Essential Reads

Senseless Killing and the Need to Know Why

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 04, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
Thoughts and research regarding the motivation for cruel, senseless crimes.

What to Do When You Feel Like Bingeing

By Jennifer Rollin MSW, LCSW-C on September 07, 2017 in Mindful Musings
Do you struggle with bingeing? You can find freedom from this.

Don't Be Jealous!

What is jealousy? Can we escape from it? Are you a jealous person?

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.

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10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Science of Choice
The following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.

A Conversation About Underage Drinking

It is silly to think that turning 21 makes one a responsible drinker. Knowledge, above all else, is the dividing factor, and education can start at any age.

Gary Taubes's New Book Puts Sugar On Trial

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on January 25, 2017 in What Is He Thinking?
In The Case Against Sugar, science writer Gary Taubes shows how Sugar fronts distorted science and politicized nutrition politics to sell what Taubes shows is actually a a poison.

Social Media: Things are Not Always What They Seem

By Steve M. Cohen Ed.D., C.M.C on January 21, 2017 in Worked Up At Work
With a new president who likes to tweet, this might be a good time to remember that for most job seekers, social media should be used with caution.

Serial Killers in 2016

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on January 19, 2017 in The Human Equation
What can we learn from an overview of serial killers in 2016? Let's take a look at the new faces of serial murder.

Impressive Compulsive Disorder

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in Ambigamy
At the extreme, there's the pathological climber, the power-hoarder who doesn't care if winning the game destroys the game board. Trump is one.

Learning to Be Dishonest

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 11, 2017 in Memory Medic
Experiment shows that a little lying leads to bigger lying.
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Road Rage Revisited

By Steve Albrecht DBA on January 09, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Road rage is getting worse and more dangerous. Road ragers and their victims need help to cope in different ways.

7 Surprising Science-Based Willpower Hacks

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 01, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Willpower is crucial to achieving your goals! Learn seven easy science-based techniques to improve your willpower.

13 Easy Ways to Jumpstart Your Boring Life

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Being afraid of change is the biggest danger of all.

Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 31, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Is your gut telling you that your child with autism has too much screen time? Here are 11 reasons why ASD kids are more vulnerable to screen time effects, including addiction.

Facing Threat with Integrity

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 18, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Larry Colburn, who just died, helped stop the My Lai massacre in 1968. We can learn two lessons from him.
James Coplan, MD

Perfectionism, Part 2

Do you have gremlins below decks, countermanding the captain's orders?

Conversations With Yourself: Put-Downs or Pats on the Back

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on December 12, 2016 in Sex & Sociability
When you talk to yourself do you say "You can do it, kiddo" or "You better not fail again, you loser." Do you habitually use the carrot or the stick, encouragement or insults?

Can Your Relationship Handle the Sex Test?

By Mark B. Borg, Jr, Ph.D., Grant H. Brenner, MD, & Daniel Berry, RN, MHA on December 05, 2016 in Irrelationship
What happens when sex brings us too close to the very things that it's ostensibly supposed to: intimacy, empathy, emotional risk, and investment?

All I Want for Christmas Is a Pony

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
Is impulsive buying and shopping stressing you out this holiday season?
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AASECT Releases Historic Position Statement on Sex Addiction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Standard Deviations
AASECT, the national sex therapy certifying organization releases a groundbreaking position statement about the sex addiction model.

When the Fighting Stops

By Mark B. Borg, Jr, Ph.D., Grant H. Brenner, MD, & Daniel Berry, RN, MHA on November 22, 2016 in Irrelationship
Irrelationship is a jointly created state of insanity made visible in the mutual acting-out ‎of the anxiety of being vulnerable, intimate, empathetic and invested in one another.
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3 Tips to Stay Safe When an Ex Becomes a Stalker

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on November 15, 2016 in The Human Equation
When a stalker is a former lover, the victim must be aware of the psychological blind spots that can increase her risk.

Your Dependent Attachment Style Is Pushing Your Partner Away

If you have a depending attachment style, and you are in a relationship, chances are that you are in the process of ruining your relationship.

The Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in In Excess
Fantasy sports have changed dramatically over the last few years and now include daily versions where people pay to play. But is it a form of gambling or a game of skill—or both?

Box Set Bingeing (Revisited)

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in In Excess
Research into 'box set bingeing' (watching a whole TV series in one sitting) has grown over the last few years and now there is a new psychometric scale that assesses it.

Could Vampires Be Real?

Another psychiatrist describes how a woman stored her own blood to look at it in times of stress, as this calmed her.

America’s Opioid Epidemic

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in Side Effects
In the battle against opioid addiction, court-released documents show drug makers deliberately blocked efforts to curb prescribing.

Promising to Stop Addictive Behavior Is a Very Bad Idea

By Lance Dodes M.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Heart of Addiction
It's common for people suffering with an addiction to tell others, or even themselves, "I promise I'll stop (my addictive behavior)." But it's a disaster waiting to happen.

When the Perks of Love Interfere With Love

By Mark B. Borg, Jr, Ph.D., Grant H. Brenner, MD, & Daniel Berry, RN, MHA on October 17, 2016 in Irrelationship
It is sometimes the case that the gifts of love become more important (and are certainly more safe from the risks and anxieties of love) than love itself.

5 Ways to Deal With Someone Who Never Stops Bragging

Nobody likes a bragger, but what is the best way to stop one? Here are some creative ways to change what you can.

Do Shame & "Rock Bottom" Decrease Dysregulated Behavior? No!

Do shaming and "rock bottom" help decrease dysregulated behavior? No! In fact, they can actually do the opposite.

Imagined Ugliness

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Why We Worry
Around one in 10 individuals seeking cosmetic surgery may be diagnosable with body dysmorphic disorder

Why Is It So Much Fun to Get a Box in the Mail?

By Donna Barstow on October 01, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Many of us order things online that we wouldn't think of getting at the store. Why? Curiosity!