Reaching a goal triggers dopamine, but the spurt soon ends. When a high passes, the return to normal can be unnerving. But rushing to mask it with more dopamine-stimulating activity brings a cycle of frustration. You can free yourself by getting comfortable with the inevitable up-and-down-ness of the human brain.
Could any commodity be more precious than time? Is there anything any of us want more—or more of—that at the same time seems to be more beyond our control to increase? Who among us wouldn't strike the most Faustian of bargains for an extra year of life?
We're all familiar with the sadness triggered by break-ups and life's other causes for grief. But what's interesting (at least to appetite researchers) is that its effects on our eating behavior are far from predictable.
Letting babies “cry it out” is an idea that has been around at least since the behaviorist John Watson applied the mechanistic paradigm of behaviorism to child rearing in 1928, the decade when parents began trusting "science" more than their instincts.
In my last blog, Married to a Sex Addict, I described the plight of the spouse who is married to a male sex addict. On Oct 7, 2009 I wrote about the psychology of a female sex addict. More recently the topic of sex addiction is being hyped in the media.
A new film, A Dangerous Method, provides an unflinching perspective on the invention of "the talking cure," as Sigmund Freud called it. In addition to being a terrific movie, it also provides some insights about the art of innovation and invention.