A Basic Map of Political Positions

The political positions on a simple grid.

Why We Love to Be Scared

The physical, psychological, and social reasons we crave thrills and chills

A Performance Review... for Your Marriage?

Sometimes all it takes is a check-in.

Six Reasons Pop Singers Pronounce Some Lyrics in Odd Ways

'Secret Asian Man' and Other Mysteries of Song

How All-You-Can-Eat Buffets Use Psychology to Make Money

They use a "fill the belly cheaply" metric and other tricks to check eaters


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Why We Need to Quit Linking Mental Health Reform & Violence

We need mental health reform. We need more programs that reach out to the young, before problems can take hold and before substances such as drugs and alcohol become a way to medicate away distressing feelings.

A Trip to the Moon on Gossamer Wings

Why does love sometimes blind people to obvious risks? Master manipulators thrive when we show ourselves to be naive and reckless. When it comes to romance, don't be a rube.
How Has Postpartum Depression Impacted You?

How Has Postpartum Depression Impacted You?

Stressful events hold the possibility of change, both positive and negative.

One Potential Cause of Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a serious disorder that can be treated effectively. A recent study demonstrates that about 4% of persons with postpartum psychosis may have an illness known as autoimmune encephalitis.

After a Stillbirth, Interpersonal Support Facilitates Coping

Finding support is key for emotional recovery after a stillbirth

Ridding Happiness Contaminant 2: LHT Anxiety

While we have to endure all sorts of hassles and hardships in life, we need not experience anxiety about them. Learn how to never turn a hardship into a horror and thus never fall prey to anxiety.

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

The recent tragedy in Oregon has renewed controversy about what autism really is or isn’t. While often well intentioned, this debate is based on shaky scientific ground and may actually be making stigma worse.

Meet the Free Online Tool that Assesses Your Depression Risk

Today is National Depression Screening Day, which means you can take a free online test to determine if you have any early warning signs of depression.

Senile Squalor and Hoarding

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in In Excess
Diogenes Syndrome (DS) that is sometimes referred to as ‘senile squalor syndrome’ (as it typically occurs in elderly individuals). Hoarding is often a consequence of having DS, and those with DS often live on their own in severe domestic squalor and unsanitary conditions. But what else is known about this rare syndrome?

Trigger Warnings and Human Sexuality Education

Sexuality Education Needs Warning Labels?

Why “Bribing” Your Child With Treats Doesn’t Work

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on October 08, 2015 in All Grown Up
Do you offer your child a “reward” to get him or her to comply with a rule? “If you tidy you room, I’ll take you to the movies.”
But this is not a reward — this is a bribe. And “bribery” is not an effective parenting technique. Learn why bribing does not work when it comes to gaining your child's cooperation and what does.

Venus and Iris

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in How To Do Life
A children's story but not really. How much should we sacrifice for love? And are there different expectations for men and for women?

Why Some Women Perceive Anger in Other Women’s Faces

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Close Encounters
New research shows that women tend to attribute more hostility to other women's faces than is actually present. The notion of “resting bitch face”, the tendency for a woman’s neutral face expression to appear angry or annoyed, has been catching on in the media. These studies suggest that whether women detect resting bitch face may be due to competition with other women.

Discrimination, Crime and Media Reporting on Campus

Times are changing. Planning is Learning. Safety, security and equity are essential in enabling students to succeed.

I Like You Because Your Girlfriend Is Hot

By Ryan Anderson on October 07, 2015 in The Mating Game
Why is it that people with attractive partners are so romantically desirable? Science has an answer

Your Dog is Smarter Than You Are

Seriously. For real. No kidding!

Is Runner's High Our Evolutionary Antidote for Laziness?

By Christopher Bergland on October 07, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Two new studies suggest that our ability to experience runner's high may have evolved as a way to motivate humans to enjoy physical exertion.
The Medicare Behavioral Health Failure

The Medicare Behavioral Health Failure

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Women Who Stray
Despite the growing recognition of a mental health crisis in the United States, one of the country's largest funders of healthcare continues to provide grossly inadequate coverage of behavioral health.
Schizophrenia and Its Treatment

Schizophrenia and Its Treatment

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 07, 2015 in Hide and Seek
What does the future hold?

Jonny Hawkins Explains Why Mental Illness is a Family Affair

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Johnny Hawkins of the band Nothing More shares his family's story of mental illness and how he is working to raise awareness for mental health.

How Long a Work Day is Defnitely Bad For Your Health?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 07, 2015 in Open Gently
Working eleven hours in a day ups your chance of disease.

How to Stay at the Top of Your Game

By Mridu Khullar Relph on October 07, 2015 in Culturally Incorrect
Self care is important if you're going to be your best self, whether personally or professionally. Some quick ways to do it right now.

Leslie Pietrzyk: Grief and Condolences

By Jennifer Haupt on October 07, 2015 in One True Thing
After my husband died I needed help but didn't know how to ask. A funeral is many things, including that giant to-do list, but repairing a shattered life is pretty much only one thing: hard work. The paradox is that no one else can do it for you, yet you can’t do it alone.

Sailing or Struggling? Tips for Facilitating School Success

"Hi. School was fine." Some tips for identifying if your child is having a hard time at school that they might not be telling you about.

Does Being Religious Make Us Happy?

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Curious?
Forget common sense and media reports. What have scientists discovered about the link between religion and happiness? And was Obama right that during times of trouble, people cling to their religion? Read about this hot-button topic.

Why Are So Many Parents Limited in Loving Their Children?

In my observation of families, I have noted countless examples of well-meaning parents engaging in behavior that is insensitive, mis-attuned, or harmful to their children, while earnestly believing that they love them and have their best interests at heart. There are several reasons why it’s often difficult for parents to love their children.

Courage in Relationships: Conquering Vulnerability and Fear

It’s a profound—and paradoxical—truth that courage isn’t really courage at all unless there’s some fear attached to it. Without a moment’s hesitation before taking on something felt as hazardous, the act would exemplify not so much courage as foolhardiness or mindless impulsivity. As Mark Twain put it: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear."

A Basic Map of Political Positions

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
A quick and simple map of the major political positions in America today.

Why We Love to Be Scared

By Margee Kerr Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 in Why We Scream
Wonder why chills run down your spine (in a good way) at the first sign of fall? Here's why.

A Performance Review... for Your Marriage?

What's the secret to marital bliss? Maybe an occasional performance review.