Essential Reads

American Masculinity and Drugs

Changing relationship between men and their transitional object

Emotion Regulation

Conditioned Emotional Responses Become Habits

Why Are the Candy Crushes of the World Dominating Our Lives?

Darwin goes searching for the gas pedal in this evolutionary phenomenon of his.

The Pain Mess

Treatment of chronic pain is a scandal

Recent Posts on Addiction

Is Having an Abortion Likely to Damage a Woman's Mental Health?

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on November 06, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Anti-choice activist used voodoo science to frighten women about the consequences of abortion for their mental health.

On Being a Crazy Minority: Anti-Vaccinationists and Anti-Addiction-as-Diseasers

By Stanton Peele on November 06, 2011 in Addiction in Society
As I watched an anti-vaccination film at the New York Film Festival, I wondered about people saying the same thing about me as they would about these these anti-science propagandists.

Spiritual Principles: the Ultimate GPS

By Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. on November 05, 2011 in Emotional Sobriety
One of the gifts of living according to principles is that they can support us no matter what our history, our patterning, or our circumstances. They can orient us when objective realities have lost their command. Spiritual principles become the optimal navigation system.

Outsider Geniuses: Michelangelo and Leonardo

By Stanton Peele on November 05, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci typify our notions of genius. Yet each was deprived of his mother at an early age and was reared in an apparently socially insecure milieu -- they might easily feel themselves to be despised. So how did they grow up to embody genius?

Is It Procrastination or Distraction?

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on November 04, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Adult attention deficit disorder is a nemesis for millions. Take an unconventional path toward freedom from distraction and achieve your finest aspirations.

Family Theory Explains Dexter's Darkness

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on November 03, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Dexter, for those of you who are unaware, is a Showtime series about a compelling, relatable figure who lives two lives. He is a brilliant blood splatter analyst by day, and serial killer of murderers and vermin by night. Read on to find out why he does what he does...

How to Avoid Population Overshoot and Collapse

Like all other species, we have no evolved psychological adaptations specifically designed to prevent ecological overshoot and population collapse. One way to promote sustainability may be to collectively consent to a publicly supported media campaign to tweak our psychological adaptations.

As Iraq Ends, a New Battle with PTSD Begins

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Compassion Matters
With 40,000 men and women returning home from Iraq in the next few months, we must greet them with the tools to combat the emotional wounds of battle. Developing resilience can truly break the internal cycle that leaves so many individuals chronically stuck in a traumatized state.

Linking Early Attachments to Eating Disorders Later on

The nature of someone's early attachments and familial relationships can often be a determining factor in the development of eating disorders later in life.

Turning Adversity into Advocacy

By Jeff Bell on October 31, 2011 in Beyond the Doubt
We've all heard the old adage: "We help ourselves by helping others." Turns out it's true. Experientially, empirically, the proof is there. And I'm determined to spread the word about the power of this process of turning adversity into advocacy through a National Call for A2A Stories. I hope YOU will answer that call! (Read more...)

Saving Psychiatry from Itself: The DSM-5 Controversy Heats Up Again

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Side Effects
An Open Letter to the DSM-5 task force is generating widespread interest. Here are just a few reasons why.

Not Your Typical Zombies and Spice

While it may be the season for goblins and ghouls, you don't want to experience "zombies" this Halloween. Ask anyone who works in the ER about "Zombie Weed" and "Spice" and odds are they'll know....

Kristof's Non-Sequitur—I Run and Have Sex, Therefore I'm Addicted

By Stanton Peele on October 30, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Nicholas Kristof of the Times, recounting tales from a new book on neurobiology, claims it proves drugs—then sex, then exercise—are special objects for brain addiction, while in fact it makes the exactly opposite point—addictive temptations are available to all of us, many have succumbed, but most of us right our lives in service of broader goals and desires.

Batter Up! Lessons from the 2011 Baseball World Series

By Marietta McCarty on October 30, 2011 in Life Saving Philosophy
As I watched this year's World Series, I was struck by insights subtly delivered by leaping outfield catches and infielders' jogs to the mound to encourage their pitcher. Here's a philosophy sampler from this year's Fall Classic....

Diseases of the Free Will System

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on October 30, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Tourette Syndrome is a valuable tool in the arsenal of techniques neuroscience can use to help advance the philosophy of free will.

Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on October 29, 2011 in Radical Teaching
Video games are not the enemy of children’s successful and motivated learning, but rather a model for best strategies to apply to all learning. The same brain processes and neurochemicals that compel video gamers can be activated to increase children’s brains’ motivation to do homework with focus, reverse school negativity, & reignite their joy of learning.

Is Christopher Hitchens an Alcoholic?

By Stanton Peele on October 29, 2011 in Addiction in Society
It can be a difficult task to analyze whether any individual's drinking, even if it is quite heavy drinking, is alcoholic, especially if the person is highly productive and successful. If such a person, like Churchill, claims not to be alcoholic, are you going to tell him otherwise?

The DSM-5 Controversy

Mental health professionals are up in arms about proposed additions and changes that will appear in the DSM-V.

Why Does Coffee Make Us Feel So Good?

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on October 28, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
Coffee makes us feel so good because it is able to tap into virtually every reward system our brain has evolved. Hidden within that hot black silken elixir is a chemical that has taken over your brain by mimicking the actions of cocaine and marijuana.

My Teen Son Is a Failure

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 27, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your teen is failing school

The Benefits of Addiction: Why Alcoholics Drink

By Stanton Peele on October 27, 2011 in Addiction in Society
The disease theory short circuits the thinking needed to understand alcoholism by instead fantasizing that alcoholics are driven to drink by some as-yet-to-be-discovered micro-mechanism. Ahh, too bad, since this fallacy prevents us from helping alcoholics and addressing problem drinking society-wide.

Overcoming Mental Health Problems Is More than Possible

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 25, 2011 in All About Addiction
It's possible to be successful while overcoming serious mental health problems. The key is to have a strategy that recognizes the individuals specific needs.

The Children Are Not All Right

By Kathryn Seifert on October 25, 2011 in Stop The Cycle
From the cultural revolution of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the dawn of video games and heavy metal music in the ‘80s, adults have had multiple reasons to worry whether the next generation of kids will grow up to be "all right."