Why I Don't Fear Going Solo

It's perfectly fine to have fun without company.

The Secret to Teaching Creativity

How do you teach creativity?

10 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Adolescent

The challenge of parenting a teenager is staying connected as you grow apart

Introduction to Investing in Healthy Minds

How can and should we invest in the mental health of young people?

Mapping Altered States of Consciousness

Will it ever be possible?

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The Coming Battle over Serotonin and Depression

There was never any valid scientific evidence showing clinical depression was associated with lowered levels of serotonin: It was all smoke and mirrors. But such is the power of Big Pharma – and such is the power of a good story – that many academics bought into it, and careers were built on the concept of lowered serotonin causing depression.

The Mindful Geek

The last 50 years have seen an explosion of anti-smoking campaigns as public health officials realize that smoking is a chief cause of cancer, cardiovascular illness and a host of other diseases.

To some extent these campaigns have worked: We are seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking among younger generations. Good progress, but frankly it isn’t enough.

A Workover: 60-Year Old Hasn't Worked in Ten Years

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
How I advised a caller who needs and wants to go back to work.

Not Just Curious: What In You Seeks Psychological Insights?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Ambigamy
You could be watching cat videos but instead you read PT Blogs. Why is that? Here's one big appetite for psychological insight

Heading toward First Human Head Transplant?

If “head transplant” sounds like the stuff of science fiction, think again. The possibility for such an operation seems to be drawing ever nearer. The surgeon is ready and a suitable patient has volunteered.

Pardon Me—Or Else!

By Rebecca Coffey on April 27, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Haters gonna hate. Forgivers gonna live longer.

One More Reason to Unplug Before Bedtime

How does being "plugged in" to an electronic device impact a young child's developing brain?

A Rap Song For Admin Appreciation Week

With admins working long hours with not enough pay— you really are the Gods and Goddesses of our corporations. If you're having a stressed out day, here's a hilarious rap song written just for you! Even if you're not an admin- you're guaranteed to LOL.
Why I Don't Fear Going Solo

Why I Don't Fear Going Solo

By Sophia Dembling on April 27, 2015 in The Introvert's Corner
Some people fear they'll be judged and pitied if they do things alone, but it's also possible people will be impressed.

What Is the Motivation for a Criminal Act?

By Sheila Kohler on April 27, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
St. Augustine, who ponders this question in 387 A.D. writes: So when people look for the reason why some criminal act has been committed their account is only rendered credible when it is evident that there may have been greed on the malefactor’s part.

Change Your Brain With Kindness

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on April 27, 2015 in Urban Survival
Practicing a loving kindness meditation allows you to be gentle and compassionate to yourself and also the people around you. The practice not only can bring more positivity into your life but also can actually change your brain.
Make Mental Training a Priority in Your Sport

Make Mental Training a Priority in Your Sport

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in The Power of Prime
I work with many athletes each year, from juniors with big dreams to pros and Olympians who are realizing their dreams. What is abundantly clear to me is that, once the foundation of fitness, technique, tactics, and equipment are established, it is the mind that separates athletes who achieve their goals from those who don’t.

Mindfulness Versus Antidepressants: Which Works Best?

Antidepressants don’t suit everyone, and side effects are common. Could mindfulness-based cognitive therapy be a viable alternative?

The Secret to Teaching Creativity

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Innovation You
The secret to teaching creativity is simply to surround students with people who are creating.
When You Lose a Friend

When You Lose a Friend

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Works in Progress
Friendships are one of the most important relationships in your life. Allow yourself to grieve and recover through these steps.

Is the American Diet Doomed? Weigh in!

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Food Junkie
Now that unhealthy foods abound in our society, can the American diet be salvaged?
5 Steps to End a Toxic Relationship

5 Steps to End a Toxic Relationship

By Rosemary K.M. Sword on April 27, 2015 in The Time Cure
The tendency to unconsciously seek out toxic relationships frequently starts with past negative experiences when we are children and might carry on throughout our lives. They can become so deeply ingrained in the way we think and feel that we don’t realize we are steeped in toxicity...

My Daughter Is Dating My Son Figure

How To Adjust To The Changing Nature Of Relationships

Bruce Jenner, You Are Not Alone

If you've ever felt like a human being imprisoned in the body of a human doing, say "Aye"
Three Things We Can Do to Prepare for Life Changes

Three Things We Can Do to Prepare for Life Changes

It really comes down to a very simple concept, the concept is attachment. We want things when things are going well to stay the same, we don’t want them to change, but life does change even though we wanted it to stay the same. Life continues to change no matter how wonderful it’s going.

Bullying Hurts Everyone, Even Bystanders

A vast majority of teens are called homophobic names in middle and high school. This name-calling is not the result of kids being kids. It is bullying, and it harms everyone.
Something Becomes Important Because We’re Paying Attention

Something Becomes Important Because We’re Paying Attention

By Gretchen Rubin on April 27, 2015 in The Happiness Project
It’s our listening that makes a conversation important; it’s our vision that makes a masterpiece; it’s our love that makes a face stand out from the crowd.

Don’t Give Up On Finding a Companion

Dr. Abraham Maslow, who created the hierarchy of needs, listed “belonging” as our next need after food, safety, and shelter. For almost everyone, this need pulls at your heart, and even if you have given up in your head, that other organ still yearns for the company of another person.

10 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Adolescent

There are affirmative actions parents can take to stay meaningfully and satisfyingly connected to their teenager as the process of adolescence grows them apart, as it is meant to do.

10 Ways to Build Trust Remotely

Are people who work remotely less worthy of your trust? Is it possible to build strong trusting working relationships with people you can't see? Are people who work remotely less worthy of your trust? Is it possible to build strong trusting working relationships with people you can't see?

Introduction to Investing in Healthy Minds

True or False: As a society we should be investing more in the mental health of young people.

I’m guessing you answered “true.” But can you prove it?

Superhero Play

If you manage the play carefully, stress safety issues, and interject positive ideas, this play will be fun for the kids.

How Big a Fan Are You?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Being a devoted fan often means developing a sense of "belonging" to a larger fan community. That sense of belonging is definitely going to shape the sense of identity that many fans have and it helps explain the enthusiasm you often see at fan conventions, music concerts, and sports arenas around the world.

Fifty Shades of Tattooing: Body Art, Risk and Personality

Women readers of the Fifty Shades trilogy have higher rates of risky behavior So do women who get tattoos. Both of these may be outward signs of a predisposition to take risk rather than a cause of such behavior.