Top 25 List: October 2013

Our top posts of the month, including: rules of thumb for keeping your relationships strong, how to dismiss irrational thoughts, and the best methods to achieve your potential.Photo from Shutterstock.

8. The Art of Constructive Self-Criticism

By Juliana Breines Ph.D.
How to learn from your mistakes without beating yourself up.

1. 15 Simple RuIes For a Remarkable Relationship

By Harriet Lerner Ph.D.
Coupling up is complicated. The rules for making it work are not.

3. Avoid the 'Fatal Attraction' Effect

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
4. Build some dress-up time into your schedule.

4. Do You Believe Your Thoughts ?

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Byron Katie questions the validity of stressful thoughts.

12. Why the Prison Experiment Isn’t in My Textbook

By Peter Gray Ph.D.
The results of the Stanford Prison Experiment have a trivial explanation.

5. Immunize Yourself From Rejection

By Guy Winch Ph.D.
How to be relaxed and authentic on a date.

2. Why Anti-Atheist Bias Hurts

By David Niose
For millions, Oprah confirms negative image of nonbelievers.

6. Why Is Dancing So Good For Your Brain?

By Christopher Bergland
Dancers maximize cognitive function and muscle memory through practice.

9. Eye Contact May Be Less Influential Than We Thought

By Ray Williams
Eye contact can diminish, not increase, influence.

10. Your Social Life Is Not Your Social Media

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D.
Social media-induced angst is happening with increasing frequency.

11. How Do You Know What's Good Enough?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
Can striving for perfection be freely chosen—not just compulsive behavior?

7. How to Succeed at Whatever You Do

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D.
Reach your full potential without apology or fear.

13. Evidence For Evidence-Based Therapies?

By Jonathan Shedler PhD
Expert clinicians know better than to follow treatment manuals

21. Fiddler of the Truth

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D.
A brief look at pathological lying.

14. Does Studying Economics Breed Greed?

By Adam Grant Ph.D.
Even thinking about economics can make us less compassionate.

16. Shifting Family Members

By Elisabeth A. Sheff Ph.D., CASA, CSE
When partners leave polyamorous families with children.

17. Lose the Cell Phone Already

By Kory Floyd Ph.D.
The mere presence of mobile devices hurts conversations.

25. How to Avoid Common Memory Mistakes

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Prop up memory by overcoming these foibles.

18. The Four Basic Moves to Strengthen Focus

By Dan Goleman Ph.D.
The less distracted we are, the more successful we can be at whatever we do.

15. Things Men Hate to Hear

By Gina Barreca Ph.D.
Even when they like or love us.

19. How to Talk to a Loved One About Their Weight

By Jennifer Kromberg PsyD
How do you approach the topic of weight without sounding mean?

22. Five Reasons Why the Red Sox Grew Their Beards

By Stuart Vyse Ph.D
What's behind Boston's hairy superstition?

23. Is Pole Dancing Empowering?

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D.
Is gyrating up a pole the path to empowerment?

24. Disciple of the Deep Dark Divine

By Eliezer Sobel
Remembering Gabrielle Roth.

20. Love Him, Hate His Politics

By Jeanne Safer Ph.D.
How a Liberal/Conservative romance endures.