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The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Christian Psychology

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on November 16, 2011 in In Therapy
71% of Americans identify as Christian (Gallup, 2009), and many want psychotherapy that will understand and support their beliefs. Enter Christian psychology. Today we hear from Mark McMinn, a leader in contemporary Christian psychotherapy.

The Profit in Sex Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in Women Who Stray
One of my favorite sayings has always been, "When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." A similar philosophy applies to the treatment of sexual problems. The label of "sex addiction" is a big, lucrative hammer, and every sexual problem is just asking to be "nailed."

Judge Adams: Custody Conflict?

By Amy J.L. Baker Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in Caught Between Parents
Could custody conflict explain why Hillary released the video of her father beating her now?

To Be Polarized Is to Be Paralyzed

I'm right, you're wrong. I'm good, you're bad. When we demonize or idolize, we eliminate the middle ground. It's all or nothing. It's black or white. There is no shade of gray. When we scapegoat and play the blame-game, we eliminate the space for compromise. There is no room to talk. There is no where to go. To be polarized is to be paralyzed.

A Cure for Anxiety

By Jennifer Hamady on November 16, 2011 in Finding Your Voice
It would be easy to dismiss the Eastern psychotherapy practice of Naikan as some Zen, optimistic ideal if it hadn't been proven in a series of studies to be as effective if not more than our own Western psychotherapies. Which means that the roots of our Western anxiety may in fact be culturally created and empowered.

Technology and the Psychiatrist: Welcome Siri?

By Dinah Miller M.D. on November 16, 2011 in Shrink Rap Today
An overview of technology and psychiatric practice with links to tech-specific blog posts. Inspired by Dinah's experiments with Siri in clinical practice.

In Defense of The Pursuit of Mastery

By Jonathan Fields on November 16, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
There's been a lot of talk, especially in the blogosphere, about having the freedom to put together a basket of interests, to pursue a wide variety of things simultaneously and figure out how to do do them in a way and on a level that allows you to mold together a decent living.

Parents: Your Words Matter

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in Choke
Simply put, what parents say and do matters. O.K., its perhaps not new news that parents can model language and behavior for their kids. But, what is surprising, is the extent of this parental impact.

Find Gratitude Cues in Everyday Life

By Gretchen Rubin on November 16, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Gratitude, and last week’s resolution was to Make the positive argument. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Dissed by a "Best Friend," Get Even or Work It Out?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
Being that a new husband is a good friend -- and should be a best friend -- how do you handle being abandoned at a formal dinner party? Your partner is right next to you, but ignores you for a good 30 minutes talking to another woman whose husband most likely is sitting somewhere at the table too. Should a best friend just ignore you?

Women Having Ecstatic Experiences

By Pamela Madsen on November 16, 2011 in Shameless Woman
We started the gathering of women with a ritual that included us walking through a beautiful tented portal meant to portray a vagina that spilled into a sacred circle that represented the womb. Dorothy, you aren't in Kansas anymore!

How to Kiss Persuasively

Are you a good kisser? Smooching well counts for a lot in dating and mating. Learn to be influential with your lips and get the love you want.

Driven to Help

By Eric Newhouse on November 16, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
Ever since I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and understood the depth of my emotions about the war, I've been on a mission to get today's vets the help my generation never got.

My First Day at Camp (The First Blog)

By Steve Baskin on November 16, 2011 in S'mores and More
38 years ago, summer camp changed my life. I am now a camp director and see that camp changes lives everyday. In my blogs, I hope to share evidence of this and share other insights into youth development.

Secret to a Better Brain, Younger Face and Longer Life

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in Culture in Mind
Want to sleep but can't? Want to get the benefits of a good night's sleep? Want tips for getting a good night's sleep? This article is a short and sweet discussion of the secret to a better brain, younger face and a longer life.

How "Legally Blonde" Got Me into Notre Dame

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on November 16, 2011 in Millennial Media
Elle Woods, academic role model? That's right!

Long Distance Love is a Touch and Talk Challenge

By Rita Watson MPH on November 15, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
The challenge of long distance love is keeping in touch. While technology helps, it doesn’t take the place of the welcome table, where couples in love and marriage communicate. Is it any wonder that "come to the table" is an expression used to negotiate win-win situations in business?

The Shared Experience of a Good Scare; Revisiting Stephen King's Salem's Lot

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on November 15, 2011 in Grand Rounds
I just watched this scene for the first time in almost 30 years and it still scared the hell out of me. Why in the world did I have so much fun?

Are You a Sexual Predator? Shouldn't Your Response Be "No?"

By Stanton Peele on November 15, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Jerry Sandusky's interview with NBC's Bob Costas seemed designed to reflect guilt on Sandusky. Is this madness or is this just the way things go in Happy Valley?

Responses from an Unusual Sex Survey Pt. 3

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on November 15, 2011 in As You Like It
A refreshing look at the range of "normal" in a time of abstinence-only and porn.

Have Compassion

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 15, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
Compassion is natural; you don't have to force it - moments of compassion come in the flow of life. Try to open to compassion - including all beings, omitting none.