Sexual Intimacy May be One of the Keys to a Longer Life

It’s well known that a satisfying sex life can enhance individual and couple happiness. New research shows that sex, apart from satisfaction, may help you age more slowly.

Facts and Fiction About the So-Called “Summer Slide”

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Perhaps we should call it the summer ladder rather than slide. Children gain skills--especially in mathematical reasoning--in summer faster than during the school year.

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
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The Stars in Our Eyes

Nothing today is the same as it was pre-Internet and social media. Certainly the way we think about fame has changed drastically.

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Serious Messages in Jokes About Therapists

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
Unspoken issues that practitioners and patients may want to consider.

Should We Have Children?

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
This fundamental question raises profound ethical issues.
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8 Reasons Why It's So Hard To Really Change Your Behavior

By David DiSalvo on July 22, 2017 in Neuronarrative
Whether the change involves diet, exercise, habits, dependencies or anything else, changing behavior is one of the hardest things any of us will ever try to do.

Unpacking David Lynch's Twin Peaks, The Return

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Peace and War
David Lynch's extraordinary TV series carries a serious message. It may also be the most ingenious and creative video of all time.

Three Ways People Try to Manipulate You

Three ways people try to manipulate us. Watch out for these common logical fallacies.

7 Stories You May Tell Yourself Invariably Arouse Anger

What fables might you tell yourself that increase your vulnerability to anger? Recognizing them and cultivating more realistic narratives is a potent pathway for healthy anger.

Sex Gives Your Brain a Boost

By David DiSalvo on July 22, 2017 in Neuronarrative
Good news: your brain benefits from staying sexually active. Recent research offers possible reasons why sex is a brain booster.

Six Science-Based Reasons Why Laughter Is The Best Medicine

By David DiSalvo on July 22, 2017 in Neuronarrative
Laughter is a potent drug with the contagious power of a virus that conveys a slew of benefits for the mind and body.

Health Benefits Unlikely Even from the Longest Marriages

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Living Single
New research looking at men and women of different ages who have been married for different lengths of time finds scant evidence that people who marry get healthier.
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Is Your Smart Phone Stealing Your Creativity?

Some of the effects of smart phones are subtle but far-reaching. A lessening of creativity may be one. You can re-claim your creativity with Secondary Dream Time.

Mental Illness as Strategy: Game Theory and Psychiatry

Mental illness--like depression, anxiety, and even schizophrenia--is a game, a strategy, invented by the player (often without acknowledgment) to achieve some end, or "payoff."

How to Nurture Authenticity in Your Children

Parents want their children to lead happy lives, but paradoxically this can lead them to push their children in the wrong directions

Psychological Gifts You Can Give Yourself Over The Summer

Have you taken full advantage of the summer? Here are a few things to consider to boost your brain.
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How to Avoid Self-Sabotage in Relationships

Romantic relationships are bound to bring out our deepest insecurities which can lead to self-sabotaging behaviors. Here are some ways to avoid sabotaging a good relationship.

Stressed or Distressed: Either Way It Matters to Depression

Stressed? Avoid developing depression with these self-care tips.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 11

By Michael Jawer on July 22, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Some dreams can serve as a virtual x-ray, indicating what’s happening in the body. The process illustrates how life-threatening trauma may generate its own distress signals.
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Sexual Assault: Hot-Blooded Clashes

Problems with sexual assault reports include confusing assault with rape, focusing on the specific behavior experienced, and considering gender politics.

Coping With Your Partner’s Annoying Behaviors

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Talking Apes
If we’re mindful about the true source of the minor irritations in our life, we can more fully appreciate the good things our partner does for us each day.

Privilege?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A debate: Should society's Haves redistribute more of their assets?
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The Stress of Competition: Alleviating Athletes' Anxiety

By Jay Winner M.D. on July 22, 2017 in Stress Remedy
Competition-related stress is universal. How can you minimize distress and maximized performance?

Four Reasons Why Paradox Helps Research Get Attention

Do Paradoxes Command Better Attention or Disbelief? The Answer Will Surprise You.

Unpacked, the Serenity Prayer is an Instant Wisdom Upgrade

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Decades studying decision-making and I keep coming back to the serenity prayer. Unpack it for a wealth of wisdom.

One More Reason Aerobic Exercise Is So Good for Your Brain

Researchers have pinpointed a molecular mechanism that might explain why physical activity improves cognitive function, boosts brain power, and reduces dementia.

I Need Help With My Stepmother

How to deal with a new stepmother.

If You Got It, Think Hard About Flaunting It

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Pop Psych
To what extent does promiscuity drive attitudes towards homosexuality?

Are You Dating Confident?

How do you approach dating? Here's why confidence can help.

Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

The psychiatrist as state agent, the psychoanalyst as contractual helper.

Have Fun with Sexual Fantasies

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on July 21, 2017 in Sex Matters
Sexual fantasies are private experiences, but sharing them with your partner can ramp up the passion, and increase your intimacy.

Religion, Secularism, and Homophobia

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in The Secular Life
Millennials are the least homophobic Americans, and also the least religious.