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Republicans, Rape, God, and Evolution

By Hector A Garcia Psy.D. on July 23, 2015 in Alpha God
What is the ultimate relationship between our evolved psychology and conservative views on female sexuality?

Why Female Celebrities Get Stuck in Public Feuds

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 23, 2015 in Insight Is 20/20
Three music superstars - Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry - recently acted out what happens on playgrounds between females far and wide. Why do they do it? It has to do with what's called "relational aggression."

4 Mental Health Disorders That May Thrive on Loneliness

By Kira Asatryan on July 23, 2015 in The Art of Closeness
It's possible you're not mentally ill. You're just lonely.
Being Sixty-Something

Being Sixty-Something

By Robin Marantz Henig on July 23, 2015 in Cusp
In her lovely essay, "At Sixty-Five," the writer Emily Fox Gordon captures a lot of what I've been feeling about being in my sixties. But I haven't yet reached the point she has of feeling like this is a good time in life, a time when a person works free of youth's "agitation and misery" and finally has "learned better how to live."

Seven Reasons Why Your Financial Life Creates Anxiety

By Michael F. Kay on July 23, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
While there are some who breathe the rarified air of having their financial lives totally together, most people struggle. Your degree of struggle might range from small—not being sufficiently organized—to complete and utter meltdown.

Severe Migraine: Finding Answers in the Mind, Not in Pills

There are 45 million Americans with migraine and about 10% of those have frequent and severe headaches that are unresponsive to medications and other treatments. Most doctors would describe migraine as a genetic disorder, however this blog presents a different view. A patient with severe migraines is presented and her cure lay in her willingness to reappraise her life.
Pregnant and Anxious?

Pregnant and Anxious?

A woman who feels anxious during her pregnancy might think this is just what it feels like to be pregnant.
Do You Want More Respect and Recognition for Your Work?

Do You Want More Respect and Recognition for Your Work?

By Allison Carmen on July 23, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
The desire for appreciation and respect from others often stems from a fear that things are not all right. We are afraid that we're not who we should be or we're not accomplishing enough with our lives. Yet the trap is that we can’t always get from others what we are looking for and must look within in order to find any semblance of stability and freedom.

How Charlie Got His Groove Back

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in Play in Mind
Charlie the Dog or The Dood—our undersized, but athletic Goldendoodle—spent his first four-and-a-half years enthralled by squirrels and hooked on the game of chasing them.

Your Brain and Health in Nature: Rewilding Is Good For Us

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Two new studies show how walking in nature changes the brain and how trees can make people healthier including cardio-metabolic conditions. For those whose frenetic lives leave little time for getting outside, this is good news. And, there don't appear to be any downsides to taking a short break and getting out in nature and rewilding our hearts.

Body Appreciation Day!

By Steve Sisgold on July 23, 2015 in Life in a Body
I know at times it’s tough to appreciate your body for its true brilliance and how much it does it for you.

Replication and Generalizability of Evidence-Based Practices

By APA Division 15 on July 23, 2015 in PsychEd
A clear way to impact education with all populations is to address the issues that have been identified in literature as the “replication crisis.” And, the beauty of the replication crisis is it provides extensive opportunities for meaningful growth in the field of educational psychology.

I May Be a Jackass, But I Can Be Taught to Care

A jackass is an ornery animal. You can lead it to water, but you can't make it drink. Are kids the same way?

Behavior Differences Between Smaller and Larger Dogs

Research shows that there are significant differences between the behaviors of smaller and larger dogs. Some of these differences have to do with the behaviors of their owners.

What Facial Features Do Men Really Find Attractive?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in The Sports Mind
New science reveals a gender discrepancy in judgments of facial attractiveness.

Social Anxiety Diminished by Brain Signals and Re-Thinking

Social anxiety and its treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy can be studied with advanced brain imaging. Both the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala are involved.

Feeling Insecure vs. Empathy

How can we learn to live with our insecurities

Finding My Daughter Again Through the Outdoors

I think much parenting anxiety centers around how the kids will turn out and whether the choices you made will impact them in good ways or not so good ways. You wonder how you’ll feel about them as people, too, whether you’ll like who they become as adults. You know you’ll love them, but will you like them?

Trauma Workers At Risk for Compassion Fatigue

Those who experience compassion fatigue are often more caring of their clients, and more vulnerable to the emotional pain of others. There are, however, ways to overcome compassion fatigue.

Why Lisa Lampanelli is a ‘Spiritual Gangster’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Lisa Lampanelli shares how helping others can help develop a strong self-concept.

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

By Ben Lyttleton on July 23, 2015 in Twelve Yards
Why scoring a penalty-kick in soccer is more about the mind than the foot
Nature Calms the Mind—Even in Photos

Nature Calms the Mind—Even in Photos

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 23, 2015 in Open Gently
Brain research on why nature is calming and restorative.

Can Oxytocin Fortify Resilience Against Childhood Adversity?

A new study from Emory University reports that manipulating the oxytocin system has the potential to fortify a person's resilience against childhood adversity, abuse, or neglect.

Embracing Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 23, 2015 in On Having Fun
Fun has many meanings. It takes all of them to define the experience.

Does Your Prospective Boss's Personality Suit You?

Compatibility with your prospective boss is the one factor that will likely have the most profound impact on job satisfaction, and maybe your career. Yet it’s remarkably neglected in the job interview. It's the elephant in the room that not enough job seekers dare to uncover. If you ask the right questions, however, you'll greatly increase your odds of success.

Stories of Seclusion: A Rejected Man

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
He too often commits The Mortal Sin of relationships.

Failing to Protect Sandra Bland

Many legal issues surrounding Ms. Sandra Bland’s arrest and death entail further investigations, including whether existed the illegal arrest and abuse of authority by the officer who stopped her for an alleged traffic violation and whether her death at a jail cell in Waller County, Texas was suicide or murder. One thing is certain that the jail authority violated the law.

How to Resolve a Misundertanding

By Kimberly Key on July 22, 2015 in Counseling Keys
When mindreading doesn’t work, what can you do to improve your communication and lessen misunderstandings?

New Relationships and Sex after 60, 70, and 80

What does intimacy look like after sixty and should you broach the subject with your older parents?

Judging the Baby Crop

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on July 22, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
The first post in a new series on forgotten stories of the American eugenics movement examines how early-1900s baby health contests increased popular support for eugenics.