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Don’t Allow Methamphetamine to Ruin Your Life

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on September 02, 2009 in
Methamphetamine - it's marketed to youngsters every day by drug dealers as an easy way to tune out. That is why it is so important to reach young people in a preventative way that will resonate with them. And that is exactly what The Meth Project, started in Montana, has done.

Julie and Julia Pursue their Dreams

By Victor Yalom Ph.D. on September 02, 2009 in Department of the Interior
We tend to equate creativity with some extraordinary talent that results in the ability to produce masterpieces. Julie and Julia shows that the creative path is quite different--it requires most of all a willingness to take risks, and pursue whatever passion you have with a dogged determination.

The Emotional/Relational World

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on September 02, 2009 in Let's Connect

She-Wolf, Schmee-Wolf: She's Still Dancing Naked in a Cage

The hot new video that my students are showing me features a sexy undulating woman in a cage. She is wearing a flesh-colored body stocking; it looks as if she's naked, except for the black leather belt and requisite black high heels. In this video, particularly during the cage sequence, there is a lot of dyed-blonde hair-flipping. In addition there is panting and growling.

Fifty years of the women's movement, and this is what we've got: a girl on her belly in a cage in a sort of "Girls Gone Wild" meets "Animal Planet" scenario.

I'm so proud.
Sex-Starved Wives
When He Loses Desire

The Reason An Eating Disorder Can Hold You Captive

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on September 01, 2009 in Comfort Cravings
The story of Jaycee Dugard's abduction is horrific—for so many reasons. Yet we can't help but be curious about what happened and oddly want more information. While nothing can compare to the tragedy this little girl endured, we can use this term, "Stockholm Syndrome" to also understand how people become "abducted" by an eating disorder.

American Psychological Association says, “Don’t tell patients they can change their sexual orientation.”

By Brian Mustanski Ph.D. on September 01, 2009 in The Sexual Continuum
The American Psychological Association's (APA) governing Council of Representatives recently adopted a resolution stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments. They found that such approaches can cause harm and there is little evidence that they change a person's sexual attractions.

Teen Depression: More Than Sad

A film produced this year by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention helps break down what being a teenager with depression can really mean.

Quirks of the Brain: Procrastination's Perfect Storm

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 01, 2009 in Don't Delay
I enjoyed reading David Rock's blog posting about why all self-help books are the same. I think he clearly identified some of the "quirks" of our brains. His short list paints a picture of the perfect storm for procrastination.
Can Dogs See Colors?
A Dog's Life: Rolling in Garbage?
Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other?
Making Sacrifices For Your Dog’s Happiness

The Gay Man Who Saved Woodstock

By Elliot Tiber on August 31, 2009 in

Speed Shrinking, Oy Vey!

By Elliot Tiber on August 31, 2009 in
Note to my fellow shrinks: Slow shrinking is better. I can stretch sessions to five years. My rent is $18,000 a month for a tiny 5th floor walk-up studio. More oy vey.

How much should you weigh? (Part 2)

When the world sends unhealthy messages, urging you to become a stick figure, it's hard to know how much you should really weigh. Unless you Ask Alice.  
When Is a Wink a Blink?
Why I'm an Excellent Liar
How to Tell a Lie
More Than a White Lie

Great Kids Who Send the Wrong Messages

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on August 30, 2009 in People Skills
Mastering Your Own Mind
Mindful in the City
Mindful Eating

How organizing our space can organize our thoughts and life: a chronicle

By Dana Gionta Ph.D. on August 29, 2009 in Occupational Hazards
Recently I hired a professional organizer, after much hesitation and rationalization, to help me better organize my home. I did what I believe many people do to themselves before hiring outside help. I had multiple conversations with myself, over several months, prior to making the call.

Is Your Computer Sick? Six Steps To Keep It Healthy

By Karen Leland on August 28, 2009 in The Perfect Blend
I can only describe this past week as computer hell. A Malware invasion that crashed my Wordpress site - yup. An Email program snafu that banished over 200 of my messages to never, never land - you bet. A freaky bug that wouldn't let me delete an errant email - of course. Top this all off with the fact that my last back up was over a week ago (I know, I know) and you have a recipe for technology turmoil. It seems like everyone from small business owners to multinational moguls to working moms, spend as much time fixing issues on their computer as they do working on them. 

Packaging Is Everything

By Monica Ricci on August 28, 2009 in Get It Together

Sex and ADD or ADHD

By Frank Lawlis Ph.D. on August 27, 2009 in Redefining Stress
Sex and the brain dynamics of ADHD provide an interesting chemistry. Blamed for many divorces the sexual behavior is different from other groups, but this is not to say it is not adventurous and creative.

Education of the Family

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on August 26, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain

Remarraige on the Rocks

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on August 26, 2009 in Love Doc
Recent studies point to the substantial benefits of spousal support in coping with cancer. A loving spouse at your side, it seems, improves your immune system ─ no doubt enhancing overall good health. But of course, we don’t all have loving spouses; 40% of marriages end in divorce. So what’s a divorced gal or guy to do? Remarriage is one answer. The second time around, however, is not always so sunny.

Conventional Schooling Conflicts With Trustful Parenting

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on August 26, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
As I write this essay, children and adolescents all over America are frantically completing their assigned summer reading, so they can turn in their book reports, due on the first day of class. Or, they are blowing off the assignments while their parents are frantically trying to get them to do them. If your child fails to turn in those reports, you may be blamed...