Essential Reads

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Living Single
For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

Future Thinking and False Memories

Have you ever had a vivid memory that turned out to be false? New research suggests that false memories may actually be associated with a number of positive psychological traits.

The Most Inspiring Book I've Read

Want to be blown away by a tale you should already know but likely don't, about brilliant characters who should be as famous as Einstein, but aren't well-known? Read this book.

3 New Findings On Human Intelligence

The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.

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Can Laughter Be an Antibiotic for Pain?

Have you ever had a horrible day? A day that’s so horrible it’s funny? What is it exactly that turns life’s problems into punch lines?

Group Think and Academia: Shocking Shakespeare Shenanigans

By Elisabeth Pearson Waugaman Ph.D. on March 09, 2016 in "What's in a Name?"
Why does the authorship question matter? What are the new discoveries about Shakespeare?

Tic Tock: Reflections on Tourette Syndrome Over Time

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on March 09, 2016 in Evolving Minds
Who Knew it was Tourette Syndrome?

Building Bridges: Music Therapy in Hospice Care

The practice of including music therapy as a hospice and palliative care treatment option began to grow significantly beginning on the 1990s. Here's how music therapists help.

Play Life More Beautifully: A Meeting With Seymour Bernstein

By Mark Matousek on March 08, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
In a new book and documentary, Seymour Bernstein, the legendary pianist and teacher, explains why music is a metaphor for life, and how each us can locate his essential passion

Should You Trust Your Insight?

By Garth Sundem on March 08, 2016 in Brain Trust
Without really knowing where an insight solution comes from, can you trust it?

Why You and Your Kids Should be Involved in a Play

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
Whether on stage or behind the scenes, theatre is so often not just fun but transformative.

The Conscious Company and Other Myths

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 07, 2016 in Innovation You
Like a good, difficult question, consciousness is not a single problem that is solved once: it continues onward and gains complexity over time.

Stretching Your Legs Is Good for Your Mind

Get up out of that chair and lace on your walking shoes!

Imagination and the Diametric Model of Mental Illness

Imagination is the facet of autism that best accounts for its male-biased sex ratio, and higher genetic risk of schizophrenia is associated with enhanced imagination.
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Sex, Sense and Sensuality

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Writing about sex and sensuality opens up one's perspective in new ways, improving writing and enhancing life.
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7 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Child's Education

By Estelle Erasmus on March 01, 2016 in The Practice of Parenting
Wondering about the best way you can support your child in his/her growth and development? We've got the answers.

The Power of Movement

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on February 29, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Three scientific studies appeared this week, trumpeting the “power of movement” in combating death, depression, and disease. Is knowing this information enough?

Expressive Arts Therapy and Windows of Tolerance

The process of recovery happens by taking small steps that can be safely tolerated rather than stretching one’s limits.

A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences (Part 2)

Focusing on the apparent low probability of the current coincidence can cause us to incorrectly estimate its actual probability.

10 Clever Wordplay Puzzles to Challenge Your Brain

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 28, 2016 in Brain Workout
Does reversing letters in some words create new meanings? Find out with ten puzzles to challenge your verbal imagination.

Are You In Need of Bibliotherapy?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
The allure of books has been recognized for centuries. But why is fiction so therapeutic? Can you take advantage of this and buy novels instead of therapy sessions?

Wellbeing: Why Won't It Stick?

By Mathew A. White Ph.D. on February 23, 2016 in Positive Education
What can we learn from David Cooperrider, Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, Sir Anthony Seldon, Scott Barry Kaufman at the Festival of Positive Education in Dallas July 2016?

Rob Levit on Mentoring and Creating Communities

The future of mental health interview series continues with Rob Levit on mentoring and creating communities.

Gail McMeekin on Coaching, Empowerment and Success

The future of mental health interview series continues with Gail McMeekin on coaching, empowerment and success

Breaking News: Writing is Hard!

By Dennis Palumbo on February 19, 2016 in Hollywood on the Couch
Some claim that there is a link between creativity and mental health problems, but is this really true?

Why We Need Children's Museums

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 in Inside Parenting
Young kids lives are over-scheduled, over-structured and over-supervised. Where else can they roam unattended, explore how they want, and touch and manipulate without critique?

How to Review a Book

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 18, 2016 in One Among Many
You know that Oprah didn’t read all those books on her list. She’s a businesswoman, not a book reviewer. In this post, I offer a few pointers on how to become the latter.

The Power of Seeing Ourselves in Literature

By Ariel Gore on February 18, 2016 in Women and Happiness
Young Latinas and queer youth need more stories "told by us about us" to provide hope and to help each other survive. Ariel Gore interviews novelist Gabby Rivera.

Novelists Handle Big Topics (and Grab Readers) with Finesse

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Secrets fill the pages of suspenseful novels, while in real life, secrets cause real damage.

A New Look at Visual Thinking

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on February 16, 2016 in Rethinking Thought
It's time to move beyond general praise of visual thinking to consider all the different forms it can take.

Facing Divorce? There's a Business in That!

By Wendy Paris on February 16, 2016 in Splitopia
What do you do when your longtime marriage ends? Start a small business about divorce. At least, that’s the answer for an ever-increasing number of formerly-weds.

Rollo May and the Courage to Create

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 16, 2016 in One Among Many
Would you like to be more creative? Good news: You can. Bad news: You will have to get off that couch.

In the Workplace, Who Most Expresses Style and Beauty?

By Elizabeth Wagele on February 16, 2016 in The Career Within You
Romantics (type 4 in the Enneagram personality system) maintain a strong heart connection. Their rich internal life helps them share others’ emotional experiences.

Stay Gold, Nic James. Stay Gold.

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 16, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Nic James, lead singer and guitarist of Ula Ruth, discusses how he finds creativity in perspective taking.