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The Body Problem

"Don't ask, don't tell" seems to be the dominant ideology when it comes to bodily functions, which are all too often a source of shame and disgust. What exactly are we so afraid of?

How Plants Protect Your Brain

Epidemiological and preclinical data strongly indicate that plants are much more beneficial than eating anything from a cow.

4 Stress Types and Their Impact on High-Achieving Women

The world needs more of you—strong, talented women who are able to navigate the pressure that comes with being a high-achieving professional. Identifying your stress type and managing your chronic long-term stress will help you not only succeed, but also thrive, allowing you to both live and work at a sustainable pace.

Junior Seau’s Suicide: Transitions From the Field to Life

News reports about Junior Seau’s apparent death by suicide were on every TV at my gym this morning. I knew it was an important story when I saw fellow gym-goers stop mid-stride from the locker room to the treadmill and actually watch the coverage.

Driving While Bipolar

By Tom Wootton on May 03, 2012 in Bipolar Advantage
I have been teaching people to drive while bipolar (figuratively) for about ten years now, and see a huge difference in those who have had training and practice compared to those who continue to blame the condition for the way they handle it. Like the skilled race car driver, my conclusion is the lack of training is the problem, not the condition itself.

The Real Reason Women Work

By Sarah Damaske Ph.D. on May 03, 2012 in For the Family?
The Working Mother Research Institute found that the majority of mothers report feeling guilt about the work choices they've made. Framing these decisions as being made for the family, rather than for themselves, may help alleviate this guilt (and defer blame) by suggesting that women's work decisions are altruistic.

Junior Seau's Suicide: A Disturbing Pattern Between Brain Injury and Depression?

CTE may be a factor in suicides of retired contact sports players

So What's Your Definition of Health?

Absence of disease is a narrow, even impoverished definition of health. Health is about well-being—of individuals and populations. And health should be the goal of health care.

Quiz: Are You an "Abstainer" or a "Moderator"?

A piece of advice I often see is, “Be moderate. Don’t have ice cream every night, but if you try to deny yourself altogether, you’ll fall off the wagon.

Life in a Labor Camp

Shin Dong-hyuk is the first person born in a North Korean political prison to get out and tell his story. He was spawned from a "reward marriage," the forced breeding of prisoners on special holidays. He "snitched" on the planned escape of his mother and brother and saw them executed.

“Are You Sure You Are Siblings?” Sibling Deidentification

I vividly remember the first day of science class in ninth-grade when my teacher took attendance. Five years prior he had the privilege of having my recalcitrant older brother in class—let’s just say my brother is not invited to reunions of that school.

Does Porn Contribute to ED?

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on May 03, 2012 in Therapy Matters
As men spend more time looking at pornography on the Internet, many are starting to report increase difficulty in being turned on by their actual sexual partners. A growing body of evidence suggests a detrimental feedback loop can emerge between the brain and the penis when men rely too heavily on pornographic images to masturbate.

Sacred Fictions

Why did we evolve to be religious? How did dogmatic faith in imaginary beings not diminish our ability to survive and reproduce? How could the frugal mechanisms of natural selection not have worked against religion, given the high cost of religious sacrifices, taboos, and commandments?

How Harvard and MIT Can Give Away Their Only Product for Free

Harvard and MIT are giving away education in the form of online courses. Will this dilute their brand, or jeopardize their economic success?

Chase-ing Your Dreams, One Chord at a Time

What do you do when you can't live without something? You find a way to do it. Rising rock star Erica Chase learned to live her life's purpose after getting the shock of her life.

The Wax and Wane of Languages

Significant life events can change the relative importance of a bilingual's languages over time as well as explain why new languages are acquired and older ones are forgotten.

Stress Is a Choice: How to Give Up Getting Worked Up

What if most of the stress you feel is really little more than a habit? What if a basic change in mindset was all you needed to make it go away? Life Coach and Wellness Expert Dr. Susan Biali, M.D. shares a radically simple concept she learned from an encounter with an unusually calm event planner.

Federalism Internalized?

By Thomas J. Leeper PhD on May 02, 2012 in Polarized
A poll released this past week by the Pew Research Center finds that (1) there is a growing gap in public perceptions of federal, state, and local governments and (2) there are major partisan divides in these views. What should we make of these data?

Asking Your Date Core Questions

By Carl Alasko Ph.D. on May 02, 2012 in Beyond Blame
Why be coy about something as serious as being serious? And especially as life-changing as having a child, or children?

My Most Popular (and Most Unpopular!) Cartoons in PT

By Donna Barstow on May 02, 2012 in Ink Blots Cartoons
You let your fingers do the walking. What were the best and worst cartoons here in Psychology Today this year? Were any of them about love or sex? See if you agree.

Healing Healthcare

Shouldn't we focus on incentivizing patients and providers to keep patients out of hospitals?

Friends Nourish the Body and Soul

By Dan Buettner on May 02, 2012 in Thrive
Here are 3 tips to build and keep the right tribe to improve your health, happiness and even life expectancy!

Intellect and Intelligence

In those long ago days just after World War II, when reading Psychology at the University of London, it was constantly stressed that Intellect and Intelligence should not be seen as synonymous terms—even though their symbiotic relationship in consciousness must be recognized.

Wolves, Dogs and People: Is It Time to Reassess Our Beliefs About Attachment?

An important difference between dogs and wolves in how they relate to humans has been demonstrated to be the result of genetics rather than life experience.