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Primal Glee

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 17, 2015 in On Having Fun
Could evoking moments of deep joy be even more healing than reliving primal pain?

A Man's World but Not a Boy's

What do I tell my sons? That they should encourage their sons to support the aspirations of girls, girls who are already surpassing them in school at all levels, and going on to graduate schools in larger numbers?

Why Are So Many People Unhappy?

Our brain evolved to scan for danger and we end up with a constant sense of threat until we know how we're creating it. Then you can easily rewire yourself to see the world in new ways.

Bad News for the Belly: It's the Holiday Season Again

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on November 17, 2015 in Patient Power
Weighing more than you want to is hard enough on you. But with the holiday season closing fast, the challenges to your waistline are even greater. Here is some practical knowledge as to why you must control your weight, and some realistic tips for the holidays and beyond. You can do this, and you'll both feel and truly be healthier when you succeed!

We Are All France (But Not Syria, Libya or Sudan)

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 17, 2015 in Am I Right?
Everyone is of equal worth but we can't care about everyone; compassion is selective but justice is universal.

Does Your Birth Order Actually Matter?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 in Singletons
Personal experience often trumps scientific facts: We expect the oldest to be responsible, the middle child to rebel. New proof shows that birth order isn’t as influential as we think in determining adult personality or intelligence. Are you confusing birth order expectations with age difference?

Should We Let Kids Study What Interests Them?

By Garth Sundem on November 17, 2015 in Brain Trust
Does a child's intrinsic motivation increase math scores? Of course it does! That is, unless you look at the science.

Gwen and Blake: Why Opposites Attract in Intense Situations

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on November 17, 2015 in Me Before We
While Blake and Gwen are unique, their situation is not. A heightened, shared experience can bring people together against all odds.

The Case for Staycations

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 in How To Do Life
Why vacations are overrated.

How to Negotiate Like a Lawyer

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on November 16, 2015 in So Sue Me
Everyone has to negotiate sometimes, but lawyers negotiate for a living. Learn five important strategies that law schools teach lawyers, and unleash your inner attorney.

Kids in Pain, Part 1: Chronic vs. Acute Pain

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 in Thinking About Kids
A surprising number of children spend significant amounts of their lives in pain. What is chronic pain?

The Nature of Criticism

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
Did you know that few things are as good natured as criticism?

Can't We Just Talk?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 in Keep It in Mind
Can’t we just talk? Is social media replacing our ability to connect and empathize?

The Continuous Nature of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 in The Pursuit of Peace
The emotion of awe fascinates as much as it confounds. Usually, awe is presented as an either / or phenomenon. Conceptualizing awe as a continuous variable, with different levels of strength possible, may clarify the concept and provide individuals with different applications to life enrichment.

Motivation Is Tied to the Strength of Your Brain Connections

By Christopher Bergland on November 16, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Would you identify yourself as someone who is highly motivated or more apathetic? Neuroscientists at Oxford University recently discovered a neurobiological mechanism that might explain why some of us are inherently more ambitious than others. The findings also explain the neuroscience of why "Just Do It" is such a motivational slogan.

How Can We Support Asperger's Students In Their Schools?

When do we stop blaming students with Asperger's and start helping them find their own way!?

A Bigger Take-Away From Paris

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 in Ambigamy
In holier than thou competition, the absolutely holy become holy terrors.

A Boss Intoxicated By The Sound Of His Own Voice

An Executive Coach deals with a nasty, condescending leader exhibiting a psychopathology that turns viral and infects the organization. The CEO and Executive Board are resistant and in denial until employee grievances and negative posts on social media threaten the company brand. Diagnosis reveals that the CEO's ADHD & Intermittent Explosive Disorder goes companywide.

Slow Is From the Heart

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on November 16, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
A trip to Cambodia, 40 years after the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, leads to an encounter with ancient wisdom in the form of a dancer, Vong Metry. Here's what she taught me, and what is so relevant in the aftermath of violence and rage.

Is It Holiday Blues or Seasonal Depression?

If you’re feeling down this holiday season, don’t ignore your pain. By addressing your issues, you’re much more likely to keep symptoms from spiraling out of control — and that means a much greater chance that those happy holidays we’ve been primed to expect will live up to their promise.

How to Persuade Defiant Teens Without Aggression

By Ugo Uche on November 16, 2015 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Certain types of beliefs promote or hinder access to solution-focused thinking, and a commitment to a non-aggression principle is a belief that promotes greater access to peaceful and effective solutions during conflicts.

Gray Must Remain Our Sacred Space

By Tim Leberecht on November 16, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Gray is the stance against a bipolar world, with extreme claims and exponential implications. Living in gray means living uncomfortably in the middle, but it also means living in tolerance and peace. It means commuting between two worlds and leading a double, a poetic life. It means being able to love, to feel everything but not know anything at all.
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Top 10 Unpopular Strategies to Boost Happiness

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 16, 2015 in What Matters Most?
When it comes to boosting well-being, some exercises get all the attention (e.g.., mindfulness) and some get little attention. This post offers 10 powerful but rarely discussed interventions that emerge from well-being research.

Is Sensory Processing Disorder Real?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 16, 2015 in Open Gently
Maybe 2–3 percent of children may have a brain abnormality integrating sensory data.

Prisoner 819 did a bad thing…Prisoner 819 did a bad thing…

By Kevin Bennett on November 16, 2015 in Modern Minds
What happens when you lock a group of college males in the basement for a two-week experiment? Find out this week on DVD.

Humanity's In-Humanity

By Saul Levine M.D. on November 16, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
The tragedy of Paris has united us in sorrow, but has filled some of us with hate and a longing to destroy these terrorists.
But unless humanity launches a concerted effort towards harmony and tolerance, a "Positive Emotional Footprint," I fear for our very survival.

Confronting Campus Sexual Violence

“Too often we work in silos,” said White, “with the researchers, practitioners, and policymakers on their own. We need to spend time talking with each other.”

Overwhelmed Much?

Here are 9 reasons most of us are more overwhelmed than we should be.

5 Tips for Surviving Criticism From Family Members

By Kira Asatryan on November 16, 2015 in The Art of Closeness
Critical words from family hurt the most. Learn specific tips for surviving damaging criticism from family, while keeping your feelings intact.

Consciousness and Memory

The role of memory in consciousness is often taken for granted. Without the brain's various memory systems it would be unlikely that conscious experience would even occur. Consciousness not only relies on working memory to maintain perceptual and other information but also on long-term memory to enrich our present experience with information from the past.