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Altered Minds

By Hara Estroff Marano on November 20, 2015 in Nation of Wimps
In a new film, Altered Minds, director Michael Z Wechsler bases the psychological suspense on covert mind-control experiments.

Who Would Jesus Stone?

By Rebecca Coffey on November 20, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Classic nonviolence is far from passive. It is smartly aggressive. To get under their oppressors’ skin, civil rights and social reform leaders have had to be psychologically astute. (“What will get their goats them this time?”). And, apparently, thinking that way works. A growing body of research suggests that nonviolence is more effective than violence.

5 Reasons Bad Guys Always Seem to Win (and How to Stop Them)

There are specific psychological reasons why bad people are able to exploit others to their advantage, and part of the problem is our tolerance for bad behavior, and an unwillingness to intervene. There is more that we can do to stop the bad and promote the good.

Terrorists Want Us to Feel Insecure - 5 Ways to Triumph

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 20, 2015 in Off the Couch
5 ways to keep the terrorists from winning.
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Top 10 Highly Popular Strategies for Boosting Happiness

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on November 20, 2015 in What Matters Most?
Here are 10 of the most popular interventions for boosting well-being. The science of happiness is young but there are many good strategies that have begun to show consistency in both research and popularity. Which ones will you try?

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

By Howard Schubiner M.D. on November 20, 2015 in Unlearn Your Pain
Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.

Sugar on the Brain

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 20, 2015 in Minding the Body
When your blood sugar is already a little elevated, it's even harder to resist reaching for a sweet treat.

Should You Boycott Holiday Baking?

By Susan Biali M.D. on November 20, 2015 in Prescriptions for Life
Are you already stressed about the weight you'll gain over the holidays? Here's a simple tip that will go a long way: Stop baking. Say no to anything that involves bringing or exchanging sweet treats. Trust me, you'll thank me later.

12 Easy Ways to Shrink Annoying Problems Down to Size

By Meg Selig on November 20, 2015 in Changepower
Got a problem? Shrink it! These 12 techniques will relieve stress by shrinking annoying problems down to a more manageable size.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: Can we break the cycle?

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

We typically think of math anxiety as universally bad for math learning, but a team of scholars have now discovered that the relationship between math anxiety and learning is much more complex.

Problems with the Research on Psychological Treatments

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in Curious?
In this provocative blog post, I report on how much of what we know about therapy is based on clinical trials where the outcome is how much distress is reduced over weeks and months. Two, new meta-analyses provide evidence that the amount of distress people with anxiety and mood disorders experience has only a small association with how much impairment they experience.

What Does "Agnostic" Mean?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in The Secular Life
There are some things we just may never know. Deal with it.

7 Ways Meditation Supercharges Your Brain

By Susan Reynolds on November 20, 2015 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Pausing daily, or at least regularly, to meditate can have amazing benefits for your brain, from increasing brain volume, to boosting focus and supercharging neurons. Here’s the lowdown on 7 long-term brain benefits.

Improving Public Engagement With Climate Change

In this article, we advance five simple but important “best practices” drawn from psychological science to help policymakers galvanize concern and thereby improve public responses to climate change.

Why Are Media Beauty Ideals Toxic for Our Daughters?

It is important for parents to know that there is a direct relationship between the amount of time that girls spend viewing media images and whether or not they will have negative body image. And we know that negative body image is related to many other problems like low self-esteem, depression, excessive dieting, and eating disorders. Some practical strategies to try.

Teaching Tolerance in a Time of Terror

It may seem easy to counteract chaos and unrest resulting from terrorist attacks by pointing fingers at entire groups. We need to be clear about what such stances communicate especially to our children.

Rethinking John B. Watson's Legacy

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in The First Impression
Should Watson be taught to students as a cautionary tale? In tracing his research, it becomes clear that in addition to ethically questionable studies, Watson was promoting problematic and dangerous assertions regarding child rearing without legitimate support for any of his claims.
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A Warmer Embrace of Muslims Could Stop Homegrown Terrorism

When people experience a loss to their sense of personal significance—for example, through humiliation or disrespect—they seek out other outlets for creating meaning. Extremists know and exploit these vulnerabilities, targeting Muslims whose sense of significance is low or threatened.

Gift Giving as a Remedy for the Holiday Blues

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on November 20, 2015 in Grand Rounds
The winter holidays are descending and it fills many of us with dread. Want to know a secret? Giving feels better than receiving. It's not just a cliche—it's science.

Like Water: Why We Attract Who We Attract

If you want to know what needs work, look at your choices of mates. The answer will surprise you.

Best Interests of the Child: Standards & Parental Alienation

By Amy J.L. Baker Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in Caught Between Parents
Best Interest of the Child Standards do not protect children from parental alienation.

How to Live With Terrorism: Empowering Bystanders

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in Time Out
What can we learn from a week of terror in Paris, Marseilles, Tel Aviv, Beirut and Yolo, Nigeria?

Building Core Value Narratives

When personal narratives persist over time, they develop a support structure of highly reinforced habits.

Your Precuneus May Be the Root of Happiness and Satisfaction

By Christopher Bergland on November 20, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified a possible location of happiness and satisfaction in the human brain.

What Kind of Romantic Partners Make Narcissists Happy?

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in Close Encounters
Narcissists attach more importance to the physical attractiveness and status of potential mates than to whether or not their mate is a warm and caring person. But are narcissists really happier when they find that trophy partner? New research suggests that the answer is yes.

Appetite for Risk: What Is Your Approach to Risk?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in A Sideways View
People are quite different in their appetite for risk. Are "risky types" risky in all their behaviors: in the workplace, in their personal relationships, in the way they drive, in what they eat and drink?
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Our Hidden Fear of Acceptance

While the fear of rejection is understandable, the fear of acceptance is less visible. The article explores how this more subtle fear operates. Being mindful of how we fear acceptance can open to door to a deeper capacity to receive the love and caring that is available.

Is There Pure Good?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
I thought I had identified 10, but on reflection, I had to settle for 4.

7 Chilling Facts About Your Fear of Fear

Is fear your ally or enemy? The more you understand about fear, the less scared of life you will be.