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Should I Send My Ex-friend a Birthday Card?

My best friend's birthday is approaching and I wanted to know if I should still wish her a happy birthday even though we’re not speaking.

Conceptual Chicks & Experiential Eggs: Teaching Philosophies

Last spring I helped design a training program for aspiring college teachers. I had great fun being on the small planning committee; our disagreements were especially enlightening. My favorite disagreement was about whether we should have our students develop and write their teaching philosophy.

Violent Humans Are Animals, but Not Behaving Like Animals

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Animal Emotions
Each time there's a violent incident involving a human animal ("human") there are many snippets in various media claiming something like, "He's an animal." The use of the word "animal" always refers to nonhuman animals and this is a radically misleading and dismissive claim because while humans are animals science shows we are not really behaving like other animals.

What Would the Buddha Do?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Pura Vida
It's a kind of dog-car problem: a dog who chases cars eventually catches one. What does he do with it? Similarly, when we catch a violent perpetrator, what should we do with him?

How Many Victims to Come, How Many Himizu's to Surface?

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in The Violent Mind
Exploring the racism, psychopathy, and schizophrenia of Dylann Roof from a clinical psychology perspective.

Bringing Down the Confederate Flag

Morality and its requirements explain how people are now thinking about the Confederate flag.

A Surprising Influence on Your Emotions

By Guest Blogger on June 24, 2015 in Brainstorm
Recent research has found that group members actually become more similar in their expressions of anger and gratitude over time.

Understanding and Working With Flashbacks, Part One

Since June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month, it seems relevant to focus on the common but debilitating symptom of flashbacks that so often accompanies a PTSD diagnosis.

When to Sue Your Psychiatrist for Malpractice

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on June 24, 2015 in So Sue Me
Many cases of psychiatric malpractice are never reported because the victims are already emotionally unstable. What exactly does it mean for a psychiatrist to commit malpractice?

Your Old School-Days Bully Wants to Friend You

On the one hand, you can finally have your voice heard, even dish back a moment of—pain? Doubt? Regret? Humility? (while reminding him or her what a little shit s/he was).
On the other hand, what’s the point? Reminding them of their cruelties may feel good, in the moment, but after hitting “Send” are you really able to move on?
What is it you want?

Social Media in a Successful Psychotherapy Practice

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on June 24, 2015 in Meaningful You
Learning how to navigate the new terrain of social media in a professional manner is integral to the success of a psychotherapy practice.

Does Love Change Your Brain?

Falling in love may be more than just an emotional experience; it might alter your brain chemistry.

Want to Make More Friends? Get a Dog

New data confirms that walking your dog makes it more likely that you will know your neighborhood and form friendships in your community.

When Bipolar Disorder Moved Into the House

By Hara Estroff Marano on June 24, 2015 in Brainstorm
In this new film, a bipolar father learns to take care of his two daughters Or did they take care of him?

23 Mental Health Professionals Interviewed About Their Jobs

By Brad Waters on June 24, 2015 in Design Your Path
Going behind the scenes with 23 mental health professionals to gain insight into the pros and cons of the industry.

This Is How You Bounce Back From a Loss

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Works in Progress
When Plan A does not work out, we often feel that our back up plans are just a consolation prize. With the right perspective, sometimes Plan B has even greater benefits than one can imagine.
Save Any Relationship With Just 2 Questions

Save Any Relationship With Just 2 Questions

By Kira Asatryan on June 24, 2015 in The Art of Closeness
It doesn't take much to stop fights and reduce resentment... just 2 simple questions.
Curiosity: The Top Trait Among Those Who Succeed

Curiosity: The Top Trait Among Those Who Succeed

By Gregg Levoy on June 24, 2015 in Passion!
How the power of passionate curiosity—what Buddhists call "beginner's mind"—can help us thrive.

Why Is He Acting That Way?

Has your partner ever acted in a way that confused you? Maybe he’s been emotionally distant lately, even though it seems like you had been getting along fine. It’s easy to get mad and make accusations when you’re not sure what’s going on in a relationship. But that only makes the situation worse. Here's what to do instead.

What I Would Like to Like, but Don't Like

By William Irwin Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Plato on Pop
There are lots of bands, books, shows, and movies that I unapologetically dislike. But then there are those I don’t like or dislike. I would like to like them, but I don’t. Is this category revealing of likes more honest and revealing?

Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W. on June 24, 2015 in Quite Queerly
The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home—based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel—show us that living our truth leads to a livable life.

The Joy of Mindful, Asynchronous Sex

By Laurie B. Mintz Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Stress and Sex
During asynchronous sex, the receiver can connect her body and mind in space and time—or in other words, she can cultivate the mindful focus that has been shown to increase orgasmic capacity
Developments in the Treatment of PTSD Nightmares, Part 1

Developments in the Treatment of PTSD Nightmares, Part 1

"What Dreams May Come: Treating the Nightmares of PTSD" was a blog post I published in November 2013. It remains a very popular post, which continues to receive many views and comments. In light of this, on 5/22/2015 I interviewed Dr. Murray Raskind about his pioneering work in the field of PTSD and the treatment of nightmares.

Do Parts of How You Are Bother You or Others?

By Dan Mager MSW on June 24, 2015 in Some Assembly Required
Reactions driven by personality challenges are unconscious and automatic, like a reflex. You don’t think about it, it just happens... However, we can learn and develop the skills to respond to other people and situations intentionally with conscious awareness, rather than react on impulse.

Reflections on Pixar's "Inside-Out" and the Neglect of Shame

Distinguishing whether you are depressed because you have experienced a prolonged state of sadness, or because you have experienced a prolonged state of shame, is critically important.

Trends in Youth Psychiatric Treatment: The Plot Thickens

A major new study looks at changes in the rates of child psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Its combination of both good and bad news will be a challenge to the cherry pickers on both sides of the psychiatry debate.

Therapy That Makes Life Worth Living

There is no magic pill for mental health, nor a quick fix for years of ingrained thoughts and behaviors.
Why We Shouldn’t Reward Ourselves for Good Habits

Why We Shouldn’t Reward Ourselves for Good Habits

By Gretchen Rubin on June 24, 2015 in The Happiness Project
In large part because the lesson is: be very wary of using rewards to master habits!

The Truth About Make-Up Sex

By Samantha Joel M.A. on June 24, 2015 in Dating Decisions
Does conflict increase feelings of sexual desire?

"Inside Out": Emotional Truths by Way of Pixar

Pixar's "Inside Out" proves to be impressivley accurate to cognitive, developmental, and clinical psychology. Five of the six scientifically validated universal emotions demonstrate what it might be like in the mind of an 11-year-old girl who struggles with having to move away from her friends and to a different city. The film sends a message and has therapeutic value.