Miscarriages: Conception Without Birth

Observed pregnancy losses are just the tail end of massive shedding

How Easily Can Someone Change Your Mind?

Can you resist the powers of persuasive messages?

The Importance of Evidence-based Practice

Identifying evidence-based practices can be tricky, but well-worth the effort.

Are You Tired of Being Judged?

We can't avoid being judged, but we can avoid letting others define us.

7 Reasons for Gay & Lesbian Couples to Celebrate

Saying “I do” is a big step whether the couple is gay, lesbian, or straight.

How to Fix Broken Sleep

Sleep hygiene isn't enough to treat chronic insomnia.

The Latest

Privilege And The Nature Of Inequality

By Jesse Marczyk on June 02, 2015 in Pop Psych
Are different life outcomes due predominately to the circumstances of one's birth, or do people make more of their luck than we give them credit for? Some data on lottery winners for Florida can help us work towards an answer to that question.

Learning as a Sandwich

By Alfie Kohn on June 02, 2015 in The Homework Myth
Having students think about what they're going to learn (ahead of time), and then talk about what they did learn (afterwards), really helps. And one classic version of this technique offers a radical challenge to traditional education...

How to Prevent Burnout From Spreading Like Wildfire

Burnout has been described as the "new normal", but does it really have to be inevitable? Stress levels are escalating and wreaking havoc on individuals and organizations. Today's market pressures warrant preventative measures and collective action to helping people and the institutions they work strive towards greater health.

Don't Act So Shocked (even if you are)

A little under-reacting can go a long way! When parents respond with emotion to negative attitudes or behaviors, communication is cast aside in favor of an argument. Learning to grin and bear it for a few moments can help us listen, choose our reactions, and help communication to continue.

Is the Tongue the "Sword of a Woman?"

The current evidence about sex differences in gossip indicates that beliefs about females being more likely to use gossip in an aggressive fashion are based upon more than just a stereotype. However, this does not mean that women are more aggressive or “nastier” than men. Men and women simply differ in their preferred style of aggression.

Observing the damaged brain for clues about dreaming

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
In recent years, a number of important scientific breakthroughs in understanding dreams have come from research involving neurological conditions.

Your Child is Not Your BFF

Managing the friendship between parents and teenagers can be tricky. When parents understand their role more clearly, a friendly relationship can develop without the boundary confusion that can result from over-sharing, anxiety about separation, and confused messages.

Therapists Tell Therapy Stories

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 02, 2015 in In Therapy
What really happens behind the closed doors of a therapy session? Six therapists share stories.

Conversational Courage

How can you summon your courage to engage in conversations that improve your relationships and your results? Here are three steps you can take to create quality conversations.

Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in Homo Consumericus
Should non-denominational for-profit companies that use sexual imagery as an integral part of their branding be forced to accommodate religious attire? Do religious-based rights trump all other rights?

Pain, Fear, and Death Documented at Monkey Breeding Facility

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Videos and pictures documenting the horrific and unspeakable abuse of monkeys have generated a USDA inspection for violations at a primate breeding facility. If you have the stomach for it, you can see a video and some photos online. You can do something about it by filing a petition that already has more than 15,000 signatures. These monkeys really need your support.

Knitting Is Good For You

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 02, 2015 in Open Gently
Knitting is the new yoga.

Use Word Spellings to Read—Even in High School!

A renown cognitive psychologist is touting the importance of spelling for reading achievement. He says spelling, which continues to develop even into high school, is just as important for high school and college-ready reading fluency as sounding out words in kindergarten. He’s right!

5 Things That Can Kill Your Relationship

Five ways to drive love from your relationship....and how to get it back.

Can a Second Language Help You Learn a Third?

What role does your second language play in the process of third language learning? Is it an asset that facilitates and speeds up the process or is it an obstacle that interferes and slows it down?

Is There a Relationship between Playfulness and Trainability

Recent data leads to the conclusion that if you test a puppy's eagerness to play with a person you may actually be testing its trainability as well.

Should Anonymous Comments Be Banned on Blogs?

Would banning anonymous comments keep Internet trolls away? What are the arguments for and against a ban?
May the 3rd Force Be With You

May the 3rd Force Be With You

Rollo May, Fritz Perls, Carl Rogers, and Abraham Maslow meet in a bar.....

Miscarriages: Conception Without Birth

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in How We Do It
Miscarriage is a rarely discussed, almost taboo topic. Couples hit by pregnancy loss are usually unprepared and left alone to cope with grief and imagined guilt. Popular belief has it that miscarriage affects only 5% of pregnancies, but 15-20% are reported. Far greater losses occur before pregnancy is clinically recognizable, and only 25% of conceptions lead to birth.

How Easily Can Someone Change Your Mind?

Are you the type of person who can resist the lure of tempting ads or the pressure of someone you know to get you to change your mind? Maybe you’re not as resistant to these influences as you think so that, even without knowing it, you’re an easy target.

Taking Control Of Our Narrative: Lessons From Caitlyn Jenner

By Brad Waters on June 02, 2015 in Design Your Path
Caitlyn Jenner's story contains lessons for all of us, regardless of our particular struggle.

The Importance of Evidence-based Practice

By APA Division 15 on June 02, 2015 in PsychEd
In virtually every professional field, a research-to-practice gap exists in which some practices shown to be effective by scientific research are seldom used in applied settings, but some commonly implemented practices are not empirically validated and may be ineffective or even harmful. Thus, great opportunity exists for those who employ research-based practices.

Why Pursuit of Superiority Lowers Happiness (and Success)

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in Sapient Nature
Most of us use the pursuit of superiority--the desire to be "better than others"--to motivate ourselves. Most of us also believe that the desire for superiority is a good thing, since it increases our chances of success and, therefore, our happiness levels. This article busts these myths.

How To Read People’s Minds: Everyday Mind Reading

Although there is no sound evidence for ESP, there is evidence that we can develop our perceptual skills and become better at reading other people’s feelings and thoughts. Here’s how to become an everyday mindreader.
The Boy Genius and the Genius in All of Us

The Boy Genius and the Genius in All of Us

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, Tom Clynes tells a fascinating story about a boy’s pursuit of a passionate interest in nuclear physics, and draws some surprising conclusions about the nature and development of genius-level intelligence. Clynes considers the roles played not only by innate ability and environmental factors, but also by temperament, culture, and politics.

The Enneagram: Teens Speak for Themselves I

A taste of interviews of teens and former teens, types 1-4. See types 5-9 in my next blog June 16.

How to Make Money and Save Lives

Some rough criteria for success in developing Precision Medicine products, as applied to mental health and substance abuse treatment, that can improve treatment outcome and be commercially viable.

Divorce Bias in the News

By Wendy Paris on June 02, 2015 in Splitopia
Divorce, so incendiary and viscerally arousing, can lead even the most well-meaning journalists and scholars make mistakes, sometimes due to their own, unrecognized bias. Such as an overview of new laws in Newsweek last month.
Don’t Waste Your Time (It’s Precious)

Don’t Waste Your Time (It’s Precious)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in The Power of Prime
I’m a ‘timeist.’ A timeist is someone who discriminates against others who waste their time. I hoard my time like misers hoard their money and animals hoard their food. Time has become truly precious to me and any second not spent with people or activities I care about feels like time stolen from me with no chance of return.