Criticizing Personal Autonomy

Self-realization comes not from control but from connection

7 Surprising Ways Your Emotions Can Get the Best of You

Learn to control your emotions, so your emotions don't control you.

"Is Adolescence Really Necessary?"

Surprised by early adolescence, parents wonder if their child's changes need be.

An Open Letter to the President from a Forensic Psychologist

Reflections on our mass shooting epidemic.

Are You Spiritual or Religious? Does it Matter?

Where you fall on the spiritual/religious continuum

Debunking the Myth of Laziness

7 reasons “slackers” don’t exert effort

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The Upward Spiral of Healthy Behaviors and Positive Emotions

By Christopher Bergland on October 06, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A new study from Penn State found that people who reported more positive emotions were more likely to be physically active and have healthier habits. Which came first, the positive emotions or the healthy habits?

Radicalized Islamic Youth

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Post Clinical
Why we need socioculturally-informed community-based intervention for radicalized young people.

A Workover: She's Complaining About Her Boss

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, the boss isn't the problem.

The Golden Rule in Love Relationships

By Stan Tatkin Psy.D. on October 05, 2015 in The Puzzle of Love
Practicing the Golden Rule can transform a relationship. Couples who treat each other as they would like to be treated create a bedrock of security that will serve them well.

Building an Effective Team Culture

A strong team culture is important to success and member satisfaction. A few coaching strategies can help teams quickly and effectively foster a positive culture.

Criticizing Personal Autonomy

The free person is not the angry loner, willfully standing apart from those who would sap his energies. Nor is she the enthusiastic manager of others, who directs and controls their behaviors - and reaps the satisfactions of her manipulations. Free people are those who recognize the legitimacy of other people’s participation in their own lives

Psychosis and Resistance to Taking Medications

Why do schizophrenics discontinue their medications? Often, this is done for delusional reasons, based on the fact that meds are only partially effective. Incomplete effectiveness of medication and the punitive aspects of psychosis allow for confusion regarding the causes of psychosis, further motivated by desperation of the schizophrenic to find relief.

Get More Sleep and a Better Night's Rest

By Susan Biali M.D. on October 05, 2015 in Prescriptions for Life
Exhausted? Longing for more sleep? If you have a hard time getting yourself to bed, and don't sleep very well once you get there, these tips will help you get a better night's rest.

Age, Gender, Geography And Visual Appeal

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Brain Wise
What makes people prefer one type of visual design, for example, a website design, over another? How much do age, gender, and geography or culture have to do with it?

How to Develop Mentally Tough Young Athletes

Mental toughness can give kids a winning edge in sports and in other areas of life.

Friend or Foe?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Being friendly can make you feel confident and happy, have a positive take on other people, and move toward the world instead of backing away from it.

Evolution Tells Us to "Eat Up"

It seems cruel to think about, but are our bodies aiding us in developing an eating disorder? Unfortunately, the answer for some women, is yes.

My College Daughter Hates Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your college child distances herself.

Do You Say This One Word That Can Destroy Your Relationship?

This word creates a toxic, judgmental and controlling dynamic in loving relationships!

A Flood of Trouble: Handling Natural Disaters

By Judith Coche Ph.D., ABPP on October 05, 2015 in No Ordinary Life
Self-care is imperative during and after a natural disaster like the flooding of the East Coast this week. Join us as Mandy helps husband Jim after his stroke.

The 3 Nonsense Things People Say to Parents

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on October 05, 2015 in Insight Is 20/20
People make some truly nonsensical comments to parents, which reflect both a lack of empathy and memory lapse of what it was like when their own children were young. Parents hear these three statements all the time, inducing a familiar and powerful cringe.

Why Narcissism, Greed and Power Go Hand in Hand

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Shame
Modern day America has been characterized as both a New Gilded Age and a Culture of Narcissism. It is no coincidence that these two critiques have arisen at the same time.

7 Surprising Ways Your Emotions Can Get the Best of You

Recognizing how your emotions influence the way you think and behave can prevent you from making these mistakes.

Are You Being Treated Fairly at Work?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Studies looking at emotional burnout, absenteeism, and health problems linked to workplace stress are increasingly finding a strong link between these kind of issues and perceived injustice in the workplace. A new study suggests that employees dealing with perceived injustice become more vulnerable to stress-related health problems due to frustration and fatigue.

10 Ways to Appreciate Your Life More

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Emotional Fitness
Appreciating your life is not supposed to be work. It’s a way of allowing yourself to forgive any transgressions and make the promise that you won’t go down that path again. It’s easy if you do things that you know will be appreciated.

3 Ways to Spot a Narcissist

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on October 05, 2015 in Head Games
We know narcissists are self-involved, grandiose, and exploitative. But would you know one if you met one? It may be more difficult than you think.

Preventing Regret

What people tend to regret the most near the end of their lives is that they have not been more compassionate, loving, and supportive to those they love. A presage of this kind of regret comes with the untimely death of a loved one. The common self-doubt, even in relationships that were very close and loving, is something like: “Did she really know how much I loved her?”

Does Your Child Have an Inner Compass?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Singletons
The Compass Advantage gives parents, educators, and all those who work with children and teens a framework to lay the foundation for children’s developing sense of self and future functioning in the world.

The Marketing of an Antipsychotic

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Side Effects
Ghostwriters, massaged data, tiny print, and children’s toys—all part of Big Pharma's arsenal of "defeat devices," outlined in Steven Brill's book, America's Most Admired Lawbreaker.
"Is Adolescence Really Necessary?"

"Is Adolescence Really Necessary?"

In their disenchantment with some early adolescent changes in their child, parents wonder if this transformation really need be? The answer is: Yes, so the process of redefinition for growing up can get underway.

Face-to-Face Social Contact Reduces Risk of Depression

By Christopher Bergland on October 05, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Having limited face-to-face social contact can nearly double someone's risk of depression, according to a new study.

The 5 Core Skills Of Hostage Negotiators

By Jeff Thompson, Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Beyond Words
Learn the five core skills taught to law enforcement hostage negotiators and apply them to your next crisis situation at work or home in order to get what you want. Sure police crisis incidents are much different but the underlying similarity is emotions dictate people's actions when they are in crisis. Therefore, these are five skills that you will be able to use too.

A 30 Year Old With a Career Dream She Hasn't Acted on

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in How To Do Life
A transcript of a part of my session with a client.

Phubbing: How our Cellphone Obsession Harms Relationships

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 in Close Encounters
The term “phubbing” has been used to describe the act of interrupting or ignoring an in person conversation in order to attend to one’s cell phone. New research suggests that phubbing your romantic partner could be a sign, or even a cause, of discontent in your relationship.

5 Factors That Make You Feel Shame

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 04, 2015 in Science of Choice
The healthiest way to cope is to own up to shame and allow it to dissipate with time.