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There's Only One Way to Change: Slowly, Over Time

Speak to any quality psychotherapist, fitness trainer, financial advisor, organizational consultant, or AA sponsor—anyone in the change business—and they will tell you that the chief complaint of those trying to change their ways is, "Why does it have to take so long?" And the answer is: it just does. Quick and easy may be appealing, but slow and steady win the race.

Commitment Techniques of the Millionaire Matchmaker

Have you ever dated someone who just wouldn't commit? Believe it or not, there are ways of influencing promises of monogamy and even marriage. In fact, some matchmakers seem to be using them. You can too!

Kids Need Families: Why Are We Rejecting Parents?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 21, 2011 in Singletons
So many children need families. Shame on those who try to block gay men and lesbians from adopting. Here's why...

Twenty Tweets About Troy Davis and the Death Penalty

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on September 21, 2011 in Between the Lines
With Davis's execution just hours away, it is time to not only take immediate action to save his life (see last tweet) but to examine the system of capital punishment more broadly, a system that is racially biased beyond a reasonable doubt.

Benefits of Pre-Marital Counseling: Successful Marriage

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on September 21, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Everyone should try pre-marital counseling.

Kaboom! "Going Nuclear" in an Argument

By Stephen Law Ph.D. on September 21, 2011 in Believing Bull
Lay waste to all rational arguments!

What Your Gut Tells Your Brain

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 21, 2011 in The Power of Rest
The gut may be much more than the second brain - and the creatures inside us far more influential on or mood and lives than many suspect.

Humor as Medicine: 20 Quotations about Health

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 21, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
"Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away." —Robert Orben

To Boost Your Self-Control, Use Convenience to Your Advantage

By Gretchen Rubin on September 21, 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 Self-control, and last week’s resolution was to Ask yourself whether you're an "abstainer" or a "moderator."

Spiritual Maturity: The Case of Etty Hillesum (1)

Etty Hillesum achieved remarkable spiritual maturity in the face of extreme Nazi persecution, showing how conditions of severe and prolonged adversity offer considerable opportunity for spiritual growth.

Best TV Shrink Ever: Here's to Dr. Sidney Freedman!

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on September 20, 2011 in Grand Rounds
Who was the best psychiatrist on television? Ask the 4077th.

Captivity Drives Killer Whales Crazy: SeaWorld Fights Fines For Placing Profit Over Safety

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 20, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Attacks by captive orcas on humans are caused by the stress of living in horrific conditions, however, current hearings citing SeaWorld for safety violations are not considering the well-being of these amazing sentient beings. Research shows many animals suffer from PTSD and depression in captivity and in the wild.

Should I Stay or Should I Go--The Clash of Anxiety

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on September 20, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
It's all part of what Susan Cain is calling a QUIET Revolution, telling the world about the value of introverted people. There has been something about her work that is appealing to me on so many levels. For one thing, I've never been part of a revolution before!

Cow, Chicken, Grass

Which two are alike or go together? Your answer depends, in large part, on where you were born and raised.

Are Women Just "Bitchy"?

By Cheryl Dellasega Ph.D. on September 20, 2011 in Women Who Hurt
Lots of people seem to think that mean behavior is par for the course when it comes to female relationships, like one of my friends…

Do You Want Miracles? Be a Spirit Junkie!

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on September 20, 2011 in Owning Pink
In a world overflowing with self-help books about absolutely nothing, my dear friend Gabrielle Bernstein's new book Spirit Junkie is a cool drink of mint iced tea on a blazing September day.

Time to Open Your Heart...To Your Kids

As school starts, so does stress. Not only for kids, but for the parents that watch over them. It’s easy to let our worry turn into irritation and nagging and yelling. Yet there is also an antidote: coming from an open heart.

Bridging the Love, Sex, and Gratitude Gap

By Rita Watson MPH on September 20, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
In the world of love so often we become trapped in unspoken expectations and hidden agendas. Waiting for "what's next" we miss the "now" of a faint smile that says "I need you." An amorous look that says, "I want you." A tense moment that says, "Something isn't working, let's fix it." Or a simple "Thank you." Are meaningful moments eluding us?

Jung's Explosive Visit to Freud

A little-known incident in the life of the great Carl Jung concerns the time when he became convinced that he had made a bookcase in Sigmund Freud's study explode by mental force alone. But what really happened? And what does it tell us about the development of our own beliefs? ...

How GPS Makes Clueless Drivers

By Jeff Wise on September 20, 2011 in Extreme Fear
As we hand over more of our mental functions to our machines, we're lulled into dangerous complacency, losing track of where we are and what we're doing.