When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

My Father's Last Hours

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

A science-backed reason to be social

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

Is your work satisfaction related to your fit to your job?

Seven Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

It's often the little things that cause big reactions.

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

The strange battle over what's psychiatric versus neurological.

A Basic Map of Political Positions

The political positions on a simple grid.

The Latest

Everything New Under the Sun

By Robert J King Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Hive Mind
Time, identity, and immortality
Don't Make Me Tell You Again: Getting Kids to Listen

Don't Make Me Tell You Again: Getting Kids to Listen

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 09, 2015 in Fixing Families
Having to constantly remind your kids to do something is the ongoing frustration of many parents. Here's how to make it stop.

Unnecessary Boulder Bear Killing Challenges Anthrozoology

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A mother bear was killed in Boulder, Colorado. The original headline read "Boulder bear No. 317 euthanized; 2 cubs also captured," but it was later cleaned up to read "Boulder bear No. 317 killed; 2 cubs also captured." Of course, she wasn't euthanized. Those involved in the killing claim it "sucked" and wonder if it was fair. Indeed, they could have stopped the killing.
The Sky Behind Me

The Sky Behind Me

By John P. Schuster on October 09, 2015 in The Power of Your Past
A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to sense the ghost in the machine
Sometimes We Can't Put A Positive Spin On Our Troubles

Sometimes We Can't Put A Positive Spin On Our Troubles

By Allison Carmen on October 09, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
Sometimes it is hard to see the positive side of life when you feel disappointed or an unexpected event leaves you feeling alone and groundless. You want to feel optimistic but you just don’t see how life will change or what could possibly make things better. This is a perfect moment to let Maybe into your life.

Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Animal Factors (2)

Behavioral problems often elicit high emotions in owners. Owners often have been dealing with these problems for a long time and, for reasons that are real for them, now feel that they have an emergency. In this blog post we will address animal factors that can affect this decision.

Personal & Professorial Ethics: Does Turpitude Trump Tenure?

At what point does someone’s personal behavior interfere with the performance of their professional functions?

The Effect of Unconscious Associations on Visitors’ Behavior

Our thoughts and behavior are not under our intentional control, but are instead widely influenced by environmental factors. These automatic processes have a fundamental implication to our behavior in general as to our online behavior.

Through the Looking Glass: Unqualified Candidates Poll Well

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on October 09, 2015 in Intersections
In Wonderland, persons who have never served in public office are viewed as best qualified to serve in public office.
When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

It was shocking to feel so typical.

Be Slick, Do Less, Get More

We have found that the irony of caregiving and caretaking is that the worst form of rip-off is does not occur when we give too much—what's better than a well-earned and -nursed grudge? What's more gratifying that a well-placed blast of righteous indignation? No, the real relational fleecing, the true shakedown, comes from having our own contributions declined.

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but did not head to work in the morning excited to do their jobs.
Ghost Stories for Dogs

Ghost Stories for Dogs

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
For Halloween, Ghosts of Gettysburg provides a unique socializing event for service pups in training.

Fun That Takes You By Surprise

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 09, 2015 in On Having Fun
The wonder that arises from the most wonderful of all games has nothing to do with score or even excellence, but rather is about that moment of fun that takes us by surprise.
The Being of Humans

The Being of Humans

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in In Control
Control is nothing more than the activity of making things be the way an individual wants them to be and keeping them that way until the individual decides they don’t need to be that way any more.

The Bee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in How To Do Life
A fable that raises stinging questions about the life well-lived.

Why "Twilight" is Worse Than Just a Bad Book

Why is "Twilight" scary? As a romantic fantasy, it's a damaging one; for a trashy book, it's a lousy one; and as an for escape for a young woman who's longing to break out of her everyday confinements, it's a trap.
Does Your Personal Brand Broadcast Success?

Does Your Personal Brand Broadcast Success?

The actions you take each day build your personal brand. The way you think, the way you feel and the way you behave shape the stories people tell about who you are and what they can expect from you when it comes to your work.

Why Wait? The Psychological Origins of Procrastination

We all procrastinate. New research in psychology provides clues as to why--and how to stop.

A Different CBT Approach To Eating Addiction

Do you believe your love for junk food, your dysfunctional childhood, or the stress in your life is at the root of your compulsive eating? Is so, you've fallen into the therapy trap. The cause is more fundamental yet simpler. Here's how to diagnose and treat the root, acting as your own therapist.

Love And Manipulation

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Ambigamy
Understanding how affirmations work will help hone your ability to discriminate between genuine and manipulative flattery.

Navigating Life via the Stars of Detail

Are you unsure how to navigate your life? Notice the details.

The Problem of Phubbing

A recent study has shown that people who attend to their cell phones in the presence of their partner – or do what researchers call “phubbing” are less satisfied in their relationships. So, what should you do if you’re being phubbed? Or if you’re the phubber?

Feeling Exhausted and Overwhelmed?

Feeling exhausted and run-down? The answer may be closer than you think.

Movies in Mind: Our Addiction to the Screen

By studying the allure of movies, we can learn much about how the mind works.

The Scary Truth About Procrastination

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 in Motivate!
Sometimes finding out the root cause of our behaviors can be downright frightening. Beware the evil that lurks in the minds of the prospective procrastinator!

Dealing With the Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications

Unfortunately, some patients experience side effects before seeing relief on new medications. Here we explore five strategies for dealing with them.

No Longer at the Mercy of Our Moods

By Tom Wootton on October 08, 2015 in Bipolar Advantage
As a culture, we are learning to separate thought from action and stimulus from response. This makes it less likely, less acceptable, and less necessary that any of us be at "the mercy of our moods."

Quash Your Bad Habits by Knowing What Triggers Them

By Peter Bregman on October 08, 2015 in How We Work
“One minute I was fine,” Jeff later told me at dinner, “And the next I was yelling.” He paused, thoughtfully, shaking his head, “I did not see that coming.”