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4 Reasons Why You Can’t Read Your Partner’s Nonverbal Cues

You would think that with familiarity, our ability to accurately read someone’s body language would improve, but it often doesn’t. Here are some reasons why you might not be able to read a loved one’s nonverbal cues.
Inner Selves: Calming the Demons

Inner Selves: Calming the Demons

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 29, 2015 in Fixing Families
We all have inner voices that criticize or make us anxious or simply make us feel bad, but can control our lives. Some tips for pushing back.

When Is a Doormat Not a Doormat?

Irrelationships may cross the line into frank abuse. However, the abused partner's seeming acquiescence may not be simple acceptance of the unacceptable. Despite his abusiveness, she may believe her partner needs what she has to offer. And her abuser may be equally committed to demanding it even while refusing to validate it.

Sex Drive? No Such Thing

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 in Living Single
The notion of a sex drive is probably one of the most widely accepted ideas in popular culture and beyond. But there are scientific standards for what counts as a drive, and in her new book, "Come as You Are," Emily Nagoski argues that sex doesn't meet them.

Workover: A Ph.D. in Art History Tries to Find Work

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
The advice I gave to a caller to my radio program.

Suicide Alert: The Spring Season Can Be Deadly

Suicide Alert: Springtime can be a deadly season.

10 Tips for Correcting Your Anxious Child

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D on April 28, 2015 in Worry Wise
Anxious kids are so afraid of messing up and getting in trouble. They are constantly rattled by the thought that someone could be mad at them. They stress about it all day, and have bad dreams about it at night. So wouldn’t it be helpful for them to learn that the thing they fear most— messing up— is survivable and maybe even not that bad, not to mention pretty rare?

Marriage Is NOT A Fifty Fifty Proposition

A personal relationship is so much more than its business aspects. We can work to cultivate a more mutual generosity and trust between us. When couples are in the rhythm of giving to each other, they are sensitive to each other’s needs, and get great pleasure from bringing happiness to each other.

When Your Partner Wants To Do It But You Don't

By Amy Muise PhD on April 28, 2015 in The Passion Paradox
In long-term relationships couples are bound to encounter times when one partner wants to have sex, but the other partner is not in the mood for sex at that time. New research examined how couples can navigate these situations of differing sexual interests with greater success.

Game of Zoë

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in One Among Many
Following simple rules, people move around in a group until interesting patterns emerge. One sees this more clearly, though, in a computer simulation.
How Does a Rebel Change Habits?

How Does a Rebel Change Habits?

By Gretchen Rubin on April 28, 2015 in The Happiness Project
I love it when people tell me about their ingenious ways of working with their Tendency, in order to change their habits.

The Magic Years

The history of psychiatry through the eyes of a psychiatrist.

Why Are Cannabis Users Susceptible to Memory Distortion?

A new study reports that chronic cannabis use can make imaginary memories seem like reality.
Why Loneliness Hurts So Much

Why Loneliness Hurts So Much

Just we feel hunger when we haven't enough food, we feel affection hunger when our needs for connection go unmet. Close relationships aren’t a luxury, but a necessity. The need for social connection is innate, just like the need for food, sleep, and air.

Memory Thieves

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Mental Mishaps
Have you, or anyone you know, ever been the victim of memory theft? Has someone ever stolen one of your memories and told the story as his or her own? You might be surprised by how frequently this crime happens—you aren’t alone if your memories have been stolen.

Advance Directives 2.0

How video technology can disrupt health care and make it a saner system at the end of life.

Couldn't Have Said It Better: Baltimore Riots 2015

A short piece that explains why some of the responses in the media to the Baltimore riots feel particularly damning to Black Americans, especially when considered in context.
Why Meditation Is a Great Idea

Why Meditation Is a Great Idea

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Let's Connect
This page 1. of a long paper suggests that meditation can help everyone. A well-known division of the self is described: a highly aware but hidden part, and a virtually automated visible part.

What's New with Mac n' Cheese?

American kids deserve the same treatment that European children have been enjoying for decades.

The Horrors of Self-Esteem

Our predecessors thought that self-esteem was a horrible notion. They were right.

The Deepest War Wound May Be the Anguish of Moral Injury

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Afterwar
That the military code—never abandon a buddy, bring all your troops home, don't put innocents at risk—is impossible to meet doesn't always register deep down. The result may be shame, and all too often suicidal shame.

Why Warm Weather and Hot Tubs Make Us Happy

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 28, 2015 in Minding the Body
Feeling warmer physically leads to feeling better emotionally - a conversation with researcher Christopher Lowry.

Please Keep Your Mind in Your Body

By Hal Mathew on April 28, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
The look of being present

The Misery Checklist

The Misery Checklist: A made-up story about a real problem

Can Women Ever Be Taken Seriously?

Gravitas, or the assertion of power through body language, is a concept usually associated with men. However, it is possible under the right circumstances for women to have a piece of the power dynamic pie.

Parenting: From Well-Doing to Well-Being

A strengths-based approach to parenting.

This Is How You Should Learn

By Jen Kim on April 28, 2015 in Valley Girl With a Brain
According to research from the National Academy of Sciences, the most effective (and exemplary) teaching methods are those that truly engage its students.

Is It Time to Ban Food Ads?

We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic that is linked to 18 percent of all deaths for those ages 40-85. It has boosted medical costs by an estimated $150 billion annually and has sent the incidents of related illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease soaring. Obesity is also related to depression and diminished quality of life. It’s never been more apparent

Moving Past Anger in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on April 28, 2015 in Splitopia
Anger is a backward-looking emotion. It can keep you trapped in the past you no longer have. Moving on can mean moving past anger.

The Communicative Advantages of Interrupting

The Sermon on the Mount takes 8 minutes to read aloud, so be wary of any speech act that goes on for longer than that.