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Kicking My Bucket List

By Eliezer Sobel on September 28, 2011 in The 99th Monkey
I don't usually get headaches. (Photo to the left is not me.) So when I woke up at 4 a.m. for the third consecutive day with a splitting pain in the back of my skull, I drew the logical conclusion: terminal brain tumor.

How Do Your Relationships Flow?

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Communication is the flow of information in relationships. Information flows between people just like water flows in nature's streams. Smooth laminar flow is good. Bumpy turbulence causes problems.

Preparing Your Teen or Young Adult for Work in the Real World

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on September 28, 2011 in The Autism Advocate
When thinking about employment for your child or student on the spectrum, there are a few aspects that need to be focused on.

Human versus Machine: A Victory for the Underdog

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
We’ve been losing. And the machines have been winning. Robots control manufacturing. Computers control all our communications. We’ve been losing the games too. Recently, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings lost to IBM’s Watson. He then “welcomed our new computer overlords.” Should we all bow down to the new computer bosses?

Art and Happiness

The connection between artistic creativity and happiness is a slippery topic at best. After all, what about all those less-than-happy ending stories about artists with depression or other emotional challenges? Doesn't art come from emotional pain? But there is a growing body of research that underscores the contrary, that art has a powerful effect on us in positive ways.

Friending Former Lovers on Facebook: Unknowingly Cheating Online

By Sari Cooper L.C.S.W. on September 27, 2011 in Sex Esteem
Remember your high school heart throb that you still dream about. What happens when they ask to "friend" you on Facebook?

How Patients Lose When Psychologists Are Not Involved in Medical Care

Health care costs are exploding and one silent factor in containing costs is rarely mentioned: the underutilization of psychological services.

Why Do Old People Vote More?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Everyone knows that older people are the most reliable voters. But no one knows why.

Why You Should Kick Your Addiction to Romance and Learn to Love

It’s not, it turns out, as easy to find a soul mate as the magazines and movies imply.

Moneyball: An Idea that Revolutionized Baseball and Therapy

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on September 27, 2011 in Reel Therapy
"Moneyball" is about a new idea. It's an idea that has come to revolutionize the way that general managers think about baseball players and the way that therapists treat their patients.

Low Infidelity, Shock Statistics, and the Forgiveness Factor

By Rita Watson MPH on September 27, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Just as sex sells, infidelity sells. However, Dr. Bradford Wilcox says, "Despite the marital misbehavior of a few politicians and athletes, infidelity is becoming less popular, not more popular, in America."

Muting a Therapist: The Case of Dr. Rafah Nashed

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on September 27, 2011 in Compulsive Acts
War casualty: a psychoanalyst is muted for the crime of treating a traumatized population.

Why Your Happiness Matters: A Call for Happier Parents Everywhere

By Christine L Carter Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Raising Happiness
Many parents today are unhappy, but they assume that their stress and anxiety and even depression are all just part of being a parent today.

Pet the Lizard

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
The brain is highly integrated, so three key functions--avoiding, approaching, and attaching-- are accomplished by all parts of the brain working together. Nonetheless, each function is particularly served by the region of the brain that first evolved to handle it. This fact has significant implications.

18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey

By Carolyn L Rubenstein on September 27, 2011 in Now Is Everything
What would you write to someone about to start a new journey in their life? I really enjoyed the process of reflecting on what I would say to a younger version of myself—and think you may enjoy tackling a similar project. In this post, I share with you 18 guideposts for your personal journey.

Extrovert Envy

By Sophia Dembling on September 27, 2011 in The Introvert's Corner
I sometimes suffer extrovert envy. I just returned from a vacation at a small all-inclusive resort in Mexico. The vacation was lovely and I have no complaints, only an observation: It seemed like extroverts got more gracious service. I certainly can't blame the staff for responding positively to outgoing energy.

The Problem with Absolute Thinking

By Ugo Uche on September 27, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Well it's this simple, human beings, regardless of race, religion or culture are likely to embrace any belief that is absolute. This is because absolute beliefs are simple, easy to comprehend and false positives that offer us a false sense of security.

A Short Sweet Guide to Big Cool Things

By Jonathan Fields on September 27, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Derek Sivers is an interesting cat...

A grad of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he trained for years as a musician, before making the jump into the world of entrepreneurship (not that he stopped being a musician).

Do You Ever Experience a Joyful Childhood Feeling of Expectancy?

By Gretchen Rubin on September 27, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Assay: I’m a huge fan of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. If you read these brilliant stories as a child, you should re-read them now; so much of the humor is pitched at grown-ups–marriage, friendship, theories of child-rearing.

Truth, Damn Truth, and Statistics

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in The Big Questions
The problem isn't the statistics, but rather, people's inability to understand statistics.

Lovers with Benefits

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in In the Name of Love
In my last post, I discussed the relationship of friendship with (sexual) benefits. Now I will turn to discuss the associated relationship of lovers with (emotional) benefits; the benefits here include caring and friendship that continues between the lovers’ occasional meetings.

How Videogames Can Promote Empathy

Videogames that reward us for helping instead of hurting others can decrease schaudenfreude and make you more empathic (and happier). So take advantage of those free Facebook games that promote friendship and helping, and you might even become kinder and gentler.

On Splitting, Anger, and Getting Stuck

By Randi Kreger on September 27, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
The BPD world can contain a lot of splitting.

Leaving Academia: The Transition Begins

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on September 27, 2011 in Career Transitions
Fear is a normal response to the unknown. And for many graduate students, the nonacademic job search conjures up the image of a black hole. To paraphrase Nietzsche, they are looking into the abyss, and the abyss is looking back. It's not a pretty sight.