Essential Reads

A Startling Update on Addiction

New research suggests it's not about the pleasure, it's about the craving.

Is Fitspiration Bad For You?

The psychological impact of viewing thin and muscular ideals

Self-Deception Has Many Faces

Self-deception involves incongruity between beliefs, actions, and the world

The Mindful Geek

A Radically New Way to Quit Smoking

Recent Posts on Addiction

The Network Effect Isn't Good Enough....

By Nir Eyal on November 06, 2012 in Automatic You
Platforms evolving on the internet, should users be wary?

Cannabis and Sleep

By John Cline Ph.D. on November 06, 2012 in Sleepless in America
Cannabis is often used illegally (and in some states legally) as a sleeping aid. How does it work and what does the research say about the effectiveness of marijuana for insomnia?

Why Politics Are Stuck in the US

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on November 05, 2012 in The Five Percent
Applying ideas from complexity science, Dr. Coleman explains how the current "attractor" pattern of polarization we are stuck in came about, the crisis it presents, and the window of opportunity it offers us for positive change to be sparked from both above (our leaders) and below (us).

Beware of things on which we all agree

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on November 04, 2012 in Lifelines
How much can we rely on "conventional wisdom" to guide our perception of the world?

Did You Know These 7 Surprises about Slots?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 04, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Slot machine players self-medicate their anxieties by pushing buttons to enter a kind of flow state. But their "machine zone" is neither exciting, fun, productive, nor cost-effective...

Workaholic Breakdown - Loss of Independence

By Barbara Killinger Ph.D. on November 04, 2012 in The Workaholics
Are you becoming more confused about knowing exactly how you feel and think, or should feel or think? Have you started to need to look to others to give you clues?

Weight Control: The Biological Brain,The Psychological Mind

By Sylvia R Karasu M.D. on November 04, 2012 in The Gravity of Weight
Why do people gain weight and even get fat? Why do people eat less than they want but more than they need? For that matter, why do people continue to eat more than they feel they should and feel so remorseful afterwards? How voluntary is our behavior when it comes to weight control?

Flight: Why Heros are Drug Addicts Too

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on November 03, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Flight is a superior film, with a once-in-a-decade performance from movie star Denzel Washington. It sparks an important dialogue about drug addiction, including the ways in which amazingly brave heroes can suffer devastating drug addictions.

Nonverbals of the Skin

By Joe Navarro M.A. on November 01, 2012 in Spycatcher
The skin reveals a lot about our emotions, our health, our experiences, even our desires. The nonverbals of the skin.

The Hype in Hypersexual Disorder

By David J Ley Ph.D. on November 01, 2012 in Women Who Stray
A new study on hypersexual disorder has been described as proof that sex addiction exists. But what the study actually demonstrates is that the 'disorder' is a culturally-biased phenomenon based on gender values.

The Discarded Ones

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on November 01, 2012 in The Teenage Mind
Charlie is told he is going away for the summer. What unfolds is more like a horror flick than a summer camp.

Power, Bullies, and Victims

By Karen L. Schiltz Ph.D. on November 01, 2012 in Beyond the Label
Warning signs of children in trouble.

A 12-Step Rest Stop for Heroin Addicts

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on November 01, 2012 in Addicted Brains
I'd become quite skeptical about the 12-step monopoly of the addiction field, based on gruesome personal stories and reportedly poor success rates. But joining a meeting of Narcotics Anonymous (in the north of England) brought on some new insights.

Forensic Psychiatrists Reject Hebephilia - Again

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on November 01, 2012 in Witness
It is clear to most observers that hebephilia -- sexual attraction to "early pubescent" minors -- is not accepted by the professional community as a mental disorder. What remains unclear is whether the American Psychiatric Association will get the message in time.

Does Marriage Have a Future?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 31, 2012 in The Human Beast
The most developed countries point to the future—where they are going, less developed countries inevitably follow. That is true of urbanization, technology, religion, infrastructure, health, life expectancy, and family size to name a few. It is also true of marriage.

Miracle on 14th St.

By Stanton Peele on October 31, 2012 in Addiction in Society
What can be learned about life in New York City during a once-in-a-decade emergency.

When Mom is a Drug Addict

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on October 30, 2012 in Shift Happens
I recently had a family come to see me. They were greatly concerned, that Mom was “using"—addicted to opiates and other narcotics that have kept her back pain at bay for years. A couple of pills in the morning get her up. Two more at breakfast. A few before making dinner. Yep, Mom is a drug addict!

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

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on October 23, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
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.