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The Dark Side of Mythic Quests and the Spirit of Adventure

By Christopher Bergland on September 12, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
My pursuit for otherworldly peak experience through athletics was glorious but it also almost killed me. When I saw the trailer for the upcoming Everest movie, it reminded me of the importance of returning home alive after any mythic quest.

In Economics, Tomorrow Never Comes

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 in Civilized to Death
Where's all that leisure time the future was supposed to bring?

The Stigma of Mental "Illness" Part 3

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on September 12, 2015 in The I-M Approach
Why do we say someone is mentally ill when they are just doing the best they can? And when we clear someone of psychosis how do we manage their response to the time they lost? Read this final installment of this three-part story to find out.

What’s Wrong with Ekaterina Demidova?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
Should you feel proud rather than guilty that you’ve been depressed? Why would anyone be proud of being depressed? There are some positive answers to be found in art. They show depression could mean you’re creative and maybe clever too - but also better connected socially. Depression is a painful condition, but I’m not alone in reckoning that it offers some advantages.

What Are Your Anxiety and Fear Trying to Tell You?

By Harriet Lerner Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 in The Dance of Connection
Fear is a really tricky emotion. Here's what your anxiety may be trying to tell you.
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Why Don’t We Feel Safe?

Are you feeling anxious and isolated? You may just need more human contact.

Helping Your Child Succeed in Elementary School

Always be supportive and foster a joy of learning, and confidence in his abilities

Understanding Empathy

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 in Out of the Darkness
Empathy is more than just "putting yourself in someone's shoes." It can stem from the ability to actually sense what another person is experiencing; the ability to "feel with" another person in a way that transcends separateness.

Your Back or Neck Hurts—What Can You Do?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 12, 2015 in Open Gently
When in pain, embrace the placebo that works for you.

Financial Decisions and Emotions

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Why do we decide for ourselves on health but want others to decide for us on money?

Why Little Things Are Worth Getting Upset About

“Take it easy. Chill out. Relax. Cool down. Don’t stress out. Lighten up. You’re making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s not a big deal.”

Get Over Your Fear of Gadgets and Computers

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 12, 2015 in Open Gently
People who seem tech-savvy may just be calmer about checking Google.

Women by Design, Transforming Home, Transforming Self

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 in Design on My Mind
A patchwork of life experiences lies just beneath the surface of our outdoor and indoor places. Do you want to reveal this rich tapestry of life?

The Paradox of Work

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 12, 2015 in Hidden Motives
Work is probably the most important thing we do. It is how we support ourselves, how we relate to each other, how we contribute to society, and how we build self-esteem. But our culture has always been ambivalent about it.

Simple Techniques to Become a better Negotiator

The sad truth is most people will lie to cover known faults in items they are selling.

Why Some People Think the Apocalypse Is Coming Soon

"Armageddonists" believe that Bible or other religious prophecies about the 'End Time' must be taken literally, and seem to expect nuclear war to fulfill these prophecies.
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Attractions That Go Sour: The Good & Bad of Complementarity

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 11, 2015 in Fixing Families
What we're most attracted to in another is often what eventually can drive us crazy. Some of the whys and ways to sidestep such reactions

#NeverForget: A Vow to Enjoy the Little Things

By Giacomo Bono Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 in Making Grateful Kids
Today as we reflect on 9/11, let’s make a vow. Day in and day out parents and adults face countless technological and commercial distractions and tend to urgencies at work or at home. How easily and quickly we get caught up in this routine and forget to appreciate major qualities in our children or the children in our lives. But not today!

Send Me No Roses

By Erik M. Gregory Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 in The Secular Shepherd
Making sense of death and dying. How death inspired odd traditions like: cloaking mirrors, cutting locks of hair, and making death masks.

Apples, Oranges, and Metatheory

By Ann Olson Psy.D. on September 11, 2015 in Theory and Psychopathology
This article utilizes an example regarding the concrete existence of "apples" and "oranges" as compared to the concept of "fruit". Psychosis, like apples and oranges, has a visceral and immediate quality, and the actuality of brain chemistry regarding psychosis is a metatheory that subsumes the "theories" of psychotic individuals.

Men in Red

By Rebecca Coffey on September 11, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Men, listen up. You know those red power ties you wore a few years ago? They’re probably still at the back of your closet. They may work for you on Tinder ... only not in the way you expected.

How to Deal With Addiction When You Have a Demanding Job

By Richard Taite on September 11, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
First and foremost, there is no family and no job in the long-term if you don’t get help with your substance abuse issues. As drug addiction takes off and develops, it becomes harder and harder to keep your job, your family, your children—anything you value.

Machiavellians at Work: The Case of the Conniving Counselor

Machiavellians are cunning and can exert their influence gradually and subtly. At work they can cause significant harm before their schemes are outed. I responded to one such employee by calling her bluff and blocking her attempts at continued manipulation. Wrath ensued.

Which Common Educational Myth Limits Student Achievement?

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 in Motivate!
Misconceptions about teaching and learning are abundant, but there is one single and very common false belief that impacts effective instruction more than anything else. Do you know what it is?

Parents With a Big Appetite for Their Children to Excel

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on September 11, 2015 in Once Upon a Child
It is a rare parent who does not hope for great success in their children’s lives—for accomplishing at least as much, if not more, than the parents themselves did growing up.

Is Heroism a 'Guy Thing?'

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
We hold heroes in such high esteem because they act in a noble and virtuous manner, setting aside any thoughts of their own well being for the good of others. Or do they? It turns out that heroism, especially in time of war, positions men (but not women) for high status and enhanced mating opportunities if they survive the heroic action.

When a Friendship Gets Too Complicated

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 in The Friendship Doctor
When friends move away from each other, it’s hard to maintain the same relationship they had when they were living close together. Even without that barrier, relationships change over time as two people grow in different directions.

Fat Is an Emotional Issue

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 11, 2015 in Handy Hints for Humans
Discovering the emotional issues that make maintaining a healthy weight so difficult.

The Role of Emotions in Our Purchase Decisions

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 in Behind Online Behavior
Advertising is above all a way to groom the emotional state, to nudge consumers towards a buy.