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CIA Torture Techniques Harm Interrogators As Well

Torture used as an interrogation device can have severe, long-lasting effects.

Is Donald Trump an Alpha Male?

Do we need to be more precise in applying terms such as “personality disorder” and “alpha male” to political candidates?

I Don’t Want to Fade Away

Recent research suggests that the average grip strength of men in America has decreased in the past 30 years.

Why Theological Waywardness Is Inevitable

Natural penchants of mind, such as anthropomorphism, dispose people to think about gods in ways that often conflict with their religions' doctrines.

The Joys of Going Off the Map

By Melody Warnick on August 17, 2016 in This Is Where You Belong
Can you navigate from point A to point B without a GPS? Allowing yourself to get distracted might help.

4 Questions You Need to Answer Before Going Back to an Ex

Considering reuniting with an ex? The odds of a successful relationship the second time around are not in your favor.

The Rise of the Monster Parent

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Teachers in North America already deal with parents who watch over every aspect of their child's education. But reports out of Asia say that things could be worse. Much worse.

"Healthy Anger"

Let it all hang out? Really?

The Dark Side to the 2016 Olympics

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in The First Impression
Behind the pageantry, what are some of the hidden aspects to the Olympic games, and how do they trace back to the Nazi regime?
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Alluring Brain Science: Stale, Creative Ferment or Both?

Brain science is complex and fast developing. Is it providing the answers we need quickly enough?
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7 Ways to Get Your Self-Esteem Back After Divorce

Is divorce taking a bite out of your self-esteem? Fight back by finding ways to rise to the emotional challenge, and impress the heck out of yourself (and your kids).

Why Do People Buy Guns?

Why do people own guns despite abundant evidence that having a gun in the home is unsafe? Some basic psychological instincts help explain what makes us ignore scientific evidence.

The Practical Benefits of a Wandering Mind

The next time you’re trying to concentrate and find your mind wandering off task, you might just want to let it go. New research suggests it may be helping you achieve your goals.

Pets on the Couch: Do Animals Need Freud and Pfizer?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Animal psychiatry is a rapidly growing field and Dr. Nicholas Dodman's new book called Pets on the Couch is a must read for all who choose to share their home with another animal.

A Letter to Aliens

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
A description of earthlings that might help us examine ourselves.
How Self-Control Can Help You Live a Healthier Life
Self-Control and Healthy Living
A Mediterranean Approach: Give Me the Fats, Just the Fats
A Mediterranean Approach
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Nap
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Olympics Bare Extreme Range of the Human Spirit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While we can aspire to Olympic ideals of decorum we often fail to adhere to their real life practice...a short coming not restricted to high performance athletes, of course.

Exploring Our Own Stereotypes and Biases

It is natural to want to deny our own biases, but trying to suppress negative thoughts doesn’t work. The good news is that you can have thoughts without being guided by them.

Is It Offensive to Declare a Psychological Claim Wrong?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
You might think that scientists just let the data speak. Instead, if what the data say is, "Your pet theory or claim is wrong," many scientists get very defensive and hostile.

How to Turn Friendship Into Love

Is your friendship forever a friendship, or could it turn into a romance? New research can help.

When Sibling Rivalry Goes Awry

You may remember the days in the not so distant past when you were the envy of friends and family. “Your kids get along so well,” they would gush.

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” at 70

Seventy years ago, between Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell published his famous essay, Politics and the English Language—a work that has relevance for our upcoming election.

Back to School

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Raising Parents
What can parents do to get children ready to go back to school?
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Want to Be Successful? Spend More Time Staring Into Space

Think about the last time you had a great idea or solved a problem that had been plaguing you—were you in the shower?

The Danger of Talking to Children About Weight

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 16, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
How our misguided quest for health and wellness in our children may be causing harm, and what to do about it.

Why Millennials Owe Donald Trump a Big "Thank You"

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 16, 2016 in Just Listen
By doing unto the GOP, what the GOP has done unto the Democrats for decades, Trump might actually be the catalyst that ends divisiveness. Who knew?

10 Ways to Get Yourself Moving

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 16, 2016 in Cravings
Looking for exercise motivation? Follow this easy path to fitness.
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Eight Traits of People With Healthy Self-Esteem

Heightened self-esteem comes about by continuing to take those baby steps, then making small decisions and seeing small results.

Sing Your Heart Out in the Old Age Home

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 16, 2016 in Open Gently
To help someone with dementia, load up a Mp3 player with her favorite songs and give her a set of headphones, as long as there is staff to supervise. When you visit, sing.

Living With Intention

Intention is the power to redirect your thoughts. This power is limited. Here's how to grow it instead of wasting it.