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Coping with Holiday Health

The holidays are a time of family togetherness, and for the typical family, that often means plenty of holiday food and lots of time spent together. But for families coping with eating disorders, holiday meals can so often be more of a struggle than a celebration.

Daily Porn May Not Be Good for Your Mental Health

By Kevin B Skinner Ph.D. on November 22, 2011 in Inside Porn Addiction
How exactly does a daily dose of porn influence a persons mental health? My research with more than 400 men reveals that individuals who view porn everyday are experiencing elevated levels of depression.

Restore Yourself to Your Factory Default Settings

By Peter Bregman on November 22, 2011 in How We Work
When you unplug and wait for a minute, you restore yourself to your factory default settings, which for most of us tends to be generous, open-hearted, creative, connected, and hopeful. That makes us more likely to be effective when we plug back in.

The Stigma of Depression: Mea Culpa

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on November 22, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
The prejudice we hold again people with mental illnesses like depression comes out in subtle ways.

Recovered Anorexic Mom Gives Thanks for Baby Boy

By Jennifer Haupt on November 22, 2011 in One True Thing
Ten years ago, Shani Raviv admitted to herself that she had anorexia nervosa and began her healing process. This month, she became a mother. Here's her essay, giving thanks for the baby she thought she'd never have.

Did the Kennedys Need Friends?

With siblings like these, who needs friends?

What Do We Make of Police Violence in Student and Civilian Protests?

By guest blogger Ricardo Mendoza Lepe: In the wake of the Occupy Wall-Street (OWS) movement, there has been a lot of criticism of police beatings of students and civilians. Thanks to technology, videos can be seen all over the Internet about of police officers beating and pepper-spraying protesters. As we watch in horror....

7 Ways to Beat Stress and Prevent a Love Quarrel

By Rita Watson MPH on November 22, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
With all of the photos that friends share, every once in a while a photo shines that makes us stop and think and be grateful. In my case, someone whom I envision as hot and sexy—but who nonetheless managed to find a way to turn up the volume on the Italian in me—sent me the ultimate in one of those “life-affirming treasures.”

Tips for Holidays and Parenting: Letting Joy Win over Stress

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on November 22, 2011 in The Older Dad
Parents can enjoy even the most stressful holiday season by following these four basic tips.

Free 30 Minute Podcast on Nonviolent Communication

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on November 22, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
Human Media is offering a 30 minute podcast on Nonviolent communication, free for the next week.

Can You Immunize Yourself Against Prejudice?

Could washing your hands or getting a flu shot make you less prejudiced against foreigners? A series of fascinating studies just released in Psych Science explores the preventative implications of understanding the Behavioral Immune System.

Beware the Narcissistic Bubble

Ours is said to be a narcissistic society, fostering self-absorption, feelings of entitlement, and exploitation of others to meet personal goals. A little bit of narcissism may not be all that unhealthy, but when you let narcissism take over your life, you can get into real trouble. Take heed of these 5 danger signals that you’ve entered the narcissistic bubble.

The Penn State Scandal Continues, but Will the Punishment Fit the Crime?

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on November 22, 2011 in The Media Zone
Penn State did not rape the children. One man did! Penn State did not enact the cover-up. Some men did! It won't matter. There will be blood extracted in State College, PA.

Empathic Civilization in an Age of Trauma

If we can help one another bear the darkness rather than evade it, perhaps one day we will be able to see the light.

You Can Vent Your Anger If You Really Want to

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 22, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
The beauty of psychology research is that it can make you think differently about things. A case in point comes from the ongoing research on the influence of violent video games on aggressive behavior.

3 Tips to Survive the Holidays

By Michele Woodward on November 22, 2011 in Getting Unstuck
Dreading the holidays? Can't wait until Thanksgiving dinner is over so you can get out of there? You're not alone. Here are three tips you can use to survive the holidays.

Anthony Bourdain's Addiction Report Card

By Stanton Peele on November 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
A famous heroin and cocaine addict, Anthony Bourdain now travels the world filming his drinking and eating episodes. I'm okay about the drinking—but wonder about the eating.

Pitch Trainwrecks: How Not to Pitch Bloggers and Media

By Jonathan Fields on November 22, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Been a while since I've shared any of the awful pitches I seem to get on a daily basis.

Why "Twilight" Inspired Me to Do Better with My Resolutions

By Gretchen Rubin on November 22, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm a huge fan of Twilight (books and movies)—a fact about myself that continues to fascinate and puzzle me. Last night, I went to see the fourth movie in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, which inspired me to look back at a post I wrote two years ago. I really love that post, so here it is again.