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What Happens in the Creative Act?

By Sheila Kohler on July 19, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
One of the best ways to answer this fascinating question is to read great writers writing about other great writers and thus describing the creative act. In the historical novel, written about a great writer, we have two writers engaged in the creative act: the writer who is the subject of the study and the author him or herself.

How to Mindfully Turn an Unpleasant Experience Around

If you make a conscious effort to pay attention to the full range of your present-moment experience, you can almost always transform an unpleasant experience into a pleasant one, or at least into a mix of pleasantness and unpleasantness

Why We Should Think and Act Like Superheroes

What are the factors that cause and enable people to help others? How can we ourselves think and act like superheroes?
Who's Aging?

Who's Aging?

Why do we age differently? What keeps us younger?

Culturally Induced Blindness

Can you answer this simple riddle or do you suffer from cultural blindness?

7 Keys to Handling Difficult Teenagers

It’s not easy when you have to deal with difficult teenagers in your life, whether they are your children, students, athletes, group members, or employees. What can you do in the face of a challenging adolescent? Here are seven keys to successfully handle difficult teenagers...

Coliberation

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 19, 2015 in On Having Fun
Playing well together
Sexually Open Marraige

Sexually Open Marraige

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on July 19, 2015 in Love Doc
“I’m not feeling well. I can’t get going.” Sharon said softly.


I remarked, “You seem sad.”

Her voice picked up as she said “I am but I don’t understand it. My life is great. I’m married to this wonderful man, have an adorable six year old daughter, a lovely home, and a satisfying career.”

Reviewing the Evidence for Mental Illness Being Epigenetic

The basic claim of the imprinted brain theory that gene expression is critical in neuro-development is vindicated by a new review of the data.

Game of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is good. Yet, it is not always forthcoming. This should tell us something about human psychology.

Stories of Seclusion: An Around-the-World Search for Meaning

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
How one person unexpectedly found her place in the world.

Fixing Tiger Woods' Trainwreck

Maybe instead of trying to dominate the world as he one could, Tiger could invoke the image of his father a la Field of Dreams to "have a catch" with him as he's on the course.

Living Closer to the Bone (Part 1)

By Michael Jawer on July 18, 2015 in Feeling Too Much
If you’re a pet owner, then you know that these animals have feelings. Other mammals may even be more aware of feelings that human beings are, because they possess a ‘primary’ form of consciousness: they live closer to the bone, so to speak, than we do.

How Does Physical Fitness Improve Your Brain Function?

New research has identified specific benefits of physical fitness on brain structure and function.

Three Siblings Jailed by Family Court Judge

A Family Court Judge in Michigan forces three children into juvenile detention as punishment for not wanting to see their father. Do children have any rights?

The Espy Award

I was disgusted after reading so many ignorant and hateful comments on social media towards Caitlyn Jenner specifically, and transgender people generally. I learned that many people were really upset that Caitlyn Jenner won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, particularly over Lauren Hill, who was a college basketball player who died a few months ago of brain cancer.

New developments in sleep and development

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on July 18, 2015 in Dream Catcher
in order to understand functions of sleep we need to study the ways in which it develops in the child
When Your Child's Anger Triggers You

When Your Child's Anger Triggers You

When tempers are fraying at your house, who has the power to calm the storm? You. But you can't do that if you're in a state of emergency. Unfortunately, many of us forget that parenting is rarely an emergency. When our child gets defiant, we feel an urgent need to take action. So we rush in, sirens blaring, and instead of a minor squall, we create a tsunami.

Stuck in Mute: How Do You Cope?

Why do words fail some of us most of the time?

A Love Note to Pluto

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 18, 2015 in Urban Survival
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flyby mission has shown us amazing photos of Pluto. What can this rare glimpse of this dwarf planet billions of miles away teach us?

Free-Range Parenting

Humans have been debating how to get your kid to be a successful adult since we began to speak. For free-range parents, the answer is autonomy and responsibility -- early and often.

Imaging: Sparks of Genius Challenge #3

“Close your eyes,” Dennis the Menace once said to a friend. “If you see anything, you’re thinking.” What's more, if you “hear,” “smell,” “taste,” or “feel” anything in the absence of direct sensory stimulation, that's thinking, too. Alongside words, we cogitate by means of a primary “language” of sensory impressions experienced within the mind. In short, we image.

Career Development for the Gifted

The broad range of talents and interests found in gifted individuals makes the career decision-making process complex.
How Troubled Kids are like Tornadoes

How Troubled Kids are like Tornadoes

A book about tornado science mirrors concerns with juveniles for whom pressure can explode into utter destruction.

The Only Excuse You’ll Ever Need (or Should Ever Use)

When there’s something you’d rather not do, or wish you hadn’t done, an excuse might seem like the only graceful remedy. This simple guideline to making that excuse work will help you figure out how to make the best of that bad situation.

Fragility, Thy Name Is Child

The avoidance of trauma and traumatization will one day be the whole business of upbringing.

Stories of Seclusion: "I'm Not of This Planet"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
Feeling out of step can drive one to physical and mental seclusion.

Relentless Cultural Pressures for Today's Girls

The question remains: Are girls truly thriving as never before? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, girls certainly have unprecedented opportunities available to them. Yes, many are walking through open doors that were closed to previous generations. Yet an insidious pressure has crept in alongside these opportunities: To be a success, girls, you have to do it all...

Why We Won't Let Ourselves Be Happy

We are all, to varying degrees, intolerant of happiness. By understanding why we take actions that defeat our own well-being, we can gain a stronger foothold in overcoming obstacles and allowing ourselves to be happy. Here are the five most common reasons we won’t let ourselves have what we most want in life.

A Deeper Look at the Evil Within

By Guest Bloggers on July 17, 2015 in Brainstorm
When ordinary people took on roles of prisoners and guards, even the researchers were shocked at what happened. With the release of a Stanford Prison Experiment movie, here's a look at the research surrounding the study people are still arguing about decades later.