help You Start Communicating About Sex

Most people know that communication is a healthy and necessary part of any sexual relationship. But let’s face it - sex is tough to talk about! Many people have never talked about sex openly in their relationship, so they don’t even know where to start.
My favorite way to teach couples to start communicating about sex is by using prompts.

What Kind of Justice at Guantánamo?

What does justice mean at Guantánamo? And for whom?

Creativity Hiding in the Headlines

“Anglo Saxon Eye Remedy Kills Deadly Superbug.” It’s the kind of headline that is sure to attract anyone interested in ancient, complementary and alternative medicines, but why post it in a creativity blog? Well, if you haven’t guessed by now, creativity can hide anywhere, manifest itself in any field, and impart its lessons through any medium. So read on!

Indiana: Where "Freedom" Requires Discrimination

By Marty Klein PhD on March 31, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
"Religious freedom" was never intended to exempt people from legal obligations.

Jerked Awake

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Sleepless in America
Although their cause is unknown, sleep starts are experienced by a majority of people. They occur during drowsiness or light sleep and feel like falling with a sudden jerk. Most often they are unpleasant but harmless. In some cases, however, they can cause insomnia or even sleep deprivation.

Loves Lost: One Troubled Pilot Brings Grieving to Many

One wonders how many words were left unspoken by those who boarded the plane? Will those left behind expressed gratitude because their last moments together were a blessing? Or did they part with an unkind word or look that can never be repaired?

Cooperation is Natural

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in The Green Mind
Nature contact facilitates mental and physical development, improves learning, makes us more cooperative, and promotes pro-environmental choices. These are the qualities we need for a prosperous society and that negotiators in tough negotiations need for positive results.

Cinderella: Trash or Treasure?

Is Disney’s new Cinderella just more grist for the princess mill? Is it drivel, schmaltz, fantasy? Or does it go way deeper? Intelligently written, directed, designed, and acted, the filmmakers have created a profound exploration of life, love, spirituality, international politics, and valuable lessons to embrace. Look through a new lens and see what resonates with you.

Can You Mend A Broken Heart?

Animals and people can die of a broken heart. The pain and grief we feel when we lose a loved one activates some of the same brain areas as those that formed that love in the first place. Moving forward with the scars of loves we have lost can make us wary of opening up to new relationships.

Autism and Sleep

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in Sleepless in America
Parents of children with autism often report sleep difficulties for themselves and their children. Research over the past decade has given information about the sleep difficulties faced by these children. Problems falling and staying asleep, having negative attitudes toward and fears related to sleep are significantly more common among these children.

Why DO Humans Dance?

Why DO humans dance? You might think this question would be an easy one to answer. It isn’t!

The Body as (part of) Protest

This entry explores the possible pros and cons of Brittany Mason's YouTube video, in which she protests the recent passing of the Religious Freedom Act in Indiana.

5 Ingredients of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Extraordinary people exist within even the most ordinary lives. They are the ones with the knack for living genuinely and who inspire us to attempt the same.

Music Therapy Activities Wiki

Learn more about music therapy, the value of music therapists and how music therapists envision and develop music therapy strategies. MusicTherapyActivities.Wikia.com is an encyclopedic collection of therapeutic music activities, indexed by goal and objective-- and it will help you understand more about the range of this dynamic approach to health.

The Self-Deceptions of Recycling

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on March 31, 2015 in The Green Mind
It’s important to keep in mind that recycling not only takes large amounts of energy and resources to turn materials into products again, it also may lead to greater consumption and avoidance of better solutions. It’s better to instead focus on the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

How Deep Relaxation Affects Brain Chemistry

Deep relaxation and meditation have long been known to help with anxiety disorders and major depression. Since both anxiety disorders and major depression reflect an imbalance in brain chemistry, it would seem that relaxation techniques can influence brain chemistry. How do they do that?

How Do You Force Someone to be Nice?

By Donna Barstow on March 31, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
The great thing about relationships is, there's always something to improve or fix.

How Rudeness at Work Can Wreck Your Health

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 31, 2015 in Minding the Body
Workplace rudeness sets the stage for after-work stress and eventual health problems.

The Top Four Reasons Relationships Fail

Committed relationships can survive ups and downs, but some patterns and behaviors can create more permanent damage. Infidelity is only one of the reasons relationships break up. These four negative patterns raise red flags about the state of your relationship or marriage. If you recognize your relationship here, it's time to change course

Stress and The Gender Gap

By Shimi Kang M.D. on March 31, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
Less than 200 years ago, women were faced with fighting for their fundamental civil rights. The right to vote, attend university, a pension, play contact sports, earn minimum wage, the list goes on. Today, despite being the closest we have ever been to equality in North American history, women are now fighting an entirely different battle against a silent killer: Stress.