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Preserving Mental Health During Unemployment

Unemployment is a chronic stressor that affects the mental health of you and your family. Learn how to keep up your spirits and mental health during this difficult period.

Take the Slow Boat to China Approach to Travel

By Kristine Hansen on October 13, 2011 in Travel In Mind

Is Someone in Your Life Enabling You to Gain Weight?

A friend recently lost 10 pounds, to the envy of all who know her. We asked how she did it. "I simply stopped my husband from enabling my eating," she replied. Seeing our puzzled looks, she went on. "Finally, after 32 years of marriage, I realized that half the time I was putting food in my mouth, it was because he was suggesting that I eat.

The Double Binds of Everyday Life

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in Suffer the Children
Originally, the double bind referred to a no-win kind of communication that Gregory Bateson and his colleagues believed was a contributing factor in schizophrenia.

Money, Drugs and Partying: Is This Why Kids Kill Their Parents?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on October 13, 2011 in The Human Equation
Kids who kill their parents are either desperate to escape abuse, coldly calculating psychopaths, or severely mentally ill.
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Love: Made in Cupertino, Engineered by Apple?

Are you craving an iPhone 4S? The apple is the biblical symbol of temptation. How true that is! What is the psychology of craving iDevices? What exactly is that iPhone doing to us?

Word Ladders Meet Anagrams

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in Brain Workout
In a previous post, I dealt with word ladders, the puzzle genre invented by Lewis Carroll. As you might recall, you are given two words, with steps in between, as in a ladder.

Comas Don't Count as Sleep

I was rapidly scanning BBC News when I shouted "No" at the monitor and gasped before recognizing why. Michael Jackson was so young. How could he die? We're now finding out. And hopefully the public will learn that anesthesia is not sleep, and cannot substitute for the necessary regeneration it provides.

3 Ways Happiness Can Improve Health

By Shawn Achor on October 13, 2011 in The Happiness Advantage
To achieve health-related goals, put your brain before your body.


By Chris Guillebeau on October 13, 2011 in The Art of Non-Conformity
Sometimes people ask about my qualifications. It’s a fair question with a simple answer: I have none. There’s absolutely no reason I should be doing pretty much anything I’m doing these days.

Letting Go of What You Cannot Change

By repeatedly conjuring up images or thoughts that evoke envy and resentment, we, in effect, become an envious and resentful person. But we can make a different choice...

The Myth of a Work/Life Balance

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on October 13, 2011 in Apologies To Freud

Living the Game: Fans in Love, Players at Work

Psychological pressures increase the amount that fans love their teams. The pressures on players push them in the opposite direction. Here's why players play the game but fans live it.

Do You Believe That Things Really Are Going to Be Okay?

By Pamela Madsen on October 13, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Today on Facebook, I got this message in my news stream from one of my friends. It went like this: "I hate to ruin the ending for you - but everything is going to be okay". I wasn't sure if I found that message reassuring or patronizing. I guess it depends on your point of view.

8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating

By Gretchen Rubin on October 13, 2011 in The Happiness Project
How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task?

No. 1 Reason Practice Makes Perfect

By Christopher Bergland on October 13, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
The brain science of muscle memory

Good Intentions, Not-So-Good Interventions

By Suzanne Zalewski on October 12, 2011 in Partying 101
Living With Zest - A Secret to Happiness

Living With Zest - A Secret to Happiness

By Karen Salmansohn on October 12, 2011 in Bouncing Back
Find out what zest is - and how living with zest can increase your happiness!

Four Steps to Unconditional Love via Laughter and Forgiveness

By Rita Watson MPH on October 12, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Those who can laugh at themselves are able to brush aside hurt with a sense of compassion or a feeling that tells them, "Is this person really worth my anger?" Keep in mind that those who are consumed with anger oftentimes just hurt themselves.

Thinner, Sexier, Hotter: 3 Ways to Help Your Daughter Resist Media Pressures

Without having to resort to a full-on pop music ban or complete shunning of media, you can help your daughters—and other young girls—become aware of negative media messages.
Writing the Perfect Resume: A 5-Step Guide

Writing the Perfect Resume: A 5-Step Guide

The resume or CV is the first image you present of yourself when you’re applying for a job, award, scholarship, or position in graduate school. Here are five simple steps you can take to make sure that yours produces the desired results.

Joy Walking

By Grant McCracken Ph.D. on October 12, 2011 in Patterns, Culture, and Commerce
Joy walking is like joy riding, except we don't steal cars, we steal moments.

The Narcissist's Dilemma: They Can Dish It Out, But...

‭When criticized, narcissists show themselves woefully incapable of retaining any emotional poise--or receptivity. It doesn't much matter how constructive the criticism is either.

What Are the Paradoxes of Fall?

By Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman Ph.D. on October 12, 2011 in "What's in a Name?"

Are We Raising Good Citizens?

Raising children to become good citizens doesn't happen by chance. It happens because we develop good citizens! And frankly, we need to do a better job!

Me, My Child, and OCD

By Joanne Limburg on October 12, 2011 in The Woman Who Thought Too Much
Sometimes you have to feel the fear and let your child do it anyway.