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Understanding Emotional Infidelity

Our social need to be loved comes out of our primal need to belong; the natural evolution of a basic survival instinct. The sense that we lack a certain intimacy in our primary relationship can often prompt us to seek out the false intimacy of fantasy relationships that are the bread and butter of emotional infidelity.

Faith, fear, and philosophies of governance

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on June 23, 2011 in Lifelines
Somewhere between the narcissistic belief that we individually are the center of the universe and the conception that we are actors in a preordained play stage-managed by God is a large area in which we operate under the constraints of time and chance, but still have choices about how to live.

Unlocking Your Success Equation

By Peter Bregman on June 23, 2011 in How We Work
When facing an opportunity in life, most people ask, ""Will I succeed?" The force underlying Jim Wolfensohn's success is his willingness to ask instead, "Is it worth the risk?"

Through a Clinical Lens: Friday Night Lights

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on June 23, 2011 in Reel Therapy
I'm a big fan of "Friday Night Lights." It's one of the things on television, and the best sports show since Aaron Sorkin's "Sports Night." Just thought that needed to be said. Speaking of thoughts, this past week's episode - Gut Check - engendered many thoughts about why therapists are valuable, and what they might do if they had been in the mix.

Procrastination: A Basic Human Instinct

By E E Smith on June 23, 2011 in Not Born Yesterday
I've been putting this off for months. Some time ago I read a review in The New Yorker of a book called "The Thief of Time," a collection of essays on the subject of procrastination. I have also put off buying the book because it costs $65, but I did enjoy the review.

What Your Therapist Will Never Tell You About Money

Money issues are of paramount concern for therapists, not just patients

Why Therapy Is Important for Therapists

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on June 23, 2011 in Therapy Matters
Most therapists will go into their own therapy at some point in their career. The experience of being "on the couch" can be every bit, if not more, valuable than any psychotherapy textbook or graduate class. Here's why...

Disputing the Modern Mental Illness Model in America - A Call for Censorship

By Stanton Peele on June 23, 2011 in Addiction in Society
An extremely reputable periodical -- perhaps the leading general intellectual journal in the United States -- is publishing a two-part series by a former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine questioning our entire mental illness paradigm. A modest suggestion: ban the second part of the series.

Judging the Sin By Judging the Sinner

Who's more evil, someone who abuses a person or someone who abuses a cat? Recent studies in social psychology suggest that distinctive behavior can carry disproportionate weight in people's moral judgments.

Fantastic Future Sleep?

The future of sleep will vastly improve - if we can believe present day futurologists.

(Re)defining Infidelity

in·fi·del·i·ty
n.pl. in·fi·del·i·ties
1. a. Unfaithfulness to a sexual partner, especially a spouse.
b. An act of sexual unfaithfulness.
2. Lack of fidelity or loyalty.
3. Lack of religious belief.

Are We Missing The Point on Women Faking Pleasure?

By Pamela Madsen on June 23, 2011 in Shameless Woman
According to a new study by a team of British researchers, when it comes to sexual pleasure many women fake it simply "to be nice."

Want To Feel Happier by the End of the Day? Your Menu of Options

By Gretchen Rubin on June 23, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Do you need a happiness boost—right now? If so, take a look at this menu of options and make your choices. Remember, the more you tackle, the bigger the boost you’ll receive.

The Great Wall

When doctors seem distant, sometimes they're just protecting themselves.

Is it time to counter religious bullying?

By David Niose on June 23, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Showing its organization and zeal, the Religious Right is trying to bombard NBC with complaints about running the Pledge of Allegiance without the "under God" wording. This points to the need for a counterbalancing zealous secular demographic.

Can psychology solve a classic paradox?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on June 22, 2011 in The Decision Tree
In 1963 Paul Samuelson posed a now-famous paradox. Psychology has now developed the tools to provide a solution.

Author Jessica Blau: Drinking Closer to Home

By Jennifer Haupt on June 22, 2011 in One True Thing
This touching and funny story revolves around a family that is both eccentric and every family. Here's more from Jessica Blau:

25% of Americans are gay or lesbian (or so people think)

It's not actually the case that 25% of Americans identify as gay or lesbian, but according to a recent Gallup poll that's the belief of the average American adult.

Great News about the IUD!

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on June 22, 2011 in As You Like It
49% of pregnancies are unplanned, with women between the ages of 18 and 20 being particularly vulnerable. IUDs can help make this a problem of the past.

When exercise becomes dangerous

By Carrie Arnold on June 22, 2011 in Body of Evidence
I didn't cross the line into exercise addiction until the onset of my eating disorder. Ironically, the less I ate, the more I felt I had to exercise.

Two roads diverged

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on June 22, 2011 in The Decision Tree
The science of decisions

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Why has the number of grandparents raising grandchildren skyrocketed?

Should Schools Teach Relationship Ed?

By Karen Salmansohn on June 22, 2011 in Bouncing Back
Here's an idea for how to lower the divorce rate for the next generation!