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To Med or Not to Med

By Gayle Greene PhD on December 13, 2009 in Insomniac

The Nature of Excitement

By Shirah Vollmer MD on December 12, 2009 in
Is excitement the mastery of fear? In the case of this blog, that would make sense. I have wanted to express myself in writing, but I have stopped myself because I was scared that I would sound stupid, and because I was scared that I would say something which might upset someone.
The It Factor for Couples
Grateful Girlfriends
Make a Gratitude Adjustment
Commit Random Acts of Art

Attention Parents: Sleep Issues May Trigger Manic Depression

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 11, 2009 in Sleep Newzzz
For years now, we've known that chronic sleep deprivation can trigger a litany of other health risks, from diabetes and obesity to heart and memory problems. But now there's a new study has linked sleep problems among children as a trigger for manic depression.

Do Words Change Feelings?

By Shirah Vollmer MD on December 11, 2009 in
As I prepare to teach my latency class, I am struck by this sentence from the article entitled Assaultive Behavior in the Analysis of Children by Herman Daldin PhD. He says "I believe verbalization will reduce the intensity of affects". Every parent knows that to minimize aggression a child should be taught to "use your words". The substitution of language for action is intended to allow the child the freedom to have his feelings, but to not allow the child to hurt others or to hurt property. However, perrhaps there is more to the edict "use your words" then the teaching of internal control over a feeling state. Perhaps, as Dr. Daldin suggests, the words actually change the feeling state.

Loss and Holidays

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on December 11, 2009 in We Are Only Human

Five Tips for Modeling a Good Body Image

By Dara Chadwick on December 11, 2009 in You'd Be So Pretty If...
"I don't like my own body. So how can I be a good example to her?"

How the Dawkins Stole Christmas

Every Jones down in Jonestown liked Jesus a lot,But the Dawkins, who lived on Mt. Oxford, did notThat Darwinian Dickens said “God’s Putative Son,  

Can being more organized be good for your health?

By Dana Gionta Ph.D. on December 10, 2009 in Occupational Hazards
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned through working with a professional organizer is the action step of planning. In the past, I often relegated planning to another item on my to do list. I was not aware of the extra-ordinary advantages that come from planning one's schedule, whether related to work, family, or social life.

Music On Your Child’s Mind (Part 4)

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on December 10, 2009 in Attention Training
Holiday music game your kids can play while you drive.

How Concerned Are You about Climate Change?

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 10, 2009 in Side Effects
A significant number of Americans is "extremely" concerned about climate change.

Two Cultures

By Shirah Vollmer MD on December 10, 2009 in
I had my debut. I led a discussion of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with about 25 psychiatry residents in different years of training and with very varied backgrounds. I remembered being a psychiatry resident and feeling that psychoanalysis was an elite activity.

Human Rights Brutalized

By Paul Abramson on December 10, 2009 in The Sexpert

Tattoos and Piercings: Self-Injury?

By Tracy Alderman Ph.D. on December 10, 2009 in The Scarred Soul

Four Tips for Using the Abstainer/Moderator Split in the Face of Holiday Temptations.

By Gretchen Rubin on December 10, 2009 in The Happiness Project
Ah, the holidays. If you’re a person who is trying to withstand temptations, it can be very tough. Everywhere you go, you face cookies, candy, booze, and snacks and treats of every kind. While some people can whole-heartedly can enjoy all this, many of us waver between wanting to try everything and wanting to resist everything. A successful strategy to facing this temptation may depend on whether you’re a moderator or an abstainer when trying to resist temptation.

10 Point Scale for Marriage

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on December 10, 2009 in Thinking Matters

Alone at the Holidays: Ten Tips to Make Your Holiday a Good One

By Sheila Weinstein on December 09, 2009 in What Do I Do Now?
Holiday times are particularly difficult for those who have lost a loved one.

How Consumer Psychology Created the Zhu Zhu Hamster Craze

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on December 09, 2009 in The Why Behind the Buy
It may seem like crazy luck but there's a lot of deep psychology behind the funky little techno hamster that's captured the attention and dollars of American shoppers.

A New Look at the Classic Robbers Cave Experiment

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 09, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
In his famous Robbers Cave experiment, Muzafer Sherif invited two groups of boys at a summer camp to engage in a sports tournament for valued prizes. As he predicted, the tournament led to serious animosity between the two groups and ultimately to a condition resembling inter-tribal warfare. How did this happen?

Sex Sells, and so does Tiger Woods, but do we buy his apology?

By John Tauer Ph.D. on December 09, 2009 in Goal Posts
Tiger made his bed, and now he has to sleep in it. He has a unique opportunity to show kids how to handle adversity off the golf course with humility, grace, and repentance.
Pulp Nonfiction
Everybody Lies Differently
Can Cops Catch Liars?
Body Language Myths

Be Here (In Bed) Now

By Debby Herbenick Ph.D., M.P.H. on December 08, 2009 in The Pleasures of Sex
Monk, peace activist and author Thich Naht Hanh has long written that mindfulness can make for a more peaceful and contented existence. But did you know that it can make for better, more pleasurable, sex? 

Marriage and Paying Attention

By Sam Margulies on December 08, 2009 in Divorce for Grownups
Marriages don't break. They slowly erode and starve to death as distractions from kids and careers sap the vitality of the relationship because couples neglect the care and feeding of the marriage.