The Latest

This Year's Juicy Books on Thinking, Persuasion and Language

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in Sold on Language
2011 has yielded a slew of smart new books that provide some deep and fascinating insights about what it means to be a thinking, speaking, influencing and influenceable human being. Here are a few of my favorites.

"Warrior" and Willpower

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on December 30, 2011 in Reel Therapy
"Warrior" is about two blue-collar brothers, Brendan and Tommy, who ascend to fame and success in the world of Ultimate Fighting (UFC).But below the grotesque veneer of intense hand to hand combat, this is a movie about willpower.

The Depopulated Self

One of my daily goals, as burdensone as it might sound, is to have fewer than 2 messages on my 3 active email accounts (2 university and one personal).

Linehan and Jung as Wounded Healers

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Recently, sixty-eight-year-old clinical psychologist Dr. Marsha Linehan, famous for her fusion of spiritual, cognitive and behavioral treatment known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, made a shocking and courageous public confession: Linehan has suffered from what she believes to be Borderline Personality Disorder all her adult life.

I Want to Say No to the New Year's Eve Party

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to Do When Your Teen Says You Don't Trust Her

How to be better?

By Paul Verhaeghen Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in Mind: The Gap
LiveScience asked me, and a bunch of other, more interesting psychologists, what New Year's resolutions we should be making, that is, how to fix the things we don't even realize are wrong with us. Here's mine.

The Year in Scandal

By Eric G Wilson Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in Morbid Curiosities
Why do we love lists of the year's best scandals?

The Speech President Obama Should Make About Bullying

By Izzy Kalman on December 30, 2011 in Resilience to Bullying
The President is being pressured to make bullying disappear from our society. If he really wants to help, he needs to make a speech something like the following.

The End of Magical Thinking

By Debbie Stier on December 30, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
After taking 7 SATs as an adult in 2011, I'm changing my tune.

Discovery of Video Game-Induced Seizures Transforms a Teen's Health: A Mother's Story

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 30, 2011 in Mental Wealth
Jessica's daughter Alice experienced daily seizures triggered by video games, but suffered for years before she was properly diagnosed.

Passive Aggressive Signs

Some people go to hilarious lengths to avoid expressing anger directly. This passive aggressive sign might just take the cake! (Or just lick the icing off of it for revenge when no one is looking.)

New Year's Eve Without Drugs or Alcohol?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in All About Addiction
Drinking and doing drugs on New Year's Eve is like a social ritual. That's why it's an extra-hard time for those struggling.

How to Guarantee that 2012 Will Be a Terrific Year!

Know that 2012 will be your best year ever! You can make it so.

Putting "Me" Before "Mommy"

Being a mom doesn't mean you give up "me time". It means that you need "me time" more than ever. Learn steps for putting"me" before "mommy".

Tools For Changing Your Life That Don't Require Willpower

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on December 30, 2011 in Finding Love
If you're looking for more happiness and greater intimacy in the year ahead, here are two of the most valuable tools I know. Don't be deceived by the comfort and pleasure they bring; these are direct paths to profound life-change. Try them out, and enjoy the deliciously subversive experience of learning through joy.

How To Know Another Person

By Harry Beckwith J.D. on December 30, 2011 in Unthinking
Struggling with his most important relationship, an author suddenly sees two images. They end up providing a solution for him--and anyone who wants to deepen a relationship with another person.

Inspiration: Fifth-Grader with No Arms Wins Trophy in 2011’s National Handwriting Contest

Children should always be praised for effort. Their God-given talents help them accomplish far more than we can ever imagine. To wit, Nick Maxim.

Is Fighting About Sex Ruining your Marriage?

Balance the between space and get happy sexually.

The Year in Review—2011

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
It is the end of the year. Time to look back at what has happened in psychology in 2011. There have been some great advances and some setbacks. Check it out.

The Psychology of Sports Fans

Playoffs, Bowl games, and clutch matches bring out the true fans but also reveal the fickle ones. Find out what you are, and whether you BIRG or CORF. Sports fans also show other strange behaviors, including some discovered by B.F. Skinner.

Is Moving the Best Way to Make New Friends?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 30, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
I recently moved to San Francisco after graduating college. I have a tough job, but thought that the city would provide for a worthy night life. It has been four months and I haven't made friends with anyone I would like to go out with.

How Much Calorie Restriction Is Enough to Slow Brain Aging?

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on December 30, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
Unless you plan on becoming a long distance runner, or something similar, exercising is never going to be as beneficial to your brain and body as restricting the number of calories you consume!