Procrastination, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

Why self-compassion may be important.

When Children Learn About Others Minds, They Learn to Lie

Lying requires understanding that other people don't always share your beliefs.

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

Deception and self-interest are again undermining efforts toward APA reform.

Considering the Negative Consequences of a “Bikini Body”

An open letter to Kayla Itsines and Others Who Perpetuate the "Thin Body" Ideal

The Psychology of Tipping

Do American tipping practices help the customer more than the waitstaff?

How Minds Work: As Little As Possible

Minds aren't machines but they mechanize what they can. And then some.

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10 Things about Sigmund Freud You'll Wish You Hadn't Learned

By Rebecca Coffey on December 01, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
December 3 is the 120th anniversary of Anna Freud's birth. What most people don't know about Anna is that the secrets she held threatened to shake the foundation of her father's legacy. And so he analyzed her.

The Power of Positive Psychology

When we view challenging times in life as opportunities for growth and change, it can seem easier to take the necessary steps to make improvements with or without professional help. Here are a few ways to harness difficult emotions and thoughts for psychological growth and development.

Are Musically Trained Parents Better at Decoding Baby's Cry?

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in What Shapes Film?
Infants cry for many different reasons. Are those who have taken music lessons more 'in tune' with what babies are trying to communicate?

Celebrating the Holidays While Divorced

By Wendy Paris on December 01, 2015 in Splitopia
While most of us cherish holiday traditions, family celebrations need to adapt as families change. This is particularly true after divorce. The holidays can be a perfect time to reflect on your post-marriage relationship, and make adjustments as needed.

Do Today’s Teens Lack Character?

By Elizabeth Wagele on December 01, 2015 in The Career Within You
Teens who study the Enneagram learn to observe behavior and put themselves in others’ shoes, which builds kindness, caring, and character.

Procrastination, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Don't Delay
Personality traits can confer risk for poor health and adjustment. This recent study documents how procrastination is a vulnerability factor for poor adjustment to and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

When Children Learn About Others Minds, They Learn to Lie

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Lying is a pretty sophisticated behavior. When you lie to someone else, you need to understand that when you tell them something that you know is not true, that they come to believe the false information. That means that you need to understand that their belief and your belief will differ.

Six Terrible Reasons to Have A Child

By Peg Streep on December 01, 2015 in Tech Support
The reasons we decide to become parents can have far-reaching effects on how we interact with our child or children, especially if they remain unexamined and unarticulated. A close look at one of life's biggest decisions.

When Psychologists Deny Guantanamo’s Abuses

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
Disgruntled factions are pursuing a deceptive and self-protective campaign aimed at discrediting the recent Hoffman Report, which documented extensive and compelling evidence of collusion between leaders of the American Psychological Association and Department of Defense officials. The latest entry comes from the leadership of the APA's military psychology division.

Five Reasons for Online Dating at Christmas

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in Love, Digitally
Disinhibition may work in our favor at Christmas. During this time, mathematically at least, we have more of a chance of finding our match.

Cancer Is My Teacher, Part 4

By Lucy O'Donnell on December 01, 2015 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Having so many operations during this cancer journey and coping with so many general anesthetics crammed into such a short space of time—you really need to approach this as you would a job. What are all these tests and what do they do? Understanding this complicated process and being prepared makes it a whole lot easier.

Rethinking What It Means To Be German

By Jon M Jachimowicz on December 01, 2015 in On The Pursuit of Passion
One-fifth of Germany’s population has at least one parent who was not born in Germany, referred to as having a “migrational background.” Among this group, almost nine million were born in Germany, yet remain “hyphenated Germans” who must tick “yes” on job applications and official forms to the question: “Are you a German with a migrational background?”

Letter from a Therapist: "I'm Successful but Not Effective"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
My advice to a practitioner with serious self-doubts.

Countertop Contretemps

When a letter to the editor appeared in a prestigious medical journal reporting the death of a patient linked to a common countertop material, the manufacturer’s response was not just immediate, it was published simultaneously. DuPont challenged the report that impugned Corian, a product it argued was perfectly safe, if used as directed.

Goodbye Perfectionism: I'm Done With The Anxiety You Bring

By Kristen Lee Costa Ed.D., LICSW on November 30, 2015 in Reset 24/7
Have you had a long term relationship with perfectionism?The head games may be more dangerous than you realize, and get in the way of making new friends that are a lot more accepting, better for your health, and fun to be around.

Exercise, Movement, and The Brain

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in What a Body Knows
Studies of bodily movement and human health generally fall into two categories that reinforce one another: exercise studies and sitting studies. What emerges in the crossfire is a sense that bodily movement is the determining ingredient of health.

Compassion After Loss

It says a lot about me that I really, really looked forward to a six-and-a-half hour training on grief after suicide.

Is Fear of Death Behind The Anxiety Disorders?

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Post Clinical
Empirical science answers the big questions

The Unseen Human Being: Reflective Gear Saves Lives

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
As we approach the shortest days of the year, it’s important to remember to wear reflective gear anytime you are walking, jogging, or cycling on public roadways after dark.

What Do Men and Women Want in a Mate Overall?

There are certain categories of features that we all consider when choosing a romantic partner. Knowing them can help you make better choices about who you pick for a mate—and help you be more desirable to others too. Learn what the research has to say...

Authentic Leadership Rediscovered

By Bill George on November 30, 2015 in What Is Your True North?
Authenticity is discussed commonly around leadership. But, what does it actually mean? In this article, Bill George, author of Discover Your True North, discusses what authenticity means for leaders.

Considering the Negative Consequences of a “Bikini Body”

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Unseen and Unheard
From "#thinsperation" to the "Bikini Body," there is an abundance of "products" that are endorsed by celebrities and "experts" who perpetuate the "thin body ideal." The impact of this message on society is troubling, ranging from body image problems to serious eating disorders. One nutrition and health psychology expert shares an open letter about this disturbing reality.

Does Reading Matter?

Every decade, fewer adults in the U.S. are reading for pleasure. Does it matter?

These Words Will Take You a Long Way

One of the characteristics that sets the blue ribbon relationships apart from the rest of the pack is the tendency for both partners to live in a state of appreciation for all the ways they enhance each other’s lives.

The Psychology of Tipping

By Jean Kim M.D. on November 30, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Does tipping benefit the American customer more than the service staff receiving them? Is tipping more about control and power than we realize? Should we follow the rest of the world's lead in getting rid of them?

The Connoisseur and the Caveman

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Talking Apes
Experts aren’t better than non-experts at making decisions. But they are better at rationalizing their intuitions.

Understanding Dreams About Inner and Outer Criticism

Creatures with sharp eyes and red pens watch our thoughts, feelings, and actions and invariably conclude we have erred or that we are simply unworthy. Exploring our dreams, we can study their habits and learn how to deal with them. Here are 3 dreams that illuminate the dynamics of inner and outer criticism.
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Have You Ever Lost Your Love for Something?

By Gretchen Rubin on November 30, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Have you ever left behind one activity or subject you loved?

How Minds Work: As Little As Possible

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 in Ambigamy
Once we're familiar with the windy contours of a path it becomes to us a straightaway. We love straightaways. They free our attention and fill us with confidence that we can cruise forever more.