Essential Reads

We Worry About the Wrong Things

Five examples of how our minds get hung up on things that are unlikely to affect us, and overlook things more likely to matter.

How Couples Misunderstand Each Other

A heart-breaking experience of counseling couples is seeing good people suffer due to the entirely avoidable illusion of sameness.

Feeling a Fraud? It's Not Your Fault!

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Trust
What if a toxic workplace environment is making you feel like an imposter?

New Research Asks, “Does Why You Look at Porn Matter?”

A new study links “escapist porn use” to negative life consequences.

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Am I Messing Up My Kid?

With all the advice out there it's easy to have unfair and unrealistic expectations for yourself and your children. Recognizing the good in what you do will ease the pressure.

Sexual Freedom: Only Part of the Equation for LGBTQ Refugees

LGBTQ refugees continue to experience social isolation, perpetuating a sense of danger and persecution.

Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Fear of success is sometimes a bigger obstacle than fear of failure.

The Pressures of Social Media: Should I Disconnect?

Some people talk about giving up social media as the answer to the always-on pressures of connectivity. A better solution is "Social Media Mindfulness."

I Cannot Do It All

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on July 19, 2016 in The Happiness Rx
Dr. Colleen Long is a psychologist and a mom who has come to the conclusion that one simply cannot have it all

Living a Mindful Life Will Help in This Chaotic World!

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Brain Waves
Is it possible to live a mindful life in our chaotic world?
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What is the Fundamental Key to Happiness?

The key ingredients to achieving happiness are twofold, yet they are really two faces of the same coin.

The Beautiful Randomness of the Band Suicide

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Brick by Brick
When describing hardcore punk music, Lester Bangs wrote that “hardcore is the womb.”

The Social Network of Food

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Food Junkie
Negotiating for support can be especially important when you are trying to make some dietary/lifestyle changes.

The Missing Word Is Panic.

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on July 16, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
When aggression triggers a moral reflex, it can be blinding. We use it routinely to pump up heroic violence.

We're Splitting Up!

By Nick Luxmoore on July 16, 2016 in Young People Up Close
If adults can't contain their own tendencies to split, then what hope is there for young people?

Empathy Makes All the Difference-Part 2

When we cultivate empathy that part of us that tends to be judgmental diminishes and others immediately sense the shift in attitude.

Are Antidepressant Medications the Next Drug Abuse Epidemic?

Congress passed legislation this week to slow the epidemic of pain-killer addiction. What could also slow the epidemic of drug use for treating the emotional pain of depression?

The Toughest Part of Pokémon Go: Stopping

The wildly popular game is prompting exercise and sociability. But there might be another effect: addiction.

Mindfulness: The Gift of Taking Refuge in the Present Moment

The beauty of this practice is that it grounds you in the present moment, and this provides welcome relief from ruminating about the past and worrying about the future.

How to Help Someone With Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in In Practice
Practical tips for helping a friend with anxiety (or spouse/family member). Much of the advice also applies to how to help someone with depression.

Say These 3 Words to Overcome Your Anxiety

These THREE words will turn the tables on your anxiety by helping you use it to accomplish great things!

Will Augmented Reality Be the New Therapy?

Can augmented reality gamify mental health treatment?

Stop, Drop, and Panic

As someone that has always appeared calm on the outside, while internally choking on my panic on the inside, I knew that my story was just absurd enough.

Breathing Techniques for Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in In Practice
Get instant stress and anxiety relief using these simple breathing exercises.

The Talk You Must Have Before Your Kid Goes to College

Getting your child ready for college doesn’t just mean arranging dorms and paying tuition, it means having an upfront talk about mental health.

Fear Keeps Depression in Place

Facing fear is one of the great challenges in life, and not facing fear is a great cause of depression.

A Case of the Trumps

Leon Neyfakh talks to psychotherapist, Mark O’Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his clients’ psyches.

What Is Anxiety?

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Why We Worry
Anxiety-based problems are very common, and around 30-40% of individuals in Western societies will develop a problem that is anxiety related

These 5 Foods and Substances Can Cause Anxiety and Insomnia

By Georgia Ede MD on July 07, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Get to the root of your anxiety and sleep problems once and for all. Learn the fascinating ways in which certain everyday foods shift your nervous system into overdrive.
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5 Warning Signs That You Won't Succeed

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Fearless You
Warning: You might be sabotaging your success!

7 Habits of a Happy Brain

You can build new neural pathways by feeding your brain new experiences. Here's how to choose experiences that stimulate each happy chemical.

Connecting Child Maltreatment and Behavior Health Problems

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Stop The Cycle
About 13% of US children have mental health and/or substance abuse problems. Prevention and treatment must consider child maltreatment as a possible factor to address.

Moderation - Strategy or Fantasy?

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
When moderation is the answer but not an option...

Summer Reading for the Psychologically Minded

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
A half-dozen helpful but accessible how-to books plus one touching novella.