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5 Reflections for Women Who Do Too Much

Five reflections from Anne Wilson Schaef, addressing everything from meaningful dialogue to the profoundness of silence, for those who do too much.

The Many Complicated Reasons We Have Sex

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Pity sex happens when people have sex with other people because they feel sorry for them. Is it worth the effort? Do people on both sides feel good during such sex, and how they feel afterward? And what is the difference between pity sex and charity sex?

Aging: A Universal but Personal Experience

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Face It
Despite what the advertisers and surgeons may tell us, no one has figured out how to stop the clock. And as our clocks tick longer and longer—nowadays, 80 or more years—we all face physical and emotional challenges.

You're a Whore

By Annette Hanson M.D. on February 05, 2012 in Shrink Rap Today
A reader recently sent me this comment: "Frankly, I have little respect for Forensic Psychiatry these days. It is a whore subspecialty until proven otherwise, as it is doing what is financially convenient for the MD and just making general psychiatrists pick up the messes."

Smiling at Strangers

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on February 05, 2012 in Happiness in this World
When I was a first-year medical student, my classmates and I used to go down to the hospital cafeteria between lectures to buy snacks. The women from whom we bought them at the check-out counters were all young and sullen, rarely even glancing up at their customers as they rang up purchases.

Help a Self-Centered, Bad Boss Change His Tune

If you have a bad boss who acts as if the universe was created solely for his own gratification, you may have to deploy some managing up techniques. And the sooner the better.

Return of the Repressed: Is a Mysterious Outbreak of Mass Hysteria Proving Freud Right?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Evil Deeds
In a tiny, unknown New York town, something remarkable is happening. It could turn out to be a crucial wake up call to contemporary psychology and psychiatry not to forget or stray too far from its Freudian roots in the "unconscious." Which is sadly exactly what has happened in recent decades.

Getting Your Lying Teen to Level with You

"I'm infuriated, all she does is lie to me!" exclaimed Joan, about Allison, her not-so-angelic fifteen-year-old daughter.

Why Are Sports Important?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 05, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
A nail-biter is compelling, but in ways that you may not imagine. Let's take a look at what makes sports so magical.

Why Ethics Is Hard

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 05, 2012 in Am I Right?
Without informed judgment, there is no ethics.

Authenticity Unplugged

By Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Emotional Sobriety
Can you remember a distinct, personal and private moment from your past? One where you felt connected to yourself, your purpose, or your essential nature?

David Beckham's at the Super Bowl in His Underwear, But Something's Missing

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on February 04, 2012 in As You Like It
One of the hottest male-body ads in Super Bowl history breaks a few of the traditional male underwear ad rules.

Find Your Sweet Spot–and Stay There

By Peter Bregman on February 04, 2012 in How We Work
There’s a simple way to assess an opportunity. Next time you’re given an “offer you can’t refuse,” ask yourself if it will place you squarely in your sweet spot.

Body-Esteem in the AARP Years

Body dissatisfaction does not discriminate on the basis of age.

Coupling and Culture

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on February 04, 2012 in What Makes Us Human
There is a slogan that I find inspiring: "You are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts." Sometimes, though, it is hard to uphold this: trying to challenge the way that politicians, in particular, attempt to ground their policy arguments in claims about what is natural for humans can seem impossible.

Is it OK to Be a Counselor and Homophobic?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 04, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
What do we do when personal and professional justification systems collide? If you are a counselor or a professional psychologist, to what extent do your personal beliefs and values need to align with those of the profession?

Living Alone Is a Sign of Success – for the Individual and for Society

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 04, 2012 in Living Single
Two things: (1) We live alone because we want to and because we can. (2) A survey in the Washington Post invites single people to describe their experiences. Go have your say. It is good to be asked what we think.

Biological Father Denied Paternity Seeks Changes in Michigan Legislature

By Paul Raeburn on February 04, 2012 in About Fathers
Michigan man seeks paternity rights for his biological daughter, but an archaic law says the mother's jailed husband must be considered the father.

Longing for Change? How to Turn Nothing Into Something

By Susan Biali M.D. on February 04, 2012 in Prescriptions for Life
The experiences or achievements you long for the most can seem so overwhelming (and so far away) that you never even start. Life coach and self-development expert Dr. Susan Biali, M.D. shares tips from the great Jim Rohn, as well as her own strategies, for turning what seems like nothing into that great big something.

Love Online: Dating Expert's Advice and the Love Letter Wish

By Rita Watson MPH on February 04, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
The new world of social dating has replaced the family and friends introductions of days gone by. Putting one's best digital foot forward and finding a partner in this crowded marketplace is confusing but doable. Everyone knows someone whom they've met online. But is technology robbing couples of romance?

To Procrastinate or Not: Do You Have a Choice?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 04, 2012 in Off the Couch
Almost everyone procrastinates about something, usually, though not always, something we don’t like doing.

Immunity Mirrors the Diametric Mind

A new model proposes that the immune system works somewhat in the same diametrically different way that the imprinted brain theory proposes parental and sex chromosome genes do in explaining the differences between autism and schizophrenia.

Possible Worlds in Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on February 04, 2012 in Dream Catcher
We can work with most dreams and learn from them.

Ten Ways to Wow Your Audience

From an informal toast to a high-stakes job talk, public speaking is part of our daily lives. Even if you hate giving speeches of any kind, you’ll find that these simple pointers will ease your mind and please your audience.

Da Vinci, Copernicus and the Astronomical Procrastination of

Science is actually progressing somewhat slower than predicted. For example, the 1982 classic Blade Runner, voted favorite SciFi film by scientists, has genetically engineered organic robots filling the streets by 2019. Its not going to happen on schedule and procrastination is probably to blame.

My Wife Acts Like a Teenager

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 03, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your wife gets younger?