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Let's Cut New Moms Some Slack

Modern mothering is the best and the worst, light and darkness, hope and despair, all rolled into one. And too few people are talking about it.

How All-You-Can-Eat Buffets Use Psychology to Make Money

All-you-can-eat buffets create the perception of providing variety and quality, but cleverly manipulate customers' choices and portion sizes.


By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in One Among Many
Gossip can be entertaining. We often thirst for it and delight in its consumption. There is also a dark side, however. Please don’t go there.

Why You Can't 'Just Say No' to Stress

By Kristen Lee Costa Ed.D., LICSW on October 06, 2015 in Reset 24/7
With mental health awareness month upon us, there's lots of information circulating that can either help or hinder our understanding of our emotions and reactions to stress. We need to weed through the messages to ensure we don't assume it's only a matter of will power, but something requiring all hands on deck across our social institutions to avoid becoming fried.

Is Your Dog Being Punished by Rewards

By Jennifer Arnold on October 06, 2015 in Through a Dog’s Eyes
The negatives of positive dog training.

Feeding the Adolescent Brain

As a parent myself, I know first-hand the challenges that can arise as a child faces adolescence. Paying attention in school, staying alert and focused throughout the day, and retaining the information taught is increasingly important for teens as they prepare for tests, college prep and a professional career.

My Gap Is Over, Now What? Grad School After a Break

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Web of Violence
Suggestions on preparing a strong application for graduate school after taking time off from school. The Data Doctor responds.

Two Low-Cost Ways to Avoid High-Cost Concussion Challenge

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on October 06, 2015 in Brain Trauma
Concussions are costing millions of dollars in research, treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, they can also cost lives. Here are two simple, low-tech, low-cost ways to get our heads in the game.
Performing Under Pressure: Martian Style

Performing Under Pressure: Martian Style

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
What do you want to be wearing in a high pressure moment? It's a lot cheaper than a 16 million dollar NASA space suit.

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Truisms of Wellness
Despite debunking the myth of astrology, however, scientists have found that a person’s projected health can be linked to his or her birthday. The month in which people are born can influence their future, from their longevity to their future profession.

Overcome Feeling Like a Fraud or Failure

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Making Change
Success often brings unexpected anxieties and feelings of being a fraud. When this happens, you may press for more accomplishments or accolades. But this only seems to perpetuate your anxieties. Despite what it seems, there is a way out of the seemingly unending self-doubt and self-criticism.

Can Dogs Learn Word Meanings by Just Watching and Listening?

Both dogs and human children learn language through simple observation — without the need for rewards for each word they learn.

How Do Children Learn to Recognize Print?

By Jamie Zibulsky Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Book Smart
My fourteen-month-old son, Henry, has just started to recognize his name in print, which feels like an amazing milestone to me. Here’s how it happened.

How Many Foundations Of Morality Are There?

By Jesse Marczyk on October 06, 2015 in Pop Psych
Our moral sense operates in a variety of different domains, from fairness, to harm, to disgust, and well beyond. Does this reflect the operations of a single cognitive mechanism or a variety of different moralities?

The 6 Worst Relationship Habits and How to Overcome Them

We typically think of habits as bothersome behaviors that affect us as individuals. However, there are habits that couples develop which can be just as bothersome, if not more so. By keeping us from getting the most we can out of our closest bonds with others, they can stand in between us and true relationship happiness.

Journalists Can Be Nearly as Prone to PTSD as Combat Vets

By Eric Newhouse on October 06, 2015 in Invisible Wounds
Recent studies show that war correspondents and photojournalists covering combat may have five times the normal rate of PTSD. Some national and international news organizations are now offering counseling to employees who are having trouble processing what they've seen on the job.

What Do Roseburg, Chicago and Baghdad Have in Common?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Time Out
Although geography and culture, politics and narratives may differ, pathological narcissism is the driving force behind individual and collective acts of extreme violence.

Suicide as a Form of Homicide

There are as many reasons for killing oneself as there are for killing other people.

When You Are Grieving After a Miscarriage

Grieving is a very normal and healthy response to pregnancy loss. For some women, physical and emotional healing happens fairly quickly. For others, it can take longer – months or even a year.

A Decent Minimum of Care for Companion Animals

The increasing range of options for caregivers of companion animals should be celebrated. And it should also remind us that although there can be too much of a good thing, there can also be too little. Far too many pets are denied basic care like dental hygeine, antibiotics, and treatment for pain.

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

What you should know about the similarities and differences between brain injury and ADHD.

The Human-Robot Interface

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Human Beast
The digital revolution is about to steal most people's jobs as artificial intelligence does our work ever more efficiently. What about caring for children and the elderly? If these tasks are soon to be taken on by robots, what will the interface look like? How will interacting with robots affect us?

How to Stop Hating Your Body

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LGSW on October 06, 2015 in Mindful Musings
Want to feel better about your body? Do this.

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

By The Book Brigade on October 06, 2015 in The Author Speaks
We all get a distorted cultural message about the nature of the human condition. Pain and illness and aging are natural aspects of life, nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone faces health challenges—and self-compassion is a most necessary medicine.

A Kinder, Gentler World Starting with Football?

By Elizabeth Wagele on October 06, 2015 in The Career Within You
Seahawks coach Carroll “embraces diversity, encourages free expression, promotes self-discovery and remains positive.”

Adults With ADHD Are More Common Than You'd Guess

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 06, 2015 in Open Gently
ADHD affects 3 to 5 percent of adults.

Fish Show Coordinated Vigilance and Watch Each Other's Backs

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A new study shows fish display coordinated reciprocity providing safety for foraging partners; they watch one another's back. The results add to the database showing fish are much smarter than most people assume, and can rightfully be included as members of the sentience club. One researcher notes, "This may also require a shift in how we study and ethically treat fishes."

Creativity Is Memory

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Do you remember the shock you had (perhaps as a teenager) when you realized that all of the characters in your dreams are part of your own memories? Even though, the things they say seem to come from someone else, they have to reflect information from your own memory and experiences.

Becoming The Person I Drank to Be

By Anna David on October 06, 2015 in After Party Chat
Everything I know how to do I learned in recovery. Through that, the personality I craved as a kid has revealed itself to be a part of me.

Reinvent You: The Third Manifesto.

Just about everyone is trying to change their life. Reinventing yourself is becoming essential. The world wants minds and lives to be changed. Reinvention is as necessary as breathing, clean water, and staying healthy.