The Psychology of Feminist Role Models in BBC's "The Fall"

Detective Stella Gibson in the BBC-Netflix series "The Fall" helps illuminate the tough balancing act careerwomen face in earning credibility

The Psychosocial Risks of Social Media and the Internet

We need to remain vigilant about the risks of social media's influence on our society and human behaviors.

Why Do People Follow Tyrants?

A look at why bad leaders still succeed in gaining followers.

How Psychiatry Can Help Physicians Cope with Burnout

Physician stress is built into the nature of the profession, but there are ways to cope.

Narrative Consciousness, Memory, and PTSD in Westworld

The connection between narrative and consciousness provide a model for PTSD in the mind, and shows how narrative-focused therapies can help people take ownership of their trauma

How Pokemon Go Helps Mental Health

There are genuine scientific reasons for Pokemon Go's purported mental health benefits.

Breakthrough Moments in Therapy: A Vignette

Psychotherapy can be as delicate and dangerous as neurosurgery, sifting through psychic pain to find the mass within.

Bad Moms: Social Stigmas and Postpartum Mental Illness

We need to examine how the biological symptoms of postpartum mental illnesses intersect with the high societal expectations regarding the "perfect mother."

8 Traits of Toxic Leadership to Avoid

Workplace emotional health depends heavily on leadership. These are 8 bad boss behaviors to watch out for that can lead to stress in the workplace.

How Pharma Influences Prescribing Physicians

As a psychiatrist-in-training and then a young attending in the 2000s, I saw the undue influence drug companies had over our academic field.

Are Celebrity Doctors the Angels of Death?

Celebrity doctors and VIP treatment need to follow the basic ethics of the Hippocratic Oath, do no harm, instead of catering to the whims of their famous clients.

The Art of Patient Persuasion

It's important to understand the patient's reality.

Interview of an OCD Therapist: Dr. Doronn the Ironwoman

The best way to tackle the demons of obsessive-compulsive disorder is to face them head-on.

8 Ways to Recover from a Breakup

Break-ups are a common part of human experience, but we still underestimate how devastating an event they are for people to go through. Here are 8 basic steps towards self-healing.

Are You Dating Your Mom or Dad?

People often don't realize how strongly the relationship to their first love, their parent, affects their future romantic relationships.

3 Ways to Tackle Telephone Phobia

Are you afraid of using the phone to call people? You are not alone. Here are some simple strategies to tackle this not uncommon form of social phobia.

The Psychology of Tipping

Does tipping benefit the American customer more than the service staff receiving them? Is tipping more about control and power than we realize? Should we follow the rest of the world's lead in getting rid of them?

American Narcissism and Mass Shooters

The American Dream of the self-made individual is failing; the easy way to get narcissistic fame and attention has become turning to mass shooting. How do we get rid of this toxic phenomenon?

Anger's Allure: Are You Addicted to Anger?

Anger is becoming an epidemic; it's worth exploring the biological and psychological reasons why anger can become addictive for people, and alternatives to kick the habit.

6 Things You Can Say to Support Someone Who's Depressed

How can well-meaning people provide support to someone with depression, aside from avoiding tendencies towards judgment? How can one head towards greater understanding and connect with someone who is suffering?

5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone Who's Depressed

Depression isn’t a matter of moral failure or lack of willpower. Avoid these comments when talking to people going through a depressive episode:

Mental Health Screening Wouldn't Have Saved Germanwings 9525

Screening must balance concerns of rare high-risk cases versus the vast majority of functional people with mental illness trying to overcome stigma and judgment

Should Health Care Providers Joke About Patients?

Medical Gallows Humor can help providers cope, but at what cost to the care provider-patient relationship?

Freud's Office: The Birth of Modern Thought

Freud's office was the site of a deceptively quiet revolution: Can his ideas still save modern society?

A Tale of Three Psychopaths: A Decade Later

Three films in 2005, Lord of War, Match Point, and Capote came out within months of each other and were character studies of American-style sociopathy, the blind hunger to conquer and the emptiness within. They were eerily prescient of the tone of the decade to follow, economic crashes, social media wars, and more.
When Parents Forget to Be Partners

When Parents Forget to Be Partners

Sometimes after baby is born, the parents forget about their first love: each other. A happier couple will mean a happier family. Jill Caryl Weiner's memory book for families "When We Became Three" can help.
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Soylent Bad: America's Toxic Relationship With Food

The Soylent trend represents the worst in American food culture: the tendency to disregard the simple joys of natural culinary delights and sensual living for a bottom-line, work and efficiency-driven lifestyle. Eating should be about pleasure, mindfulness and relationships, not about concerns over wasting time.

Troll Wars and Narcissistic Rage

With the recent Gamergate and Kathleen Hale controversies and more, the toxicity of online trolling is coming into prominence. There are effective ways to avoid the trap of getting sucked into internet troll wars, by examining your own narcissistic vulnerabilities.

The Use of Voice in Therapy

Finding my voice was the key to becoming a good therapist.

Wonder Woman: Why Role Models Matter to Young Girls

Positive media role models can make a big impact on young girls. Wonder Woman taught me confidence and strength and that black hair is beautiful.