Work/Life Integration

Get More Done by Focusing Less on Work

Six Tips to Guide You in Sharing Your Feelings

There’s a time, place, and way to use self-disclosure in your relationships

Finding Meaning Through Mental Time Travel

Imagine walking into the door of your childhood home: What would you learn?

The Pull of Old Habits

How the brain gets stuck in harmful patterns

Knowledge and Blame

We blame people when we believe they should have known better.

Telepressure: The Dark Side of Convenience

The benefits of technology may come with a price for employees.

The Latest

A Workover: A Nurse Wants a Raise

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 04, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program. Relevant to a wide range of negotiations.

Breast-feeding Moms Have a Bigger Job Than You Think

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on May 03, 2015 in The Good Gut
Breast milk is loaded with human milk oligosaccharides, which can’t be digested by humans. Why is it there? Because Mom also has to feed her baby’s gut microbes.

VOICES

Voices is a beautifully rendered documentary on the lives of three people with severe, persistent, psychotic illness. For 56 minutes we enter lives upended by an illness, schizophrenia, which for these three led to substantial disability, homelessness and catastrophe.

Happy Mother-Someone's Day

As there are "good enough mothers,” there are also good enough "mother-someones" who do not give up when things go terribly awry, but are able to use the failures and derailments as opportunities to work together to right the wrongs, get the relationships back on the rails together—to repair interactively.

Mama Bliss

Mama Bliss, a stellar Portuguese water dog, provides mothering in the most surprising way.

The Six "Caring Words" that block intimacy.

You want to empathize. But these six words can leave your partner, friend, or sister feeling terribly alone.

My Son Is Attracted To Me

What To Do If Your Son Is Attracted To You

Baltimore Isn't About Race, But It Is About Racism

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on May 03, 2015 in Social Studies
Some of the officers charged in Freddy Gray's murder are black.What does this mean? It means that we are all shaped- and misshapen- by the ideology of racism. Black and white Americans are stuck in a system that marks white bodies as safe and marks black bodies as dangerous.

Medical Ethics Are Healthier Than Business Ethics

Traditional medical ethics puts patient welfare first. As corporations increasingly control health care, business ethics replace medical ethics. Doctors and patients must work together to defend the doctor-patient relationship.

The Power of Influence

While I was growing up, my brothers (I'm the eldest of four boys) often chided me for being so much like my father. I suppose it was inevitable that I would be; firstborn children tend to be rule followers (if you believe in the significance of birth order) and I fit the stereotype.

In Baltimore, an empty stadium and a lack of noise

Quiet baseball symbolizes a potential for hope as protests rack the city

Pink Ribbon Purge

I’ve been researching and writing about breast cancer for so many years that I’ve accumulated a plethora of pink-ribbon-themed items. I’m finished with the baggage. Taking control of my surroundings has been very freeing!

Journaling Clears Out the Bad, Builds Up the Good

By Jason Powers M.D. on May 03, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
Multiple studies show that disclosing emotions through journaling is therapeutic, which is why I encourage my patients to write for their own benefit and consumption.

Five Year Synthesis: Start Here Post

Simple whole foods, both plant and animal, are best for the brain for some obvious reasons and some you won't expect. Good food and good sleep are lacking in our modern world, yet our mental health can depend upon them.

How to Turn Around a Negative Relationship

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on May 03, 2015 in Wander Woman
Whether your relationships are professional or personal, if you do not talk about the negative feelings you are holding onto, the relationship will erode. This post provides steps to improve your own relationships or to act as a coach to help bring people together at work.

When is it wise to confess?

By Sheila Kohler on May 03, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
I remember telling my poor children their father was in Bruxelles when my ex- husband was off with his mistress. My intentions were of the best, of course. I hoped to spare my little girls the suffering of knowing of their father's infidelity, which he finally confessed to them much to my ire. But I'm not sure my silence was ultimately helpful to my children.

Worries about the Apple Watch and the Internet-of-Things

There’s a lot happening in the internet-of-things, most of it beyond the horizon of our thing-filled lifestyles. The Apple Watch is the latest and perhaps most telling thing of all. Should we worry about this dazzling distraction? What will its social impact be? What are the environmental and labor costs associated with this new digital fashion accessory?

A Spiritual Life with a Psychology to Match

Spiritual people, spiritual psychology: hope for the future.

Simplifying Heroin

Heroin addition is often described as a disease like any other. It is not.

10 Signs Your Boss / Manager is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." At the workplace, a pathologically narcissistic manager can be insensitive and conceited at best, and exploitative or abusive at worst. Here are ten signs that your boss might be a narcissist...
Our Fear of the Envy of Others

Our Fear of the Envy of Others

Our fear of being envied by others can stifle us in our development and creative expression. Sometimes this envy comes from those we think should love us the most.

Neuroscientists Confirm That Strangers Can Become Ourselves

Your brain has the ability to transfer your sense of self into the physical body of a stranger.

A Workover: Do I Need to Be Completely Honest on My Resume?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Love your Boss

Can we learn from the psychology of relationships research how to get on much better with our boss? After all she or he can have a very significant effect on your life. It is certainly better to have them as a friend and ally rather than an enemy. So what can you do to improve your relationship?

Mechanics of the Placebo Effect

A look at how the placebo effect works

Teach Someone to Prioritize Using Psychological Distance

You may be tempted to write off some team members as never being able to manage themselves. They may be great at execution, but the level of handholding they need about what actually has to get done is frustrating. It would be ideal if there were a way to get everyone on a work team to be thinking about the big picture.

Posttraumatic Growth

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Tattoos and Identity:

A website urges you to tattoo a song lyric on "your skin and soul." What's going on?

Torture and the Identity of Psychology

By Gregg Henriques on May 02, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
The torture fiasco is partly a function of the APA being very confused about the identity of psychology and psychologists.
Work/Life Integration

Work/Life Integration

Work/Life Integration: How to get more done by focusing less on work.