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The Drug Addictions Of Mice And Men

By Jesse Marczyk on September 29, 2015 in Pop Psych
Is drug addiction the opposite of social connections? What some data on rats tell us about that rather interesting idea.

Are Your I-Centric Habit Patterns Getting the Best of You?

By Judith E Glaser on September 29, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
As you read the followng seven I-centric habit patterns, identify ones that do not serve your organization and see them as opportunities to develop WE-centric patterns. Monitor your impact. Notice how, by shifting to WE-centric patterns, you increase positive energy, focus your colleagues on creating the future, and enable greater leadership behaviors in everyone.

In Defense of Watching Football

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in Happy Trails
Five benefits of tuning into America's favorite sport.

Time Management 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in Head of the Class
College students, especially those in their first year, often struggle with time management. How can they learn to use their time wisely while still reserving some for recreation and socializing? Documenting where and how they spend (and often lose) their time is a good first step.

Psychology of Deep Connection

By Judith E Glaser on September 29, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
There is a part of the brain that activates when we meet people. It’s called the "like me/not like me" part of the brain or the Rostromedial Prefrontal Cortex. However, there is another part of our brain that has a bigger impact on us — and one that explains deep connection.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in Evolving Minds
Dollhouses seem to provide a perfect venue for little children to work out big ideas. They are a must-have for all those working with children of both genders.

The Science of Happiness, Well-Being and Twinkies

By Garth Sundem on September 29, 2015 in Brain Trust
As you’re reading this, ask yourself one question: Are you happy? Okay, maybe just one more: Wouldn’t a Twinkie make you happier? The answer depends on how you define happiness.

The 3 Dimensions of Communication

By Marty Babits on September 29, 2015 in The Middle Ground
The 3 dimensions of communication plus 6 tips to help you make the most of them.

Let's Not Take It Out on the Children

When the modern women’s movement began to turn its attention to girls – as in books like Failing at Fairness: How America’s Schools Cheat Girls (published in 1994) – they were already doing better than boys on many measures of educational achievement, including college enrollment. Feminism should now, among its other campaigns, fight to make classrooms more boy-friendly.

From Should to Could to Wow! Living Your Best Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in Living Single
In his review of "How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century" in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hugh Ryan told me what I've been doing with my life the last two decades.

Living a Meaningful Life

Although we might think happiness – or the pursuit of it – will make us feel better about ourselves and our lives, research indicates that it’s actually finding greater meaning in our lives that, at the end of the day – or our lives – is more fulfilling.

Political Correctness Gone Mad

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in Beyond Good and Evil
The thinking we do when we don't think about the thinking we do: microaggressions and trigger-warnings:

One Easy Question Can Help Break the Anxiety Cycle

By Christopher Bergland on September 29, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Researchers have identified that asking yourself one easy question can help break the anxiety cycle.

Career Advice for Men

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
Part 4 in a series of career advice for boys and men.

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Perceived Risk

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 in The Green Mind
What are the psychological roadblocks that explain why we’re not doing much to solve global climate change—a phenomenon that threatens the core of our society? This is the sixth post in a seven-part series.

Whither the Weathering of Wuthering Weather

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 28, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
Autumn has begun, the days are shorter, the leaves taking a more prominent place outside the front door. The thought of winter’s approach crosses the mind; and for some of us, the specter of more musculoskeletal pain begins its yearly haunting. But should we believe in the ghosts of chronic pain?

People Read Only 60% Of An Online Article

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 in Brain Wise
How much of these Psychology Today articles, or any articles are you actually reading? New data shows that the most people read is 60%, and that you can't assume that if people shared an article that they actually read it.
Dangerous Daydreams

Dangerous Daydreams

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on September 28, 2015 in The Human Equation
What do future serial killers think about before they kill someone? In the beginning, not much more than many traumatized children.
Acupuncture for Stress and Depression? Yes, Please!

Acupuncture for Stress and Depression? Yes, Please!

By Teri Goetz MS, LAC, ACC on September 28, 2015 in Renaissance Woman
Are you looking for an alternative (or addition) to medication for depression and anxiety? Acupuncture just may be your answer.

A Meditation for My Mother

By Susan Hooper on September 28, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
I helped care for my mother for six years before she died. The sixth anniversary of her death feels like a turning point for me.

Make Candor a Priority

By Judith E Glaser on September 28, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
Here are 5 things you can do, as a Leader of Change, to elevate candor and TRUST as the foundation for healthy conversations in your organization.

Know Thyself: How to Develop Self-Awareness

By Bill George on September 28, 2015 in What Is Your True North?
Self-awareness can change your life. Here are three ways to develop it further.

Famous Replacement Children

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on September 28, 2015 in In Flux
The replacement child is the product of many factors including unresolved parental grief, survivor guilt, and the search for an identity of their own apart from a deceased sibling. However, their special gifts and talents may set famous replacement children apart, helping them to creatively forge their own unique identity.

Homo Sapiens 2.0

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 in Excellent Beauty
Humans' religious proclivities help make human existence into a mass extinction event. The best way to solve this problem is to build the better angels of our nature — our machine replacements — and then usher in our own extinction, leaving Earth in better hands.

No, the Dalai Lama is not a Sexist (Taming the Angernet)

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on September 28, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
Social media scapegoating hit a new low a few days ago, in the attempted shaming of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A Jezebel article about the Dalai Lama went viral. Here are the facts and a response, and my own reflections on the "angernet."

Fear the Walking Dead: Can Brain Parasites Make Us Zombies?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on September 28, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Can brain infections really turn us into zombies? Research with the human brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii suggests that yes, maybe they can.

Do You Care?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Compassion is natural. You don't have to force it — moments of compassion come in the flow of life. Try to be open to compassion — including all beings, omitting none.

Is This the Kind of Country We Want to Be?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 28, 2015 in Saving Normal
"Fraud, Theft, Waste and Private Profits: The Fate of Money Intended to Treat People With Serious Mental Illness” is an shocking report exposing a disastrous misallocation of resources that leads to shameful neglect, avoidable imprisonment, and massive homelessness.

The Greatest Innovations Are the Ones You Don't See

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 in Innovation You
True innovation happens behind-the-scenes. Sure, new technologies and products and services that we perceive as breakthrough advancements look exciting, but the meaningful innovation is in the larger, more complicated processes that make those things possible.

Whatever Happened to Assertiveness Training?

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 28, 2015 in A Matter of Personality
Getting mellow and relaxed in response to stress can be a good thing, but it can also lead to staying in a bad situation that might otherwise be fixed, particularly in dysfunctional families. Cognitive behavior therapists used to counsel their patients on how to speak up for themselves, but seem to have forgotten the "assertiveness" techniques they used to champion.