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Parenting with Major Help

Do you find it difficult to ask for help? Doing so may positively impact your Parent Well-Being. Read on to find out how a mother of three in the U.S. Air Force learned to accept help from others during her six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Solitude and Quietness

I was about six, when one day our elementary school teacher gave the class a copy of William Wordsworth's poem "The Daffodils." It had been an easy poem to learn: seductive alliterative rhythms conjuring mental images of remote mountains and lakes, and initiating a hitherto unsuspected and compelling attraction in myself to the solitary wanderings expressed by Wordsworth.

Six Strategies for Coping with the Blues

Some mornings I wake up and there’s no denying it—I’ve got the blues. I may not even be by myself when the blues descend on me, but they always make me feel isolated. I've found that it’s good to have some “blues strategies” at the ready, because the blues are never polite enough to announce ahead of time that they plan to spend the day.

The Control Society

Why is Big Brother promoting a campaign of fear against pleasure?

Earthquakes, Trauma, and Existential Anxiety

Angelenos aware of the facts about the San Andreas Fault live in a vague state of anxiety. It is an existential anxiety—about our own existence and the existence of all those whom we love. Such anxiety needs to be brought into dialogue so that it can be shared and held among us.

Why We Write

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in The Flip Side
What do books do for us, exactly?

To Hold as 'Twere, The Mirror Up to Nature

Pretend and fiction are critical parts of our daily lives.

9 Common Myths about Clearing Clutter

By Gretchen Rubin on January 12, 2012 in The Happiness Project
One of my key realizations about happiness, and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists, given its emphasis in popular culture, is that Outer order contributes to inner calm. More than it should.

Couples in Conflict

By Eliezer Sobel on January 12, 2012 in The 99th Monkey
A friend of mine was speaking to me today about an ancient relationship, and commented, "That was during my food-throwing years." I asked for further details.

"Melons. I specialized in melons."
"Canteloupe?"
"Honeydew."
"Are we talking the whole melon, or little melon balls?"
"The whole melon; I'd usually crack it over their heads."

Singles Year in Review, Part 2: The Bad and the Ugly

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in Living Single
In the year 2011, singlism and matrimania marched on; both were practiced by plenty of people who should know better. It was also a year when single men were in for special ridicule.

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: The Healing Power of Clinical Wisdom (Part Two)

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in Evil Deeds
What really happens in psychotherapy? The answer to that question is complex. And depends in part on the type of psychotherapy one seeks. But one thing psychotherapy can convey to patients are certain essential secrets to living a more rich, meaningful, creative, balanced life. What are some of these secrets? Here, in Part Two of this series, are seven more.

The Twisted Mind Of Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot pleads guilty in the murder of Stephany Flores. Why?

Why Am I So Burned Out?

Burnout is not just a condition reserved for white collar workers. Defined as a state of fatigue brought about by thwarted intentions in your job, lifestyle or relationship, burnout can affect anyone.

Intelligence: New Findings And Theoretical Developments

A conversation with Diane F. Halpern, former president of the American Psychological Association, on her role in writing two landmark papers on intelligence, the most exciting findings in recent years, and her thoughts on what research is important for the future.

When Michael Jackson Met Ronald Reagan

By George Davis on January 11, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
What happens when the spirit of "we are the world" clashed with the spirit of "we own the world"?

Can Willpower Help You Overcome Social Anxiety?

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on January 11, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
Whenever I've thought about willpower before, it's been in the context of not doing something. Like not eating that piece of chocolate cake. I associated willpower with deprivation. But I've been reading the just-released book, The Willpower Instinct, by Stanford professor, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., and my opinion of willpower is improving.

The Foster Care System and Its Victims Part 3

The child welfare system is designed to take care of children up until they are 18 years old. In certain cases, they might even emancipate earlier. But what happens once they grow too old for the child welfare system?

New Hampshire Goes Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 11, 2012 in Mood Swings
New Hampshire elected the most most mentally healthy candidate, but he might not be right for a time of crisis

Crafting Marriage Vows to Fit the Times

By Carl Alasko Ph.D. on January 11, 2012 in Beyond Blame
The traditional marriage vows cover the main intention of marriage. From a psychological perspective, these vows suffer from being generic.