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What if Your Wife Has Postpartum Depression?

The key to overcoming postpartum depression is to identify it early and be proactive about seeking treatment together. Here is how to help your spouse if you are worried she has PPD.

Examples of the 4 Things Competent Therapists Do

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 01, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
The problem with principles is that they can lead to rules and checklists instead of empathic understanding.

Waving Sadly and Yet Joyfully Goodbye

By Michael W Corrigan Ed.D. on September 01, 2015 in Kids Being Kids
My wife started back to work fulltime. After admirably serving seven years in the trenches of child warfare on the not so tropical resort island known as Imagonna Pullmyhairout, she joined the ranks of the millions who deserve to be awarded a “Stay at Home Mom” Medal of Honor. As a recovering Mr. Mom, this blog is dedicated to all of you Stay at Home Parents.

What Happens When a Narcissist's Love Turns Into Rage

No one like being rejected or left, but for narcissistic individuals, a rejection can become the stimulus for a dangerous over-reaction. If you’ve ever been the target of one of these attacks, you know how frightening it can be. Understanding the cause of your ex’s rage can help both of you cope more reasonably.

How Do People’s Values Change as They Get Older?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
At any given moment in your life, you have a set of values that guide your actions at an abstract level. As an academic psychologist, for example, I value knowledge, and spend a lot of time pursuing it. Success has also been a value for me, and so I have devoted time to my career. My values are not shared by everyone.

The Lure of ISIS

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
Thousands of youth from multiple countries, cultures, religions, and social classes have abruptly left their homes and families to join ISIS, a dangerous, destructive, messianic Islamic self-styled nation (caliphate). They abandon their past values and relationships. become zealous True Believers, committed to their charismatic leaders and their God, dedicated to victory

My Father's Wisdom

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Don't Delay
My father has always been a source of wisdom in my life. Most recently, he gave me some of the most important anti-procrastination advice I have ever heard.

Are You in Love With a Narcissist and Still Hopeful?

By Peg Streep on September 01, 2015 in Tech Support
It's true enough that most of us hang in far longer than we should in toxic relationships, especially with a narcissistic partner. Some of that has to do with hopefulness that our partner and relationship will change. Is that magical thinking? Looking at recent research....

Want to Have Fewer Morbid Thoughts?

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 01, 2015 in The Career Within You
Gregory Bratman and colleagues found volunteers were happier after walking briefly through a lush portion of their campus than volunteers who strolled an equal amount of time near heavy traffic.

10 Mistakes to Avoid in a Job Interview

Research, and the opinions and observations of professional recruiters were used to compile this list of 10 major mistakes that are commonly made in hiring interviews.

The ABCs of Child Behavior

Temper tantrums... pushing... mouthing off! When a child misbehaves, parents usually just want them to stop. But by analyzing the patterns of behavior of their children, parents can shape that behavior in more positive directions. These patterns are the keys to unlocking a family's stress-free discipline plan.

What's the Point if We Can't Have Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 01, 2015 in On Having Fun
"Why does the existence of action carried out for the sheer pleasure of acting, the exertion of powers for the sheer pleasure of exerting them, strike us as mysterious? What does it tell us about ourselves that we instinctively assume that it is?”

Could Your Twitter Use Reveal a Secret to Happiness?

Those who score high on happiness, have happier immediate neighbors in terms of Twitter interaction, than those who are two or three links away, whose good cheer declines the further away from a very happy person they are. Large sources of happiness on Twitter, also seemed to have more interactions with extended networks.

Making Your Labor Day Party a Success

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
Your party will be more successful if you consider psychological as well as logistical matters.

If A Jane Austen Novel Were A Video Game, Would You Play It?

By Susan Greenfield Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Mind Change
Video games vs Novels - which is better in teaching empathy?

4 Quick Conversation Tips to Connect with a Date or Lover

It is often hard to know how to talk to a potential romantic partner, date, or sexy stranger. What can you say to help build an emotional connection and get them to pick you? According to speed dating research, there are a few tips that can make even four minutes of conversation enough time to get someone to bond, connect, and click. Read on to find out how...

The Fear Factor in Somatization

By Eliezer J. Sternberg M.D. on August 31, 2015 in NeuroLogic
Immersive reading, medical student's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome find a common thread in the brain.

Want to be a Parent?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in What a Body Knows
Parents are not rational. Children are not choices. Neither parents nor children are individuals. Rather, parents and children emerge together, in relation to one another, expressions of life itself, as a potential matrix of mutually enabling loves.

What If the Diagnosis of Autism Is Wrong?

How does this happen? There are many neuropsychologists who are excellent and take time to evaluate a child. Sometimes, children do not perform well because they are afraid of the unfamiliar adult or the testing tasks and environment. Sometimes, at a young age, particularly in cases of a language delay, the child doesn’t understand the intent of the question.

Trade-in Transition: Mom Looks at a New Role as Kids Depart

By Julie K Hersh on August 31, 2015 in Struck By Living
Hersh finds closure of a part of her life by letting go of an old car.

Do You Know Your Derailment Factors? Part One.

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 31, 2015 in Real Women
Knowing your derailment factors is critical to your career success. In Part One of this two part series, business and leadership strategist Megan Dalla-Camina outlines 6 of the twelve factors you need to be thinking about to maximise your success.

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.
Physical Punishment—and Violence

Physical Punishment—and Violence

Physical punishment is damaging to the mental health of children and the societies in which we live. There are alternatives that build on children's ability to integrate feelings, language, and cognition.

Seven Tips for Kissing Like You Mean It

By Jennifer Haupt on August 31, 2015 in One True Thing
My husband of 25 years and I recently attended Kissing School, the brainchild of Seattle psychotherapist Cherie Byrd. Here's what we learned after seven hours of smoothing.

Political Discourse in the Age of Narcissism

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on August 31, 2015 in Shame
In this Age of Narcissism, political discourse increasingly rejects rational thought and respectful argument, relying instead on typical defenses against narcissistic injury -- indignation, blame, and contempt -- to turn the opponent into a "loser."

Dog-Gone It!

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 31, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
I went from being a dog-fearing man all my life, to a "higher level" of being.

Using Good Memory Habits to Boost Your Memory

We all make memory mistakes from time to time. In this posting, we talk about a strategy to help with common memory problems, a strategy that is a lot like Grandma’s advice … a pearl of wisdom based not so much on hard scientific evidence but proven through years of experience.

Does a Resting Mind Correspond to the Brain's Default Mode?

The resting mind may correspond to a "default mode network" found in brain scans, so being in the moment might parallel a built-in biological pause for neural refreshment.

The Traumatized Brain

A new blog about brain injury from the authors of the upcoming book, The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Weight Loss

The contradiction at the heart of most weight-loss "treatment."