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How Can I Help You?

I am, simultaneously, both an agitator and a follower, outspoken and deferential, self-confident and apprehensive, enlightened and traditional.

Beyond Blackfish: Symposium Marks a Rapid Heroic Response

By Rachel Clark on October 27, 2014 in Mothering Nature
Online symposium is a benchmark of rapid heroic response.

Responding to "Borderline" Provocations: Last Part

Being in a relationship with someone with traits of borderline personality disorder is incredibly challenging. In the last part (X) of this series, I discuss: First, when the recommended strategies are not working, what do you do then? Second, if you react badly only rarely, and you will, the person with BPD will escalate. How do you stop that process?

Internet Infidelity: When a Poke Is More Than a Poke

By Joseph Nowinski Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in The Almost Effect
Couples share their perceptions and experiences of internet betrayal.

Health and Longevity: Chalk Them Up to Mind

By Russ Gerber on October 27, 2014 in Our Health
Mind researchers and pioneers are asking big questions about the realm of the human mind. Is there more to the subject than we thought?

Is Zale Thompson A Lone-Wolf Terrorist?

By Clark McCauley Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in Friction
Does Zale Thompson fit the Disconnected/Disordered profile?

Saving Marriages Through Comic Relief

By Judy Carter on October 27, 2014 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
How many of us feel a responsibility to respond when we see someone getting hurt? We’re faced with the choice of taking action or turning away. This issue came up for me as I was overhearing a conversation at the next table at a restaurant between a 40 year old man and his young mistress. He was cheating and needed a little nudge in the right direction...

Water Your Fruit Tree

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in Your Wise Brain
There's usually a short list of things that really support a person. What's on your own list? Try to do one thing each day on this list, and feel the rewards for you and others. You will be "passing forward" a true gift to the person you will be tomorrow . . . and a year from now.

Size Acceptance, Intuitive Eating, and Weight Control

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 27, 2014 in Cravings
Weight loss diets, exercising to burn calories, and other fat-fighting approaches help some people maintain a healthy weight, but not others. They’ve certainly done little to help health experts fight a national battle against obesity. As it turns out, the most important, and perhaps most successful, tool for controlling weight may very well be accepting your weight.

The Mental Health of Children: Part 1

Given the controversial nature of mental health labeling practices, isn't it time to completely reconsider the logic and legitimacy of current "mental disorders of childhood" categories?

Becoming Conscious

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in Hidden Motives
Contrary to our subjective beliefs, we make most of our decisions automatically, unconsciously. Professor Michael S. A. Graziano at Princeton recently reminded us of this.

Can Schizophrenia Be Prevented?

The promise of research and programs that value prevention is that they could encourage a shift in the field to more prevention-oriented and comprehensive approaches for a range of mental health challenges.

Advice: How do I keep my teen daughter safe on Snapchat?

In this new social media advice feature, a mom worries about her teen daughter using Snapchat and how to keep her safe.

The Only Way to Make a Change for the Better

By Gregory Ciotti on October 27, 2014 in Habits, Not Hacks
Compounding interest produces the most meaningful results, not individual swings.

Getting That Exercise Habit

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in Media Spotlight
For older adults, staying the course means developing confidence that the exercise program is helping you stay healthy and that you are making progress in meeting the health goals you set or yourself when you started. The key is to develop a feeling of self-efficacy about staying fit. A new research study explores what works best to motivate people to exercise.

Teaching Adolescents

Teachers can contribute enormously to the lives of adolescents, but that contribution is not easy to make.

The Real Adrenaline Junkies

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in In Excess
BASE jumping is an extreme sport that developed from skydiving (using specially adapted parachutes to jump from fixed objects). The acronym ‘B.A.S.E.’ was coined in the late 1970s (Building, Antenna, Span [arch, bridge, or dome], and Earth (a natural formation such as a cliff). This blog takes a brief look at the personality characteristics of BASE jumpers.

Turning Multiculturalism into National Competitiveness

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in Diverse and Competitive
Where some failed, others have succeeded.

More than a Pound of Cure

How do you prevent mental illness? For the first decades after the Second World War, many psychiatrists and politicians turned to the social environment. Why was this the case? And should we consider the lessons of social psychiatry today?

Can a Sex Doll Replace a Real Woman?

Artist Oscar Kokoschka made a life size replica of his ex-lover. He treated the mannequin as a partner and took her to parties and the opera.

8 Ways to Get a Relationship Back on Track

In this column, we address how a significant other can help their lover overcome negative experiences and behaviors and pave the way for more positive and enjoyable present and future sexual encounters.

The Most Important Mental Ability?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2014 in How To Do Life
How probabilistic thinking could improve your life and society

Sibling Sex and Gender Inequality

Interacting with other-sex siblings, especially older siblings, instills gender-atypical interests and attitudes, potentially promoting gender egalitarianism in adulthood. However, parents gender-stereotype their children more when they have at least one child of each sex, pushing gender-stereotypical behavior and recreating adult gender inequalities in leisure and pay.

6 Simple Public Speaking Tips That Saved My Life

Writing books forced me into a public speaking career that I never would have signed up for. These 6 tips saved my life.

Touch Turns Existence Into Meaning

By Judith Coche Ph.D., ABPP on October 26, 2014 in No Ordinary Life
Join Dr Coche in a true life story of the near fatal "Widows' Maker" heart attack that husband John suffered in 2012! Learn how Dr Coche utilized the behavioral science research on touch to help John maximize his chance of full recovery.

Making The Best Decision For Your Breast Cancer Surgery

Making the Best Decision for Breast Cancer Treatment. The importance of exploring thoughts, feelings and associations. By Katherine Noordsij, LCSW, PhD (Lit.)

Don't Avoid Your Abusive Boss!

By Oscar Holmes IV Ph.D. on October 26, 2014 in Beyond the Cubicle
Our results confirmed that employees who tried to avoid their abusive bosses experienced what is known as a loss spiral.

The 5 Psychological Traps We All Fall Into

There are many times when our social perception fails us. As a result, we are prone to make errors in our mental processing. Here are some examples of common biases in social perception and how they lead us to misjudge people and events:

8 Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 26, 2014 in Suffer the Children
Good nutrition is vital not only for children's physical health, but for their mental health as well.