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How Chronic Pain and Illness Fan the Flames of Uncertainty

No one is immune from life’s uncertainty. But for the chronically ill—which includes those who suffer from chronic pain—it can feel as if the number of life factors subject to uncertainty has multiplied geometrically. Indeed, perhaps the hardest thing about being chronically ill is the uncertainty it brings to almost every aspect of life.

Why Are Women Aggressive Toward Other Women?

By Elizabeth Wagele on April 01, 2014 in The Career Within You
Pressure on women is frequently blamed on the ultrathin female role models featured in magazines and on television, but researchers say it’s mainly the result of competition with their peers, not media images.

Is Fatherlessness the No. 1 Issue Facing America In 2014?

"Dreams From My Father" Shows The Gaping Wound Millions Share.

Screen Friends With Benefits

Preschoolers can learn from their favorite media characters.

The 5 Psychological Challenges of Loss and Grief

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on April 01, 2014 in The Squeaky Wheel
Grief and loss are a part of life, but the psychological and emotional challenges they present can be enormous. Here's what happens to you and what you can do to heal.

A Designer Dog Maker Regrets His Creation

Many designer dogs involve crossbreeding Poodles with other breeds in order to avoid coats that shed and to supposedly create hypoallergenic canines. Wally Conron, the inventor of the Labradoodle, believes that such problems are not solved in such crosses, and many additional problems have resulted from the popularity of these dogs.

The Ghosts in Our Machine: Award-Winning Film a Life Changer

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 01, 2014 in Animal Emotions
"The Ghosts in Our Machine" is an award-winning documentary directed by Liz Marshall. Voted one of the Top Transformational Films of 2013, this incredible and forward looking film follows internationally renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she documents the stories of individual animals caught in the web of so-called "civilized society."

Baby Talk

By Rebecca Coffey on April 01, 2014 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Are all human languages cut from the same cloth? A non-invasive experiment with newborns suggests that they are.

The Evolving Role of LGBT Musicians in Heavy Metal Music

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 01, 2014 in Brick by Brick
Heavy metal music and its followers have long been stereotyped as closed-minded and aggressive. But a growing number of metal artists are proving that negative stereotype wrong, as the role of LGBT musicians in metal continues to evolve.

Fun With Blindfolds, Especially When Worn By Women

By Michael Castleman M.A. on April 01, 2014 in All About Sex
He sees her sexiness. She feels his loving touch more intimately.

Mental Health Is More Than Mental Illness

We call ourselves mental health professionals, but what most of us have been trained to do is work with mental illness. Moving forward, this emphasis will need to change if we are going to incorporate new findings in neuroscience and adapt to a changing landscape.

There Is an Ugly Underside to Empathy

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on April 01, 2014 in Am I Right?
Wickedness has often come wrapped in group righteousness.

Rethinking the Way We Look at Stress

Stress is not inherently good or bad. It’s just a natural part of living in a changing, evolving universe. Researchers have found that healthy stress (or “eustress”) exists alongside unhealthy stress. If we never had to face new challenges, life would be monotonous and boring and we wouldn’t grow. So, how can we turn stress into growth-producing challenge?

A Long Self Life

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 01, 2014 in In Excess
Egomania is an obsessive preoccupation with one's self and applies to someone who follows their own ungoverned impulses, is possessed by delusions of personal greatness, and feels a lack of appreciation. But what does the psychological literature say on the topic?

Stop Living for Approval at Work

I recently read a memorable quote that I sent along to many friends and colleagues: “If you live for others approval, you will die from their rejection.” The statement couldn’t be more true in your job, career, or in life, where approval and praise can seem fleeting. Rather than let acceptance consume you at work, however, take steps to avoid following the same pattern.

An 8 Point Lost Love Reality Check

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on April 01, 2014 in Sticky Bonds
A woman trying to recover from a lost love affair writes down reminders to herself so she can let go. Perhaps this can help some of you, too.

Police: New Photos Prove Grunge Singer's Death a Suicide

By Cathy Scott on March 31, 2014 in Crime, She Writes
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, authorities release never-before-seen police photos to illustrate exactly how the singer died.

How Long is Too Long in Psychotherapy?

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on March 31, 2014 in In Therapy
Therapy helps, but can there be too much of a good thing? Is long-term therapy a cause for concern?

How to Overcome Fear of Failure

Do you suffer from a fear of failure? Take the test and see.

When Should You Play Hard to Get?

Sometimes playing hard to get works to build desire. Sometimes it backfires.

My Goal as a Therapist: To Make Myself Obsolete

Traditional therapy is often caricatured as endless, with a complacent therapist silently growing cobwebs, listening to a patient who never plans to leave. Our aim, instead, should be to make ourselves obsolete.

Using the Placebo Effect to Enhance Sexual Desire

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on March 31, 2014 in Stress and Sex
Why take a drug, replete with side effects, when a placebo works as well? Instead, ask your doctor for an inert pill and believe it will increase your desire—because the research shows it will.

Finding Happiness

The return of Scared Rabbit, Angry Bear, and Clever Fox.

How the Brain Feels Betrayed

By Joshua Gowin Ph.D. on March 31, 2014 in You, Illuminated
Betrayal hurts. A recent study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences asked why; how does the brain process the possibility of betrayal? In addition to great tragedy, betrayal also makes great science.

5 Great April Fool’s Pranks and Why We Fall for Them

From pranks about UFOs to school yard tricks, April Fool's jokes are quite common and often effective. What is the psychology behind April Fool's pranks?

The How of High

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 31, 2014 in One Among Many
Social life requires coordination. Setting aside cell phones and social media, how do people do it?

Antarctic Whaling to End Because It Really Isn't Science

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 31, 2014 in Animal Emotions
The United Nations court, the International Court of Justice, ruled against Japan in a case brought by Australia—that Japan has been using science to mask its commercial whaling operation in Antarctic waters. Japan's whaling is not justified on the basis that it is scientific research, and it will end. This is a huge victory.

Sunny Me?

By Katherine Bouton on March 31, 2014 in What I Hear
After I lost my hearing I was, as someone wrote recently, not a sunny person. Being honest and open about the loss—and about any disability, I think—can help you get your sunny side back.

The "Ivory Tower" Appears Reluctant to Use Social Media

A new study has found that many scholars in the so-called "Ivory Tower" are resisting the use of social media. Why is this?

Interracial Border Crossings in Cinema: Haters Gonna Hate

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on March 31, 2014 in Intersections
Why do interracial couples in cinema and literary works rarely make it to the end credits?