Can Women Ever Be Taken Seriously?

It’s tough, but not impossible, for women to communicate a powerful image

Life in the Slow Lane

What our Blessed Modern Lives Look Like from an Evolutionary Perspective

The Contradictions of Cliches

Clichés guide us through life, but should they?

One More Reason to Unplug Before Bedtime

Reading a bedtime story improves a child's brain function and mental imagery.

Why I Don't Fear Going Solo

It's perfectly fine to have fun without company.

The Secret to Teaching Creativity

How do you teach creativity?

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What's new with Mac n' Cheese?

American kids deserve the same treatment that European children have been enjoying for decades.

The Horrors of Self-Esteem

Our predecessors thought that self-esteem was a horrible notion. They were right.

The Deepest War Wound May Be the Anguish of Moral Injury

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Afterwar
That the military code — never abandon a buddy, bring all your troops home, don't put innocents at risk — is impossible to meet doesn't always register deep down. The result may be shame, and all too often suicidal shame.

Why Warm Weather and Hot Tubs Make Us Happy

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 28, 2015 in Minding the Body
Feeling warmer physically leads to feeling better emotionally - a conversation with researcher Christopher Lowry.

Please Keep Your Mind in Your Body

By Hal Mathew on April 28, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
The look of being present

The Misery Checklist

The Misery Checklist: A made up story about a real problem

Can Women Ever Be Taken Seriously?

Gravitas, or the assertion of power through body language, is a concept usually associated with men. However, it is possible under the right circumstances for women to have a piece of the power dynamic pie.

Parenting: From Well-Doing to Well-Being

A strengths-based approach to parenting.
This is How You Should Learn

This is How You Should Learn

By Jen Kim on April 28, 2015 in Valley Girl With a Brain
According to research from the National Academy of Sciences, the most effective (and exemplary) teaching methods are those that truly engage its students.

Is It Time to Ban Food Ads?

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic that is linked to 18 percent of all deaths for those ages 40-85. It has boosted medical costs by an estimated $150 billion annually and has sent the incidents of related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease soaring. Obesity is also related to depression and diminished quality of life. It’s never been more apparent

Moving Past Anger in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on April 28, 2015 in Splitopia
Anger is a backward-looking emotion. It can keep you trapped in the past you no longer have. Moving on can mean moving past anger.

The Communicative Advantages of Interrupting

The Sermon on the Mount takes 8 minutes to read aloud, so be wary of any speech act that goes on for longer than that.

Life in the Slow Lane

Modern middle American life is a blessed experience from an evolutionary perspective. If you're "in the middle," then you have the luxury of experience a "high k" life history strategy. Read on to see how lucky you are for this fact!

When Is a Belief in Talents Helpful?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
I have written often in this blog about the how people’s belief in talents and skills affects their behavior. Talents are abilities that you are born with, while skills are abilities that can be acquired with significant hard work.

All The Rage

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in In Excess
Beserkers is a culture-bound condition historically affecting Norsemen. The condition manifested itself among males only as an intense fury and rage (berserkergang, i.e., “going beserk”) and mostly occurred in battle situations. But what more do we know about it from a psychological perspective?

Can Orange Glasses Improve Sleep Quality? Testing it Out

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on April 28, 2015 in Brain Babble
Can orange-tinted glasses improve sleep quality by blocking out blue light? I did an experiment.

Dogs and Underdogs: Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Elizabeth Abbott's "Dogs and Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash" and Toni Shelbourne's "Among the Wolves" are excellent reads. Both books are filled with personal stories about these amazing beings and show how we can rescue and help them and they can in turn rescue and help us. Both also raise numerous questions about human-animal relationships.

7 Signs You May Be A Workaholic

Could you be addicted to your work? Researchers have identified seven warning signs that could indicate you have a problem.

Mitch Lafon’s Heavy-Metal Heart

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Many people know Mitch Lafon as the host of “One on One with Mitch Lafon,” a part of Talking Metal Digital. But, what many don't know is that Lafon suffers from a cardiac condition known as atrial fibrillation. He shares his story of how he has learned to never miss a beat!

6 Natural Ways To De-Stress

De-stressing is not just about self-soothing and making ourselves feel better after a hard day. In today’s society, de-stressing is as important for our health as brushing our teeth and exercising.

The Contradictions of Cliches

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in The Prime of Life
What common clichés reveal about the popular psychology of our time.

Your Anxiety Might Be a Healthy Sign

There is certainly a reason for all that anxiety you are feeling; but it may not be what you fear. Instead of being a symptom of something wrong, it might mean that your body is working well and trying to tell you something. It might mean that you need to slow down.

Workover: Lawyer Who Became a SAHM for 9 Years Wants Back.

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
Edited transcript of the advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Wish You Could Banish Self-Doubt?

Could confidence be over-rated? What if instead of confidently striding into your next meeting, pitching your new big idea or even owning a large public stage relied less on feeling fearless and more on acknowledging your self-doubt and having the courage to move forward and do it anyway?

Theater Shooter on Trial

Colorado shooter uses insanity plea for his defense

The Coming Battle over Serotonin and Depression

There was never any valid scientific evidence showing clinical depression was associated with lowered levels of serotonin: It was all smoke and mirrors. But such is the power of Big Pharma – and such is the power of a good story – that many academics bought into it, and careers were built on the concept of lowered serotonin causing depression.

The Mindful Geek

The last 50 years have seen an explosion of anti-smoking campaigns as public health officials realize that smoking is a chief cause of cancer, cardiovascular illness and a host of other diseases.

To some extent these campaigns have worked: We are seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking among younger generations. Good progress, but frankly it isn’t enough.

A Workover: 60-Year Old Hasn't Worked in Ten Years

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
How I advised a caller who needs and wants to go back to work.

Not Just Curious: What In You Seeks Psychological Insights?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Ambigamy
You could be watching cat videos but instead you read PT Blogs. Why is that? Here's one big appetite for psychological insight

Heading toward First Human Head Transplant?

If “head transplant” sounds like the stuff of science fiction, think again. The possibility for such an operation seems to be drawing ever nearer. The surgeon is ready and a suitable patient has volunteered.