Essential Reads

10 Tips to Change From Reactive to Proactive in Situations

10 Ways to Be Less Reactive in Difficult Situations

Breakup: How to Tell If You Suffer from Complicated Grief

The emotional responses to a severe breakup can resemble the responses to death.

The Joy of Distraction

Why do people fail at self-control?

Recent Posts on Addiction

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!

Here Comes Trouble

You can recognize red flags like an Iowa psychologist did.

Deep Secrets: The Truth Behind Self-harm

Emma sat in the bathroom, door locked with a razor in her hand, blood ran down her arm and dripped onto the floor. Tears streamed down her face as she knew she needed help, but she was afraid to ask for it. What would people think of her? One in twelve teens, mostly girls, self-harm and ten percent of them continue to harm themselves well into young adulthood.

Coping with Anxiety

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 13, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Simple strategies for reducing or eliminating your anxiety.

From Lab to Life: How to Let Psychology Help You

Habit-forming behaviors get in the way of all of our best intentions. You plan to have one less cocktail, one less cigarette, or one less round at the online slot machine.

Sugar Addiction: Part Deux

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on October 12, 2012 in Eating Mindfully
Many advocate abstinence for the treatment of food/sugar addiction. But is this the only treatment option?

So Who's Using All Those Sleeping Pills?

Sleeping pill use is burgeoning — particularly among those never prescribed them. And many don't know what they're getting into.

Insert Coin(s) to Continue

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on October 11, 2012 in Consumed
Five examples from the psychology and economics of video game play.

13 Quotes to Help You Face Your Fears

So many people allow fear to rob them of their reasoning, halt their happiness, or derail their dreams. So as we approach Halloween, I thought it was the perfect time to share 13 quotes on fear—the kind that keep you from moving forward in your life and achieving your full potential.

Strengthening Ties that Bind: Weight Control

Most people are able to lose weight, at least in the short term. The key to weight control, though, lies with those who can maintain their loss over time. What are some of the factors that lead to successful weight maintenance and can we identify distinct subgroups among these successful dieters?

Workaholic Breakdown Syndrome - Loss of Intimacy

By Barbara Killinger Ph.D. on October 10, 2012 in The Workaholics
Workaholics eventually lose their ability to be intimate. Find out why

Spirituality = Lesser Conspicuous Consumption

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on October 10, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Does spirituality reduce our desire to engage in showy behavior via various forms of conspicuous consumption?

Are You an Abstainer or a Moderator?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 10, 2012 in The Happiness Project
For the last week and a half, I’ve been traveling on my book tour for 'Happier at Home.' I love getting the chance to talk to so many people about happiness.

Sorry, Everything You Believe Is Wrong

By Stanton Peele on October 10, 2012 in Addiction in Society
You know when you hear something about a military action, or a brain discovery, or how we're solving addiction? It's always wrong.

What Kinds of People Take Care of Themselves?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 10, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
There are two kinds of questions that you can ask people to assess their concern for the future. One focuses on how much people care about what is going to happen to them in the future. The other is the degree to which they are focused on the benefit they will get from an action right now.

Turn Down Your Brain’s Worry Center

Worry is an emotion that, for the most part, is counter-productive. When you worry, you deflect your mental powers in ways that can sap your energy. With a little brain-training, you can turn that energy around to help you successfully tackle your life’s problems.

The Hourglass Shape of Addiction

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on October 09, 2012 in Addicted Brains
Many kinds of people, with different genes, families, and personalities, can become addicts. But as addicts we think, feel, and act very much the same. Only once on the road to recovery do our lives begin to fan out again, taking on the individuality they once had.

Kick Your Bad Habits

By Paul Huljich on October 08, 2012 in Mind Wellness Awareness
Last week I discussed the role that coping mechanisms play in our relationship with stress and well-being. Once you have identified some of your coping mechanisms and understood their destructive nature (the topic of last week’s post), it’s time to take action.

Why People Think

By Stanton Peele on October 08, 2012 in Addiction in Society
All is vanity -- all thinking merely rationalization and self-justification. That's why we love survival-based entertainments so well.

The Military Can Do More to Prevent Suicides

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 08, 2012 in DSM5 in Distress
The military is taking sensible steps to reduce its unacceptably high suicide rate but is not going far enough in reducing access to two methods commonly used by soldiers- privately held guns and caches of prescription drugs.

The Perils of Fame and Fortune

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on October 08, 2012 in Out of the Darkness
Why do pop stars and aristocrats - and other people who have too much 'time on their hands' - often suffer from addiction and other psychological problems?

Do I Have a Drinking Problem? Nah

By Caren Osten Gerszberg on October 05, 2012 in Drinking Diaries
After years of carefree sipping, I was forced to grapple with the question, "What does drinking mean to me?"