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Turning Adversity into Advocacy

By Jeff Bell on October 31, 2011 in Beyond the Doubt
We've all heard the old adage: "We help ourselves by helping others."

Turns out it's true.

Experientially, empirically, the proof is there. And I'm determined to spread the word about the power of this process of turning adversity into advocacy through a National Call for A2A Stories. I hope YOU will answer that call! (Read more...)

What Do You Say to Nelson Cruz?

By Julie K Hersh on October 31, 2011 in Struck By Living
Can a missed catch teach us something about resilience?

The Physical Effects of Weight Gain after Starvation

By Emily T. Troscianko on October 31, 2011 in A Hunger Artist
I describe the physical changes that often occur when someone severely malnourished begins to regain weight. The more one knows when setting out on the journey of recovery, the less likely one is to be deterred from carrying on by physical difficulties that are to some extent unavoidable but also explicable and temporary.

How Might Motherhood Protect Your Brain?

By Jena Pincott on October 31, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
New evidence that hormones from pregnancy and parenting may protect the brain late in life -- under certain conditions

Will Healthcare in This Country Ever Truly Be Reformed?

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on October 31, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
A new book by Paul Starr, former advisor to President Clinton, describes the reasons why healthcare reform in this country is so difficult. But that doesn't mean we should give up trying.

Holiday Organizing: Where to Begin?

The holidays add stress to our lives. Take a minute to consciously create a better way to start your day.

Autonomy and Intimacy: Compatible or Incompatible States of Being?

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on October 31, 2011 in Beyond Freud
All of us have a mixture of various desires: to be autonomous, to be connected, to achieve pleasure, and to hurt those who interfere with the achievement of our various goals.

Don't Let Stress Spoil Your Fun This Holiday Season

How to stay mindful and peaceful amid the holiday rush and craziness.

Humans vs. Humanity

By Lynn Phillips on October 31, 2011 in Dream On
If the bulk of our psychological experiments in the U.S. apply only to the globe’s 5%, a great many experimental findings are due for a do-over.

Narcissists Already Know What You Think of Them, But Do They Care?

By David DiSalvo on October 31, 2011 in Neuronarrative
Are pathological narcissists blind to their affliction? In the parlance of the DSM-IV, is narcissism a true personality disorder or a character disorder?

The Malignant Divorce

Not all divorces are awful, but some are truly malignant. What do we do when our divorces become more like diseases than peaceful separations?

Trick or Treat?

By Michael F. Kay on October 31, 2011 in Financial Life Focus
Do you have sufficient emergency resources in the event of unexpected needs?

Witches, Wenches, and Sexual Women

What's the difference between a "slut" and a "good" woman?

The Lost Art of Appreciation

Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I know I am one of those imperfect people, too. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults—and choosing to celebrate each other's differences—is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

The “Right” Kind of Orgasm: Feeling All Right with Pleasure That Is Rightfully Ours

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Stress and Sex
Our society's misguided beliefs about the correct form, of female orgasm—and the psychological impact that these beliefs have on women

A Second Take on Swedish Parents

By Guest Bloggers on October 31, 2011 in Brainstorm
As a Swedish parent, allow me to correct a PT blogger's summer-vacation observations about kids and parents in Scandinavia.

Suggestions for Purchasing Professional Services

Next time you purchase professional services, ask "Who sez?" you provide quality services? "I say" or "check out the references I provide you" are not sufficient reasons for you to write a check.

Going "Cold Tofu" to End Factory Farming

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Who we eat defines who we are in many significant ways. Our now 7 billion mouths are the center of our universe. There's no reason ever to eat animals from factory farms. Let's work together to end factory farming and reduce ecological devastation, human disease, and animal suffering, and add compassion to the world. Pick your reason and meal plan and it's easy to do.

Madoff Family Lessons in Suicide

By John Sharp M.D. on October 31, 2011 in The Emotional Calendar
The Madoff family recently discussed suicide. As a psychiatrist, let me illustrate two most important considerations in clinical staging, the progression of suicidal thinking—ideation, intention, and plan, and the lethality of suicide attempts—distinguishing low versus high lethality. Reaching out for help is ultimately what makes the critical difference.