A Fruitful New Take on Aging

A high-fat diet increases the body's inflammatory response, implicated in heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis as well as brain aging.

Goal Post

The other night my roommate and I were having a conversation and the subject of goals came up. I had been reading about the state of effortless concentration and enjoyment that psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has famously termed “flow.” Flow occurs when you’re so absorbed in a task that you lose track of everything else. You fall into the rhythm of your activity so completely that all distractions melt away, and may even lose track of time. I mentioned that having a clearly defined goal is an important component in achieving flow.

Autism, The Bumper Sticker

What could possibly be gained by announcing autism on a bumper?


Psychology Today has just begun a blog site, and in addition to the magazine's editorial staff, a number of outside contributors, some of them well known, have begun delivering regular dollops of news and observations, all aimed at shedding light on the intricacies and oddities of human behavior as refracted through their uniquely informed perspectives.

Love in the Age of Neuroscience

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.1. I would rather be with you than anyone else.(strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 strongly agree)2. I yearn to know all about you. (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)3. For me, you are the perfect romantic partner. (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)4. You always seem to be on my mind. (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)5. I sense my body responding when you touch me.(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)

Stumped by Sycophants

You’re the best man for the job––and for the world. You’re a tireless crusader, a hero for the ages, the hope of a new generation. If you’re Hillary, Obama or McCain, you’re likely swimming in a sea of flattery. The average person’s biggest problem with a**kissers is that they don’t have enough of ‘em. 

Prison Yard Logic

Kaja’s post about the med school murderer in Sweden has sparked a fascinating debate about the purpose of criminal sentencing itself.

What Are Minds Made of?

The idea of a pill to eliminate self-loathing didn't slip into the woman's head from out of nowhere. Some element of our culture promotes the belief that a prescription can just wipe away the most profound mental discomfort—as if discomfort isn't the natural (and necessary) response to deeply disturbing events. As if one can eliminate self-loathing without eliminating the self.

A Murderer In Our Midst

Asking if Karl Hellekant (a.k.a. Svensson) deserves to become a doctor invokes what psychologist Philip Tetlock calls a taboo trade-off.

Second Acts

“There are no second acts in American lives,” wrote F. Scott Fizgerald. Could he have been more wrong?

Unconventional Advice from An Advicemeister

I had dinner last night with a psychological-minded writer who regularly uses her own experience to write utterly delightful books full of good advice-yet was stumbling over a complex relationship problem of her own. Oh, how I related to that!!!

Bold and Beautiful Best Friends

Believe it or not, there are likely scores of people beyond the Hollywood Hills who are deeply distressed by the screenwriters’ strike, which today enters its fourth calendar month.

Take the Ten Dollars, Please

Full insurance coverage equals higher mammogram rates.


If you don't drink, should you start for health reasons? And if you drink only occasionally, will you be healthier if you start drinking every day?