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Not Monitored, Not Judged – One of the True Joys of Living Solo?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 03, 2011 in Living Single
I don’t think I do anything all that embarrassing when I’m home alone. Yet I like the fact that no one else is around to monitor or judge me. Is that unusual?

Confessions of a Therapist

The best advice I received to prepare me for practicing psychotherapy was this: "Expect to feel like a complete klutz for the first decade!" The advice turned out to be off by about five years (I'll let you guess in which direction).

Women and Selfishness

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Women in particular appear vulnerable to the trap of confusing self-care with selfishness. But self-care is not selfish. In fact, it's necessary for our ability to care well for others.

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Child Bipolar Disorder

A Psychoanalyst Speaks Out

Use of child psychiatric research interviews instead of analytically oriented clinical interviews has contributed greatly to the overdiagnosis of bipolar disorder in childhood, according to child psychiatrist and child psychoanalyst, Timothy Dugan, M.D.

Stop Making the Same Mistakes

By Eric Sherman L.C.S.W. on October 02, 2011 in Couch Meets World
The underlying reasons you may be repeating the same self-defeating patterns -- and how to get unstuck.

Major Anxiety in the Major Leagues: Zack is Back

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on October 02, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
Major league baseball players, as is frequently stated, are paid millions of dollars to play a kids’ game. No amount of money, though, can make an athlete immune to performance anxiety.

How to Reduce Negativity

In one sense, the battle to be happy is a battle against negativity. Bad things happen all the time but how we internalize them, how we react to them, is what ultimately determines their final effect on us

Career Transitions for Graduate Students and Others

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on October 02, 2011 in Career Transitions
The best way to proceed with career transition is to determine not only "What's out there?" but "What's in you?" Here are some tips to get you started.

Why the Fight Against Terrorism Is like the Fight Against Cancer

By Ilan Shrira on October 02, 2011 in The Narcissus in All of Us
The campaigns against cancer and terrorism have changed from attacking the enemy head-on to a more indirect attack.

Compulsive Choices in Addiction?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in All About Addiction
Does the fact that our brain makes choices all the time preclude some from being compulsive? Addiction seems to suggest the answer is no.

Is Happiness Even the Point?

By Melissa Kirk on October 02, 2011 in Test Case
Why is happiness so important, and is it, in fact, even sustainable? And if we were happy all of the time, how would we learn to surf the waves of our emotions, and to gracefully dance with our shadows?

The Opposite of Payback Is Investment

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on October 02, 2011 in Pura Vida
Revenge creates a positive feedback loop, but so does altruism.

Are You Killing Your Hope for Lasting Love?

By Dr. Craig Malkin on October 02, 2011 in Romance Redux
How our fear of love makes us destroy it.

Leave Your Shock at the Door

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in The Big Questions
Humans harm each other, constantly. Should we really be shocked then when people mistreat us?

Are You Ready for a New Personality?

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on October 02, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
What if our unique interests and capabilities are more than mere indications of vocational aptitude? What if, by honoring and pursuing them with the intensity they ask for, we can be more fully the person we are meant to be?

He Doesn't Hear Me

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Love Doc
"My birthday is coming up this Friday. You always forget it, and it's a big one, my fiftieth." Beth stretched out on the couch.

Looking down at his smart phone, Steve remarked "The stock market is plummeting."

Sitting up straight, Beth's voice rose "I'm talking to you. Why are you looking at your phone?"

I LOVE my iPhone: A Neuroscience Love Story?

As newer, faster, and cooler electronic devices get released at what seems to be breakneck speed, I thought a post about our love affair with the newest tech gadgets was in order. What I didn't expect to find was that the love affair I was planning to write about might actually be ... well, literal?

Accused of Doing Something Awful? Here’s How to Convince Others of Your Innocence

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Living Single
If you are accused of something seriously bad and you want to persuade others of your innocence, is it best to flat out deny the accusation?

Unnecessary Illusions and the Truth about Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Don't Delay
I recently delivered an invited talk for an authors' series around the theme of "unnecessary illusions and truth." The theme fit what I've learned about procrastination over the past decade. Here are 10 illusions about procrastination with relevant research that challenges each.

I'm Afraid that My Teen is Too Old to Trick-or-Treat

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if you think your teen is too old to celebrate Halloween.