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Politics, Money, and Religion: Happy Thanksgiving

Are you stressed about spending the holidays with family? A simple strategy for dealing with 'those' relatives can help.

We Need a National Anti-Loneliness Campaign for the Holidays

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
The holidays can be an acutely lonely period for millions of people. Here's what you can do about it:

The Void Social Media Fills

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on November 23, 2015 in The Truisms of Wellness
The average American spends 7.6 hours a month on social media. Social media sites enable people to connect with each other no matter on which continent or in which time zone they reside. Although it allows people to stay in touch with loved ones around the world, can social media become an addiction?

Why Exercise Isn't Always a Panacea

Just because some exercise is great for us doesn’t mean these benefits extend indefinitely. It turns out that yes, you can exercise too much: Beyond a certain point of exertion, our bodies—and our minds—start to break down.

Happy Holidays—Or Else!

Being haunted by the idea that other people are “better” at holiday celebrations than we are can drive us to “fix” our own family’s time together. But this preoccupation with “getting it right” can become an emotional wedge between ourselves and those we’re trying to please.

Small Oversights Can Cause Big Management Problems

Small business owners and managers are especially prone to being overwhelmed by details. And yes, the devil really is in the details on many occasions. But not scheduling time for some strategic thinking can be an even bigger mistake.
James Pritchett

Why Resilient Leaders Need To Embrace Gratitude

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Resilient Leadership
Does gratitude play a role in resilient leadership? A growing body of research offers surprising insights.

9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Singletons
If you are an overly involved or protective parent, you probably feed into your child’s sense of entitlement with realizing it. Here, ways to measure the extent of your child or teen’s “Me, Me, Me” problem and turn the tide of entitlement.

Imagination in Action: Interview With Shaun McNiff

Imagination in action is about accepting the struggles, mistakes and failures and realizing that they are all part of the challenging process of personal transformation. Put down that coloring book and give yourself the gift of spontaneous, authentic, creative expression.

Four 2015 Twists to Holiday Shopping

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in The Why Behind the Buy
If you're like most, you'll be shopping differently this year. Here are four ways that this holiday shopping season will be different this year.

Playfulness Is a Spiritual Practice

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 23, 2015 in On Having Fun
Being playful, the very understanding of the purpose of games is redefined. Games are no longer about winning or even about cooperating. They are all and only about celebrating our capacity for having fun together.

Female Serial Killers Are No Myth

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
The news and entertainment media focus on and sensationalize the acts of violence and torture perpetrated by male serial killers. Although the graphic images of male serial killers sell countless books and movie tickets, they also perpetuate the myth that all serial killers are demented men.

An Alternative Approach to ISIS

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
Should a psychological approach to ISIS be added to the military one?

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

The big lie is this: That a college education is ....

An Evolutionist’s List of Thanks

From an evolutionary perspective, gratitude is a significant social emotion. It drives us to connect with others - and it works to remind us of the fact that we are always part of something larger than ourselves. Here is a list of 6 things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving (and all other days of the year as well).

Can't I Just Say "I'm Sorry" and We Can Move On?

The question is not if we will hurt others, because we all will. The question is what we should do when it happens.

Will Your Child Be Part of the Collateral Damage of Divorce?

Rather than looking at the negative consequences of divorce as fixed, we need to examine the origins of the problem – the so-called pathogenesis – to recognize that these consequences are the results of symptoms acquired over the course of a child’s lifetime.

Doctor Prescribes a Reality Check for Homeopathy

By Guy P. Harrison on November 22, 2015 in About Thinking
Homeopathic products are popular these days. What does a doctor say about them?

How Gratitude Leads to a Happier Life

Gratitude has been shown to have many benefits in terms of our health, happiness, satisfaction with life and the way we relate to others. It goes hand in hand with mindfulness in its focus on the present and appreciating what we have now, rather than wanting more and more. Learn research-based strategies to be more grateful.
Krystine I. Batcho

Looking to Our Past: Escapism or Exploration?

The past is gone, cannot be changed, and cannot return. Is revisiting it in memory a reluctance to live in the present?

Standard Interpretations in Psychotherapy

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 22, 2015 in Fighting Fear
Psychotherapists who cannot think of something sensible to say sometimes make facile interpretations which do not apply to any particular patient and which are, for the most part, wrong.

My Husband Is an Ineffective Father

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 22, 2015 in The Teen Doctor
"I can't take it anymore. I want to walk away."

How Does Exercise Protect Your Brain from Degeneration?

By Christopher Bergland on November 22, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Two new studies have identified various ways that exercise protects the brain from degeneration as we age.

The Dirty Little (Sex) Secret of Therapy

By Marty Klein PhD on November 22, 2015 in Sexual Intelligence
Patients should be safe assuming that therapists understand sex as it actually is, don't believe discredited myths, and can discuss anything.

Being Your Own Therapist

Being a good therapist to yourself means balancing tough love and soft love, brutal honesty with careful consideration.

Don't Say Suffering Happens For a Reason

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on November 22, 2015 in Thinking About Kids
To me, saying that illness and pain happens 'for a reason' or 'for the best' or that 'there's a plan' steals efficacy. It tells me that there's a divine plan for my son to suffer. And I cannot accept that.

You Said You Love Me; So Why Do You Yell At Me?

Do intimate partners really just blow up at each other "out of the blue"? Read on to learn what really causes loving partners to "lose control" of their emotions.
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Why I Am No Longer a Sex-Addiction Therapist

Our evolving understanding of the complexities of human sexuality have revealed an increasing number of cracks in the foundational models of sex-addiction therapy.

Want Your Kids to Start Listening to You? Stop Doing This!

A new, healthier way of looking at discipline.

What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on November 22, 2015 in Fixing Families
Stuck making a decision? Six tips on what to do when you don't know what to do.