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The Blissful Torture of Unrequited Love

Whether fast or slow, it comes on hard—as powerful as a bludgeon, but one covered in the softest velvet. It’s two-faced as well, like an optical illusion. And it’s also supremely paradoxical. How can an unreturned love engender such ecstatic, sublime feelings? Yet the chemical dynamics of reciprocation fantasies can be incredibly powerful...

4 Predictions for the Future of Addiction Treatment

While there are no easy answers, either for those struggling with substance use disorders or those attempting to help them, science gives us much to hope for, and accumulated experience is teaching us better each day what works and what doesn’t.

Sexism in Mental Health Practice

Misogyny in the mental health system warrants special attention during Women's History Month.

Who is the Real Jodi Arias?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
Despite all the hype, Jodi Arias is neither a monster nor is she a fallen angel. She is a convicted felon who has taken on criminal celebrity status and cultivated a massive public following due to her appearance, demeanor, and the severity of her crime, which all have been spun and stylized into a caricature by the news media.

Good Friends Make for Better Health

By Katherine Bouton on March 19, 2015 in What I Hear
Psychologists Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin found that the single strongest social predictor of long life was a strong social network. People with hearing loss sometimes have to make themselves keep up those social connections. Those who work with the elderly should be aware of how much hearing loss may be contributing to social isolation.
The Electronic Sleep Diet

The Electronic Sleep Diet

Here's some sensuous ways to fall asleep.

It Takes Patience to Know Bad Luck From Good Luck

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Joy and Pain
Experience can teach us to wait a while before we judge the full effects of what appears to be either bad or good fortune.

Should I Keep My Firstborn an Only Child?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Singletons
In terms of the level of education, aspirations and achievement, firstborns and only children excel. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, all were firstborns or only children. What gives firstborns and only children this distinct advantage?

Why Parents of Chronically Ill Children Deserve Respect

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on March 19, 2015 in Insight Is 20/20
Most of us have no idea about the challenges parents of chronically ill children face. Seeing your child in pain takes a toll, so the rest of us must do our part and recognize their unique parenting experience and contribution.

Children Who Kill Are Often Victims Too

Children who murder have often been severely abused or neglected and have experienced a tumultuous home life

Is a Solitary Life a Shorter Life? Results of Big New Review

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Living Single
A new review of a huge amount of data suggests that loneliness, social isolation, and living alone are all linked to shorter lives. Does that mean that living alone is bad for your health even if you love going solo? That's what the New York Times claimed. Here's why they are wrong.

Getting Well-Trained for Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
These strategies will boost your hireability, competence, and confidence.

What's Real and Why it Matters

By Allie Burke on March 18, 2015 in Paper Souls
She has paranoid schizophrenia, so surely she is dangerous, says the woman who doesn't even know the difference between psychotic and psychopathic. They don't even know how to read, yet they reject us from society.

The Mach 1 Experience: 6 Keys to Successful Risk-Taking

By Gregg Levoy on March 18, 2015 in Passion!
There’s no risk without fear, but living a passionate life means pushing yourself through your resistance. These 6 insights about successful risk-taking can help you jump-start your engines.

Crafting!

Crafting boosts wellbeing and quality of life.

Spring Break Thrills at Any Age

Spring Break is not just about the college kids -- all of us deserve a break from routine.

The Best Kept Secret to Phenomenal Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Feeling It
Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement It

Momentary Living

For me, it’s been a 30-year career in psycho-oncology and palliative care. The struggle and the central questions have always been the same, however I didn’t always realize it.

Kids and Screen Time: What Parents Should Know

Children's use of technology and social media has become a focus for modern-day parents. But what is an appropriate amount of screen time and how should it be monitored? How does use of technology impact children of all ages?

SXSW: How to Make it in Showbiz

Are you a struggling comic, writer, or filmmaker? Well, good news coming your way: there is hope! (But, maybe don’t quit your day job just yet). Celebrity keynoters at last week’s South by Southwest Conference (SxSW) in Austin, which included mega-stars had some great advice...
Is Introversion Interfering With Your Friendships?

Is Introversion Interfering With Your Friendships?

By Sophia Dembling on March 18, 2015 in The Introvert's Corner
You might not need a lot of friends and you might not need to see them often, but you do need friends. Introversion is no excuse--or reason--for letting friendships lapse.

How Helping a Friend Can Go Horribly Wrong

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Presence of Mind
Providing loans, housing, or jobs to friends or relatives is risky business, fraught with potential conflict. These dual personal and business relationships can result in unexpected internal and interpersonal conflict and temporarily or permanently damage the personal relationship, or strengthen it. Here are some guidelines for managing your dual relationships.

Self-disclosures Increase Attraction

The sense of closeness increases if self-disclosures are emotional rather than factual.

Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?

New data suggest that dog people and cat people are selecting their preferred pet because it complements their own personality.

How to Manage Your Feelings Successfully

The key to managing our feelings is to be able to hold onto them, think about them, and use them to guide us into a more rich and meaningful life. We are most fortunate if we have someone who is capable of doing this for us and willing to help us learn to do it for ourselves.

Is ADHD Genetic?

Is ADHD a genetic disorder? This seems to be the accepted view among American psychiatrists and parents.

Why Are Emotionally Unavailable Men So Damn Desirable?

The allure of emotionally unavailable men is undeniable to many. Women caught up in their charms often spend inordinate time, energy, and internal resources working to get their special attention. Here are 5 reasons why unavailable men carry such value.

The 7 Habits of Truly Genuine People

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Being authentic requires a different approach to life—here's what you need to know:

Overcoming Negative Self-Thinking

The task of changing schema is to unlearn the self-defeating old habit and replace it with a new, healthier one.

The 5 Secrets for a Happy Life

Happiness is in fact a practice and a lifestyle. We can all be happy right now. Here are 5 Secrets to Happiness to begin the practice of happiness in your life today.