Social Skills 101: Test and Improve Your Niceness Quotient

Social skills are such a key part of life that most of us rarely give them conscious thought. New research will provide a tool for you to do a reality check on yours.

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in What the Luck?
We are tempted to look for psychological explanations for successes and failures, when the more convincing explanation is simply that people get lucky—and luck is fleeting.

5 Common Ways Money Issues Wreck Relationships

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
Issues surrounding money are one of the most common conflicts within relationships, even where there is plenty of love. Here are some frequent ways that money damages partnerships.

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10 Things to Know About Déjà Vu

Acceptance of déjà vu has become much wider in recent decades. Research psychologists are just beginning to understand this phenomenon.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": a fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Introvert Isle

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Introvert Power
Wonder what an introverted society looks like? Travel with me to Japan.

If You Want to Become More Mindful, Check Your Watch

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in BrainSnacks
if the “monkey mind,” as the Eastern practitioners call it, has a mind of its own, how does one become more “mindful?” How can your mind stay focused, when it loves to wander?
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The role of nonjudgment in mindfulness

By Joey Fung Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mindful Being
Can we judge our thoughts without judging our selves?

Why TSA Agents Need Therapy Skills Training

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Millennial Media
In the age of TSA, travel has become more stressful than ever before. Could training agents in basic therapy skills such as empathy and thought distortions help?

Debate Scorecard for the Presidency: Trust

The selection of our next president is fast approaching. What is the criteria you will use to make that selection? Here's a scorecard to help you really think, consider and decide.

Toxic People

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on September 24, 2016 in In Flux
Several people weighed in on 8 Common Traits of Toxic People. Here are some of their thoughts, and mine, that will hopefully help shed more light on the subject.

12 Tech Habits To Keep Healthy For Life

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
We spend a lot of time on phones and computers. Developing good habits in how we sit, type, and text can improve our health and reduce pain over a lifetime.

The Truth Shall Set You Free — Except When It Doesn’t

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Uncertainty can be more deadly than certainty. But certainty is what the law is looking for. But why, when it is such a rare commodity?

Helping Clinton become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Deborah Shames, author of "Out Front: How Women can Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless Speakers" is a specialist in helping people put their best and most real foot forward.

How do You Tell a Teenager that He has Autism?

By Ugo Uche on September 24, 2016 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Apparently, most teens who have not been educated on autism, view autism as a form of intellectual impairment which they have come to associate with social stigma.
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You Must Use Drugs!

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 24, 2016 in The Power of Rest
Depression treatment demands drugs - right?
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The Death of the Telephone Call

By Robin Marantz Henig on September 24, 2016 in Cusp
With the loss of the spontaneous, friendly telephone call -- which Slate says died in 2007 -- comes another loss: feeling connected to the world at large.
How Not to Worry About What Others Think of You
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Why Our Partners Embarrass Us
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Thousands of Genes Are Altered by Aerobic Endurance Training

By Christopher Bergland on September 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A groundbreaking new study reports that aerobic endurance training can alter 3,400 RNA variants, associated with 2,600 genes. These findings have widespread health implications.

Why I Wish I Could Be a Narcissist

Simply put, life might be easier as a narcissist.

Hobson's Choice - Why We Want Trump and Need Clinton

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Trump is the Declaration of Independence, Clinton is the U.S. Constitution. Which one would you pick to trust your future to?

Myth: I’m Too Old to Find Love

Everyone dreams of finding sweet love.

How Should We Plan for Growing Old?

What determines our satisfaction as we age?

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Psychological tests that are trusted by one generation may be debunked by the next. A selection of tests to learn about and try, just for fun, are found in Psychobook.

Using Harry Potter to Address Racial and Other Prejudices

Are news stories about racial tensions causing you anxiety? Research on Harry Potter offers a new perspective on prejudice reduction.

Marrow: A Love Story: Sitting Down With Elizabeth Lesser

By Mark Matousek on September 23, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
Author Elizabeth Lesser, talks about her new book, Marrow: A Love Story. It's a sister's tale of becoming a donor and what it taught her about the meaning of love.

Coping: What We Can Learn From Cancer Patients

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Beyond Treatment
A colleague once shared with me a practice that facilitates approaching the trials we encounter with patience, humility, and an open mind:

How to Make Things Better by Making Them Worse

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Think Well
While it's counter intuitive, sometimes to make things better we first have to make them worse. Here's how to understand and use the power of paradox to solve many problems.

The Enlightenment Gap and Psychology's Metaphysical Problem

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Many of modern day psychology's core problems can be traced to the Enlightenment Gap. This blog describes the Gap and how to resolve the issues.

When Food = Love, Saying "No" Can Be Tough

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 23, 2016 in Cravings
Whether it's a box of candy or a second helping of your grandma's famous lasagna, sometime you have to (carefully) refuse.

Transitioning From Lovers to Partners

Marriages change over time. Partners go from passionate to more companionate.

5 Ways of the Corporate Psychopath

How ruthless predators infiltrate and compromise organizations.

The Importance of Family Dinnertime: Part Two

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Stories emerge naturally around the dinner table. Here are a few tips to maximize their impact on your children.