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Eating Disorders and Parenting at the Holidays

The holidays can be a triggering time for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder. It can be difficult to maintain (or achieve) a healthy relationship to food at this time of the year. And if you're also a parent, you must manage these challenges as you support and nourish your children. It's no easy task.

Forget Willpower: A Smarter Strategy to Resist Temptation

Just in time for the Holidays, with the endless parade of treats and snacks, a positive and appropriate method to fight temptation.

Save Me From the Fact-Checkers

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Mental Mishaps
Politicians lie. They also exaggerate and misremember. Each creates an autobiographical past that makes a great story but which probably isn’t completely true. But we are just like the lying politicians except for one critical difference.

What Do You Need This Holiday Season?

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 24, 2015 in From Anxiety to Zen
The holidays don't have to be stressful. A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

When Ideological Differences Are Developmental Differences

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Ambigamy
It's not about ideology or political theory. Through the lens of developmental psychology, today's Republican majority simply manifests immaturity. Sure, they'll cry, "hey, no fair!" but so do all children who try to stir theoretical debate when they don't get what they want.
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Assessing Your Work and Life Balance

By Steve Sisgold on November 24, 2015 in Life in a Body
Nothing is as close to us as our body, ...about which we know so little.

The Existential Crisis of Birdman

Birdman embodies the struggle to discover your authentic identity.

Beware the Charming Narcissist

Puzzled about a relationship that started well, captured your heart but now seems to be going nowhere? Maybe you are involved with a charming narcissist.

Forensic Psychology Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree

Are you interested in a career in Forensic Psychology, but you don't want to go to graduate school? There are career opportunities available that only require a Bachelor's degree.

Why and How to Practice Gratitude

By Sara Villanueva Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in How to Parent a Teen
Do you find yourself losing sight of what the holidays are all about? Check out these few tips on how to get back to practicing gratitude.

4 Steps to Prevent a Bad Divorce

By Wendy Paris on November 24, 2015 in Splitopia
While we've all heard horror stories of expensive, nasty divorces, there are steps we can take to help ensure our own break-up does not follow that model.

6 Tips for Avoiding Family Drama

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
The holidays are upon us—and every year, family tensions can cause more indigestion than that lumpy gravy. Here are six concrete steps to take in preparation for holiday drama, to help you banish stress and increase your enjoyment of the day.

Chronic Pain and the Risk of Suicide

By Judy Foreman on November 24, 2015 in A Nation in Pain
Chronic pain significantly increases the danger.

Pressures on Your Therapist Not to Be Psychologically-Minded

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 24, 2015 in Feeling Our Way
A psychologically-minded therapist is to mainstream psychology like a person practicing a forbidden religion.

Fearing the Wrong Things?

By David Myers Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Talk Psych
Horrific terrorist acts abroad have sparked fears of international travel—and of Muslims and Syrian refugees—and warnings to "be aware" of risks. The psychological dynamics that drive exaggerated fears also were at work in 1942, as my family observed first hand.

What’s the Best Way to React to an Insult?

Insults live at the bottom of the scale of socially appropriate behavior. Because our first tendency is to be polite, especially with people we don’t know very well, it’s not always clear whether to respond in kind or turn the other cheek. Here’s some guidance for how to handle these confusing situations.

I Can Barely Say a Word

By Gretchen Rubin on November 24, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Have you ever lost your voice? How did the silence and the listening affect you?

Releasing the Barriers to Love: An Interview with Tara Brach

By Mark Matousek on November 24, 2015 in Ethical Wisdom
What is the role of radical acceptance in intimate relationships? Why is spaciousness necessary for deep connection? Is it possible to be committed without attachment? How can we set our beloved free without losing trust?

Are You Being Lied to?

No matter the technique, most people can’t spot liars on a consistent basis. One potential solution to the problem is to remove “people” from the equation. Just let a computer do it.

What Do Others Give You?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Say Thanks - it's a small moment with big ripples: a confirmation of a wonderful truth - that we are all joined in a web of innumerable acts of giving.

Those Who Are Not Grateful...

By Gretchen Rubin on November 24, 2015 in The Happiness Project
A great reminder to stop and take a moment to be thankful.

The Passions of Peter Muller: Math and Music

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Peter Muller explains the importance of following our passions.

Cooking Up More Gratitude This Thanksgiving

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in Happy Trails
Feeling grateful isn't always easy.

Income Inequality, Fairness, and Envy

By William Irwin Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in It’s Your Choice
Life does not guarantee approximate equality of outcomes, and the demand for such equality in the name of fairness is grounded in envy and resentment. You can change your frame of reference to turn envy into gratitude.

The 10 Reasons Why You Need Emotional Intelligence

Your Emotional Intelligence (EI) is vital for keeping and motivating your people and teams? You are the "Emotional Thermostat" for your team and define reality for them. If you don't step up you allow fear, uncertainty and chaos to rule the day.
Read the top 10 reasons you should be developing your Emotional Intelligence.

In Praise of Seriousness

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 in How To Do Life
Upbeat is overrated.

Three Ways to Manage Worry This Thanksgiving

By Richard Taite on November 23, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
Whatever the reason, millions of us have to deal with worry during the holidays. Here are three easy things ways to manage your worries.

Six Ways to Maintain Your Sobriety at Thanksgiving

Here are some helpful tips for having a happy Thanksgiving celebration while remaining drug/alcohol free.

Will an Optimist Win the Election?

By Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in How of Happiness
Studies have shown that optimistic leaders are perceived to be more effective, and happier people are even judged to be more likely to go to Heaven. But wouldn’t it be nice if psychological scientists could analyze the positivity of presidential candidates and relate it to the outcomes of actual elections? As luck would have it, two U Penn researchers already have.

Could New Facebook Features Help You Get Over Your Ex?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Close Encounters
Facebook may soon be helping you manage your relationship with your ex by allowing you to limit how much of them you see in your news feed without unfriending or blocking them. Research on coping with break-ups suggests that Facebook has the right idea about how to deal with your ex.