Essential Reads

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Observing

Observation permits us to use our inner scientist to discover how our behavior affects our loved one, as well as how we experience others' attempts to show love.

Hyperactive Kids and Playtime - What's the Connection?

Kids with more free play time behave better, are physically healthier and exhibit stronger social and emotional development.

Are We Growing Disconnected in an Age of Connectivity?

Is the constant pull of technology distracting you from what's happening right around you? A few tweaks can help you focus on the here and now.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: No Stealing

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 19, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Taking over a loved one's time, attention, property, space or decisions without explicit permission from him or her is stealing. Boundary violations can threaten a relationship.

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What I Learned From Taking Part In A Silent Dinner

By Tim Leberecht on March 21, 2017 in The Romance of Work
In a time when everyone's constantly talking and rudeness seems legitimate, silence is not only golden - it can be disruptive.
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Tears of Pain and Tears of Joy

Crying can be a powerful expression of pain or joy; however it can also be used as a manipulative device. Genuine crying is a window into a person's emotional condition.

Bilingualism in the Sky

English is the international language of civil aviation and hence many airline pilots and controllers have to communicate in a language other than their own. What does this entail?

Welcome to the Madness and Mystery of Surprise Egg Videos

By Kevin Bennett on March 11, 2017 in Modern Minds
Children are obsessed with the online sub-culture of surprise egg videos and the micro-universe inhabited by family finger people.

Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How

By Nir Eyal on March 07, 2017 in Automatic You
Having a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. This article provides practical research-backed tips for staying focused.

Millennial Cognitive Tunnel Syndrome

By Caroline Beaton on March 04, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
What are you looking at but not seeing?

Elasticity of Belief

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Attitudes based on little experience can be changed.

Memo to Our Sons and Grandsons: The Future Is Female

When I read of Hillary Clinton’s video proclamation to the women of MAKERS that “the future is female,” my mind immediately raced to my four grandsons, ages 3, 7, 10, and 11.

A Crisis of Noise - Messages To/From Our Brains

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Confusion and overwhelm reign! Our brains are battlegrounds where messages are vying for attention. What can we believe? Our physical, mental, and emotional health are at stake.

When “I’m Sorry” Just Isn’t Enough

Since we are all (no exceptions) mistake-prone to varying degrees, it behooves us to become adept in the art of making effective repairs and corrections.

Low-Intensity Aerobic Exercise Has Surprising Brain Benefits

By Christopher Bergland on February 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing evidence that low-intensity physical activity has multiple brain benefits. A new study reports that easy aerobic exercise boosts visual sensitivity and perception.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Giving

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 12, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Give time, caring, and attention as well as gifts, experiences, and words.

How Dogs Respond to an Angry Expression on a Human Face

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 08, 2017 in Canine Corner
Whether your dog looks at your face may depend upon your emotional expression


By Gary Klein Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Anticipatory thinking is the way we imagine how unexpected events may affect our plans, alerting us to potential threats. But what are the dysfunctional tendencies that block it?

Making Time for Intimacy

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on February 07, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Intimacy and sex are great when they are part of the same event. They aren't always. Be aware that intimacy needs to be cultivated even when sex takes care of itself.

The Solution to Your Mind Wandering Problem

By Rob Henderson on January 30, 2017 in After Service
Are you often distracted? Some tips to stay focused.

Three Strategies That Transform Classrooms and Change Lives

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in Peacemeal
Is your classroom suffering from disruptive conflict and student disengagement? These restorative tips have worked in real classrooms and schools to improve climate and connection.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Listening

Intimacy can be created through clear communication, but doing so requires listening to many aspects of a message and appreciating how they affect its transmission and impact.

How Silence Improves Sight

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Resilient Leadership
A true leader sometimes must close her eyes in order to see more.

More Needs to be Done to Address the Severity of Concussions

Young athletes suffering from concussions may experience effects that can last for decades.

Late-Night Smartphone Use Often Fuels Daytime Somnambulism

By Christopher Bergland on January 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A growing body of research offers compelling evidence that late-night smartphone use can trigger sleep disturbances linked to subpar daytime performance, depression, and anxiety.

Climbing Maslow‘s Pyramid and the Courage to Change

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
How often do we focus on where our energy really goes when we try to change our behavior? Where does our moral compass guide us? How can our beliefs limit our growth?

Is Social Media Increasing ADHD?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Keep It in Mind
Social Media and ADHD: How technology is changing the way we pay attention to information
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5 Ways to Find Focus

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on January 17, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
We live in a busy and distracted world,and sometimes it's difficult to get focused on what we need to do. This article offers tips for both your professional and personal lives.

Attention Men: Three Keys to Becoming a Better Lover

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Men, make sex great again for both of you by adopting 3 easy precepts.

Become a Better You: Here’s How

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on January 10, 2017 in Making Change
An effective template for personal growth can help you prepare yourself for the arduous journey and properly map your path.

Balancing Priorities and Demands: Are You Too Busy?

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on January 05, 2017 in Pieces of Mind
Being too busy, having priorities and demands out of balance, or not being busy enough can all interfere with your being mindful of important moments.

The Underlying Reason You Can't Focus

By Caroline Beaton on January 02, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
It's not holidays; it's not technology. It's evolution.

Fear and Anxiety Drive Conservatives' Political Attitudes

By Bobby Azarian Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Mind In The Machine
Conservatives and liberals don’t just have different outlooks and opinions. They also have different brains.

Becoming a Mind Reader

Catching intrusive thoughts is a first step to replacing them.