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Three Reasons Why Americans Ignore Gifted Children

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Finding the Next Einstein
Chester E. Finn Jr. of The Fordham Institute recently wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times titled "Young, Gifted, and Neglected." But why do many Americans neglect gifted children? In this article, I explore some potential reasons.

Sexy 7-Year Olds?

By George Drinka M.D. on September 19, 2012 in When the Media Is the Parent
With the media joining our families ever more intimately, it has become a common source of children’s sexual education. But how early should this education begin? Age 12? 11? 10? And how explicitly?

How Many Dogs Are There In the World?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on September 19, 2012 in Canine Corner
It is possible to estimate the number of dogs on the planet today, and even though our estimate is conservative, the canine population is larger than you might think.

Intimate Treason

To be in a relationship with your perceptions invalidated, your feelings not listened to, and honesty and respect thrown out the window are just some of the many ways that partners are traumatized.

Who Are the Top 1 Percent in Healthcare Spending?

By John C. Goodman Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Curing the Healthcare Crisis
This year's top spenders are not the same as last year's, and this is a key reason why we need a real market for health insurance.

Take a Higher Point of View

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Innovation You
It is only in transcending dominant logic that we find truly innovative solutions to protracted challenges. Growth, like its sister innovation, happens where opposition is united into something greater and new.

Addictive Disorders

At times of trauma, the natural response is to run. With situational traumas, we picture people running toward home or family. The question is, “Where do you go when the trauma is in your home?”

Stuff Is Good

Don't go too far with the de-cluttering.

SAD: A Seasonal Pattern

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Sleepless in America
Do you or someone you know experience a deepening sense of depression as the days get shorter when fall begins? This pattern of depression is not uncommon and is associated with changes in the brain’s sleep systems.

When a Child Comes Out, Lead With Love

By Brian Mustanski Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in The Sexual Continuum
Research by myself and many other scientists has shown that parental support is protective for a variety of health issues like HIV, mental health, and substance use. A new film is designed to answer the question, “What do I do if my child is gay?"

The Power of Expressing Yourself

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Choke
People always say it’s good to put “your feelings into words.” But is it true? If you are anxious, scared, or worried about something, is it really going to make you feel better to dwell on this anxiety by speaking or writing about it? It turns out the answer is "yes."

Self-Awareness Exercises Can Backfire

Can self-awareness exercises actually make people more negative?

Open Letter: The Need for Ethical Accountability in APA

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Dangerous Ideas
In this open letter, two psychologists call upon the president of the American Psychological Association to make sure that psychologists implicated in torture and prisoner abuse are held accountable by the APA's Ethics Office.

How Many Are We?

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Life as a Bilingual
We don't know for sure how many people in the world are bilingual. Official data, when they exist, can produce quite surprising results.

Is A New Hobby The Antidote to Boredom In Your Relationship?

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on September 19, 2012 in Between You and Me
If boredom is the silent relationship killer, novel and arousing activities seem to be the powerful antidote. So why do these activities lead to a happier relationship?

Unnecessary Traffic Lights

By Chris Guillebeau on September 18, 2012 in The Art of Non-Conformity
Don't worry about things that don't matter.

Introducing Your Brain on Politics

By Chris Mooney on September 18, 2012 in Your Brain on Politics
This is my inaugural post here at Psychology Today, and I naturally thought I’d start by telling you a bit more about myself, and the kind of content you can expect here at "Your Brain on Politics."

A Homely Confession

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 18, 2012 in Ambigamy
This is going to be a harder confession than any I’ve ever made. I have to confess to an ugly, biased, bigoted, stereotyping, profiling prejudice.

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide) Is No Laughing Matter

Laughing gas can cause panic, depression and cognitive problems. Read this before going to the dentist!

Silence and Trauma

By Russell Carr M.D. on September 18, 2012 in Tour of Duty
From my perspective, a fundamental part of healing from trauma is feeling understood by another human being.

Spirituality and Mental Health

How can your symptoms give your life meaning? Do you know what your life purpose is? What are your values?

Why Have We Lost the Need For Physical Touch?

By Ray Williams on September 18, 2012 in Wired for Success
Has our hi-tech, media-socialized world lost something critical to our species—non-sexual human physical touch?

Do Garlic Eaters Attract More Lovers?

By Jena Pincott on September 18, 2012 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Are we drawn to the odors of people who eat healthily?
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Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Kids

Regularly talking to your kid in mindless or authoritarian ways can hamper the kid's ability to develop autonomy and healthy self-esteem. Here's what to do instead!

Everybody Has ADHD! No, They Don't

By Melissa Orlov on September 18, 2012 in May I Have Your Attention
People who have ADHD are confronted by media articles or other people who think that ADHD is just an excuse - a case of having too much to do "just like everyone else," or being lazy in a busy world. Research shows those naysayers are dead wrong.
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Is Parenting Guilt Inevitable?

By Gwen Dewar Ph.D. on September 18, 2012 in Making Humans
Many good, conscientious parents are plagued by feelings of guilt. Are these feelings an unavoidable side-effect of raising children? Or is our culture to blame?

Sex and Societies

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 18, 2012 in The Human Beast
Why could women in a Mozart opera from the 1790s (The Magic Flute) expect stable marriage versus the high divorce rates of American females in the 1970s? The reason is a relative scarcity of men, according to a new Discover article (1) by fellow blogger Robert Epstein. Such scientifically meaningful patterns strengthen sociology as a science.

Eight Surprising Parallels Between Food and Drug Addictions

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on September 18, 2012 in Real Healing
Although the jury is still out, a growing body of evidence shows some striking similarities between food addiction and drug addiction.

How to Accomplish Just About Anything

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on September 18, 2012 in In Flux
Why are some people able to succeed at making change and achieving their goals while others fail over and over again? There is a process for making change that requires that you make a firm decision to change first and then create the step by step action plan necessary to carry you through.