How An Art Break Helps Kids Learn

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Home Base
Integrating play and creativity into the school day may help children learn. Here's an innovative school counseling program that did just that.

A Happy Ending Matters in this Hollywood Divorce

By Wendy Paris on September 27, 2016 in Splitopia
The negative stories about the Brangelina break-up are dangerous, because the expectation that divorce must be a tragedy for all involved can create just that outcome.

The Secret to Being Real, Successful, and Happy

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in The Hero Within
Being genuine in a shallow culture.

What Does Your Plastic Brain Need to Grow?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
What does your brain need to grow? Create these 8 neuroplastic circumstances to enrich your brain!

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Can Sophistication in Writing Be Measured?

What those puzzling scores at the bottom of articles really mean.

The Bonus Effect

By Alfie Kohn on September 27, 2016 in The Homework Myth
If you're told "Do this, and you'll get that," you're likely to become less interested in "this" -- and more interested in "that." Especially if "that" turns out to be money.

The Mind Span Diet

By The Book Brigade on September 27, 2016 in The Author Speaks
America’s dietary recommendations may not be in the best interests of cognitive longevity.

Medical Errors Should Not Be Our 3rd leading Cause of Death

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 27, 2016 in Saving Normal
These six practical suggestions to reduce medical errors would do a great deal more to save lives than any medical breakthrough we can envision in the coming decades.

Did You Watch or Listen to the Presidential Debate?

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 27, 2016 in Between You and Me
We pay attention to different factors when watching versus listening to a presidential debate. Here's why.

Just-in-Time and Deep: The Secret to Less Stressful Planning

Are you worried that you're doing too much planning and not enough doing? Once you know the purpose of personal project plans, you'll know just how much to plan, and when.

Recovery Is Not Immune From the Effects of Trauma

My work as a clinical psychologist has led me to understand that trauma may account for the lions’ share of recoverable substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.

Are Self-Esteem and Creativity Connected?

By Jennifer Haupt on September 27, 2016 in One True Thing
Sustaining creative work requires respecting yourself, honoring your life, and the humility and faith to keep going despite the ambiguity...

Staying in the Present Can Bring Happiness

Staying present it one of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, trauma, and suffering. Here's how to do it.

Expressive Arts Therapies and Posttraumatic Growth

Arts expression and expressive arts therapies are changing personal narratives of posttraumatic stress to ones of posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic "possibility."

New Research Shows How to Manage Public Speaking Anxiety

Extreme fear of public speaking is one of the most prevalent form of anxiety disorders. New research shows how you can test, and overcome yours.

Are We Inherently Playful?

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Depression is what happens when we want to play, but can't.

Super Senses

By Maureen Seaberg on September 27, 2016 in Sensorium
The senses exist on a continuum with a wide range of perception across humanity.

Wedding Vows for Modern Times

Today's marital vows seem to be much more about personal fulfillment than about making a life and a home together.
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Juggling Bricks?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Your Wise Brain
In a way, everything is a cloud, made of parts. Enjoy the clouds. Relax.

Don’t Call Giraffe Tongue Orchestra a ‘Supergroup’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Brick by Brick
“Supergroup.” The mere mention of the term can cause involuntary eye-rolling and exasperated sighing.

Prepare Yourself for Change in 4 Basic Steps

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Making Change
By recognizing your unspoken hesitations about achieving your goals, you can address them and prepare yourself to create the change you want.

What to Do When You Feel Annoyed by Your Partner

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
When you’re feeling annoyed by your partner, what can you do in the moment that will make things better, not worse? Here are 5 winning tips for soothing the flames of indignation.

The Burdens of Intelligence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
We admire intelligence but it imposes hidden burdens. Fortunately, there are ways to address them.

9 Things Highly Sensitive People Do

Studies estimate 15 to 20 percent of the population meet the criteria for being highly sensitive people. Here are a few telltale signs you might be one of them.

In Practical Praise of Romance

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Ambigamy
Care a lot about being considerate? It can make you defensive when you fear that you've disappointed someone. Part of the solution is romantic reassurances.

A Life in Balance: A Grownups' 4 H Club

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on September 26, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
One problem area of your life can disturb all others areas sending everything seriously out of balance. Take an appraising look at these 4 H's. Is your milking stool stable?

Launching Your Young Adult

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on September 26, 2016 in Healing and Growing
When young adults get stuck, there is almost always one parent who has trouble setting limits while the other's love is too tough.

How to Keep Calm, Carry On, and Still Get Your Way

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on September 26, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Diffusing negative energy before it goes rodeo. How behavioral psychology can help you get what you want even when tempers begin to flare.

To Empathize, Don't Trust Your Gut

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 26, 2016 in Open Gently
Thinking—rather than guessing—is a better path to accurate empathy.

Matthieu Ricard's "A Plea for the Animals" Is a Must Read

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Matthieu Ricard's new book is one of the best in asking us to respect other animals and treat them with compassion. It is a game changer. It is indeed too late to be pessimistic.

The Prejudice That Infects Both the Alt-Right and Far Left

By Peter Glick Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in The Enquiry
Why do anti-Semitic conspiracy theories persist and why does this prejudice infect opposite ends of the political spectrum?

Nature as Medicine

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Compassion Matters
Science now confirms just how good nature is for us, both extending and enhancing our lives. Learn all the ways nature benefits our minds and bodies.

12 Tips to Remedy Seasonal Depression

By Judy Carter on September 26, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
As fall comes, so do the fall blues. Maybe that's why they picked September as National Suicide Prevention Month. Here are 12 tips on how to ward off seasonal depression.