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The Tug-of-War Between Passion and Security

By Gregg Levoy on February 17, 2015 in Passion!
In the contest between passion and security, security tends to win, but passion doesn't keep quiet about it. Here's how to manage the conflict between them.

Moving Toward Compassion in the Psychological Sciences

By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in Get Out of Your Mind
We practice a kind of hypocrisy in the behavioral health area that’s not only embarrassing but counterproductive.

The New Pleasure Principle

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in Sensoria
Looking at sexual practices through the lens of geosocial sexual networking apps.

I’m Glad I Raised My Kids in the Flintstone Era

As I watch mothers who talk or text while they breast feed and fathers who read their emails despite the fact that their kids are practically ripping their shirts as they pull on them, I reminisce about raising my three beautiful sons. I couldn't use an iPad to babysit my kids, and that meant they were free to fully engage in imaginary and creative play.

Can Dogs Recognize Emotions Just by Looking at a Human Face?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 17, 2015 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs need only a glimpse of your mouth or your eyes to determine whether you are happy or angry.

In Love and Life, Keep a Sense of Humor

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in Emotional Fitness
We cannot travel through life without hitting a few speed bumps. When you can find the humor in it, things will go much easier for both of you. Sometimes that may take a little effort, and perhaps you will find something amusing and your partner will not, or the other way around, and that’s OK. A sense of humor may be your best friend (next to your mate).

Results of Massive Educational Research Study Released

By Rebecca Jackson on February 17, 2015 in School of Thought
"When it comes to controlling my child's media use, I know I fall short and I feel guilty about that," said Kim, a mother from San Antonio, Texas, who, along with hundreds of other parents, assisted researchers last year by taking the study during its beta testing and offering feedback.

Why We Remember What We Want to Remember

When public figures erroneously report on events that didn’t actually happen in their lives, the whole world knows about it. However, false memories are a common occurrence in everyone’s day-to-day thinking. Remembering what you want to remember may be more a matter of identity than of failing memory.

Mindfulness and Relationships: Never React the Same Way

By Rubin Khoddam M.A. on February 17, 2015 in The Addiction Connection
We can choose to react to situations and get pissed off, or we can choose to respond thoughtfully.

Who Is Most Likely to Cheat?

By Jen Kim on February 17, 2015 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Nobody goes into a relationship assuming they’ll be cheated on or try a little cheating, right? Proceed with caution before falling for mates who fall into these five categories.

Women Are From Pluto, Not Venus

By E E Smith on February 17, 2015 in Not Born Yesterday
There used to be nine planets, as every school kid knew. Back then, you could keep your red Mars and your ringed Saturn. I felt a special kinship with Pluto because it had been discovered on my birthday (February 18). Now, what's happened to Pluto shouldn't happen to a Dog Star.

Personality Disorders Explained: What They Are

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 17, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
A person with a personality disorder can be asymptomatic, but we should still use the label if dysfunction or distress would follow from a reasonably expectable change in the environment.

For Type 5, 6, & 7 Teens: How to Be a Leader III

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 17, 2015 in The Career Within You
Use the typical strengths of your Enneagram type in your role as leader.

Compassion in the Clinical Hour

By Susan M. Pollak MTS, Ed.D., on February 17, 2015 in The Art of Now
Can compassion increase the therapeutic alliance?

Body Language

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in In Excess
Muscle Dysmorphia describes a condition characterised by a misconstrued body image in individuals interpret their body size as both small and weak even though they may look normal or even be highly muscular. But could it be classed as an addiction to body image?
How to Make People More Accepting of Polyamory?

How to Make People More Accepting of Polyamory?

By Zhana Vrangalova Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in Strictly Casual
As alternative relationships become ever more present in the public eye, a new study suggests that all that added information and critical evaluations of monogamy may make people more accepting of consensually nonmonogamous lifestyles.

Are They Workaholics or Heroic?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in How To Do Life
Imagine that you work long work weeks and instead of being praised for your hard work, you are demonized.

The Placebo Effect

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 17, 2015 in A Sideways View
How do you know a treatment is really working or if all effects are due to the placebo effect? How do scientists research and try and control for the placebo effect?
Finding Hope in Our Hopelessness

Finding Hope in Our Hopelessness

What can we do during these very challenging times? I’d like to share with you something that I think will be very helpful if you are going through a difficult time. Whatever your challenge may be, there is hope in the hopelessness.

Is It Irrational to Decide to Have Children?

People choose to have children on the grounds of mistaken beliefs. And we can’t really blame them. Cognitive dissonance, or what is better known as self-deception, leads people who already have kids to testify to the great wonders of parenthood.
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Depression as a Role for Women?

Today, we cluck about depression—and few realize that we are cultivating a culture that systematically invalidates women. If you are “depressed,” you aren’t a whole person. You have a disability, a handicap that disadvantages you vis-à-vis men, who generally are not depressed.

Flow and Happiness

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in One Among Many
What is the relationship between the state of ‘flow’ and happiness? I suggest here that flow is beneficial but limited in scope because it is bound up with work and expertise.

What 50 Shades of Grey Tells Us About Women

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Good Thinking
The phenomenal success of Fifty Shades of Grey is telling something important about the female psyche.

Sleep to Lower Body Fat

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on February 16, 2015 in The Land of Nod
Find out what can impact two hormones in your body, thereby increasing body fat composition.

Stop Judging and Become a Better Communicator

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Turning Point
The major barrier to mutual interpersonal communication is our very natural tendency to judge and to evaluate, wrote the great psychologist Carl Roger. I explain the four most common forms of judgement and evaluation we use that undermine the quality of our interpersonal relations. Becoming aware of how we judge can help us to become more effective communicators.

What Does That Person Really Mean?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in How To Do Life
For different groups, the same sentence can have a very different meaning.

There Is a New Paradigm for Psychiatry

The hope for a molecular-biochemical explanation for psychiatry is false. It is believed we are on the verge of proving that psychiatry is a brain disease, no different from cancer or diabetes. But there is a paradigm that fully illuminates psychiatry - the ‘Play of consciousness, which is consonant with biology, neuroscience, and evolutution.
Lincoln the Manipulator?

Lincoln the Manipulator?

By Tim David on February 16, 2015 in The Magic of Human Connection
The Gettysburg Address. In just the first sentence alone, Lincoln delivers four distinct psychological strategies designed to persuade and influence his audience. Here are the four hidden "magic words" he placed there.

10 Interesting Facts About Romantic Dating

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Curious?
Get information from a large, never to be published dataset on people's attitudes and behavior in romantic relationships

Do You Always Need the Mayo Clinic?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on February 16, 2015 in Patient Power
Should you always go to the Mayo Clinic, or is it better for you to be hospitalized in your community hospital? Empower yourself and your loved ones with a basic understanding of the difference between the patient care provided in academic and community hospitals.