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Talking to Terrorists

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in The Me in We
In our age of terrorism diplomacy must speak to the irrational aspects of man.

Gambling Advertising And Marketing

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in In Excess
Over the last few years there has been a great deal of speculation over the role of advertising as a possible stimulus to increased gambling, and as a contributor to problem gambling (including underage gambling). But can gambling advertising and marketing be done in a more socially responsible way?

A Workover: She's Lost Her Motivation to Look for a Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
A transcript of an exchange with a caller on my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Have You Had a Good Argument Recently?

Engaging in constructive controversy will not only make your day more enjoyable and interesting, but it has the potential to improve your decision making, increase your creativity, and raise the level of your cognitive and moral reasoning.

9 Mantras That Keep You Mentally Strong During Tough Times

The things you tell yourself during tough times play a major role in your ability to overcome hardship.

The New Date Night: Dinner and...Therapy?

By Darren Sush Psy.D., BCBA-D on November 18, 2015 in All the Pieces
With date nights occurring so rarely, many couples want to take advantage of their limited time together. They may want to talk, but forget how. Therapy can provide a safe, sympathetic and constructive environment where couples can express their wants and needs within a relationship, relieving the expectation to tackle each issue while they are in a more social setting.

Friendship Gardens – the Modern Victory Gardens

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on November 18, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
A meditation about both changes in San Francisco and the necessity of community, home and belonging in this time of war and refugees. World War II called for Victory Gardens. Maybe our time of division calls for Friendship Gardens.

Treatment Is Essential to Fight US Heroin, Opioid Epidemic

By Bernadette Solounias M.D. on November 18, 2015 in Talk Addiction
National and local governments alike have discussed rethinking opioid prescribing practices and preventing misuse. While these efforts are proposed with good intentions, it is essential that they also incorporate access to medically managed detoxification and comprehensive addiction treatment.

The Powerful “Why”

How to spontaneously drive yourself toward your best life every day.
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Signs of Overdependence on the Internet and Social Media

The Internet provides a constant, ever-changing source of information and entertainment.
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Truth about HIV Transmission among Addicts and Alcoholics

By Richard Taite on November 18, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
I should be desensitized to this by now, witnessing firsthand the wreckage that comes with drug addiction and alcoholism, but I’m not. I wish I was, but I am not.

New Book Examines the Moral Economy

By Peter Jaworski Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 in The Continuum
The question of what rightfully may be bought and sold has a simple answer: if you may do it for free, you may do it for money.

You Can Beat Your Shopping Habit

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 18, 2015 in Open Gently
Resist the urge to buy stuff.

Thanksgiving Special: Why Give Thanks?

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 18, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Whenever we give thanks, we receive much more than we give.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Our country has constantly been on alert of terror threats and many families have to find the best way to talk with their children about potential crisis.

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 in Language in the Mind
The Oxford Dictionaries 2015 word of the year isn't a word. In fact, it's an emoji. What does this mean for the changing status of language in the digital age?

The Clothes You Wear Can Affect a Dog's Emotional State

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 18, 2015 in Canine Corner
Data shows that if your clothing has stripes vs polka-dots or plain color, it can provoke an emotional response in dogs

Think Vacations Are Luxuries? Think Again.

Interestingly, the word “vacation” comes from the Latin “vacatio”, which means “freedom; release from occupation”.

Teen Sexting vs. Child Pornography

The simple truth is teen sexting is relatively common — a fact that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. I mean, weren’t we all teenagers once upon a time, with raging hormones and bad ideas and weird thoughts about what is and isn’t appropriate sexual behavior?

New Employee Survey Underscores the Value of Feeling Valued

By Victor Lipman on November 18, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
A new survey shows how few employees feel valued at work and see meaningful advancement opportunities — and why this matters for retention.

When God Was a Big Old Man in the Sky, Part 2

Sometimes you have to go into the wilderness.

3 Ways to Be Happy in Unrequited Love

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 in Evolution of the Self
By definition, an unreturned love is one-sided. But doubtless, the experience itself embodies two sides. On the upside, you’re enthralled, charmed, and captivated by the beloved. Your passion for them is exhilarating: an incomparable high. Regrettably, the downside of such ardor is every bit as intense—replete with agonizing feelings of loneliness, misery, and despair...
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Coffee Talk

By Michael Fenster M.D. on November 18, 2015 in You Are What You Eat
Coffee: Morning savior or caffeinated devil?

How Well Do You Know What Motivates You?

By Rob Kendall on November 18, 2015 in Blamestorming
When asked what motivates them, many people are surprisingly vague. And yet deeply understanding your own motivations helps you create the life you want. And when you discover what motivates other people, you can help them fly.

Understanding Addiction With Electronic Registries

By Sean X. Luo M.D., Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 in Hooked on Patterns
We want rigorous science that can guide treatment in substance abuse, but Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) are very expensive. Can we uber-fy clinical trials to make research, implementation and quality assessment a seamless process?

Is Your Therapy Working as it Should?

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on November 18, 2015 in Healing and Growing
Not all therapies produce the results you want. How good is yours?

Why Are Drugs So Outrageously Expensive?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 18, 2015 in Saving Normal
The drug industry is the most profitable on earth because it has exercised its power to price gouge. The combination of mounting public outrage, frequent media exposure, and the politics of this election season now provide the critical ingredients for possible change.

4 Reasons Thanksgiving is the Loneliest Holiday

By Kira Asatryan on November 18, 2015 in The Art of Closeness
Can a holiday cherished for family togetherness induce the most loneliness? Absolutely. Learn why it's so common to struggle to connect with others on Thanksgiving.

6 Little Known Factors That Can Affect Depression

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 in Fearless You
These 6 little known factors can affect depression.

What To Do for Those Truly Depressed Kids?

Psychiatry, as a field, has forgotten so much. But it’s the kids who are now paying a price for this.