Essential Reads

Theo Fleury Is Teaching Us How to Heal

Hockey great explains power of conversation

Get Out of Yourself

Put your mind on something else, or your troubles will take up the whole world.

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

Recent Posts on Addiction

The Double-Edged Sword of Desire, Quotes, Part 2

The first part of this quote-filled post on desire focused on its many positive aspects. And with so many writers persuasively indicating its exceptional power to motivate us—to enable us not simply to aspire to, but also to reach, our most coveted goals—you might well ask: "What exactly is its downside?"

Violence: an American Archetype

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on August 02, 2012 in A Shift of Mind
The latest horrific mass murder in Aurora, Colo., reveals a deep dysfunction within American culture: we are wed to an archetype of violence rooted in the individualistic, gunslinger attitude of the Wild West. Our culture has not outgrown this juvenile fixation with guns, and until we expose the underlying addictive pathology, we continue to be subject to its onslaught.

Addiction: A Matter of Choice?

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on August 02, 2012 in Addicted Brains
Free choice is never really free, but it takes a good long look at the neurochemistry of motivation to understand why.

How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Liars

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 02, 2012 in Living Single
Jonah Lehrer is one of a long line of ordinary people who stumble down the path toward becoming extraordinary liars. How does that happen?

Breaking Bad: The Darkness is Coming

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on August 01, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Read to learn more about the moral and psychological process of television's most compelling character.

Are You Addicted To Your App?

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on August 01, 2012 in Digital Leaders
You know who you are. Always checking your phone every five minutes even though you know nothing has changed since the last time you checked. Hitting the refresh button to see if someone new has appeared online or posted a new comment.

Too Much Time Online Makes You Moodier, Lonelier and Obsessed

Is the Internet wrecking our brains? Since you're reading this online, you probably won't want to know the answer.

4 Signs that You're an Extreme Collector

Whether it’s snagging a bargain at a garage sale or stocking up on sale items, everyone engages in a little closet-stuffing from time to time. However, there’s a point at which people go from ordinary to extreme collecting, and possibly to a more serious hoarding disorder. New research provides guidance on how and where to draw the line.

Slave to Love

Romantic love has been described as one of the most sublime human experiences; it has also been viewed as an addiction and illness. The apparent paradox between being madly in love and being addicted can be resolved by analyzing the depth of love.

Why Are So Many Teen Girls Depressed?

Teen girls are more likely than boys to get depressed.

Mental Health, College, and the Threat of Violence

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on July 30, 2012 in Insight Therapy
Several of the mass shooting incidents of recent years are linked in some way to college students and campus life. Are college students, on and off campus, dangerous? An illumnating Pavela Report helps provide perspective.

Greed & Secret Lives – Part II

Do you (or someone you know) find money enticing enough to take stupid risks to get more? Greed is part of being human, and it can be an ally or the enemy. Here we will look at financial experts who were ruined by the need for more. Don't let greed hurt you.

Lying and Procrastination

I’ve lied to myself plenty because it was easier to. At least at first. Confronting ones own lies is hard to do because if you believe them, you think there are no lies to confront in the first place.

Superheroes Exercise to Maintain Their Superpowers

Superheroes: don’t you hate the droop that comes when you’re not rescuing the galaxy? Maybe you restore your superpowers with a secret potion, but that erodes your batteries. Instead, you can learn from ancient baboon superheroes. Their force generator (adrenaline) is in you. It will always be there if you replenish it with sleep, exercise and nutrition.

Is George McGovern an Addiction Expert?

By Stanton Peele on July 30, 2012 in Addiction in Society
After George McGovern's second child (the first died in 1994) has predeceased him due to alcoholism, we may wonder if McGovern—and the best experts in the world he has had available to him—really know how to deal with addiction.

Should You Drink? There Are Psychological, Practical and Moral Considerations

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 30, 2012 in Am I Right?
Practical, psychological and philosophical questions require distinct approaches.

The Power Of Delaying Gratification

In 1970 psychologist Walter Mischel famously placed a cookie in front of a group of children and gave them a choice: they could eat the cookie immediately, or they could wait until he returned from a brief errand and then be rewarded with a second.

Marijuana, Memory, and the Brain's Cleaning Crew

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on July 29, 2012 in All About Addiction
THC use (as in smoking marijuana) has been shown to negatively affect memory. Who thought is was the brain's De facto janitors that were responsible for the effect?

The Influence Of, And On, Epigenetics

Our genetic code is neither immutable nor controls us but is fluidly influenced all the time by the world around us and the world we choose to create.

Mass Murders Are On The Rise

Single death homicides have dropped 40 percent since 1980; yet mass murders are increasing. Why?

The Truth about 50 Shades of Grey and Futanari Porn

Why do women obsess over 50 Shades of Grey and men ogle transsexual cartoons, and not the other way around? Why do middle-aged women become erotically infatuated with Adam Lambert rather than Chris Brown, to the point of penning Glambertina fantasies? Why do men masturbate over pictures of women's feet, but not women's hands?