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We Are Creatures of Habit

By Ian Newby-Clark on July 17, 2009 in Creatures of Habit
This blog will be about habits. I do research on habits and self-change and I've blogged on these topics for almost two years now. Here at Psychology Today, I have a bigger and better platform, and I am ever so grateful. But, what to say first? How to set the tone?Perhaps I should begin with the title of my blog, Creatures of Habit. The title says so much about my approach to human psychology in general, and to habits in particular.

Just Wish Really Hard

By Anneli Rufus on July 16, 2009 in Stuck
A creepy feeling grips me as I watch the "Secret to Riches," a video affiliated with the megabestselling book The Secret. The video has racked up over two million views. It's like primitive spellcasting and sci-fi rolled into one. It's wishful thinking gone electronic. And even though I do believe in magic and in the power of positive thinking, I squirm as I read across the screen: "I am a money magnet... I have more riches than King Solomon's mines.... There is more money being printed for me right now." Obligingly, images flash past of money being printed and pouring out of the sky. Symphonic music roars.

The Seven Questions Project: Conclusion

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on July 16, 2009 in In Therapy
Seven questions for twenty people produced 140 answers. In this 18th and final post I'll try to pull it all together and see what we've learned.

Immersed In Relaxation

By Monica Ricci on July 15, 2009 in Get It Together
When did you last relax? I mean REALLY relax. Think of a time when there wasn't the distraction of television, you weren't on your computer, and had nobody demanding your time. Your brain wasn't thinking of yesterday or tomorrow, or anything at all, except what you were doing (or not doing) right at that moment. How long ago was it? I hope it was within the past week, but if not, read on...

The Difference Between Habit and Discipline

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on July 15, 2009 in The Literary Mind
Discipline is hard to spot. Sometimes a habit that makes you sweat looks like discipline. But it might not be.

Imagine an example: A young girl grew up scared of getting fat.

Canine Intelligence—Breed Does Matter

There are three types of canine intelligence and each can be measured separately. When we do such measurements we find that how smart a dog is depends, at least in part, upon its breed.

10 Little Known Facts About Depression

Depression takes on many disguises, but more diagnostic tools and better treatments are available today than ever before.

China To Stop Shock Therapy On Internet Addicts

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on July 14, 2009 in Side Effects
A hospital in China has been using electric shock therapy to treat overuse of the Internet.

Duncan Jones on the Moon

By Matthew Hutson on July 14, 2009 in Psyched!

How Juliette Binoche Nursed the English Patient – Power of Love

By Talya Miron-Shatz Ph.D. on July 14, 2009 in Baffled by Numbers
Why should we have faith in pharmacy-packaged opiates, and neglect the immense power of the opiates our own brain is capable of generating? The power of love.

The Myth of Higher Education

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on July 11, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Self-Confidence: Nature or Nurture?

By Ray Williams on July 11, 2009 in Wired for Success
Is self-confidence something that you're born with or is it taught and developed? It's the classic nature vs. nurture question. While current wisdom has been for some time that it's mostly nurture, there's some surprising research out that indicates we may be genetically predisposed to be self-confident.

Loving Three People at the Same Time

Many people say that they were able to romantically love two people at the same time and that they actually had done so. When asked whether they would agree to their partner also having another romantic partner, they were less enthusiastic about this. For some reason, those who gladly have an affair are less enthusiastic about their lover enjoying a similar such affair. When asked about the possibility of loving three people at the same time, a great deal more doubts were expressed.  

Free Website Manual Saves Life of a Bullying Victim

By Izzy Kalman on July 10, 2009 in Resilience to Bullying
Bullied kids continue committing suicide despite intensive anti-bullying policies in schools. One articulate mother with a PhD describes how my free website manual saved her son from suicide as a result of bullying, when all the schools' efforts failed.

The Biology of Psychotherapy

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on July 10, 2009 in Compulsive Acts
Brain imaging studies are showing that a form of therapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy produces changes in the brain that are similar to what Prozac-like drugs do. What does this tell us about how psychotherapy works?

AudioBoo - Part Podcast, Part Blog, Part Tweet

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 09, 2009 in Don't Delay
Gotta an iPhone and a few minutes? Then audioBoo.

Why We Love Celebrities: Psychological Analysis

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 09, 2009 in Insight Is 20/20
Do you care about the personal lives of celebrities?