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Understanding the Dynamics of Workaholism—Obsession

By Barbara Killinger Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in The Workaholics
In order to further understand one of the inner dynamics of workaholism—that perfectionism leads to obsession, and in turn, obsession leads to increasing levels of narcissism—our focus now turns to the role that obsession plays.

Escaping Relationship Armageddon Part II

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
If your relationship is on the brink this Valentine's Day, here are some steps you can take to turn it around.

5 Tips for Postponing Procrastination

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Creating in Flow
I hate it when I'm not doing what I know and feel I ought/want/need to be doing. ... Here, then, are a few ways to think about what might be holding YOU back.

Can Brain Imaging Predict Who Will Suffer Cognitive Impairment?

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Brain Sense
Early detection of brain changes in the elderly may lead to better treatments—even prevention—of disorders like Alzheimer's disease.

Shooting Your Kid’s Laptop Is No Solution to Media Literacy

The dad who shot his daughter’s laptop over a Facebook post shows the critical need for media literacy. His YouTube video response, showing the laptop’s demise at the hands of his 45 revolver, underscores the fallacy of publishing things you really want to stay private in what is fundamentally not just public, but permanent and searchable.

For Many, the Most Painful Holiday

By Russell Friedman on February 14, 2012 in Broken Hearts
The traditional Holiday Season begins around Halloween, continues through Thanksgiving, crests with Christmas and Hanukkah, and ends with New Year's Eve. While the Season can be wonderful for many, it can be a very difficult time for those who are grieving the recent death of someone important to them.

Stack the Russian Nesting Dolls

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Innovation You
If we think of our Self as a Russian nesting doll, a discrete and complete unit, that is part of a larger system, we begin to frame our own life in the context of the lives of others.

One in Five Americans Takes a Psychiatric Drug

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on February 14, 2012 in Owning Pink
A recent study reported that 1 in 5 American adults takes at least one psychiatric drug to treat depression and/or anxiety, a 22% increase since 2001. Do you get what this means? This means that in an office of 100 people, 20 of them—enough to form an entire department—will be on medication.

Don’t Know Much About History, Don’t Know Much Biology Part I

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Part I of my rebuttal to yet another Psychology Today article of the genre: “I hate hearing about sex differences. I want to live in a world where such differences don’t exist. I want to believe that men and women are indistinguishable creatures. Anyone who shatters my wishful thinking is sexist and wrong.”

How Novels Make Me a Murderer

By Norman N Holland Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in This Is Your Brain on Culture
When we read a story, literary folk say that we "identify" with robbers, killers, thieves, and all kinds of vicious types. Why? What is it about stories that induces us to share criminal impulses?

Valentine's Day for the True Romantic

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on February 14, 2012 in Living It
How hard is it to buy a box of chocolates these days? Try something 'outside the box'. Lovers: let her know she makes you so much more than you are, let him know he makes you feel so alive.

How to Survive Being Scolded

By Anneli Rufus on February 14, 2012 in Stuck
Because we hate ourselves, the slightest sign of disapproval from another, almost any other—from the CEO to the tantrum-wracked toddler to the raving ragged wastrel in the park wagging a finger in our direction—undoes us.

The One Valentine We Never Send

By Ben Michaelis Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in The Creative Imperative
Boom! Today’s the day. Valentine’s Day is here. You can stop pretending you didn’t notice, because you did. Even for the Occupy Valentine's Day protesters, there's really no way around it.

Judgment Be Damned

By Jonathan Fields on February 14, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
Recently, I shared how inviting judgment can and should be a critical part of any creation endeavor; how judgment is really just data plus emotion. And we shouldn't reject the data simply because we're not equipped to process the emotion in a constructive way.

Think Compassion More Than Passion for Lasting Love

It's time for hot romance, right? Not so fast. February 14 underscores a myth about successful relationships that should be addressed to avoid potential disappointment and upset.

What People Believe Is True Is Frequently Wrong

The title is one of my favorite Peter Drucker quotes. What he is referring to is the fact that common wisdom (what the majority believes is true) is often false. Take for example, that the majority of Americans believe in paranormal phenomena...

8 Ways to Make a Friend Feel Special on Valentine's Day

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or the Día del amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship)—as do many Latin Americans—February 14th offers a perfect opportunity to show affection for close friends, who add so much to our lives.

Can You Summarize the Challenge of Happiness in a Single Sentence?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 14, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Partly as an intellectual discipline, partly for fun, I often push myself to answer tough, conclusory questions, such as "If you had to pick just one thing, what's the key to happiness?" or "What are the ten most common myths about happiness?"

The Greatest Love Addiction Songs of All Time

By Stanton Peele on February 14, 2012 in Addiction in Society
The existential experience of addiction has been captured best by the songs of Smokey Robinson, Leonard Cohen, and Lucinda Williams—an artist America should build a monument to next to the Lincoln Memorial.

What Students Love about Teachers: A Valentine Mash Note

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on February 14, 2012 in Head of the Class
Dear Professor: I heart your intro class, I really do. Here's why.
The Trouble with Selfish Partners
Romantic Love? Phooey!
How Good Are You at Loving?
Relationship Rules

The Artist and the Great Silent Film Memory Divide

By Jefferson Singer Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Life Scripts
The Artist bridges a generational divide for baby boomers.

Psychosis Is NOT Good for the Brain

By Adrian Preda M.D. on February 13, 2012 in A Psychiatrist at Large
Does mental illness help or hurt the brain? You will be the judge.

Create a Remarkable Marriage

Coupling up requires us both to have a light touch and a strong voice when the situation calls for it. Here's eight steps to meeting the challenge. Make a promise to follow one of them. one.

Does Adele's Ex-Boyfriend Deserve Any Credit for Her Success?

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
If a creative person uses a lost love for inspiration, does the ex deserve any of the credit?

Reasons to Celebrate

By Aaron Cooper Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Modern Family
The offspring of gay and lesbian parents aren't just like other children—and that's a reason to celebrate!

A Valentine's Day Proposition

By Lynn Phillips on February 13, 2012 in Dream On
Prepare to cut up a few scientific journals into valentines. Last time out we marveled at how often the phrase “casual sex” twists therapists' minds into strange positions.This week we take a poke at some dubious research on women’s desire for “casual sex,” addressing Freud’s famous Valentine’s Day question, “What do women want, and is it me?”

Parenting: Freak Out or Geek Out? Children’s Emotional Reactions to Achievement

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in The Power of Prime
These days, children seem to be given every opportunity to achieve success in school, sports, and the performing arts. Children receive private tutoring, coaching, and instruction. They attend summer camps devoted to their achievement activity. They seem to be assured of having every possible skill necessary to achieve success. Except one: Emotional skill.

Postpartum Psychosis: Scary but Treatable

Postpartum psychosis can emerge suddenly, bringing with it alarming symptoms and much confusion to all who are impacted by it. I worry terribly about the few new mothers who suffer with severe symptoms of psychosis, who might not get the help they need, or get it early enough.