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The Importance of Self-Reliance

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2012 in The Athlete's Way
Things are so bad for so many people right now. How can we as a nation keep our individual and collective morale high in such desperate times? I think the key lies in a push for self-reliance, a philosophy made famous in an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1841. In this entry I will share 5 tips that can help you become more resilient and help you create self-reliance.

5 Ways to Tap into Your Intuition

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Have some decisions to make? Want to access more of your creativity? Try inviting the less analytical parts of your mind to contribute.

HM, the Man with No Memory

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Trouble in Mind
Henry Molaison (HM) gave science the ultimate gift: his memory. Over 55 years he became the most studied medical case in history, and on death his brain was dissected into 2000 slices and digitized as a three-dimensional brain map, preserving his tragically unique brain for posterity.

Martin Luther King: Depressed and Creatively Maladjusted

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 16, 2012 in Mood Swings
The psychology of Martin Luther King's leadership... and his depression.

A Plan for Zero Arguments

Exit strategies work best when they have been designed mutually, and when they have been carefully created prior to the emotionally upsetting situation. Plan your exit routines now using this checklist. Then your plan will be ready for action next time you need to avert a clash.

Does Technology Harm Teen Relationships?

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Apologies To Freud
Ask any parent. Stories involving constant texting, silent carpools, and disturbing missives hitting the inbox at 2 a.m., have become commonplace. Teens and their phones are attached at the hip-or palm.

The Structure and Dynamics of Growth Part 2

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Innovation You
How we come to know a thing is a curious amalgam of experience, perception, interpretation and its assimilation with what we believe we already understand.

Piss on 'Em

We teach our marines to kill and then wonder why they can’t do it humanely.

12 Ways to Age—Into Agelessness, Part 2

Part 1 introduced the subject of perpetuating youth by emphasizing that it's your attitude that principally determines how old you feel. Expanding on the various methods to stay young in mind, the present segment takes up four additional ways to defy aging.

Why Stress Makes It Difficult to Change a Habit -- And What You Can Do About It

Have you ever noticed that when you're under stress, it's so much harder to resist temptation? Or make any kind of change in your daily routine, like starting an exercise program or kicking a late-night TV habit?

Identifying and Reinforcing "Islands of Competence" in Children with ASD

In the beginning of our careers my colleague Dr. Sam Goldstein and I, similar to many psychologists trained in the late 1960s and 1970s, focused on fixing deficits rather than building on strengths.

Empathic Rodents Get a Wee Bit More Protection—Sort Of

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Animal Emotions
New guidelines recommend larger cages for families of mice and rats who are used in invasive research. But the recommended sizes are ridiculously small and are not hard-and-fast rules. Yet researchers are in a tizzy about the added costs to their work. Mice and rats are highly sentient and emotional beings who display empathy. They deserve far more protection.

Sexual Fantasies: Be Here Now

By Isadora Alman MFT on January 16, 2012 in Sex & Sociability
Sexual fantasies entertain every human being at some time or other, some at a younger age than we might expect.

Teen Power Struggles and Eating Disorders

When you have teens, you have power struggles. But what happens when those power struggles manifest themselves in an eating disorder?

Bayard Rustin: A Forgotten Civil Rights Hero

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I want to share the story of Bayard Rustin, a gay man who was a key leader in the civil rights movement.

How to Know If You Have a Drinking Problem

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Think Well
Here are 5 signposts that might mean you’re headed for rock bottom.

My Double-Nickel Birthday: Over 55 But No Ticket Yet

I have searched and scrambled and longed for and wept over precisely what I didn't feel I got at age 5, but it was all in this year's birthday card.

Want To Feel Happier? Enjoy Childish Pleasures

By Gretchen Rubin on January 16, 2012 in The Happiness Project
My children make me happy for many reasons, of course. But it strikes me that one reason that they make me happy is that they encourage me to engage more deeply with the physical world.

Can Improvisation Make You a More Confident and Effective Communicator?

By Janine Driver on January 16, 2012 in You Say More Than You Think
When we think improv, most of the time we are thinking about actors and their prep for auditions. However, improv can be used for so much more than that. Improv is a collaborative effort and when you are acting silly and not thinking about your actions, you are actually loosening up.

The Perfect Mormon Family

By Stanton Peele on January 16, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Many observers -- including such diverse commentators as Meghan McCain and Maureen Dowd -- are preoccupied with the Romney family structure, which seems to many (like McCain) to be perfect. Others from similar backgrounds, like Marie Osmond, occupy less heavenly terrain.

Two Fallacies Invalidate the DSM-5 Field Trials

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 16, 2012 in DSM5 in Distress
The designer of the DSM-5 field trials has just written a telling commentary in the American Journal of Psychiatry. She makes two very basic errors that reveal the fundamental worthlessness of these field trials and their inability to provide any information that will be useful for DSM-5 decision making.

Tim Tebow, Virginity, and Other Important Matters

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on January 16, 2012 in SexualityToday
Many religious young people today believe that premarital abstinence will make sex much more special later on, when they get married. This may be true sometimes. But it's not true automatically.

How To Recover From A Prince Harming

By Karen Salmansohn on January 16, 2012 in Bouncing Back
After a break up, you may become convinced that the best way to protect your breaking heart is to put the brakes on your heart - refusing to let love in. But it's important not to allow yourself to stay stuck in negative emotions too long. Here are some tips to forgive (both your partner/yourself) and forget (the pain but not the insights!).

Adolescence and the Development of Habits

It's a responsibility most adolescents don't consider while in the process of growing up - how they are in charge of creating habits of living that will determine much of how they will probably behave when they step off into independence.

My Daughter Can't Deal with Sexual Comments

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your teen is being sexually harassed.

So You Want to Be an Art Therapist, Part Seven: Art Therapis

Last year I posted a six-part series called "So You Want to be an Art Therapist," all about art therapy as a profession. Just when I thought that I had pretty much described what you'll encounter in studying art therapy and practicing as an art therapist, the field may be undergoing its own form of "identity confusion disorder."