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Appendage-itis: When You Love Too Much

Loving others so much that you become an appendage to them can undermine relationships. Excessive altruism can be problematic just like narcissism, its opposite. My client Mary explains how.

Is It Time for You to Finally Step Up?

By Susan Biali M.D. on February 06, 2012 in Prescriptions for Life
Help build a better community, workplace, and world. Encourage tolerance and kindness.
End bullying. Improve morale. Save your relationship. Is it time for you to step up? Dr. Susan Biali, M.D., shares concepts and tools from Stepping Up for Change, a new book from bestselling author John Izzo, Ph.D.

Manage Emotional Pains with RAINS

By Meg Selig on February 06, 2012 in Changepower
RAIN on your parade of negative thinking habits.

Parenting and Popular Culture: Is This the Future of American Values?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Power of Prime
I came across several recent studies that I found truly disturbing.The results don’t paint a pretty picture for the future of our children or our society as a whole. Even more damning is what it tells us about how parents are raising their children these days.

Scandal: There Is No Yale University!

By Stanton Peele on February 06, 2012 in Addiction in Society
You know the Yale Rhodes Scholar candidate who played for his team instead of going for his Rhodes interview? He's charged with sexual assault, wasn't really scheduled for an interview, and—almost worst of all—his team was crushed by Harvard (worst of all a woman was killed at the game and no one noticed). And, oh, there is no such place as Yale.

The High Failure Rate of Second and Third Marriages

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
Conventional wisdom tells us that those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it, so why are second and third marriage so much more likely to fail? Author Leo Averbach returns to explain.

Don't Look for Pity When Looking for Work

Presenting one's self as a victim, or as accustomed to tragedy, or even as filled with weltschmerz (because who wouldn't be?) is no way to land a job. Sure, you had a lousy childhood and now have insomnia, issues with food, emotional stability, and anxiety. What you would really like to do is write, paint, or act. Yes, you are pretty much like everybody else.

Can Sleep Help Heal Painful Memories?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley examined the relationship between sleep abnormalities and the brain areas related to emotions. They discovered that REM sleep processes emotional experiences, so that these experiences feel less painful, difficult, and emotionally charged after sleep.

Zeitgeist: Boomerang and the Creation of a Narrative

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Pacific Heart
Lessons from Michael Lewis’ bestseller Boomerang about human nature, and some thoughts on social psychology.

Why It's a Bad Idea to Praise Children

By Paul Raeburn on February 06, 2012 in About Fathers
We all like to praise our children, and some of us worry that we praise them too much. Here's an expert who says we shouldn't praise them at all. The problem? It's a way of controlling and manipulating them.

Treating Depression With Deep Brain Stimulation

A recent paper in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a leading psychiatric journal, describes a study investigating deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of depression.

Does Time Really Exist?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on February 06, 2012 in Biocentrism
We’ve all been taught that time and space exist. They’re real. Or are they? Films, novels, and television shows overflow with examples of characters transcending the everyday boundaries of space and time. But now, new experiments suggest there’s more than a morsel of truth in this popular culture genre.

Superbowl 2012: Night of the Living Dead

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in Stepmonster
What if we could inoculate ourselves against impotence, irrelevance and decline... just by watching a TV show?

How Can We Help Keep Children, Teens, Adults With Autism Safe?

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 06, 2012 in The Autism Advocate
A school environment that strictly enforced a policy of "bullying will not be tolerated" is important and necessary. It is crucial to teach the same safety rules you would to any child, using teaching methods that have been successful for that child.

Authentic Love, Kierkegaard, and U2

By Michael W Austin on February 06, 2012 in Ethics for Everyone
Why commit to one person, when a variety of self-gratifying pleasurable experiences can be had with many different people? Those who have truly integrated erotic love and divine love understand that committed married love is valuable for human existence in ways that the person who merely seeks personal pleasure cannot experience or understand.

Friendship: Timing Counts!

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
My friend and I became friends when his family moved into my neighborhood when we were both kids. My friend was an outcast and very different from other kids at an early age. Parents questioned his sexuality early on and not in a good way. He loved cleaning, girls' things, dressed differently, talked differently, and had feminine mannerisms.

A Secret to More Happiness and Energy? Give Yourself a Bedtime

By Gretchen Rubin on February 06, 2012 in The Happiness Project
As a result of my happiness project, I've become a sleep zealot. It's just so obvious to me—from reading the research and from personal experience—that getting enough sleep is a key to a happier life.

Baiting Predators

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
If your child wanted to correspond with serial killers, what would you say? The answer might seem simple, but in some cases, it’s complicated. A unique look at serial killers through the eyes of a young man with a brain injury raises intriguing questions.

Parental Put Downs and Power Struggles with Adolescents

Beware parent/teenager power struggles in adolescence.

Review Essay on "The Work of Mourning" by Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida’s "The Work of Mourning" is a haunting book, consisting of a series of 14 texts, each memorializing one of his deceased friends. Interspersed throughout these texts are profound philosophical insights concerning the interrelationships among friendship, fidelity, human finitude, and mourning.

Are Seniors Enjoying Sex More Than the Rest of Us?

By Rita Watson MPH on February 05, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
Sexually active Americans aged 57-85 are having sex as often as those aged 18-59. But here is the surprise (or not so surprising) finding. Those enjoying sex are happier with their lives and their marriage regardless of health status and financial situation.

Classroom Sexual Predators: A Perfect Storm of Trust and Betrayal

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2012 in The Act of Violence
Recent cases of sexual abuse by educators point to a continuing and disturbing trend.

Nika and Her Animal Friends: A Most Inspirational Rescue

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Meet Nika and her animal friends who rescued her from a life of hell. After years of abuse and neglect Nika has made a remarkable recovery in the company of some wonderful nonhuman animal "therapists" and loving human animals.

The Two Faces of Facebook

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Who doesn't know that Facebook is about to go public, with a projected market capitalization of one hundred billion dollars? That's the new face of Facebook, an economic blockbuster. But where is all that money going to come from? And why?

Kids Making Too Much Noise?

Try reading this story to your children if they sometimes make too much noise. Your discussion afterwards should be interesting. The story was written by a five-year-old boy who was trying to learn to tame his volume.