Autism in the South Pacific: A Different Way of Seeing?

By John Elder Robison on February 26, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
Were Polynesian navigators who settled the Pacific autistic? Americans are used to thinking about autism in the context of disability. Other societies may have seen it different

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Helping

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 26, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Helping someone you love, through providing needed assistance, filling their request, assuming their task, or even taking care of yourself can enhance intimacy, respect, gratitude.

Why People Buy Dogs Who They Know Will Suffer and Die Young

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A study of French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and Cairn Terriers highlights why people choose to buy dogs who they know will have short, miserable lives.

Is Your Smile Getting You Into Trouble?

We tend to believe that a simple smile is enough to grease the social wheels of life. New research shows when suppression may be the better, and kinder, part of valor.

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If You Go To The Hospital, Get Ready To Yell…

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on February 26, 2017 in Patient Power
Studies show that healthcare in the U.S. is far poorer than most people realize, and sadly, sometimes you need to yell to protect yourself or a loved one. But how do you know?

Why Effective Leaders Don't Confuse Loyalty with Trust

There was a time when loyalty was a two way expectation between employers and employees. But today effective leaders know the currency isn't loyalty, but trust. Discover why.

Martyrdom: Worst Idea Ever

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Boundless
Martyrdom as an idea causes massive problems, on both the interpersonal and geopolitical levels.

The Erosion of Civility

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Startup Your Life
Have you been berated by a stranger? Do you snap when things don't go your way? Here's why restoring civility to everyday life is crucial for mental sanity and social functioning
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This Close to Happy, by Daphne Merkin

Why do some people do well and others not when ill with a disease?

Why Does Change Make Us Lose Our Minds?

By Elizabeth R Thornton on February 26, 2017 in The Objective Leader
Does change make you lose your mind and change the way you think?

3 Essential Tips for Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Adaptation
3 Essential Tips for Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

Get Out of My Country

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 26, 2017 in Minority Report
"Get out of my country!" is a common fear and statement Asian, Arab, and Hispanic minorities confront time and time again in their lifetimes. And sometimes it can lead to tragedy
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It’s Your Birthday? Take the Day Off

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 26, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Take your vacation days and add years to your life.

Trait Neuroticism and Depressive and Anxiety Disorders

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
It is essential for folks who regularly struggle with depression and anxiety to understand high Trait Neuroticism and how to manage it.

How to Develop Self-Compassion

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Self-compassion is a very important aspect of self-care. Many of us get wrapped up in caring for others and neglect ourselves. Sometimes writing can help us develop self-compassion

Gaining a Window on the World

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Can modern telecommunications solve the problem of social isolation in seniors? A new innovation by Swiss researchers making staying in touch easier than ever.

A New Paradigm for Psychiatry

The UN has put out a call for a new paradigm for psychiatry, “that could replace the failed medical model that dominates mental health today.”

A Common Cause of Misery and a Formula for Happiness

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Think Well
Here is how to defuse a powder keg of self-imposed unhappiness and the three essential ingredients of happiness.

Psychopathic Killers Hide in Plain Sight

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The world’s most prolific killers are totally incapable of empathy or remorse. However, they rarely look like the scary monsters we expect them to be.

The Power of Small Talk

By Joe Moran, Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in The Secret Life of Shyness
Small talk is not an empty ritual: it's a vital life skill that even the shy have to learn.

The Gender Revolution Is Here

The take-down of black-and-white thinking about what it means to be a human being and liberates us all.

Strategic Lie: Stealing More than Money

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 25, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Strategic lying is all around us. So we form groups with people who share our values and we can trust. We are desperate to trust.

The 5 Things You Should Really Look for in a Partner

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Close Encounters
Most of us have long list of things we're searching for in a mate. But what should we really be looking for to ensure relationship success?

The Trader

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in How To Do Life
Sex, money, religion, and politics and your relationship.

Discovering the Gold

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When we lock into a sense of falling short and the fear of failure, mindfulness and compassion practices help us to wake from this trance and remember who we really are.

The Big Picture: How Aging Theories Fit into Evolution

Why do we live as long as we do? Perhaps it depends on our perspective.

Breakup Strategies: The Brave and the Cowardly

By Samantha Joel on February 25, 2017 in Dating Decisions
Painful breakups can be made even worse by the way the breakup took place.

The Surprising Effects of Parents' Sleep Deprivation

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sleep deprivation inhibits parents' ability to manage their emotions and reactivity to negative stimuli. It may also interfere with their verbal and nonverbal expressions of joy.

5 Strategies to Relieve Anxiety

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on February 25, 2017 in In Flux
Anxiety is a state all of us will encounter probably many times during the course of a lifetime. Because it can cause much discomfort and worry, mastery of it is essential.
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So You Want to Be Happy? OK, But Consider This...

Research suggests that you should carefully evaluate your positive experiences. Those that you do not control can relate to negative outcomes.

Polite Doctors are Safer Doctors

Little things like polite communication and consistent use of basic safety habits can mean the difference between life and death medical care.

Why Progressive Humanist Values Will Ultimately Prevail

Increasing geopolitical instability may threaten progressive, Humanist values in the short-term. But here's why I'm optimistic that these values will ultimately prevail.
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Lost Boy, Still Needs Name

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
America's Unknown Child is still an unnamed crime victim after 60 years.

The Emotions of Social Interaction

While we are quite sensitive to negative emotional displays of those with whom we interact, we’re hardly sensitive at all to our own.