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Never Go on a Diet if You Want to Lose Weight

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 24, 2014 in Cravings
To reduce the stress of trying to lose weight, wean yourself off dieting and try a more natural, long-term approach to eating. When you overcome your food and weight fears, you can begin to simplify your approach to diet, and at the same time, open your mind to new ways of eating.

Twenty-Somethings Moving Back Home

By Melissa Deuter M.D. on September 24, 2014 in The In-Between
Maybe she graduated from college and hasn’t had time to find a real job yet. Or perhaps he washed out of military training. Or, maybe college or the first job experience was a flop. For a variety reasons, record numbers of twenty-somethings are moving back home to live with their parents.

The Upcoming Revised NFL Drug Use Policy

By Richard Taite on September 24, 2014 in Ending Addiction for Good
The NFL is putting the final touches on a new drug policy. This new policy, which is the first major update since the last policy in 2010, is between the NFL Players Association and the NFL.

Relationship Desires & Realities on Casual Sex Sites

By Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 in Your Online Secrets
Sites like Adult Friend Finder make it easy to find a sex partner for the night, but they offer the prospect of longer term relationships (both serious and not so serious). What kind of relationships form from these sites and how well do they meet people's expectations? Research says they are short and shallow, and that some people are looking for more than they can get.

No Body Is Perfect

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 24, 2014 in Cravings
Perfectionists can be very hard on themselves because they simply don’t accept any imperfections or mistakes. If you’re a perfectionist, you may be trying to live up to impossible standards of physical beauty.

How Has Obamacare Impacted Substance Abuse Treatment?

By Anna David on September 24, 2014 in After Party Chat
Unsurprisingly, insurance companies have managed to create loopholes that prevent them from having to provide adequate rehab coverage. But how?

Storms of Stress

Blame makes us feel powerless and keeps us focused on damage rather than solutions. The great magnifier of stress is blame, and its result is the hidden killer in stress: resentment.

Behavioral Economics of Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 in Science of Choice
Behavioral economics provides a framework to understand when and how people make mistakes.

The Art of Transcendence Over the Years, Part II

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 in The Flip Side
Experiencing “the purest beauty” can be a transporting experience, taking us to another, lovelier, place even if all we’re doing is sitting in a park.

Letting Go of Sunk Costs

By Robert L Leahy Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 in Anxiety Files
We often get stuck holding onto a decision that is no longer working for us, but we fear giving up. It may be that we are getting stuck on a sunk cost, focusing on the past rather than future utility. We keep digging a bigger hole.

Shawn Colvin Knows The Horror of Depression

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 in Brick by Brick
The World Health Organization estimates 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression. Society needs to stop viewing depression as a bad mood gone awry, but as the chronic illness that it really is.

Why Counting on Your Dreams to Come True May Not Be Worth It

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 in Statistical Life
Failures of affective forecasting are associated with overlooking the details of the future. But affective forecasting at all is associated with overlooking the details of the present.

Nudging All Over the World

By Mark Whitehead Ph.D on September 24, 2014 in The Psychological State
The impact of the behavioral sciences on public policy development is more global than you might think!

When You Don’t Fit In

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 in How To Do Life
Deciding what to accept and what to change about ourselves

5 Ways to Show-Up, Shine, and Succeed at Work

With two out of every three people reporting they’re actively disengaged in their jobs it’s clear many of us are functioning, but not flourishing at work. But what are the practical, tested ways you can show up, shine and succeed consistently at work?

Bully For You

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on September 23, 2014 in Shift Happens
It's not writing an English paper or suffering through Algebra 2. It's bullying that is the worst problem kids and parents face in this back-to-school season and it is rampant. As a therapist I not only work with children who are the constant source of negative fodder but distraught parents who feel such pain for their kids. We need to stop this epidemic.

Who Is Your Anti-You?

By Nick Tasler on September 23, 2014 in Strategic Thinking
Bad decisions in life, love, and business can be avoided by discovering your Anti-You.

Addiction and Petroglyphs, Recovery and Basketball

By Dan Mager MSW on September 23, 2014 in Some Assembly Required
The progression of active addiction is a deviation-amplifying process, much like pushing a wheelbarrow in a rut. Recovery is a deviation-counteracting process that involves consistent course corrections based on conscious awareness of one’s internal and external environment—for which basketball is an excellent analogy. How? You may ask.

The Psychology of Gratitude

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 23, 2014 in Hide and Seek
Gratitude has many benefits, but is hard to cultivate.

Read Lots of Parenting Books but Still Feeling Stuck?

By Erica Reischer Ph.D. on September 23, 2014 in What Great Parents Do
Often, the answer to why we continue to feel stuck lies in the difference between knowing and doing.

Reflections on Residency

By Guest Bloggers on September 23, 2014 in The Guest Room
Like any professional journey, becoming a psychologist has its triumphs and challenges, its ups and downs. Here are important things to remember along the way.

When Sex Addicts Reveal Everything to Spouses

When it's time to confess sexually addictive behaviors to a spouse, a therapeutic disclosure process serves as a healthy container for the truths and feelings of both parties.

5 Surefire Ways to Kill a Relationship

By Peg Streep on September 23, 2014 in Tech Support
Taking a serious look at what research knows to be the behaviors and stances most likely to take a marriage down

5 Secret Messages Your Body Language Sends

Body language, or nonverbal communication, is not a formal language like verbal communication. There are, however, subtle nonverbal cues that often occur out of awareness that can have a powerful impact on others. Here are some of the common, but lesser-known body language cues.

How to Make Frustration Work for You

Frustration is a good thing because it tells you when Plan B is a better use of your energy. Our frustrations are often blamed on modern society, but monkeys had the same frustrations 50 million years ago. They evolved a brain that thrives on frustration, and your brain does too.

A Possible Sign That You’re a Narcissist

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 23, 2014 in Ambigamy
We tend to over-diagnose narcissism, accusing people of not caring about others when they just don't care about us as much as we'd like and feel entitled to be cared about. If you're deeply interested in how to diagnose narcissism with authority, it may be because you've got a bit of the old narcissism in you, too. And who doesn't in these times of great expectations?

Surviving Generation Stress: One Act of Kindness

By Kristen Race Ph.D. on September 23, 2014 in Generation Stress
Kindness, and acts of kindness, show up everywhere -- we simply need to take notice of them. In this post, I demonstrate how our brains benefit from performing and/or witnessing acts of kindness, and I share a fun and simple activity for the entire family that will help us all develop the prefrontal cortex of our brains and help grow the positive emotions in all of us.

School Killing Sprees

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on September 23, 2014 in Let's Connect
Modern societies have made many gains based on individualism and emphasis on thought and the material world. But it appears that this combination may have had unfortunate effects on the nature of our social-emotional dealings: widespread alienation and mishandling of emotions. These two faults may be causes of violence.

Sugar, Salt, and Multiple Wives

In the human evolutionary past, certain resources (such as sugar, fat, and multiple mates) would have been great for survival and reproduction but difficult to acquire. How has the past elusiveness of these resources shaped human appetites for them?

Healthy Living and the Pain of Procrastination

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 23, 2014 in Cravings
You say you want to be healthy but you’re not making the lifestyle changes necessary to reach that goal. Why not? Can’t find the motivation? Afraid you won’t get it right? Don’t have the time? Guess what? You can, you will and you do. You just don’t know it yet.