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Stood Up by Your Therapist

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on July 14, 2011 in In Therapy
3:11pm - How lame. What does this say about her? About me? About our relationship? This is taking a serious chunk out of my time, now I might not get my whole session. This is inconsiderate! Unprofessional! I pay for this time! Did I do something wrong?!

On Dads, Daughters, and Raising a Sports Fan

By Sam Sommers on July 14, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
Make sure to plop your kids in front of the TV for a good 2 hours straight this Sunday. It's important. You see, over the past few years, it's become increasingly important to me to give my daughters the chance to become sports fans...

Freud on Obama

If Freud were alive today, he would have something to say about the Obama presidency. He said it in 1926 in an essay, "Those Wrecked by Success." He would find an oedipal clue to the predicament President Obama finds himself in with his adamant opponents cheerily threatening financial disaster for America.

Doing Your Best Work When You're Not "Working"

Here's the good news about our digital devices: We have convenient access to virtually limitless information. No matter how much we know, we can always get more information on any topic with another press of a button. But the good news is also the bad news: More is not always better.

Is Your Brain Asleep on the Job?

By Susan Reynolds on July 14, 2011 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Your brain is capable of neuroplasticity, the ability to change itself, throughout your lifetime. You are not stuck with the brain you were born with and have the ability to consciously cultivate (by using your mind) which parts of your brain you wish to strengthen, rewire, or even regenerate.

Nostalgia

By Sophia Moskalenko Ph.D. on July 14, 2011 in Friction
Why do we feel nostalgic?

Play On - It's a Beautiful Game

By Sheila Himmel on July 14, 2011 in You Must Be Hungry
The whole world is watching healthy women play hard. Not celebrities. Not stick figures in designer dresses.

True Tolerance

By Michael W Austin on July 14, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Some people who claim to know the truth about politics, ethics, or religion are arrogant and intolerant. But the answer to this is not to abandon the notion of truth in these realms.

Introverts in the Church

If you have a religious or spiritual practice, do you find your introversion to be an asset? A barrier? Valued? Misunderstood? Here is Reverend Adam McHugh on "Introverts in the Church."

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion: New Evidence

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 14, 2011 in The Human Beast
Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries, particularly the social democracies of Europe. In underdeveloped countries, there are virtually no atheists. Atheism is a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Why do modern conditions produce atheism? In a new study, I provide compelling evidence that atheism increases along with the quality of life.

The Crucial Importance of Treating Depression to 'Remission'

It is important not only to get a patient's depression to 'respond' to treatment (symptoms about half-way better) but to get the person so much better that their symptoms are basically no different from a person without depression.

Depression and Anxiety Disorders Damage Your Brain, Especially When Untreated

Study after study shows that clinical depression and anxiety disorders--not to mention severe conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and drug abuse--cause measurable changes in key areas of the brain.

Neuroplasticity and Depression

In the past decade it has become clear how the brain constantly remodels itself through adult life...both causing and possibly allowing recovery from disorders

Heal Your Brain: Introduction to the New Neuropsychiatry

Given the thousands of neuroscience studies over the past few decades, is it possible to distill basic principles that can improve treatment of depression and anxiety disorders?
Here are 6 key principles to improving outcome of treatment.

Are Powerful People More Memorable?

Recent research by a team of researchers led by Nathaniel Ratcliff of Penn State University suggests that the mind is exquisitely sensitive to power. Holding everything else constant, individuals with high social status are better remembered than those with lower social status.

Dark Paths to Cooperation on "The Challenge: Rivals"

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on July 14, 2011 in Reel Therapy
The hit reality television show "The Challenge: Rivals" is showing that cooperation can emerge in the most unlikely of places, for the most unexpected of reasons.

13 Common Phrases to Let You Know Your Child Is Being Passive Aggressive

Is your child a foot stomper? Does he scream and shout when he is feeling angry or is he more likely to withdraw and pout? Kids express their anger through a wide range of actions-some more overt than others. Children who tend toward indirect anger expression use passive aggressive strategies to communicate their feelings.