The Remnants of a Phobia

Some fears outlast the life of a panic disorder. They include the fear of getting lost, encountering strangers and, perhaps, travel in general.

Laws Governing the Use of Public Bathrooms

The "shy bladder," paruresis, is explained. An examination of the implications of the North Carolina law barring LGBT individuals from public bathrooms.

Where Should a Phobic Person Sit?

The strategy in treating phobias is confrontation. But phobic persons often prefer one seat over another in phobic situations. precisely to avoid confrontation. Some suggestions.

Republican and Democrats on the Same Page

It shows you that if you try hard enough, you can Democrats and Republicans to agree on something: guns at the Republican convention.

A Misunderstanding Central to OCD

Persons suffering from Obsessive-compulsive disorder imagine the world to be more dangerous than it is. In particular, they think substances are dangerous even in tiny amounts.

The Role of the Penis in Republican Politics

Is there a hidden agenda in the back and forth between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio about genital matters? Does the talk about Donald's penis imply anything about Hillary Clinton?

Can Justice Scalia Still Vote?

Should Justice Scalia's work on the cases now before the court count as an actual vote--despite his being dead? An examination of how his views may have changed since dying,

Psychiatric Name Calling

Psychiatrists, psychologists and the general public tend to use certain terms in a defamatory way, rather than in an attempt to explain anything.

"He's a Really Good Kisser."

I've been a therapist for a long time, and I have spoken to many women; but no one has explained to me what goes into being "a really good kisser." Can someone help?

An Explanation for Trump's Appeal

An examination of those aspects of personality and behavior that have led to Donald Trump's success. A comparison to an incident long ago that also had political implications.

No More Sex Until...

A common, although largely ignored, problem for some couples is how to have sex with the children still awake. I offer a solution.

Getting Rid of Death and Taxes

A solution to "Making America Great Again," should not only include lowering taxes. Defeating death with bring considerable economic advantages.

The Slippery Food Scale

There are some neglected food scales, including the slippery food scale--and others.

"Disgusting" Use of the Ladies Room

Perhaps Donald Trump knows more about what goes on in ladies rooms than we give him credit for.

Harry Potter and Evil Incarnate

J.K. Rowling, the author of "Harry Potter," has failed by her own account in making her villain, Lord Voldemort the worst possible person--compared to Donald Trump.

The Meaning of Life

Description of the Discovery of the Meaning of Life! Including from the perspective of a frog

Problems Monitoring Terrorists/Muslims

Mr. Trump and Doctor Carson have suggested monitoring Muslims by staking out mosques and following anyone who wears a turban. This will not work. Muslims do not wear turbans.

Standard Interpretations in Psychotherapy

Psychotherapists who cannot think of something sensible to say sometimes make facile interpretations which do not apply to any particular patient and which are, for the most part, wrong.

Is Ben Carson Too Skeptical?

Although it is clear to Ben Carson that Joseph and his Egyptian friends put up the pyramids to store grain for the coming seven lean years, someone erred since the pyramids are made of solid rock. Dr. Carson dismisses the involvement of aliens; but is he too quick to come to judgement?

A Reasonable Dietary Goal for Today

Dieters fail because they think of dieting in the wrong way. Setting deadlines is counter-productive. Success in dieting can be measured each day

Should You Worry About Your Lover's Ex-lovers?

People inclined to be jealous are especially inclined to be jealous of a lover's ex-lovers. Is this reasonable?

The Door in Trump's Wall

Mr. Trump has suggested a literal wall separating Mexico from Texas. He went on to suggest a "beautiful door" in the wall. An examination of that suggestion.

The Right to Bear Arms in the Operating Room

The right to bear arms is being asserted in more and more places--churches, schools, etc. There are problems, however, in bearing arms in the operating room. The reasons are given here

How Long Does Adolescence Last?

Adolescence, the stage between childhood and adulthood, involves progress along a number of developmental pathways.

Fear of the Weather

Some people are extraordinarily attuned to—and afraid of—the weather. Underlying that fear are more primitive fears.

Finding the Right Job

Bad advice--and good advice-- about how to find a job when finding a job seems impossible.

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

"Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder", made more scientific by the abstinence-desire index (the ADI)

Some Reasons Why People Kill Themselves

The reasons that someone may commit suicide are more varied and complicated than usually thought. Depression is the most common cause, but not the only cause.

Ethical Issues in Dating

A description of what expectations one may have in dating, and what obligations one takes on.

A Peculiar Work Situation

There may be worse problems at work than simply being paid very little and being asked to do the job of two or three people all at once.