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Why Spring Is the Season of Hope

By Anthony Scioli Ph.D. on March 20, 2012 in Hope Today
It is true that hope does not melt away in the summer; it is not rendered fallow in autumn nor does it perish in the deep freeze of winter. But none of these other seasons can match the bounty of hope that greets us in the spring.

The Narcissistic Ex, Part V

How "healthy narcissism" can get you hurt.

The Rock and the Hard Place

By Bill Kahn Ph.D. on March 20, 2012 in The Ostrich Effect
In difficult moments, we often silence ourselves because we are anxious about what might happen if we do otherwise. This is a tricky place in which to be, torn between competing dictates to speak and not speak. But when people talk directly about what they feel in the moment, emotions dissipate.

The Importance of Staff to the Ward

By Dennis O'Donnell on March 20, 2012 in The Locked Ward
People sometimes ask me why I left the confines of the IPCU, the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit, the ‘Locked Ward' of my book's title. The unvarnished truth is that I was experiencing ‘burnout'—utter exhaustion from working on the ward for seven and a half years.

How to Use Your Brain in Perpetuity

By Alix Kates Shulman on March 20, 2012 in Love and Dementia
As I learned the hard way 8 years ago, when my husband began the downward spiral of dementia after suffering a traumatic brain injury, doctors are loath to admit they know little about what causes dementia and nothing about how to prevent, treat, or cure it.

Faux Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine at Its Worst (Part I)

Would you hesitate to ask for full control of cancer pain in a loved one with medication based on recommendations that psychosocial (nonpharmacological) interventions were effective?

The Highly Sensitive (HSP) Introvert Survival Guide to Weddings & Family Gatherings

Day-to-day life is hard enough for a Highly Sensitive (HSP) Introvert to navigate; the intense activity, drama and social pressures of a wedding or large gathering can push a sensitive individual perilously close to (or right over) the edge. Dr. Susan Biali, MD shares tips to survive and even enjoy these challenging circumstances.

Jean-Paul Sartre on Bad Faith

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 20, 2012 in Hide and Seek
The 20th century French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre called it 'bad faith', the habit that people have of deceiving themselves into thinking that they do not have the freedom to make choices for fear of the potential consequences of making a choice.

The Early Stages of Falling in Love

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on March 20, 2012 in Get Hardy
There's nothing quite as exhilarating as falling in love. Just the thought that you may have found your one-and-only can be so thrilling. But, the high and fear of falling in love can be as frustrating as it is wonderful. Learn how to stay balanced and well during this exciting time in your life.

News of the Day

By Aaron Cooper Ph.D. on March 20, 2012 in Modern Family
Should lesbian and gay parents shield the kids from harsh reality?

Can't Get In: Barriers to Addiction Treatment Entry

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 20, 2012 in All About Addiction
What keeps people who need it out of addiction treatment? Barriers inside and out, that's what! But there's quite a bit we can do about it, and several occurrences where we don't need to.

Middle School Lunchroom Redux at Age 60: What's a Girl to Do?

I am 60 years old but am still sensitive about my friends not including me in things. For example, I went to a concert with two of them; I was the driver. While we were together, they talked about trips they were going on together that didn't include me.

5 Principles of Effective Couples Therapy

Couples in distress may feel that there’s no way that they can reclaim their relationship. Fortunately, researchers have identified the five principles of successful couples therapy and counseling. Even if you’re not in a troubled relationship, you can benefit from learning these five basic principles.

Understanding the Dynamics of Workaholism-Narcissism

Normal levels of narcissism are fundamental to the development of our self-respect, self-love, and pride. Unfortunately, perfectionism and obsession can lead to high levels of ego-inflated self-absorption that encourages the development of neurotic narcissistic traits.

All in the Family. Is materialism in your genes?

Given the implications for individuals and society in general, it certainly seems like we should be striving to determine the sources of materialistic desires and tendencies. And yet, there is no consensus about the origins or causes of materialism. Do materialistic desires result from our upbringing? Our culture? Our genes?

How to Get Along With Introverts Part I

By Elizabeth Wagele on March 20, 2012 in The Career Within You
We all want to feel free to be ourselves, but relationships run more smoothly when we're aware of one another's needs and sensitivities.

How Much Sleep for Teens?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 20, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
It's a mantra from physicians, sleep experts and other health professionals we've come to expect: teenagers are short on sleep.

Teacher Job Satisfaction Lowest in 20 Years

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on March 20, 2012 in Memory Medic
Teachers increasingly think there are better things to do than teach. What do you think that means for our children?

Personal Growth: Changing Your Life “Inertia” Takes Courage

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 20, 2012 in The Power of Prime
Courage may be the single most important characteristic for changing your life inertia. Making a change requires risk and risk is scary because when you risk, you may fail (of course, the other side of the coin is that only by taking risks can we truly succeed).

Reflecting on Ravi: Reaping the Fruits of Technology

By Peg Streep on March 20, 2012 in Tech Support
Does the rise of cyberbullying signal the death of empathy? What we can learn from the example of Dharun Ravi.

Why Women Can't Find a Good Man

Why does finding the right man seem so hard right now? Have all the "good men" gone away? Perhaps, there is another explanation...

On Being an Average Person

By Eliezer Sobel on March 20, 2012 in The 99th Monkey
The whole team went out for ice cream to celebrate except me. I had nothing to celebrate. Who cared about the team or the championship? I had missed the ball.

Emotional Phantom Limb Pain

In a session someone says, "I really miss what we had. I could get over this if it hadn't been the most wonderful relationship of my life. I just feel like something has been cut out of me—like I'm missing a big part of myself now."

Meditation: A Compass and a Path

By Viral Mehta on March 20, 2012 in Pay It Forward
At its root, meditation is a compass, and a path that gives you internal guidance about how to live.