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Child Rearing: Boundaries and Love

At a certain point during breastfeeding, it is natural for the baby to bite the breast. This is one of many important avenues for mother and baby to negotiate their boundaries—between self and other. All of child rearing revolves around boundaries and love.

The Science of Gift Giving

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on November 23, 2015 in Head Games
It's said that it's the thought that matters, but research reveals that there's more behind our gift giving decisions than we may realize.

The Danger of Carbs

By Judy Carter on November 23, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
If the only thing you fit into from high school is your high school earrings, you will want to read tips on how to not overeat during the holidays.

More Indispensables for Those With Chronic Pain and Illness

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on November 23, 2015 in Turning Straw Into Gold
My "comfort food" is a cup of decaf coffee with cocoa powder, stevia, and coconut milk in it. (I admit, it’s really a pretend decaf mocha.) Does this sound truly awful to you? That’s why comfort food is a personal indispensable!

The Qualities of Leaders

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Naturally Selected
What makes a good leader? The way leaders are chosen and how they lead may not be so different between humans and others in the animal world. This is important to consider when we make decisions about our political leaders.

How to Avoid Being Deceived by Opinion Polls

Master manipulators in politics, government, business, and media use opinion polls to influence our thinking, our choices, and our behavior. Learn to know when you’re being played for a rube.

5 Things They Don't Tell You About Grief

Worried you aren't grieving the "right" way? There are some parts of the grief process that people don't like to talk about.

Birth Order Determines...Almost Nothing

By Jeanne Safer Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in The Last Taboos
Everybody tends to think children have particular personality characteristics determined by their position in the family: firstborns are achievers, middle children are peacemakers, and the babies in the family are individualists. A new study shows how it isn't so.
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Calling Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, YouTube

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on November 23, 2015 in Just Listen
If extremists can use technology and the Internet to spread fear and terror, perhaps tech and Internet companies can pull people together to create an "iron dome" solidarity to counter those.

Politics, Money, and Religion: Happy Holidays

Are you stressed about spending the holidays with family? A simple strategy for dealing with 'those' relatives can help.

We Need a National Anti-Loneliness Campaign for the Holidays

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
The holidays can be an acutely lonely period for millions of people. Here's what you can do about it:

The Void Social Media Fills

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on November 23, 2015 in The Truisms of Wellness
The average American spends 7.6 hours a month on social media. Social media sites enable people to connect with each other no matter on which continent or in which time zone they reside. Although it allows people to stay in touch with loved ones around the world, can social media become an addiction?

Why Exercise Isn't Always a Panacea

Just because some exercise is great for us doesn’t mean these benefits extend indefinitely. It turns out that yes, you can exercise too much: Beyond a certain point of exertion, our bodies—and our minds—start to break down.

Happy Holidays—Or Else!

Being haunted by the idea that other people are “better” at holiday celebrations than we are can drive us to “fix” our own family’s time together. But this preoccupation with “getting it right” can become an emotional wedge between ourselves and those we’re trying to please.

Small Oversights Can Cause Big Management Problems

Small business owners and managers are especially prone to being overwhelmed by details. And yes, the devil really is in the details on many occasions. But not scheduling time for some strategic thinking can be an even bigger mistake.
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Why Resilient Leaders Need To Embrace Gratitude

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Resilient Leadership
Does gratitude play a role in resilient leadership? A growing body of research offers surprising insights.

9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Singletons
If you are an overly involved or protective parent, you probably feed into your child’s sense of entitlement with realizing it. Here, ways to measure the extent of your child or teen’s “Me, Me, Me” problem and turn the tide of entitlement.

Imagination in Action: Interview With Shaun McNiff

Imagination in action is about accepting the struggles, mistakes and failures and realizing that they are all part of the challenging process of personal transformation. Put down that coloring book and give yourself the gift of spontaneous, authentic, creative expression.

Four 2015 Twists to Holiday Shopping

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in The Why Behind the Buy
If you're like most, you'll be shopping differently this year. Here are four ways that this holiday shopping season will be different this year.

Playfulness Is a Spiritual Practice

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 23, 2015 in On Having Fun
Being playful, the very understanding of the purpose of games is redefined. Games are no longer about winning or even about cooperating. They are all and only about celebrating our capacity for having fun together.

Female Serial Killers Are No Myth

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in Wicked Deeds
The news and entertainment media focus on and sensationalize the acts of violence and torture perpetrated by male serial killers. Although the graphic images of male serial killers sell countless books and movie tickets, they also perpetuate the myth that all serial killers are demented men.

An Alternative Approach to ISIS

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
Should a psychological approach to ISIS be added to the military one?

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

The big lie is this: That a college education is ....

The 6 Things We All Need to Be Thankful For

From an evolutionary perspective, gratitude is a significant social emotion. It drives us to connect with others - and it works to remind us of the fact that we are always part of something larger than ourselves. Here is a list of 6 things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving (and all other days of the year as well).

Can't I Just Say "I'm Sorry" and We Can Move On?

The question is not if we will hurt others, because we all will. The question is what we should do when it happens.

Will Your Child Be Part of the Collateral Damage of Divorce?

Rather than looking at the negative consequences of divorce as fixed, we need to examine the origins of the problem – the so-called pathogenesis – to recognize that these consequences are the results of symptoms acquired over the course of a child’s lifetime.

Doctor Prescribes a Reality Check for Homeopathy

By Guy P. Harrison on November 22, 2015 in About Thinking
Homeopathic products are popular these days. What does a doctor say about them?

How Gratitude Leads to a Happier Life

Gratitude has been shown to have many benefits in terms of our health, happiness, satisfaction with life and the way we relate to others. It goes hand in hand with mindfulness in its focus on the present and appreciating what we have now, rather than wanting more and more. Learn research-based strategies to be more grateful.
Krystine I. Batcho

Looking to Our Past: Escapism or Exploration?

The past is gone, cannot be changed, and cannot return. Is revisiting it in memory a reluctance to live in the present?

Standard Interpretations in Psychotherapy

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on November 22, 2015 in Fighting Fear
Psychotherapists who cannot think of something sensible to say sometimes make facile interpretations which do not apply to any particular patient and which are, for the most part, wrong.