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You Can Help Yourself Wait for Better Options

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Delaying gratification is hard. You have probably seen the adorable videos of kids in Walter Mischel’s classic marshmallow experiments. Adults also have a lot of trouble delaying gratification. People pay extra to get fast delivery from websites. They accept small rewards in the present rather than waiting for longer rewards in the future.

Finding a Secure Base and Rewiring Your Personality

One way to change your insecure attachment style to that of having an “earned” secure style is to find and nurture your own secure base in adulthood. Learn what to look for and how to create for yourself the experiences that naturally instill mental health and well-being. It is never too late to rewire your personality in a way that works better for you and leads to more h
How Loneliness Tricks People Into Staying Lonely

How Loneliness Tricks People Into Staying Lonely

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
A new study illuminates one of the main reasons it is so hard for lonely people to break the cycle of disconnection that traps them in their misery. Read on to learn more.

Confirmation Bias and Stigma

Confirmation bias confirms not only expectations about the percept, but also those relating to the kind of world we live in and our role in it.

Angry? Don't Lose It. Use It!

What to do when when your child's behavior sends you into your own temper tantrum.

Do You Ever Pretend You’re Somebody Else?

I decided I couldn’t live in a world without Robby. The only thing to do was to take his place. I’d have to become Robby. No, not “become Robby.” I’d be Robby.
What Did Flannery O’Connor Pray For?

What Did Flannery O’Connor Pray For?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 21, 2015 in The Happiness Project
We’ve all waited and hoped for a “happy meeting” to occur.

The Power of Evolutionary Psychology

A good scientific discipline should provide tangible new findings about some phenomena. Evolutionary psychology consistently provides new insights into what it means to be human. Here are three of the biggies – things we simply would now know without evolutionary psychology.

The Psychology of Box Set Binging

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in In Excess
Recent media stories have reported on the alleged negative effects of box-set bingeing (‘Watching TV box-set marathons is warning sign you're lonely and depressed - and will also make you fat’). But what do we know about box-set bingeing psychologically and is it really bad for our health?

The Narcissism Test

By Craig Malkin PhD on July 21, 2015 in Romance Redux
The Narcissism Test -- What's Your Score?


By Bernard L. De Koven on July 21, 2015 in On Having Fun
A game for elders of any age

Transgender? Or TrueGender?

Being transgender is not a choice. Transgender people don’t choose to cross over and live as the other gender. They are, and always have been, the other gender. They have never felt aligned with the gender assigned at birth according to anatomy. The choice they do make is whether to live as their true gender or live a lie. This decision can be a matter of life and death.

Beyond Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in How To Do Life
CBT needs to move from THE Therapy to being just one tool in the tool box.

How Society Could Accommodate Multi-Partner Marriages

Legalizing same-sex marriage has started people talking more seriously about the possibility of multiple-partner marriage. For some that means a slide down a slippery slop to absolute chaos, but it does not have to be that way. This blog looks at two alternative ways to structure multiple-partner marriage and explores some of the possible social impacts.

Deceit On The Air: How to Tell When You’re Being Manipulated

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Time Out
Deceit on the Airwaves: How to Tell When You’re Being Manipulated By Politicians, and Other Talkers.

Can't Vacation? Here's the Science of How to Recharge Fast

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Feeling It
Minibreaks are undervalued but research says they're golden.

Joining the Dodo

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Universal Grammar has had its day in the sun; like that paradigmatic examle of the extinct, the dodo, Universal Grammar has lived beyond its sell by date. The science is in: and the future is not Universal Grammar.

Predicting Who We Will Be

By Julie K Hersh on July 20, 2015 in Struck By Living
After 25 years of marriage, I return to the Great Barrier Reef with my 19 year-old daughter to reflect back to who I thought I'd be.

9 Secrets Happy People Already Know

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on July 20, 2015 in In Flux
Some people seem to be happier than others—more positive, more forward-looking, more willing to take risks and meet life. Is there a secret to finding happiness or is it available to all of us, if only we look in the right places?

How to Respond to Your "Mouthy" Child

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D on July 20, 2015 in Worry Wise
One of the best ways to teach your child about flexibility is by demonstrating your own. This is what the fine art of diplomacy really sounds like. Because in the end, if you sound like a brat while correcting your child from sounding like a brat, well, Houston, we've got problems.

How to Deal With "Stop, I Don’t Want to Talk About It"

Is there an elephant in your room? Hidden agendas and passive-aggressive behavior can wreak havoc in any relationship.

The Courage of a Surfer

By Michael W Austin on July 20, 2015 in Ethics for Everyone
A lesson about courage from a man who swam towards a shark.
The Missing Link in Personal Growth

The Missing Link in Personal Growth

By Gregg Levoy on July 20, 2015 in Passion!
Real passion has real staying power. It's not just about exuberance, but stamina. Here's an inside look at the precious commodity of patience, and the role it plays in our unfoldment.

Accessing a Remembered Resource to Enhance Resiliency

Although it is true that many people don’t recognize or use their internal strengths and emotional hardiness until they are confronted with a traumatic experience, having an awareness of and enhancing resiliency shouldn’t just be in response to overwhelming stress or threat.

What Do You Need to Thrive?

In 1954, psychologist Abraham Maslow created the famous “hierarchy of needs.” The role of the self is front and center in Maslow’s model and goes hand in hand with other leading theories in psychology that emphasize the individual. The focus is primarily on the self, not the social. Maslow’s step-by-step model misses the mark...

"Do I Sound Gay?"

Why would a gay man dislike “sounding gay?” Why would “sounding less like a man” make a gay man view himself as inferior, unattractive, and undesirable? Why does "passing" as straight make a gay man feel good? Read on as we explore Internalized Homophobia - a very real but largely unseen, unheard, and unspoken psychological struggle that is experienced by many gay men.

Why Science Does Not Need Female or Male Mice

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Animal Emotions
An editorial called “Why Science Needs Female Mice” by the New York Times Editorial Review Board relies on a new study that concludes that research performed only on male mice are inadequate to understand human disease. Yet, numerous prominent researchers have concluded that studies on mice and other animals of either sex are inadequate to understand human disease.

Stay Well

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
Make sure they are getting enough sleep and that they are eating correctly, doing exercise regularly, avoiding health hazards, and having regular checkups.

Are Your Kids Using Pot to Beat Anxiety?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 20, 2015 in Open Gently
Ask your kids if they're using pot medicinally for cramps, PMS or anxiety.

The Wisdom of the Rule of Three

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Innovation You
Innovation requires us to have deep and wide field of vision and an open mind to see the reality of the situation.