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How Could I Be Related to These People?

Your happy chemicals turn on in ways that are different from those around you. It's frustrating to feel different, but it feels good to know how we got wired to be the way we are.

You Don't Want to Know

By Anneli Rufus on July 22, 2011 in Stuck
Running into someone last week whom I hadn't seen in decades, I wondered: Why is it that my only memory of anything specific that she ever said or did is so embarrassing that, meeting her again after all these years, I blurted "I remember -- " but could not go on? What does she remember of me?

Why You Need to Know Your Family's Mental Health History

Learn why a family's mental health issues shouldn't be kept secret.

Is There a Military Personality?

Do the personality traits and characteristics of service members differ greatly from the average citizen?

JLo, Say It Ain't So!

JLo & Marc: Did the body language predict the split?

Medications, Therapy, Exercise in Treating Depression...All Remodel the Brain

Treatments for depression, including medicines and psychotherapy, remodel the brain. It is becoming increasingly possible to undo the damage associated with major depression and anxiety disorders...and to achieve recovery.

Gender, Power & Infidelity: A Complicated Affair

Schwarzenegger, Woods, Weiner. The high road of power, wealth, and fame is certainly lined with the dead or badly wounded careers of many powerful men, all ensnared by infidelity of some variety or another. Why are men who seem to "have it all" willing to risk it on a fling? And is it just men? The results of a new study may surprise you.

Forgive Yourself

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 22, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
Everyone messes up. Me, you, the neighbors, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi, King David, the Buddha, everybody.

It's important to acknowledge mistakes, feel appropriate remorse, and learn from them so they don't happen again. But most people keep beating themselves up way past the point of usefulness: they're unfairly self-critical.

Is Your Sex Life on Anti-Depressants?

By Pamela Madsen on July 22, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Did you know that there was a link between depression and your orgasm? It was shocking for me to read that according to the National Mental Health Association, there are 12 million women in America that experience clinical depression each year. Not only that - but one in eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.

How “Positive” Thinking and Vision Boards Set You Up To Fail

I wish I could make the universe deliver wonderful things to my doorstep just by imagining them. I can't--and neither can you, no matter what anyone tells you.

Feeling Out of It at Work? How to Fix It

Being unhappy at work can spill over and affect family life, and our feelings of well-being. Our jobs have ups and downs. What can we do to try to re-engage and get more satisfaction out of our jobs? What if our jobs are truly "dead ends"?

America Is Sinking: Told You So

By Stanton Peele on July 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Nothing Americans imagine or discuss doing can reverse our irreversible decline as a nation -- predicated primarily on our failure to right ourselves economically, which is a result of nothing so much as our inability to come to grips with health care (Note: NOT Medicare).

Three Ways that Kids' Anger Bites Back

The goal of healthy socialization is to teach children to say "yes" to the existence of their anger and to say "no" to the expression of those angry feelings in hurtful and destructive ways.

The Pain of Grief

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 22, 2011 in Am I Right?
The great gift is life and loving and being loved. In this way love is stronger than death.

Did Casey Con Her Forensic Psychologist?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on July 22, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Dr. Harry Krop--a forensic psychologist who reportedly met with Casey Anthony in jail for a total of approximately twenty hours--told Dr. Drew Pinsky during an interview last week that, in his professional opinion, the recently acquitted Casey does not suffer from any diagnosable mental disorder whatsoever. None. Nada. Zip. Zero. Is that possible? Maybe.

A Tale of Two Jobs: Class, Race, Body Image and Eating Disorders

By Nancy Matsumoto on July 21, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
A child psychiatrist's two jobs highlight racial and cultural differences in attitudes toward weight, body image

Dolphin Sexuality

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on July 21, 2011 in The Dolphin Divide
WHY SHRINK FROM SHARKS: LOVE, INFATUATION, OR CHEATING? Dolphins are the supreme flirts of the animal kingdom. We are more like them than we know, especially -- and sometimes a bit uncomfortably -- when it comes to sexuality and the notion of cheating.

America’s Most Wanted: Be on the Lookout

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on July 21, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
News Alert! Keep your eyes open for this man. The police believe he is armed and dangerous. We are often asked to watch for something or someone. But can we actually perform these tasks and help the police?

Why I Love the SAT

At age 45, I learned to love the SAT. This is why I'm obsessed: if I can figure out how to convince my teenagers that "learning" is really not so bad, I will have achieved my goal.

Chess and the Brain

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on July 21, 2011 in Eyes on the Brain
If you were to investigate the brain of a chess expert, where would you look?

Howling and Growling at the Full Moon

Things tend to get a little crazy around the full moon. Or so we believe. A new study about lion behavior may shed light on the evolutionary origins of our fascination with the moon.

Are Captain America's Ethics Too Old-Fashioned for the 21st Century?

With "Captain America: The First Avenger" opening in theaters, I have the perfect opportunity to talk about a question that I hear all the time: Is Captain America's moral code outdated, a throwback to an earlier time that just isn't relevant in 2011?