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A Simple Act of Kindness

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 12, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
Acts of kindness go a long way towards making us better people, and this a better world.

Remembering Our Selves

By Robert N. Kraft Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Defining Memories
Our memories can be changed by our beliefs and by our social environment, but our memories can also be remarkably accurate – depending on the strategies we use to remember.

How to Bring Up Personal Hygiene Issues

By Kerry Patterson on October 12, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
Set the tone in helping an awkward discussion go quickly and smoothly.

Stealth Abuse of College Women: Coercive Control on Campus

While sexual assaults on college campuses are making the headlines, some of the most common dangers college women face are less visible: the verbal and psychological abuse, stalking, and sexual coercion that comprise a form of abuse called coercive control.

How Gun Control Can Work

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 12, 2015 in Am I Right?
It is possible to have safer public spaces and the Second Amendment, just as it is possible to have a car in every garage and safer roads.

How to Bring Mindfulness Into Meetings--10 Tips

By Ray Williams on October 12, 2015 in Wired for Success
Meetings can be far more productive, less stressful and more interesting if they are conducted mindfully.

School Reform: A Crisis of Expectations

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Digital Pandemic
Tired of the political battles over school reform? Time to take off the rose-colored glasses and end the blame game.

The Short Life and Eugenic Death of Baby John Bollinger

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on October 12, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
In 1915, Dr. Harry Haiselden decided not to operate to save the life of a baby born with disabilities. His controversial choice sparked a massive public debate over the responsibilities of medical doctors, the rights of individuals with disabilities, and the new and dangerous field of eugenics.

Five Ways Teams and Leaders Can Deal with Negative Attention

Great communication and mental health awareness are present in successful teams like the New England Patriots. Coach Belichick and Tom Brady have exemplified their leadership skills and created a mentally tough team that can turn negative energy into something powerful.

Failure to Communicate

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in One Among Many
Open communication comes with risks. The goal to reduce these risks while preserving openness creates a social dilemma. Your responses will reveal your values.

Escaping or Accepting?

It is my belief that escape is at the heart of all addiction. Brene Brown points out in her book "Daring Greatly," shame and guilt are fostered by our attempts to escape our feelings. She identifies three primary ways of escaping feelings.

What Are They Feeling?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Imagine a day at work like this, or in your family, aware of the surface behavior of the people around you but oblivious to their inner life while they remain unmoved by your own. That's a world without empathy. To me, it sounds like a horror film.
The Psychology of Immigration

The Psychology of Immigration

Birman provided a broad overview of immigration today and spoke of the contribution psychology can make in understanding processes of acculturation and developing appropriate mental health and educational interventions.

Stick to the Facts to Keep Stress and Anxiety at Bay

I’ve learned that I can save myself a lot of needless stress and anxiety if I catch myself before I start spinning stories that go beyond my direct experience. Here’s an example involving my dog, Scout...

Master Your Motivation

By Tina Seelig on October 12, 2015 in CreativityRulz
There is a deep linkage between motivation and success. Those with a strong mission are much more likely to succeed.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Evolutionary View

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in How We Do It
Sexually transmitted diseases are unlikely to arise with monogamous mating. Yet several human venereal diseases, notably syphilis, have sometimes spread epidemically. Promiscuous mating in nonhuman primates is correlated with higher levels of white blood cells and faster evolution of immunity genes connected with defences against pathogens. So where do humans fit in?
The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 12, 2015 in The Happiness Project
If you’re a serious reader, it’s great to have a reliable source of recommendations
A Lesson Learned From Auschwitz: Who Am I to Judge?

A Lesson Learned From Auschwitz: Who Am I to Judge?

By Mona S Weissmark Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Justice Matters
What is the psychological relevance of the phrase "Who am I to judge?"

Are Mental Health Issues On the Rise?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Our Changing Culture
Are today's young people more anxious and depressed, or does it just seem that way?

4 Dirty Psychological “Tricks” Used By Bad Leaders

Leaders, whether they realize it or not, often use psychology to influence and control. Here are 4 psychological tactics and tricks that are often used by leaders, both good and bad.

Sexual And Romantic Minimalism

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Ambigamy
Are you wasting the time of your life in habitual pursuit of sex and romance?

What is Reality?

Who are you? What does it mean to be a person in this world? What is reality? These are the questions Neuroscientist David Eagleman tackles in his new book, The Brain: The Story of You.

What Do Master Manipulators and Psychopaths Have in Common?

Psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism are personality traits that make up the "Dark Triad." These three traits all have interrelated features. But Machiavellianism and psychopathy have more in common with each other than either has with narcissism.

Ava’s Shelled Friends: Motivating Children’s Learning

By Judith Coche Ph.D., ABPP on October 12, 2015 in No Ordinary Life
Ava and Sara learn to appreciate the ecosystem in their playtime with our famous neighboring turtles.
You're Not My Real Mother (Part 2)

You're Not My Real Mother (Part 2)

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 12, 2015 in The Human Equation
Capgras sufferers who murder a family member don't believe they are committing a crime or are harming someone they love. In fact, their motive is often to save the world — or themselves — from evil or to somehow "rescue" their loved one from an imposter.

Analyzing America's "Gun Complex"

By Pythia Peay on October 12, 2015 in America On The Couch
Psychologists today understand that when individuals act against their own better interests, unconscious processes in the form of a complex are most likely at work. These same unconscious processes can also operate in a nation's psyche: that force field made up of symbols and historical memories accumulated by a people over time.

Shame, Celebrity, and the Oregon Shooter

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Shame
Until we as a society can wean ourselves from celebrity worship, the Golden Age of Narcissism will continue making the most disadvantaged and disturbed among us feel like social "losers," desperate for some way to escape from shame and achieve a fleeting "winner" status.

Dying at Home Is More Peaceful

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 12, 2015 in Open Gently
Dying at home is more peaceful. Giving family members paid leave to tend to their dying relatives would help.

Subdue Sadness With Mindfulness and Positive Thinking

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 in Emotional Fitness
Keeping your thoughts moving in a positive direction not only makes you feel good in the moment but can also considerably reduce your sadness factor. In addition, it can give you the one thing that we all need to keep our lives moving forward: hope. The more you employ positive thinking, the longer the effects last.

Rx: Take One Dog as Needed

One of the most exciting areas where the "healing dog" is making a difference is for pediatric patients. Here's a look at the latest findings from research on animal-assisted therapies and activities with dogs in hospitals.