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Education of the Family

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on August 26, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain

Remarraige on the Rocks

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on August 26, 2009 in Love Doc
Recent studies point to the substantial benefits of spousal support in coping with cancer. A loving spouse at your side, it seems, improves your immune system ─ no doubt enhancing overall good health. But of course, we don’t all have loving spouses; 40% of marriages end in divorce. So what’s a divorced gal or guy to do? Remarriage is one answer. The second time around, however, is not always so sunny.

Conventional Schooling Conflicts With Trustful Parenting

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on August 26, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
As I write this essay, children and adolescents all over America are frantically completing their assigned summer reading, so they can turn in their book reports, due on the first day of class. Or, they are blowing off the assignments while their parents are frantically trying to get them to do them. If your child fails to turn in those reports, you may be blamed...

Temporary White Knights

Excitement, danger, and addictive distraction are often found in a temporary rescuing relationship.
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Compassion and a Bottle of Booze

By Cami Walker on August 24, 2009 in Get Your Give On
Today I was at the corner store buying a bottle of water. I was standing in line behind a woman who reeked of alcohol and there was a long line of impatient people behind me. The woman at the front of the line was obviously in alcohol withdrawal and was showing the beginning signs of DTs. Her hands were shaking like leaves blowing in a hefty wind. 

How Much Do You Trust Your Partner?

By Terri Orbuch Ph.D. on August 24, 2009 in The Love Doctor
Can you tell if your partner isn't being honest?

Mindfulness and Resilience

By Robert Wicks Ph.D. on August 24, 2009 in The Resilient Life

Should brides take their husband’s last name?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on August 23, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
From an evolutionary biological perspective, it doesn't matter whether the woman takes the man's last name, the man takes the woman's last name, or the man and the woman each keep their last name after marriage, as long as the children take the father's last name.

Five Anorexia Myths Exploded

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 23, 2009 in A Hunger Artist
So many people just don't get what it means, to want and need to starve yourself. Why on earth should they? I explain and explode five major myths about anorexia, for the benefit of those who can't understand, and those who wish they were better understood.

Darling, How Should We Resolve Our Conflicts?

There are various activities that we use for coping with conflicts in our romantic relationships. These activities range from one-sided activities, such as coercion and surrender, to the most interactive ones, such as compromise and complementation. I suggest that compromise and complementation are the most useful manners of conflict resolution in romantic relationships. 

Is Monogamy Incest? (Why Men Cheat, Part I)

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on August 22, 2009 in Sex at Dawn
Sexual novelty is too important a part of erotic attraction for most men to be completely comfortable with the maxim that sex is all about love, period. Sometimes it is; sometimes it isn't.

The End Work of As You Know It - Permanently

By Thuy Sindell, Ph.D. and Milo Sindell, M.S. on August 21, 2009 in The End of Work As You Know It
The Wall Street Journal reported today that workplace deaths fell 10% in 2008.

I Won't See Inglourious Basterds

By Stanton Peele on August 21, 2009 in Addiction in Society
I don't find the sickening violence in Tarantino films morally justifiable.

Back to School? You Can't Buy Your Child Self-Esteem at the Mall

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 21, 2009 in Nurturing Resilience
Encouraging your child to think "I am what I can buy" may hurt your child and undermine her ability to develop real self-esteem.

The Symmetry of Savantism

If there are autistic savants, new insights from evolutionary genetics and psychiatry suggest there ought also to be psychotic ones who have escaped recognition until now, thanks to their mentalistic expertise and superb inter-personal skills. However, there could be a problem...

Underground Death Metal: Is It In You?!

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on August 20, 2009 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
Do you think heavy metal, black metal and death metal contribute to teen violence or liberate them from conflicting societal messages?

"Whatever"

By Elliot Tiber on August 20, 2009 in

Put Down the PSP and Slowly Back Away...

By Jonathan Levy on August 19, 2009 in The Interactive World
This scene plays out in countless households each day: kids on the autistic spectrum get caught up in video games, DVDs, and computers. It allows them to leave the world behind for hours at a time in a socially acceptable way. In the days before the PSP, kids flapped their hands, lined up cars, and did other stims that allowed them to live in an exclusive bubble. But people often bothered them. As technology advanced, many autistic children and adults learned to watch TV, operate computers, and play video games. Other people rarely disturb them as they do these activities because the children look age appropriate in their play and we tell ourselves ‘C'mon, every kid loves video games.'

Uncovering Hidden Addictions

By Harold C Urschel III, M.D. on August 19, 2009 in Revolutionary Recovery: Healing the Addicted Brain
"Hidden Addictions" do occur and can be quite challenging for family members and loved ones. No one ever thinks that they will become addicted or that it will happen to someone in their family, but it does. While alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic medical illness of the brain, the good news is that it is treatable. However, it can't get treated until it gets recognized. Here we will discuss common signs of addiction and how best to address a potential issue.

I Am Not a Shrink

By Elliot Tiber on August 18, 2009 in
First, to clarify a common mistake when you look at my photo: No, I am NOT Brad Pitt! I know we look alike, but he is older. I am not a psychiatrist or a Tarot card reader but have gone through a dozen shrinks over the years. Most of my doctors were hauled off to madhouses or are still hiding out in the sex clubs in Bangkok. Not my fault, I swear. While living in Paris years ago, I read in the Herald Tribune, my first shrink at a major university in NYC was arrested for experimenting with untested meds on young patients. Hmmm. Unfair. I loved those meds.