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

Cheers to a Troubled Pop Star

Rihanna's song "Cheers" and her public lifestyle exert a strong influence on teens.

7 Tips About Money and Emotions

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 04, 2012 in Emotional Fitness
A normal life comes with unexpected large expenses like medical problems or household repairs.

Coffee: A Caffeinated Chronicle

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on September 04, 2012 in Brain Babble
Where does coffee come from, what does it do to our brains, and why is it so darn addictive?

The Death of Conversation in the Digital Age

The pre-packaged conversation that we are dialing in with increasing ease and regularity acts as a foam pad through which we humans are less and less able to pass.

Living the Gentle Life Part 6

By Sandra Brown M.A. on September 04, 2012 in Pathological Relationships
Change your environment physically and learn how to develop a life style that helps you heal emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and sexually.

I Used To Be Addicted and Then I Quit—Am I Still an Addict?

By Lance Dodes M.D. on September 02, 2012 in The Heart of Addiction
This question comes up fairly often. It is the kind of question that cannot be answered if you look only at the surface of addiction: at the behavior itself. But if you peek beneath the surface, the question and its answer becomes obvious.

‘We Built It’: The Neuroscience of Success

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on September 01, 2012 in The Winner Effect
Why Barack Obama's phrase: 'You didn't build it' may have hurt so much

The Perfect Mormon Family, or The Last Time I Ran Into Mitt

By Stanton Peele on September 01, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Mitt Romney's family is perfect -- and I mean that! But does that translate into family, health, and social policy for the United States?

Parents: Addicted to Your Phone? Here's How to Fight It

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on August 31, 2012 in Friendship 2.0
We've heard that we should be more mindful. As parents, especially with our smartphones nearby, it can be tougher than it sounds. But it starts with quick steps you can try today.

The Avengers Teach Psychology: Class Assemble!

Three SHIELD agents, seven superheroes, and one Norse supervillain can illustrate a variety of psychological concepts.

Are You Living With Chronic Worry and Fear?

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on August 29, 2012 in Get Hardy
Do you anticipate impending doom at every turn, with little basis to your fears? Are you fearful, tense and restless, easily fatigued, have concentration problems, or have difficulty staying or falling sleeping, You may have a generalized anxiety disorder. Read, to better understand the problem and its treatment approaches.

Better Living through Chemistry: Make Self-Medicating Work for You

We all self-medicate. Be sure you do so thoughtfully and safely.

Study Finds Regular Marijuana Use Damages Teenage Brains

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 29, 2012 in The Squeaky Wheel
A new study suggests that regular marijuana use in one's teens can cause declines in both IQ and cognitive functioning years later.

Are You a Compulsive Happiness-Seeker?

Eastern spiritual wisdom has much to say about happiness. Combining Eastern wisdom with Western psychology and wellness can reveal some interesting facts and clear strategies for finding deep and abiding happiness — and resisting compulsive pleasure-seeking.

Fighting the Wrong War On Drugs

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 28, 2012 in DSM5 in Distress
We are fighting a battle against illegal drug cartels we can't possibly win, while we have not yet begun the war against the dangers of prescription drug abuse that we couldn't possibly lose.

Where Have All the Users Gone?

By Nir Eyal on August 28, 2012 in Automatic You
The products that become a facet of users’ everyday lives will remake the web.

The Body in the Mind

By John Montgomery Ph.D. on August 27, 2012 in The Embodied Mind
Almost everything the mind does depends on the body.

Marriage: 8 Dangerously Wrong Conventional Wisdoms

Mistaken advice about marriage can have potent impacts. Beware especially of these relationship-wreckers.

Fatal Flaws in Celebrity Marriages

By Ann Smith on August 27, 2012 in Healthy Connections
Standing in a grocery line last week, I couldn’t ignore the magazine headlines with stories about celebrities and their recent relationship breakups. Since relationships are my favorite subject and career, I decided that as long as we as a culture are fascinated with what happens to celebrities, especially with romance, we might as well try to learn something from them.

Self-Medication or Self-Destruction?

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on August 27, 2012 in Addicted Brains
While early trauma may fertilize the soil for addiction, it's clear that addiction itself is traumatic. After a while, the psychic pain elicited by the addiction can dwarf historical factors and require more and more self-medication—a vicious circle that seems to lie at the heart of the problem.

When Has Your Anger Gone Too Far?

By Randi Kreger on August 25, 2012 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
According to Mark Sichel, L.C.S.W., holding resentments is a choice. Ask yourself, are you making the healthy choice? If you are angry, is it healthy anger or unhealthy anger?

Would We All Be Happier Without Marriage?

Since the cocaine-rush of new love feels so universally amazing, and poses no legal consequences, why don’t we all just make a lifestyle of repeatedly falling in love? Not so fast—there are three fundamental problems with this idea…

Imagining Ted Bundy

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 24, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
Dr. Al Carlisle interviewed Ted Bundy before he was revealed to be a serial killer. Carlisle uses his notes to imagine a Q&A that might have shed more light on the infamous killer.

My Daughter Missed Too Much School

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 24, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do with a teen who is missing school

Have You Ever Noticed? People Take Drugs

By Stanton Peele on August 24, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Do you ever get the feeling that drugs and intoxicants are here to stay and wonder whether our public health policy is up to this reality?

Cursing Echo: Can Dolphins Help Us Speak Our Mind?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on August 23, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
Last in a series about addiction and recovery. Do recovery communities help or hinder? In their quest for recovery, addicts can easily find themselves echoing messages all but drained of personal meaning. The result can be an endless cycle, not of addiction, but of growth-blocking compliance to a will not really their own.

Why Can't He Stay Sober?

Does the journey to recovery have to include hitting a bottom?

People Do What They're Gonna Do

In every relationship there’s some give and take. When that give and take is out of balance, the relationship is typically more codependent than interdependent. Informing this is the all-too-familiar element of enabling, and the less talked about—but in some ways considerably more dysfunctional—element of agency.

You Know That Sex Sells—Do You Know Why?

You may not realize this, but activation in the nucleus accumbens will make you take more financial risks. This is the part our brain that is "turned on" when we experience positive emotions. So, how do we know that this region of the brain will make you take more financial risks?

Addiction as Self-Medication

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on August 22, 2012 in Addicted Brains
If drugs, booze, binging or gambling soothe an overactive amygdala, then addiction is neither a disease nor a "free" choice. It's a form of emotion-regulation that speaks directly to the brain.