When Escapism Is Good

Sometimes, getting lost in a book, distracting yourself with a game, or letting your mind wander may be exactly what your brain needs. (Photo: bippityboppityboo.tumblr.com)

How Reading Improves Your Social Life

By Susan Cain
Reading fiction exercises our empathy muscles.

Healthy Solitude

By Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D.
The importance of spending time alone.

The Case Against TV

By Eric Jaffe
What psychologists and economists think about television.

Substance Use: Escaping or Embracing Life?

By William Berry, LMHC., CAP.
The difference between use and abuse may be attitude.

The Impact of Mind Wandering on Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D.
Dream you dreamers, but don’t forget the Tylenol.

How Mysteries Draw Readers into Their Fake World

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Genre or literary, mysteries have to be psychologically true.

Creativity, Happiness and Daydreaming

By Carrie Barron M.D.
Why Daydreaming Is Useful and Good for Your Health.

But I Can't Draw (or Write or Dance or Sing)!

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Try doing some things you're sure you "can't.

The Unselfish Gift of Going on a Retreat

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
Learn the lasting benefits of taking time to escape.

Psychological and Spiritual Benefit of Interior Retreat

By Michael J Formica MS, MA, EdM
When social isolation is a good thing

When’s the Last Time You Did Nothing? 9 Easy Ways to Relax

By Susan Biali M.D.
How to recover the lost art of doing absolutely nothing.

Status Update: New Mothers Escape to Facebook to Find Support

By Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP
First-time moms find comfort in virtually connecting.

The Psychology of Wearing Flip-Flops

By Linda Wasmer Andrews
The deeper meaning of summer’s favorite footwear.

The Things We Carry

By Lauren Fritsky
Does travel help us deal with pain?

A lifelong love of escape

By Ethan Gilsdorf
Has my penchant for dreaming caused dissatisfaction with reality?

The Superior Pleasure of Easing into Another Era

By Susan K Perry Ph.D.
Cross into another time, another place with multi-volume novels.