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Ever Feel Guilt Towards an Inanimate Object? Throw It OUT!

Anything that makes me feel guilty when I look at it is going to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. It might be able to do somebody else some good instead of giving me the evil eye. Giving it away will be a gift to myself.

The Illusion Of Permanence

My wife and son recently returned from a trip to Florida where they were visiting my in-laws. They were gone for only six days, but when they returned, my son seemed somehow older (that is, by more than just six days). I was once again reminded of the important Buddhist truth that everything—everything—is impermanent.

Why Is It Socially Acceptable To Be Bad At Math?

Why is it socially unacceptable to be bad at reading?

The Atheist Who Ran for Governor of South Carolina

By David Niose on March 25, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
An atheist running for governor of South Carolina: the audacity of hopelessness?

Life's Refrain: The Power of Nostalgic Songs

What is so special about songs that make us long for our past?

A Blood Sport For The Rich and Famous?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on March 25, 2012 in Animals and Us
In an earlier Psych Today post, I looked at the comparative cruelty of horse racing. A new report indicates the situation is even worse than I thought.

Is the Man Who Killed Trayvon Martin a Racist? Who Cares?

By Sam Sommers on March 25, 2012 in Science Of Small Talk
The story of the tragic death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin continues to unfold. A great deal of attention is being devoted to debating whether George Zimmerman–the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed the African-American 17-year-old–is a racist. But does the answer to this question really matter?

Anti-Gay Bullying: Are the Ravi Verdicts Too Harsh?

Last week, Dharun Ravi was convicted on 15 criminal charge including bias intimidation; a hate crime. Though some think he is being unfairly punished, minimizing or excusing his behavior will certainly not address the problem of anti-LGBT bullying.

Trayvon Martin's 'Crime' was The Color of His Skin?

The current painful story of Trayvon's Martin senseless murder reminds many of us that some things haven't changed over decades of life.

Fighting Monsters with Force Fields and White Lies

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on March 25, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
I recently learned of a device which promises to cure children’s nighttime fears of monsters. Its makers recommend explaining to children whose fear of monsters prevents them from falling asleep that it generates a force field which will protect the house (and everyone within it) from all sorts of things that go bump in the night.
with permission of the author

Five Keys To Developing Your Deepest Gifts

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on March 25, 2012 in Finding Love
Core Gifts are the most tender places inside us. They lie at the very heart of our creativity and our love. If we open to them, they guide us inexorably to what matters most to us. To ignore them is to commit an act of quiet violence against ourselves. This post will help you discover your own core gifts, and will describe their five great hungers.

When Fantasy Becomes Fatal

“I can’t live without you” is always a dangerous fantasy. The mundane danger is making yourself or someone else miserable for falling short of an impossible fantasy ideal. But sometimes the danger of fantasy is life-threatening. Sometimes when someone says “I can’t live without you” he really means “I won’t let you live without me.”

Editing Reality

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 25, 2012 in Hide and Seek
In September 2007, the British press reported on an unusually macabre story.

"I'm Not Okay, You're Not Okay, and That's Okay!

Comparing yourself to others, even if you come out "on top" will offer you the same temporary comfort as eating a hot fudge sundae or an entire box of Kraft macaroni and cheese.

Choosing the Right Treatment for Depression

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on March 25, 2012 in Ironshrink
How can you best decide which treatment strategies are the right answer for you? By asking your healthcare provider to do something unusual.

Mapping Human Consciousness

Breaking adult human consciousness up into three domains and two filters helps us understand human consciousness from an integrative perspective.

Sex Education: It's Not Just For Teenagers Anymore

By Pamela Madsen on March 25, 2012 in Shameless Woman
My mother once said to me that she didn't have to go to college to learn how to make a baby. What she was trying to say to me, is that she didn't have to go to school to learn how to have sex. That might be true on a basic level, but no one is born knowing everything about sex and what we get in high school is not that helpful as adults.

Does Polling Make the Public Stupid?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 25, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Politics and Markets

“The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid,” said Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. That certainly seems warranted by the wild gyrations and arbitrary opinions expressed during the current Republican primary campaigns.

What Parents Can Do When Bullying is Downplayed at School

Public Service Announcements and Posters that tell victims to "Speak Up" in the face of bullying mean nothing at all if, when kids and families find the courage to speak up, they are met with disbelief, denial, and downplaying by school staff. Adults cannot continue to fail children in this way.

From College Dropout to Successful Businessman

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on March 25, 2012 in Off the Couch
Trevor* dropped out of a top tier college after his freshman year.

Stop the Good Presses! The Backlash Against Living Alone Has Begun

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 25, 2012 in Living Single
Reports about a recent study claim that people living alone are more depressed than those living with others. However, no one was asked how depressed they felt. Plus, the design of the study could not possibly support claims about what causes what.

When Making Impressions, Mind Your (Other Party's) Manners

When we want to make a good impression, one of the most common mistakes we make is to forget the central role that the other party has in shaping our behavior. We become so preoccupied with what we should or should not do to that we easily forget the importance of the other—the job interviewer, our date, our partner's parents—in shaping their impression of us.

Independence v. Belonging: Riding the Seesaw

When you succeed at belonging to a group, you may yearn for independence. But when you make it on your own, you may wonder if you're missing out on social bonds. Why do we focus on what we don't have?

Pinned: Pinterest Porn

By Susan Harrow on March 24, 2012 in The Body Blog
I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that naked pics have found their way into a space dominated by domestic bliss, weddings, flowers, food, crafts, and style.