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To Boost Your Self-Control, Beware of the "Licensing Effect"

By Gretchen Rubin on September 28, 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 Use convenience to your advantage. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

The Upside and Downside of Envy

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and envy can be physically painful. But they can have an upside as well. Recent research explores both the upside and the downside of envy.

Popular Culture: I'm Terrified for My Daughters

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in The Power of Prime
I'm terrified for my daughters because there is ample evidence that our society has taken several giant steps backwards in how women are viewed and treated in popular culture and the media.

How Childhood Wounds Cause Chronic Fighting

By Jamie Turndorf Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in We Can Work It Out
How relationship fighting is caused by unhealed childhood wounds

Kicking My Bucket List

By Eliezer Sobel on September 28, 2011 in The 99th Monkey
I don't usually get headaches. (Photo to the left is not me.) So when I woke up at 4 a.m. for the third consecutive day with a splitting pain in the back of my skull, I drew the logical conclusion: terminal brain tumor.

How Do Your Relationships Flow?

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Communication is the flow of information in relationships. Information flows between people just like water flows in nature's streams. Smooth laminar flow is good. Bumpy turbulence causes problems.

Preparing Your Teen or Young Adult for Work in the Real World

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on September 28, 2011 in The Autism Advocate
When thinking about employment for your child or student on the spectrum, there are a few aspects that need to be focused on.

Human versus Machine: A Victory for the Underdog

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
We’ve been losing. And the machines have been winning. Robots control manufacturing. Computers control all our communications. We’ve been losing the games too. Recently, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings lost to IBM’s Watson. He then “welcomed our new computer overlords.” Should we all bow down to the new computer bosses?

Art and Happiness

The connection between artistic creativity and happiness is a slippery topic at best. After all, what about all those less-than-happy ending stories about artists with depression or other emotional challenges? Doesn't art come from emotional pain? But there is a growing body of research that underscores the contrary, that art has a powerful effect on us in positive ways.

Friending Former Lovers on Facebook: Unknowingly Cheating Online

Remember your high school heart throb that you still dream about. What happens when they ask to "friend" you on Facebook?

How Patients Lose When Psychologists Are Not Involved in Medical Care

Health care costs are exploding and one silent factor in containing costs is rarely mentioned: the underutilization of psychological services.

Why Do Old People Vote More?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Everyone knows that older people are the most reliable voters. But no one knows why.

Why You Should Kick Your Addiction to Romance and Learn to Love

It’s not, it turns out, as easy to find a soul mate as the magazines and movies imply.

Moneyball: An Idea that Revolutionized Baseball and Therapy

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on September 27, 2011 in Reel Therapy
"Moneyball" is about a new idea. It's an idea that has come to revolutionize the way that general managers think about baseball players and the way that therapists treat their patients.

Low Infidelity, Shock Statistics, and the Forgiveness Factor

By Rita Watson MPH on September 27, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Just as sex sells, infidelity sells. However, Dr. Bradford Wilcox says, "Despite the marital misbehavior of a few politicians and athletes, infidelity is becoming less popular, not more popular, in America."

Muting a Therapist: The Case of Dr. Rafah Nashed

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on September 27, 2011 in Compulsive Acts
War casualty: a psychoanalyst is muted for the crime of treating a traumatized population.

Why Your Happiness Matters: A Call for Happier Parents Everywhere

By Christine L. Carter Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Raising Happiness
Many parents today are unhappy, but they assume that their stress and anxiety and even depression are all just part of being a parent today.

Pet the Lizard

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
The brain is highly integrated, so three key functions--avoiding, approaching, and attaching-- are accomplished by all parts of the brain working together. Nonetheless, each function is particularly served by the region of the brain that first evolved to handle it. This fact has significant implications.

18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey

By Carolyn L Rubenstein on September 27, 2011 in Now Is Everything
What would you write to someone about to start a new journey in their life? I really enjoyed the process of reflecting on what I would say to a younger version of myself—and think you may enjoy tackling a similar project. In this post, I share with you 18 guideposts for your personal journey.

Extrovert Envy

By Sophia Dembling on September 27, 2011 in The Introvert's Corner
I sometimes suffer extrovert envy. I just returned from a vacation at a small all-inclusive resort in Mexico. The vacation was lovely and I have no complaints, only an observation: It seemed like extroverts got more gracious service. I certainly can't blame the staff for responding positively to outgoing energy.

The Problem with Absolute Thinking

By Ugo Uche on September 27, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Well it's this simple, human beings, regardless of race, religion or culture are likely to embrace any belief that is absolute. This is because absolute beliefs are simple, easy to comprehend and false positives that offer us a false sense of security.

A Short Sweet Guide to Big Cool Things

By Jonathan Fields on September 27, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Derek Sivers is an interesting cat...

A grad of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he trained for years as a musician, before making the jump into the world of entrepreneurship (not that he stopped being a musician).

Do You Ever Experience a Joyful Childhood Feeling of Expectancy?

By Gretchen Rubin on September 27, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Assay: I’m a huge fan of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. If you read these brilliant stories as a child, you should re-read them now; so much of the humor is pitched at grown-ups–marriage, friendship, theories of child-rearing.

Truth, Damn Truth, and Statistics

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in The Big Questions
The problem isn't the statistics, but rather, people's inability to understand statistics.