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Does Mindfulness Really Make Us Resilient?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 03, 2015 in Nurturing Resilience
When Todd Sampson demonstrated that neuroplasticity could make his ordinary brain extraordinary, he forgot to mention that he had an amazing arsenal of supports helping him achieve his goals. Mindfulness practices may help us focus and regulate our emotions, but their ability to change our lives is vastly over-rated.

Purkinje Cells Burst to Life with State-Dependent Excitation

By Christopher Bergland on October 03, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have discovered that Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum toggle between a silent "down" state and a bursting "up" state depending on levels of electrical activity.

The Story Game

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
A game you can play with yourself or a client that can yield key revelations.

Inside The Mind of the Mass Killer

Knoll wonders if the true solution to mass murder might involve a three pronged approach - better media responsibility over reporting these incidents, tighter gun regulation and improved mental health services.

The Age of Decentralized, Distributed Knowledge

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in Jacob's Staff
For centuries, the flow of information has followed the structure of organizations. This is no longer true. What changes have resulted from the explosion in connectivity and information-sharing? How are organizations and leadership struggling to cope? How will our lives be affected? What can we learn from the resistance to innovation/change?

Connection: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

By Amy Banks on October 02, 2015 in Wired For Love
No matter who you are or where you live, when you are in healthy relationships you increase the chance of living longer and dying happier.

Social Engineer Gun Violence or Accept the Consequences.

We have made the country safer by socially engineering car safety as well as other issues related to smoking, vaccinations, and various consumer protections. Other developed countries have much better track records regarding gun safety than we do. Perhaps taking a page from their playbook isn’t such a bad idea if we have the will to do so.

New Peeple App Is Bad for People

The new Peeple app lets you rate everyone from your friends, neighbors and co-workers to ex-romantic partners just like you rate businesses on Yelp. I like technology, but Peeple is a bad idea and is not going to work out well. Here's why.

6 Surprising Benefits of Self-Compassion

Do you ever call yourself names or beat yourself up over the mistakes you make? If so, you might be missing out on the incredible benefits of self-compassion.

Who Is The Real Father of Sex Addiction?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in Women Who Stray
Who is the true father of sex addiction? Could it be a man who treated homosexuality as an addiction?

Fear of Damage to Children in Polyamorous Families

Because polyamory is stigmatized in conventional society, many poly parents or other adults who love children being raised in poly families are concerned about how growing up in a polyamorous family might affect children. In this blog I include a question from a concerned mother and my response to her concerns about how her relationships might impact her kids.

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

I just read about the concerned mom who wrote a letter to Party City, outraged about this year's Halloween costumes for little girls. She was particularly furious about a sexy police girl costume marketed to young girls. I agree. Every year when I take my daughter Halloween costume shopping, I wonder how this hot and sexy trend for young girls will impact girls' futures...

Biggus Bangus

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in One Among Many
In the beginning was god and god made the big bang. But who make god? Five-year olds want to know, but seasoned christian cosmogonists have forgotten this question. They rather create god in their own image – projectively.

The Borderline Daughter

Is your daughter developing a Borderline Personality? Is she difficult or truly in trouble? Here are some clues that should prove helpful.

When Getting Close Equals Getting Hurt, Part Two

Six key questions to consider to help your clients begin to take healthy risks towards seeking and sustaining closeness.

A Profile of Oregon's Pseudocommando Killer

Dr. Park Dietz has identified three types of mass murderers—family annihilators, pseudocommandos, and set-and-run killers. The killer who targeted people at Umpqua Community College was a classic pseudocommando.

The 5 Fighting Words You Need to Drop From Your Relationship

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on October 02, 2015 in Mindful Anger
Do you fight dirty? These five words are hurting your relationship.

One Thousand Reasons Breaking a Sweat Is the Best Medicine

By Christopher Bergland on October 02, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Do you hate to exercise? Would you rather take a pill that mimics the benefits of working out than actually going to the gym? A new study has identified over one thousand molecular reactions to exercise. These findings could lead to the development of a drug that imitates the health benefits of breaking a sweat.

Does Circumcision Reduce Men’s Sexual Sensitivity?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 02, 2015 in All About Sex
The best evidence shows that circumcision doesn't impair men’s sexual function.

Do Social Odors Build Cities?

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in Sensoria
Is your smell communicating everything about you, from your state of mind to the foods and drugs you take? Learn how the invisible sense of smell influences every aspects of your daily life.

The Psychology of Pumpkin Spice Lattes

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in Happy Trails
"Get it while it lasts!" "Limited time only!" Why scarcity creates cravings.

How Gratitude Builds (and Busts) Relationships

It was the email equivalent of the middle finger. I recently referred a friend of mine to a business coach colleague of mine, and days later I received a thank you, not from him, but from his assistant. Part of the reason why this encounter rubbed me the wrong way is because I am a gratitude junkie.

Can You Really Change Your Personality? Research Says “Yes”

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in The New Resilience
Research shows that you can consciously "grow" and develop dimensions of your personality that have been dormant or blocked.

The Difference between Sadness and Depression

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Because we associate depression with its primary symptom of pervasive sadness, many of us struggle to tell the difference between these two common psychological states. And that is a huge problem.
Four Reasons to Consider Making a Psychotherapy Appointment

Four Reasons to Consider Making a Psychotherapy Appointment

Psychotherapy aims at helping an individual with issues related to mental health, interpersonal communication, and problematic behaviors, make positive life changes. The main objective is to help relieve symptoms and resolve underlying concerns by having directed conversations focused on increasing self-awareness and improving psychological and relational well-being.

5 Reasons Not to Fear Public Speaking

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
Great speakers are made, not born (as are plain old good ones). Consider the examples of this famous five. All overcame significant public speaking confidence problems — and so can you.

Albert Ellis Was the Real Expert on Bullying

By Izzy Kalman on October 02, 2015 in Resilience to Bullying
Albert Ellis is one of the most influential psychologists of all time, and was an expert at teaching people how to stop being bullied, though no one recognized him as such. He could have told us that the popular bullying psychology couldn't work because it is based on irrational beliefs.

Get in Touch With Your Core Value

The rewards for staying true to your deepest values are great: Authenticity, conviction, long-term wellbeing. And the reminders for violating them are terrible: guilt, shame, anxiety, regret, feeling inadequate or unlovable.

Interview with 'The Martian'

By Guy P. Harrison on October 02, 2015 in About Thinking
"The Martian" talks space and story telling.

Evolution Runs Through It

Evolution doesn’t just apply to fossils and DNA. It applies to human behavior. But even that’s only a slice of how powerful evolutionary principles are. This is how we use a high-impact, interdisciplinary, team-teaching approach to advancing evolution education where I teach. It’s powerful. And it’s fun.