Essential Reads

Think You Can't Get Drunk on Soda Water? Think Again.

A powerful demonstration of how easily we can be fooled.

Malignant Narcissism and the Murder of a Parent

Loving parents, disturbed children and 12 approaches to the problem

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Writing a New Pain Prescription

A new report brings bad news and good for our prescription opioid epidemic.

Recent Posts on Addiction

Why Female Friendships Are Like Oxygen

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on October 30, 2012 in Owning Pink
Lissa Rankin discusses Chris Bronstein's new book: Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God.

Strong Medicine

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 28, 2012 in A Swim in Denial
We worship strength, even when it's irrelevant or enslaves us. Look at all the ways it seduces us.

Backing Into My [Best] Self

By Frances Kuffel on October 26, 2012 in What Fat Women Want
Each time in these weeks of beginning reconstruction that I make progress, all the things I need to do come flooding over me.

Darwinian Roots of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on October 26, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) traps individuals in excruciatingly debilitating loops of thoughts (e.g., ruminative thinking) and behaviors (e.g., incessant hand washing). Despite its dysfunctional nature, OCD appears to be rooted in the misfiring of otherwise adaptive processes.

50 Shades of Grey Matter

Our brain is driven by the emotion of lust, but if we do not temper it with the emotions of caring, love will not develop.

8 Cool Facts about Halloween

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 26, 2012 in Living Single
Here’s what psychology can tell us about drinking on Halloween, sex differences in costumes, and other fun facts about trick-or-treating.

Stigma and Mental Health

Mental health difficulties do not discriminate across cultures or racial backgrounds. There is potential for everyone in society to be impacted by mental health concerns.

We're All Gonna Die

By Stanton Peele on October 24, 2012 in Addiction in Society
The study of long-lived places, laughably conducted to suggest how we might extend our time here on earth, actually points out that we are doomed.

Marshmallows, Willpower, and Reliability

By Meg Selig on October 24, 2012 in Changepower
"Eat the marshmallow" is a rational strategy in unreliable situations.

Personalized medicine requires more than genes

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 23, 2012 in All About Addiction
Personalized medicine (pharmacogenomics) is likely the future of all medication prescription and it is going to make a big difference in addiction treatment as well. But when the argument of nature versus nurture comes up, it's important to keep in mind just how complex the interaction between the two really is.

Not All Abusers Are Created Equal

Just as not all victims are the same, not all perpetrators of harm are the same either.

For a Healthy Life: Fewer Calories and Marijuana

Food and drugs are chemicals and their combined daily actions in our bodies influence brain function and how fast we age. Their effects come about in one of three ways: short term, intermediate and long term. Overall, coffee, marijuana and chocolate should be part of everyone’s daily dietary regimen.

CrazyBusy: An Interview with Edward Hallowell MD

Dr. Edward Hallowell discusses his new CrazyBusy app, which provides people living a hectic lifestyle, opportunities to make changes in their lives.

Why Is It So Hard To Get Anyone To Change?

5 reasons why it's so difficult for us to change our behavior

Recovering Without Validation

Sometimes no one believes he was pathological, a monster, did the things we said he did.

Why Relapse Isn't a Sign of Failure

As with chemical addiction, patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension frequently fail to comply with their ongoing treatments—relapsing, if you will, oftentimes with dire consequences.

If One Diet Doesn’t Fit All…. What Fits You?

On the whole, we Americans are quick to jump on any new diet bandwagon. And, boy, do those bandwagons fly by. But research repeatedly shows few outcome differences between diet types. The important factor seems to be staying the course with less overeating, no matter how that’s achieved.

Real Stages of Grief

By Will Meek Ph.D. on October 18, 2012 in Notes to Self
Back in the late 1960s, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross proposed 5 basic stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance). Since that time, an immense amount of work has been done to better understand the grieving process, revealing an entirely different set of conclusions.

Are Mothers the Gods of Their Children's Drinking?

By Leah Odze Epstein on October 17, 2012 in Drinking Diaries
Are moms to blame for their children's future drinking?

Greed: The Ultimate Addiction

Of all the things one might be addicted to, nothing tops the greed-laden pursuit of wealth in its sheer audacity, manipulativeness, and gross insensitivity to the needs and feelings of others.

Failure to Launch - Male and Stuck at Home

Are you unhappy and stuck at home? Or do you have a son who can't get out of his own way? Unfortunately, it's happening everywhere and there's a lot you can do. Consider six steps to breaking free.

Food Fight

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 16, 2012 in Food Junkie
French bread pizza, tater tots, and sloppy-joes—for many, these foods are symbolic of the staples of the traditional school lunch. However, thanks to school lunch reform they are smaller and don’t taste the same as they used to, leading many kids across the country to publicly voice their distaste over their new school lunches.

Trait Examination OR Character Assassination?

Since the 1970's and the women's movement, discussing the specifics about women’s choices in relationships, patterns of selection, personality traits, mental health, sexual addiction/deviancy has been largely discouraged and ‘semanti-sized’ as 'labeling the victim' or 'victim blaming.'

A Beginner's Guide to Fuss Budgeting, Part 1

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 16, 2012 in Ambigamy
If it takes 10k hours to become an expert at something, time management is best thought of as fuss budgeting, consciously managing your fuss so it grows the expertise you want. Fuss is measured in "mind-minutes": time you spend obsessing over some "fuss-object." Your time, and therefore your fuss is finite. Fuss budgeting is managing your fuss portfolio for maximum yield.

Nature and Recovery

Nature: from an urban garden and park to the vast lakes, rivers, oceans, forests and mountains—it is everywhere and available to everyone. There are unique and healing qualities that civilizations have tapped into since the beginning of time.

Socially Engineer Weight Loss: Our Only Hope?

In the high-calorie food environment we live in, social engineering may be our only hope for weight loss. But if society isn't willing to set limits, we'll need to put in hard work and set reasonable expectations.

Why Quitting Smoking Without Help Is So Hard

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 16, 2012 in All About Addiction
Quitting smoking is hard, and although most people quit alone, many need help. Focusing on motivation and other personality factors might be key.


By Frances Kuffel on October 15, 2012 in What Fat Women Want
I need to get back in the Rooms and under mentorship not because I want to wear a lace dress next summer or impress my friends and have revenge on my enemies, it’s because the demons of resentment and anger are alive and kicking me 24/7.

The Charity Shuck

By Stanton Peele on October 15, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Is charity is just a cheap way to try to deal with intractable social and economic problems?

My Shopping Addiction Airs October 15th

My Shopping Addiction, a new reality TV show, will air on October 15th on Oxygen!