What's the Difference Between an Emotion and a Desire?

Emotion and desire are intimately related, but which one comes first?

What Are Basic Emotions?

Basic emotions such as fear and anger are held to be innate and universal.

What Is an Emotion?

The answer is not entirely clear.

Thanksgiving Special: Why Give Thanks?

Whenever we give thanks, we receive much more than we give.

How Common Is Suicide?

Suicide remains one of the biggest killers for men under the age of 50.

The Relationship Between Desires and Feelings

Desires and feelings are more closely linked than we imagine.

The Problems of Psychiatry

Is the medicalization of human suffering doing more harm than good?

Self-Confidence Versus Self-Esteem

Self-confidence and self-esteem do not always go hand in hand.

Psychiatric Imperialism: Exporting Western Mental Disorders

Mental disorders as culturally determined and legitimized templates for distress.

Schizophrenia and Its Treatment

What does the future hold?

A Philosophical Cure for Anxiety

By facing up to death we can escape from the pettiness and paralysis of anxiety.

Mad Genius: Schizophrenia and Creativity

What, if anything, is the link between psychosis and creativity?

When Homosexuality Stopped Being a Mental Disorder

Not until 1987 did homosexuality completely fall out of the DSM.

The Many Names of Bipolar Disorder

A short history of bipolar disorder.

Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm is reaching epidemic proportions in the UK.

The Psychology of Self-Deception

A short, sharp look into some of the most important ego defenses.

The Benefits of Personality Disorder

Everyone suffers for who he is, and, very often, our greatest strength is also the germ of our deepest suffering.

Psychiatry in Crisis

Is the medical model still helping?

Open Dialogue: A New Approach to Mental Healthcare

Guest blog by British psychiatrist Dr Tom Stockmann.

The Art of Idleness

Research suggests that people will find any excuse to keep busy.

Why Patience is Power

Life is too short to wait, but it is not too short for patience.

Empathy Vs Sympathy

Empathy is often confused with pity, sympathy, and compassion, which are each reactions to the plight of others.

The Causes of Laziness

Understanding the causes of our sloth can help us to overcome it.

What's the Difference Between Procrastination and Laziness?

Are you a procrastinator or just a lazybones?

The Ghost in the Machine

What makes you who you are?

Why Do We Kiss?

Kissing is not universal among human beings, and, even today, there are some cultures from which it is completely absent.

7 Bleeping Good Reasons to Swear

7 good things that can come from swearing.

Why You Should be More Grateful

Despite its many benefits, gratitude is hard to cultivate.

The Psychology of Ecstasy

Einstein called ecstasy 'the finest emotion of which we are capable'.

Does a Soft Tongue Break the Bone?

The lost virtue of patience.