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Top 10 Survival Tips for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

Are you easily overwhelmed by noises, crowds, smells and chaos? Have people always told you you're "too sensitive"? You might indeed be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). These survival tips from wellness expert Dr. Susan Biali, M.D., can help take the edge off an overly stimulating life.

Is the Attempt to Ban Common Words Describing Pets Just Political Correctness?

The call by the Oxford Institute of Animal Ethics to ban words like "pet", "dog owner" and "master" is unjustified political correctness.

The Marines are Looking for a Few Good Men

"I'm from the Marines. I'm calling all the Seniors from Torrey Pines High School, and I want to tell Jeremy what we have to offer." I told him my son was autistic, nonverbal and couldn't talk on the phone. When you have a son as disabled as I do, you learn to be grateful for the smallest things. Like the fact that your son will never be eligible for active duty.

The Brain Needs Downs to Have Ups

The brain chemicals that make us happy are not meant to be on all the time. They dip after they turn on, and that makes them ready to turn on again when you need them. Ups and downs are a natural part of our operating system.

Teaching the Creative Process

Creativity is not a “you have it” or “you don’t” kind of thing. It isn’t a personality trait. It’s not a “one size fits all” habit of mind. It’s not, simply, a set of skills to test for or a roster of art classes. So what’s a society to do? Especially one committed to constant innovation?

Ask Your Magazine (or Your Doctor) About Psychoanalysis

By Todd Essig Ph.D. on May 21, 2011 in Over-Simulated
Cherishing one's inner life is made difficult by the always-connected demands of the digital world. Psychoanalysis can help and accurate portrayals of psychoanalysis, such as by Molly Knight Raskin in the current print edition of PT, provide helpful reminders.

The Perceived Interchangeability of Attractive Men and Women

One aspect of objectification she described was fungibility, which she defines basically as the extent to which someone is viewed as replaceable and interchangeable.

A teen asks: Why are friendships so fleeting?

My friend and I have been best friends for about three years. This past year we went into high school and we are making new friends and changing which may have strained our relationship.

Want to Know If Someone Likes You?

Ever wondered if someone you're attracted to likes you or not, whether someone is your friend or foe, or whether your employees respect you?

There's More to life Than Happiness

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on May 21, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The Endless, Inconclusive Pursuit

There are several problems with making happiness the goal of life. It’s elusive, constantly shifting. It’s ephemeral. And it also leaves out too much of what makes life satisfying.

Feeling Angry, Resentful, or Self-Critical? Make the Positive Argument.

I've discovered an almost uncannily effective strategy to keep myself from going into downward spirals of resentment, blame, and self-accusation -- when, for instance, I find myself brooding over thoughts like, "I'm not getting enough work done" or "My daughters don't get along very well."

Apocalypse Today: The Allure of Bad Theory

By Jeff Wise on May 21, 2011 in Extreme Fear
Erroneous theories aren't just the province of the lunatic fringe. They're part of everyone's basic cognitive legacy.

The Rapture! Omigod! We're all gonna die!

Relax. You know why? Because Armageddon already happened. It happened ten or so millennia ago when sedentary agriculture allowed stockpiled wealth to fund a class of priest-kings who made up idiocies like organized religion, and Armageddon--and had the power to enforce them.

How To Love Yourself First

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on May 21, 2011 in Finding Love
Everyone's heard this platitude: We need to love ourselves before we can love anyone else. This may sound wise, but it misses a great truth; if we want to experience true intimacy, we need to be taught to love ourselves-again and again-by the people around us. No amount of positive self-talk can replicate this experience. It is a gift of intimacy, not of will-power.

Why We Wanted to Believe Botox Mom was a Real Monster

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on May 21, 2011 in Love, Inc
We wanted to believe that a mother could so desperate for her 8-year-old daughter that she would inject her with Botox. But why did we need such a monstrous mother and why didn't we see that it was all fake?

Lost Love Affairs: "What Was I Thinking?"

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on May 21, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
When the lost love reunion objectively will not work -- one or both of the lost loves are in marriages that they know they do not intend to leave -- then the faster the end of the affair, the better for everyone. But faulty thinking is strong: there is a belief/wish that if the lost loves ignore the problem, the affair will just go on forever and so will the marriage.

It's the end of the world as we know it...and I feel fine.

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on May 21, 2011 in The Shrink Tank
According to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, today is Judgment Day. There's no doubt that the end is near - there's sophisticated Apocalyptic arithmetic involved - but what if Judgment Day doesn't come?

Don’t Stereotype Your Fellow Scientists, Either!

Most researchers who apply evolutionary models to human behavior are not interested in racial differences. I consider two reasons why.

Newest Research: Happiness Is a Pork By-Product

Positive psychologists such as Martin E. P. Seligman used to think that if you felt a high degree of satisfaction with your life, that meant you were happy. But that's not enough, claims his latest book.

Did the CDC REALLY issue a Zombie Readiness Plan?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on May 20, 2011 in Grand Rounds
This is your brain on AMC's "The Walking Dead" Apparently, the CDC was watching too...

Graduation Blues

Feeling sad when you think you should be happy? Don't worry, it's normal! But read on for some suggestions about how to manage these confusing feelings -- so that you can join the celebrations on this special day!

Frenemies: The New Enemy

Are frenemies really worth your time and energy? Discover why you may be attached to someone you can't stand (or can't stand you). Essential questions to ask yourself about your frenemy relationship.

Benazir Bhutto - A Mammalian Tragedy

Benazir Bhutto watched her father being executed for corruption. She vowed to avenge him by seizing power in Pakistan, and when she did she indulged in corruption on an even grander scale. Then political assassins killed her. How can the cycle be stopped?

Some Thoughts on an Integrative Humanistic Psychology

Suggestions for the revival of humanistic and mainstream psychology