Essential Reads

Fated to Fear

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
Is there evidence that our fear of insects is rooted in evolution? Studies of human genetics and results of controlled experiments support the inheritance of the infested mind.

Three Science-Based Reasons Vacations Boost Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Feeling It
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.

On Coping with Political Strife On Social Media and Beyond

A conversation about struggling with what to post on social media in these times of social and political strife.

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Stressful Lives
A stress epidemic threatens students' learning and mental health. Understanding the sources can help teachers, leaders, and parents create a culture of reslience at school.

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To Heal Trauma, Work with the Body

When cognitive therapy is not enough to heal trauma, consider taking a body-based approach.

Does Gut Microbiome Influence Mindset and Mental Toughness?

By Christopher Bergland on August 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Harvard scientists have pinpointed specific gut microbiome linked to peak athletic performance. Someday soon, these findings could be used to benefit people from all walks of life.

The Perfectionist Mistake about the Meaning of Life: Part 1

Some see life as meaningless because their obsession to achieve only the excellent blinds them to the great value of the good

What Is There to Worry About?

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Why We Worry
At least half of our daily worries would’ve meant nothing in our parents’ era and are the product of new technologies and modern lifestyles.

Sticky, Tricky, and Icky: Unconscious Parent-Child Dynamics

Emotional abandonment may manifest in parental coldness, but when the dynamic is operative, both parent and young child believe it is they who are internally, irreparably flawed.
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The Pleasures of the Apocalypse

Don't worry. The end is near.
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Hey Doc, I’m Not Crazy! Part II

Mental health and physical health are linked more than you know.

Separation Theory

Early interpersonal pain, separation anxiety, and death anxiety lead to the formation of powerful psychological defenses that limit a person’s capacity for living and feeling.
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Managing Your Life in a Dysfunctional Relationship

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 16, 2017 in Fixing Families
Dysfunctional relationships, whether they are filled with anger or addiction or mental illness, often create a flood of contradictory emotions within you. Tips on how to navigate.

After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?

In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Are you curious about new ideas in mental health care? Integrative mental health is a new paradigm that uses treatments from Western medicine and alternative medicine (CAM).

Death and the Risk-taker

By George Michelsen Foy on August 14, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, who criticized the safe life, is killed saving children from drowning

How to Manage Your Emotions

By Rob Kendall on August 14, 2017 in Blamestorming
In the heat of the moment, our emotions can get the better of us. This raises a serious question: Am I in charge of my emotions, or are they in charge of me?

From Panic to Peace

Do you struggle with anxiety? Smalls steps and simple approaches can make a big difference in how you experience it.

Does It Feel Safe With Other People?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Even if the other person reacts to you, you could handle it fine. If there is something to deal with — conflict, betrayal — you can be clear-eyed and strong, without being anxious.

First Memories

Like a child who uses a blanket to self-soothe, a memory may be a psychological mechanism awakened at certain moments to protect us from hopelessness.

The #1 Brain-Scrambling Apology

Let's de-code the most brain-scrambling apology of them all.

Why Are We Doing This, Sir? What's The Point?

By Nick Luxmoore on August 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
How to make sense of the adult world without having the identity of a traditional profession? How to develop a sense of personal agency in a world where the rules keep changing?

To Say "I" Means To Be Alone

By Elena Bezzubova on August 12, 2017 in The Search for Self
Loneliness seems a transient step to self identity that could include depersonalization-like feelings of detachment and autism/introversion-like feelings of isolation.

How Facing Nuclear Destruction Could Make Us Wiser.

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 11, 2017 in ExperiMentations
We are apparently in a nuclear standoff. Do we find ourselves here again because we can't cope with death anxiety? Terror management theory informs the discussion.
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"I Had No Idea I Was Overdoing It"

If you think you might be overdoing it, you probably are.

Four Tools to Stress-Proof Your Parenting Brain

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Singletons
How to get the stress related to your children under control and keep sane and calm during the parenting journey

Humor Is Social Media’s Antidote for Fire and Fury News

In the midst of fire and fury political rhetoric, we should be grateful for the jokes and parodies across Twitter. They can make us less anxious.

It’s Not Really About Control: Tips for Frustrated Couples

It happens routinely. So often, when I begin counseling with a couple, not one but both parties complain that the other is trying to control them. But just how accurate is this?

The Role of Functional Medicine in Mental Health Care

Are you curious about recent advances in assessment of mental health problems? Functional medicine offers a range of promising approaches.

Psychiatric Assessment is Evolving

Are you trying to understand what is causing your anxiety, depressed mood or another mental health problem? New approaches in assessment are providing better answers!

Scared Witless

Afraid of sharks? Flying on airplanes? This journalist thinks you should calm down.

Five Obstacles Men Overcome to Accept Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Wondering how men come to accept a mental health problem? Check out this post about a few common challenges.

We Can Break Without Shattering

By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on August 06, 2017 in Do Your Own Think
Have you been trying to block out those feelings of hurt, regret, betrayal or heartbreak? Gritting your teeth and embracing the pain can actually be the first step to healing.

Mold Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on August 03, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
Could your depression, anxiety, brain fog and insomnia be due to toxic mold? This is a very treatable condition, but first you must recognize that mold toxicity is the cause.