"To Give Our Work Lives Meaning"

A conversation with Brigid Schulte, author of "Overwhelmed"

Does Your Face Communicate How You Truly Feel?

"Resting Bitch Face" theory and what it means for your relationships

Life and the Essence of Adolescence

Reflections from a summer vacation

Eating Disorders Online: Support or Triggers?

A new article looks at online content that promotes eating disorders in 2015

A Riddle For All Ages

The high cost of mind-reading fails.

The Latest

How Does Your Cerebellum Counteract "Paralysis by Analysis"?

By Christopher Bergland on August 04, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists from McGill University have discovered that the cerebellum learns to expect the unexpected and can help counteract "paralysis by analysis" in both life and sport.

4 Ways to Clear Your Mind

We all have toxins in our minds. Here are ways to clear them out.

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.
End Psychology's Role in National Security Interrogations

End Psychology's Role in National Security Interrogations

Should psychologists continue to participate in national security interrogations as a means to keep such practices "safe, effective, and legal" or does such involvement violate APA ethics and policy?

Boundary Setting Ambivalence

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in Presence of Mind
Most of us must set boundaries around our helping and giving at some point in our lives. But internal conflict is common when we place limits on what we’ll do for or give to others, even when we know it’s the right thing to do. Managing this boundary-setting ambivalence is key to setting and maintaining healthy boundaries.

Huntress Barbie Is Hunting You

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
The latest celebrity trophy hunter is a femme fatale who sees killing as therapy. Her motives help us understand the dilemma of everyone who’s ever felt like a Nobody in a Dead End job, in need of some life-saving heroic purpose.

Hate Crimes Are A Global Epidemic

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in Time Out
Hate crimes and terrorism have reached epidemic levels around the globe. As with other epidemics, social, political and behavioral factors are involved.

The American Discussion of Race Is Ethnocentric

The American "discussion of race," prevents new insights and limits proposals to a few alternative courses of action. It is as if the only place that exists is the United States today; the only ways of thinking about race are American ways; and there is nothing we can learn from other cultures that could contribute to our understanding.
APA, Torture, and Context

APA, Torture, and Context

How did APA and psychologists become involved in possible collusion with torture and "enhanced interrogations"? Context matters.

If You Want to be Creative, Keep Trying

By Garth Sundem on August 04, 2015 in Brain Trust
Test yourself: how many creative ideas can you generate for things to eat or drink at Thanksgiving dinner? Now, how many more do you think you could come up with if you persisted in trying again? The answer might surprise you.

What You Need to Know About Fight, Flight, or Freeze

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on August 04, 2015 in Mindful Anger
By identifying what provokes you, learning to recognize when anger is on its way, and restraining yourself from impulsively responding to every perceived threat, you can save your relationships from destructive reactions.

Can You Control How Happy You Are?

By Paul Dolan Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in Happiness by Design
It is sometimes argued that we don’t have any control over how happy we are. Some people are just born happy, others aren’t, and even if our happiness changes a little bit in response to the trials and tribulations of life, we always go back to our natural ‘set point’ of happiness. What nonsense.

The Successful Blended Family

By Wendy Paris on August 04, 2015 in Splitopia
Expecting your blended family to be one big Brady Bunch-like good time can lead to some serious disappointment. Psychologist Anne Brennan Malec recommends managing your expectations and taking steps to help all family members adjust.

Wild and Structured Consciousness

Understanding how attention is related to consciousness requires some knowledge about the philosophical debates on the nature of consciousness, which essentially can be described as being both wild and structured.

"To Give Our Work Lives Meaning"

By Tim Leberecht on August 04, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Last year Brigid Schulte’s book, "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time," was greeted with wide acclaim and bestseller status—and for good reason. Despite the technological amenities at our disposal, we feel more stretched than ever, clinging to the idea that we can find balance—even if we don’t know how exactly.

People, skills, attitude and money: the 4 Horsemen of Stress

Help I need somebody! Planning whom to call on is a #1 resource for stress.

10 Ways To Make Your Life Better

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in Emotional Fitness
Changing your life for the better is about picking a destination and taking one step at a time to get there. If you try to take shortcuts, you may end up making your journey long and arduous. Being serious about making improvements is a great start. Now put it into action.

Spurious Correlations by Tyler Vigen: A Book Review

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in The Teenage Mind
Public school enrollment and sour cream consumption are highly correlated. Does this mean if I eat more sour cream that more teens will stay in school?

47 Tips For Public Speaking

By Judy Carter on August 04, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Want to get paid to speak? Here are 47 tips, ideas, and insights I've compiled from some of the most successful speakers today that will help grow your business...

Twins Reared Apart: Documentary Films and More

By Nancy L Segal Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in Twofold
Twins reared apart tell us a lot about where our behaviors come from!

Does Your Face Communicate How You Truly Feel?

The phenomenon of “Resting Bitch Face (RBF)” is a new take on an old problem; namely, that women need to smile to be seen favorably. This raises the question of how we communicate our feelings through our faces and what we can, or cannot, change about how we’re perceived.

Happiness and Your Enneagram Type

By Elizabeth Wagele on August 04, 2015 in The Career Within You
Jan Conlon, a One, says happiness to her means "seeing the perfection in absolutely everything. Finding the humor and gifts of growth in mistakes.”
Why Governor Abbott was Wrong

Why Governor Abbott was Wrong

Texas law is particularly important to me, as Texas has been home to my adopted daughter since 2011.

Welcome to "I Got a Mind to Tell You"

Want the facts about mind, brain, mental and mental disorders. Follow "I Got a Mind to Tell You."

What Makes a Good Manager?

By Victor Lipman on August 04, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
This is an excerpt from my new book "The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World," which is being published today by Prentice Hall Press. Publishers Weekly has called it "an excellent resource for leaders who don't fit the mold." This section examines the role Type A and Type B personalities can play in managerial performance.

The Tangled Transition to Adulthood

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in The Prime of Life
How can we expand the possibilities of contemporary adulthood, without making it a class privilege?

Blathering, the Game

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 04, 2015 in On Having Fun
We could blather about issues disturbingly profound and teasingly inane, free associating with what- and whomever whilst we freely associate.

6 Reasons Teens Won't Tell Parents Their Violent Thoughts

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 04, 2015 in Just Listen
What struck me from reading about rampage killers was how common it was for caring parents to not know about the dark suicidal and violent impulses that lived within their teenage sons (nearly all the rampage killers have been male).

Sad Physician Syndrome and How to Heal It

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 04, 2015 in How To Do Life
Docs have many reasons to be unhappy and many ways to improve their situation.

Home Is Where the Heart Is, but Where Is "Home"?

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on August 03, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
“Home” is the place where you feel in control and properly oriented in space and time; it is a predictable and secure place. In the words of poet Robert Frost, "Home is the place that, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." In short, home is the primary connection between you and the rest of the world.