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A Scientific Perspective For Making Better Decisions

By John Nosta on May 19, 2017 in The Digital Self
While multiple factors must be considered in any decision, the intrinsic stability or instability of a system or scenario can be a powerful tool in guiding decision making.

Reclaiming Human Dignity

Have you experienced religiously-based abuse or violence? This post explores the ideological basis for Judeo-Christian patterns of aggression.

Do You Trust Your Partner?

Trust is one of the keystones of any relationship—without it two people cannot be comfortable with each other and the relationship lacks stability.
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Postpartum Depression: Mothers and Babies Are Still Dying

Scores of pregnant and postpartum women continue to suffer in silence and wonder if letting someone know will make things better or worse.

The Evolving Evidence on Chiropractors for Low Back Pain

The traditional medical establishment has long frowned upon chiropractic care for lower back pain—until now.

Face-to-Face Connectedness, Oxytocin, and Your Vagus Nerve

A new study reports that oxytocin "love hormone" levels surge during a romantic crisis. These findings reaffirm a link between the vagus nerve and our need to "tend-and-befriend."

“Are You Going Crazy?”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short short story about middle-class doubt.
Handling Toxic People
People Who Step All Over You
Aggression and Violence Are Possible, Not Inevitable
Aggression and Violence Are Not Inevitable
Don't Be the Victim

Managing People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
What you may not learn in business school.

Why Eating Avocado Toast Can Set You Back Financially

It’s not eating avo-toast that matters so much as what the choice signifies.
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Mental Illness Splits Families

By Susan Noonan MD on May 18, 2017 in View From the Mist
Does mental illness in one person create anger and resentment in your other family members?

Fell on Black Days: Mourning the Suicide of Chris Cornell

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Reflections on suicide, celebrity, and selfishness

Why Do We Roast the Ones We Love?

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Pop Psych
Why do are insults between friends cordial, but insults between stranger not?

Why Are Some States "Tighter" Than Others?

State-level differences in making and enforcing rules can help us understand why illicit drug use is lower—and levels of cautiousness are higher—in the South than in the West.

When Do Friends Matter Most?

By Lydia Denworth on May 18, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having friends is strongly associated with health and longevity, but scientists are only starting to ask when the effects of social relationships emerge and how long they last.

Rewarding Exercise with Food: A Novel Approach

Is it wrong to run that extra mile for a slice of guilt-free cake?

5 Tools to Heal Your Ability to Love Unconditionally

Before we can experience unconditional love from outside, or give it to our children, we need to give it to ourselves.

The Rising Tide of Caesarean Births

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in How We Do It
C-sections have been multiplying out of control worldwide. Evidence for side-effects has mounted in tandem, but in the USA at least it seems that the tide may have turned.

Interracial Marriages: What Has (and Hasn't) Changed

How many marriages are interracial today versus 60 years ago? Where are interracial marriages most common?

Is a Vegetarian Diet Always Healthy?

My advice would be to limit everything from a cow (and any other red meat source) and be very careful about obtaining a balance of the nutrients.
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Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman on the American Psyche

By Pythia Peay on May 18, 2017 in America On The Couch
Your ancestors went through the anguish of breaking with their mother country [Britain], even fighting and killing the soldiers of “the mother.” Marion Woodman

Dominance in Free-Ranging Dogs: Age and Social Tolerance

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A detailed study of five packs of unowned free-ranging mixed-breed dogs in different areas of Italy shows they form age-graded linear dominance hierarchies with little fighting.

Freedom

What does freedom really mean?

A Simple Way to Improve Communication with Your Partner

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Moderating
Learn about a simple idea that can help you improve your communication with your partner.

The Personal Erotic Myth and the Rise of Fetishsexuality

A new sexual concept paves the way in understanding the role of the unconscious and psyche in exploring authentic sexuality.

Empathy in Literature and Film

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Hot Thought
Empathy in literature and film works by three modes of empathy: verbal analogies, physiological mimicry, and non-verbal simulation of chains of emotional experiences.

Keep Your Cool! How to Stop Meltdowns in Their Tracks

By Meg Selig on May 18, 2017 in Changepower
Do you sometimes have meltdowns when faced with the daily hassles of life? Here are 12 ways to get back in control and feel better about yourself.

When We Fall In Love

When we are in love, our whole way of looking at the world changes.
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Are You the Black Sheep of Your Family?

Five strategies for staying resilient if you are the black sheep of the family.

4 Ways People Sabotage Their Breakups

Healthfully letting go brings self-knowledge and psychological wellbeing. Here are a few common ways that people inadvertently sabotage their breakups and divorces.