The Latest

Did the Victorian Asylum Allow the Rich to Evade Justice?

By Sarah Wise on May 13, 2015 in Lunacy and Mad Doctors
A member of the establishment is accused of a sex crime but avoids trial by being declared unfit to plead. A scandal erupts. It's England, 1854

Should You Confront Your Family?

A child’s desperate need for nurture can drive them to repeat any behavior that appears to get it. Whatever relieved pain in your youth built neural pathways that tell you how to feel good today. You can end up with a self-destructive pattern that’s hard to make sense of. Talking about it breaks the spell, and builds a healthy skill to replace it.

How to Stop Others from Lying

By Joseph Grenny on May 13, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
The most powerful way to improve the moral character of our world is not policing, but connecting. We can help one another stay morally engaged by simply connecting people with their own values and with the consequences of their choices.

(Some Of) My Teaching Philosophy

By Jesse Marczyk on May 13, 2015 in Pop Psych
Student evaluations of teachers tend to be negatively predictive of teaching effectiveness. Perhaps there are ways of fixing that problem with the right methods

New ADD Treatment

There is a new medicinal/nutrient for ADD -- learn more about it.

Are We Attracted to People Who Look Like Us?

Do opposites attract? Apparently not. According to recent research, we are attracted to people who resemble our parents or ourselves.

Buyer Beware Part 2

How two intelligent senior professionals were taken for a very expensive ride

Spring Forward or Fall Back?

The biggest unsolved problem of neuroscience can't be solved by neuroscience alone. Neuroscience needs embodied cognitive science. The brain doesn't generate the mind; it facilitates it.

Contemplating Rothko

Can mindfulness enhance creativity?

Finding Something to Like

There is an art to what you say to people when you are evaluating their work and the work leaves much to be desired. My view is that you don’t want to be dishonest, but at the same time you don’t want to crush a person’s spirit.
Relationship Roadblock? Define Your Values

Relationship Roadblock? Define Your Values

It's easy for couples to hit roadblocks that turn into power struggles and reactions to control. Side-step it by talking about your values and what's really important to you

Do Christians Trust Muslims?

Does the apparent increase in religious tension between Muslims and Christians adversely affect trust between the two groups. A new study sheds light with both surprising and reassuring results.

What is Relationship Sanity?

Insanity is defined as repeating the same behavior and expecting different results. But how might we broach a definition of relational sanity? If we accept a simple and straightforward definition of sanity as "soundness of mind," could we say that experiencing ourselves as being loving and lovable is a (if not the) definition of relational/relationship sanity?

Don’t Feel Like Exercising? 3 Steps To Get You Off The Couch

In this post, I'm sharing three steps that you can try the very next time you feel yourself sinking into the couch, unable to summon the desire to move your body and exercise. Because sometimes, working out your feelings is a “must” before you can work out your body!

Diametric Differences in Seeing the Other’s Point of View

Both tendencies to autism and proneness to psychosis induce perspective-taking errors, but their interaction reduces these errors: a finding only explicable by the diametric model.

Multilingual Environments Enrich Our Understanding of Others

Even if you're not bilingual, exposure to multiple languages improves the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and see the world from another perspective.

How do Bilingual Infants Separate their Languages?

Infants who acquire two or more languages from birth have to distinguish and differentiate the spoken input they receive into distinct languages. Professor Janet Werker who has been at the forefront of research on this topic tells us how they do it.

A Workover: A Statistician Isn't Feeling the Love

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 13, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

I'm Caught In A Love Triangle

What To Do About Love Triangles

8 Reasons It's So Tough to Overcome a Bad Childhood

Trauma experienced in childhood has special power to wound and can often lead to alcohol and drug use as a way to numb the pain or, conversely, to feel something, as those of us in the addiction treatment field know too well. But help is available and the recovery process can be helped along with an understanding of the things that so commonly get in the way of healing.

Fake Your Way to Happiness

The idea that our identities are not set in stone but novels in the making is exhilarating. It grants us freedom, especially if we are depressed, to create a more vital character.

After the Storm

By Frances Kuffel on May 12, 2015 in What Fat Women Want
Depression teaches helplessness and to really kick it in the ass, I have to get moving, despite my co-occurring social anxiety: moving with intent, with priority, with the knowledge that some of the social interactions called for will tire me, moving for the sake of my dog or someone else.

Break the Self-Betrayal Habit

By Kimberly Key on May 12, 2015 in Counseling Keys
People generally fear the disapproval of others—society, family, a first crush, bullies, or fear being different and alone. To compensate, sometimes people will work harder to acquire money and possessions, sex, love, food, alcohol, drugs, constant relocating and starting over, and/or isolating. Here is what you can do to identify and heal the source so many bad habits.

5 Tweaks to CBT

Psychotherapy depends on clients messing up the therapy like they mess up their other relationships.

Christianity Declining, Secularism Rising

There are fewer Christians and more non-religious Americans than ever before. This is good news, for several reasons.

Was United Airlines Justified in Removing an Autistic Child?

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 12, 2015 in Good Thinking
Real world problem situations require thinking on your feet. They require problem-solving, not mindless application of rules.

Lessons in Speaking From The Heart

By Greg O'Brien on May 12, 2015 in On Pluto
Laughter can be a powerful antidote to dementia—the pain, conflict, and stress of it. A good laugh, doctors say, reduces tension and can leave muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Laughter boosts the immune system, decreases stress hormones, and triggers the release of endorphins—the natural drug of choice.

Mathematics Fluency Training - It Works!

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on May 12, 2015 in In One Lifespan
Numeracy – our everyday play with numbers – is essential to the rhythm of life and our adaptive success as a species. There is a wonderful beauty in numbers that infants and toddlers intuitively appreciate as those around them play with numbers in song, story, dance, and life drama. But why is it that we so often hear an emerging negative attitude in relation to maths?

Protecting Mental Health Research from the War on Terror

Have we done enough to prevent government officials from forcing mental health professionals to act unethically?