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Whitney Houston is Dead: Did Her Party-Friends Fail Her?

Whitney Houston had a well-known battle with drugs. After having fallen off the wagon in times past, she was reportedly trying to recover again. I respectfully ask ... didn't any of her Thursday/Friday night "close" party friends recognize/understand that for her to be in such a high-risk, toxic environment, drinking alcohol, was something she should not do?

The Top Three Misconceptions About Whitney Houston's Substance Abuse and Death

By Stanton Peele on February 13, 2012 in Addiction in Society
The early, sad returns are in—people, confounded by prominent singer Whitney Houston's death, immediately turned to the wrong sources for explanations and drew the wrong conclusions from her death.

How to Get a Resistant Partner Into Couples Therapy

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Think Well
Here's a good way to get your reluctant partner into counseling with you.

Surviving That Special Young Love

What do you do when you face a new parenting challenge or decision? Maybe you do what I do—draw on your own childhood experience. Ask yourself WWMADD? (What Would Mom and Dad Do?) There is, however, one parental dilemma that my childhood experiences can't help me with—dating.

Red-dy for Romance

The color red has been linked to romance and Valentine's Day for a really long time. Should it be? Should you repaint, or at least buy a new shirt featuring this hue, before Valentine's Day? The research evidence is clear about how you should get your world red-dy for February 14.

Lust, Love, Like

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on February 13, 2012 in In Flux
We have become conditioned to gravitate toward that which makes us feel good and gratifies our immediate needs, and have difficulty staying with that which is painful and anxiety-provoking—especially relationships.

3 Ways to Raise Your Beauty Self-Esteem

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Face It
I started using the term "beauty self-esteem" after a journalist asked me to describe the psychological difference between attractiveness and beauty. You, too, might find this term useful in thinking about how you feel about your appearance. Attractiveness is more complicated than meets the eye.

Valentine Day's Thoughts on Love and Marriage

Smartmarriages founder Diane Sollee shares some of her favorite quotes on love and marriage. There's no time like Valentine's Day to think about what you can do to make your love relationship all the more positive.

Is It Time to Reconsider the Purpose of Amateur Sports?

By Ray Williams on February 13, 2012 in Wired for Success
Thirty million children are involved in youth sports in North America, under the direction of 4.5 million coaches and 1.5 million administrators. When these programs place inordinate emphasis on competition and winning, they become detrimental rather than beneficial.

Boss Zuckerberg

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Hidden Motives
In all the attention given to Facebook’s public offering, it has been repeatedly emphasized that Mark Zuckerberg will retain complete control. Can he handle it? ....

Sexy and Depressed

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in The New Teen Age
We are told the old adage, “when you look good, you feel good.” We are sold the notion that for women to look good, they should look sexy. The reality is that a fixation with looking sexy can lead to unhappiness.

How to Respond to Insults from your Teen

By Ugo Uche on February 13, 2012 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"A common mistake most parents make is trying to fix their son or daughter's bad mood."

The Inclusion of PMDD in DSM-5

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Millennial Media
"What's wrong with her?" "Oh, you know ... she's PMSing." Though menstruation may have gotten a bad reputation, it doesn't mean that PMS and PMDD are not serious conditions warranting further study and sustained research funding. Inclusion of PMDD into DSM-5 may be a small victory toward this aim.

Problem With Procrastination? Try This: Do Nothing

By Gretchen Rubin on February 13, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Just about anyone who has ever put off a troublesome task is familiar with one of my Secrets of Adulthood: Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.

Sex and Violence: Male Warriors Revisited

By Jesse Prinz Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Experiments in Philosophy
Is male violence innate? The debate rages on.

PTSD Energy Therapies

By Eric Newhouse on February 13, 2012 in Invisible Wounds
Several energy therapies help the "plastic brain" lessen the severity of the bad memories that result in post-traumatic stress disorder among combat vets.

Redefining Marriage in America: The Unopen Yet Flexible Marriage

By Pamela Madsen on February 13, 2012 in Shameless Woman
Ironically, it is the disclosure of Newt Gingrich's ex-wife, and the defensive embarrassment of the conservative Republican presidential hopeful that has taken the conversation of monogamy, monogamish, open marriage and polyamory into polite society.

Eye Contact in Therapy, Part I

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on February 13, 2012 in In Therapy
If the eyes are the window to the soul, and you don't feel particularly safe showing your soul, you'll draw the blinds.

What Is Good Teaching?

Valentine's Day is a good time to express your appreciation of teachers. It’s also a good time to define good teaching and think about unsung heroes. One good teacher in my life was Miss Elliott.

Adam Smith’s Psychology

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in The Fair Society
Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” image was not a license for greed. In an earlier work, he was an advocate for morality and the Golden Rule. Too bad economists have cherry-picked his writings.

10 Days to a Less Defiant Child

With over twenty-two years of practice as a child, teen, and family psychologist behind me, I continue to be humbled by how complex we all are as human beings. Yet, when it comes to parenting difficult and defiant children and teens, I think we make it more complex than it needs to be.

The One Word That Can Spur You On to Success

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Making Change
This past weekend, I attended a children’s orchestral program during which the conductor – Thomas Wilkins – emoted in a lively way about music. He also shared one of his favorite words, “yet.” As he explained it, this word can turn any struggle into hope.

Being Dexter Morgan

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Sex at Dawn
Both "Dexter," the program, and Dexter, the character challenge us to join in, if we dare, for a journey along the razor's edge separating the cleansing execution of moral justice from the sticky evil that oozes from numbed slaughter-and, frankly, from the numbing depiction of killing.

Why You Should Stop Searching for Your Soul Mate

By Bjarne Holmes Ph.D. on February 13, 2012 in Love by the Numbers
Searching for your soul mate? There's a better path to real happiness.

Parents, Adolescents, and the Internet

The Internet is not the enemy of adolescence, but it does create additional parental challenges.