The Latest

Five Facts About Lost Love Reunions

Five Facts About Lost Love Reunions

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on July 20, 2009 in Sticky Bonds
Contact a lost love... or not?

What are you doing this summer?

By Richard Louv on July 20, 2009 in People in Nature
Got dirt? “In South Carolina, a truckload of dirt is the same price as a video game!” reports Norman McGee, a father in that state who bought a small pickup-load of dirt for his daughter and friends. McGee is turning consciousness into action. So is Liz Baird, who keeps a “wonder bowl” available for her children. Other families are taking Nature Staycations.

5 Keys to Unlock Your Creative Motivation

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 19, 2009 in Creating in Flow
Motivation is more than just "wanting" to do something. For sure, though, when you're working on a creative project and the going gets tough, if you're not motivated enough, you'll quit. And it always gets tough.

Til breadth do us part

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on July 19, 2009 in Bad Appetite
Last week a friend of mine told me if his girlfriend was getting fat and he felt less attracted to her, he'd let her know about it and encourage her to lose weight. Isn't it enough to be constantly bombarded with media images of skinny female perfection? Can't we even expect our boyfriends to think we're unconditionally beautiful, belly and all?

Vacationing While Single

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 18, 2009 in Living Single
In vacation travel, as in holiday travel, singles are at risk for being treated as not fully adult. You know the drill - you get the back seat of the car, and the pull-out couch in the living room instead of a room with a door that shuts. Fortunately, these examples of singlism are not universal singlehood experiences. You can have enlightened friends and family members. Or if you have the nerve, some thick skin, or a sense of humor, you can stand up for yourself. Vacationing while single can actually be divine. 

We Are Creatures of Habit

By Ian Newby-Clark on July 17, 2009 in Creatures of Habit
This blog will be about habits. I do research on habits and self-change and I've blogged on these topics for almost two years now. Here at Psychology Today, I have a bigger and better platform, and I am ever so grateful. But, what to say first? How to set the tone?Perhaps I should begin with the title of my blog, Creatures of Habit. The title says so much about my approach to human psychology in general, and to habits in particular.

Just Wish Really Hard

By Anneli Rufus on July 16, 2009 in Stuck
A creepy feeling grips me as I watch the "Secret to Riches," a video affiliated with the megabestselling book The Secret. The video has racked up over two million views. It's like primitive spellcasting and sci-fi rolled into one. It's wishful thinking gone electronic. And even though I do believe in magic and in the power of positive thinking, I squirm as I read across the screen: "I am a money magnet... I have more riches than King Solomon's mines.... There is more money being printed for me right now." Obligingly, images flash past of money being printed and pouring out of the sky. Symphonic music roars.

The Seven Questions Project: Conclusion

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on July 16, 2009 in In Therapy
Seven questions for twenty people produced 140 answers. In this 18th and final post I'll try to pull it all together and see what we've learned.

Immersed In Relaxation

By Monica Ricci on July 15, 2009 in Get It Together
When did you last relax? I mean REALLY relax. Think of a time when there wasn't the distraction of television, you weren't on your computer, and had nobody demanding your time. Your brain wasn't thinking of yesterday or tomorrow, or anything at all, except what you were doing (or not doing) right at that moment. How long ago was it? I hope it was within the past week, but if not, read on...

The Difference Between Habit and Discipline

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on July 15, 2009 in The Literary Mind
Discipline is hard to spot. Sometimes a habit that makes you sweat looks like discipline. But it might not be.

Imagine an example: A young girl grew up scared of getting fat.

Canine Intelligence—Breed Does Matter

There are three types of canine intelligence and each can be measured separately. When we do such measurements we find that how smart a dog is depends, at least in part, upon its breed.

10 Little Known Facts About Depression

Depression takes on many disguises, but more diagnostic tools and better treatments are available today than ever before.

China To Stop Shock Therapy On Internet Addicts

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on July 14, 2009 in Side Effects
A hospital in China has been using electric shock therapy to treat overuse of the Internet.

Duncan Jones on the Moon

By Matthew Hutson on July 14, 2009 in Psyched!

How Juliette Binoche Nursed the English Patient – Power of Love

By Talya Miron-Shatz Ph.D. on July 13, 2009 in Baffled by Numbers
Why should we have faith in pharmacy-packaged opiates, and neglect the immense power of the opiates our own brain is capable of generating? The power of love.

The Myth of Higher Education

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on July 11, 2009 in Look At It This Way