Psychologists’ Involvement in Torture and the APA

Mitchell and Jessen, owners of a Washington based consulting firm contracted with the CIA for $181 million to conduct "enhanced interrogations."

A Formula for Happiness in a Sometimes Cruel World

Have faith, which in this case means a fervent belief in the existence of unknowable, uncontrollable, and infinitely expansive, adaptive, and regenerative forces in the universe working within and between us to adapt to life’s misfortunes without misery swallowing up our capacities to make the best of painfully unjust, cruel, and sometimes tragic circumstances.

The Psychology of Parenting Twins

The number of families with twins is increasing these days. But, parenting twins is a challenge! Early in life, the single baby takes over the entire psychological universe of his primary caregiver.

Will I Still Be Me? Aging, Identity, and Self-Respect

When I look in the mirror as the years flow by, who will I see? Will I recognize and respect myself, or is it inevitable that I will be ashamed of aging and alienated from myself?

Love and Loss

Ten months after the death of my husband, I hear the following message on my voice mail: “I’m Molly Callahan. I need to see someone. I lost my husband six months ago and I’m having a hard time.”

Dreaming: Random or Meaningful?

From beginning to end, from a spider in my dreams to a cancer diagnosis, I have had a profound experience and insight into the communications of dreams.

How To Unleash Your Kids’ Skills of Emotional Regulation

I'm not saying dogs are the key to understanding human behavior, but kids who are kept on leash have a hard time socializing with other kids. Here's why.

Grandpa White’s Diary: Jewish Immigration in 19th Century

A stirring, firsthand account of immigration from Poland in the 1850s, through London at the height of it 19th Century civilization, and then on to the muddy, garbage-strewn, slums of New York.

Tangos of Debt Accumulation: What Are They All Worth?

Watch Jane and Bob max out on their credit cards. Is that their partners Jim and Mary registering half-hearted protests?

Parental Authority and the Criminal Justice System

One doesn’t behave in respectful ways as an adult when fed a steady diet of disrespect as a child.

The Power and Strength of Bearing Witness

Why is it that having a witness to significant experiences, whether in person or after the fact, adds meaning to our experiences, and in the case of traumatic events, makes our experiences more bearable?

Great Expectations: 4 Brain Science Tips for Holiday Success

If you had a six-foot tree last year, do you need a six-and-a-half foot tree this year? Here's how to have the family holiday you imagine without the craziness you fear.

Quiz: Will I be Safer if I Buy a Gun?

After every school shooting, movie house, or mall massacre, there is a jump in the number of gun sales. But does gun ownership really make you safer in your home?

The Shaming Language of Spirituality

Gandhi says, "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." If you can't forgive, this comes off as "Dude, even Gandhi thinks I suck!" Based on your history and experience, even the wisest words can ring untrue.

How to Overcome Sports Performance Anxiety

Sports performance anxieties appear to exist outside of us but, in truth, are projections of what could’ve, should’ve or would’ve happened to us during childhood. Here is how to defend against these phantoms from your past so they don’t influence your present.

The Hidden Wisdom of Porn Addiction

It’s easy to mock or brush aside the topic, but porn is a ten billion-dollar business in our country—bigger than the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball combined.

"Codependent" No More?

Due in part to the sound-biting and Twitterization of our culture, the word "codependent" has become a catchphrase rather than a description of a relational pattern or process. It has also become a cliché.

The Cycle of Emotional Eating

Through the experience of nursing and feeding, food and love are paired from birth. Now when you feel stressed out or upset, you may feel hungry. So you eat something. But the hunger you're experiencing isn't physical, it’s emotional.

The Relational Roots of Addiction

If early relationships with caregivers failed to help a child learn to regulate, drugs can help that person feel temporarily "normal".

Narcissism: The Misunderstood Epidemic

Do we really hold a shared understanding of the meaning of narcissism? Is there a part of this psychological construction that remains beyond our grasp? As those in our public trust disappoint us with their missteps, many of us are left wondering, “What is happening to the American psyche?”

Thinking About Thinking May Help At-Risk Children

A child with high "mentalization" has space to consider his models from all sides, compare and contrast them, and choose how near or far to “stand” from them.

Psychoanalysis in the Age of "Just Do It"

Human activity has three dimensions: thought, feeling, and action. The implication of “Just Do It” is that thought and feeling are to be ignored in favor of action. The Nike revolution deletes two of the three spheres of human experience, and judging from shoes sales, little is so irresistible to Americans.

Turning On (and Off!) the Athlete Self

Parents, coaches, athletes and sports psychologists tend to focus on training the athlete self without mentioning it can be a dark and powerful magic. Just as turning it on allows us to compete, turning off the athlete self allows us to exist outside competition.

Dating Tips for Single Parents

Many single parents who are gun shy after divorce go in one of two directions: they convince themselves they are better off only dipping a toe in dating, or they deny and minimize their fears, which can lead to a reckless plunge. Here's how to avoid these extremes.

Breaking the Silence

There was a time, not so long ago, when doctors — and the public alike — believed that we should not tell or discuss a terminal prognosis with a patient. It was a time when housewife alcoholism, nervous breakdowns, ethnic prejudice, serious depressions, and suicidal behaviors were not spoken about out loud. It was the time of my childhood.

Without Failure, There Is No Success

Chad Pennington asks, "How can you truly know what success is, if you’ve never experienced failure?" This post shows how to encourage positive failure on the path to success.

Don’t Tell Me to Stop Training!

Our bodies speak volumes. Start listening! And maybe, it’s time to consider that “less may be more” and will result in better performances, greater enjoyment and more time to nurture multiple sources of self esteem.

Your Facebook Self

Because so often many of our “friends” rarely if ever come face to face with us or even converse with us verbally, we can craft an idealized image and present it to the world as complete reality. We post ourselves, smiling and engaged, using only the best, most flattering photographs, crafting an idealized image and presenting it to the world as a complete reality.

Giving Back When You Have Little to Give

One of my greatest wishes as a parent is that somehow, mixed in with the fun, carefree stuff, I will also somehow be able to instill in my kids a sense of responsibility to those less fortunate than themselves.

Own Anger to Manage It

Though no one category fits all, in my psychotherapy practice I notice a strong correlation between folks with chronic anger management problems and those who exhibit self-defeating personality traits. Own these traits to defeat anger.