Essential Reads

Why Do We Ask Why?

By Mario Livio Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Why?
Curiosity fuels brain growth, and brain growth drives curiosity. And you wouldn't be so curious if your ancestors hadn't learned to cook.

Boost Your Sex Appeal in Four Extraordinary Ways

Ordinarily, to boost your sex appeal you alter your physical appearance, but try these extraordinary strategies, no physical alterations required!

Are You Working for the Right Reasons?

In the second of three posts on defining success for yourself, I talk about the dangers of working without knowing what you're working toward.

Defining Success for Yourself

In the first of three posts, I discuss the importance of determining what success means for you, whatever your field of endeavor is (or what you want it to be).

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The True Outlaw Attraction of the Heartbreakers

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Brick by Brick
In 1975, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan joined Richard Hell and Walter Lure to form the Heartbreakers — “the first great punk rock supergroup.”

Solving the Mystery of the Angel of the Asphalt

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Play in Mind
Most of us can look back, and with good reason, wonder how we ever survived our childhoods.
The Strong 2016

Lessons from the Trump Campaign

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Play in Mind
The bully’s sneer provides the age-old cue: Glee tinged with cruelty is not play.

Why “Doing Nothing” Improves Productivity and Well Being

By Ray Williams on November 09, 2016 in Wired for Success
There’s compelling evidence that slowing down and actually "doing nothing" can actually improve productivity and increase happiness.

Initial Letter Logic Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Brain Workout
Life is hectic. Doing word puzzles such as the initial letter logic ones may help make your daily hassles more bearable. They are their own reward.

Awardwinning Play, Film About Humans, not Psychopathology

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Science Isn't Golden
Are you tired of plays and movies focused on people's pathology and meanness? Awardwinning play opening November 9 might be for you!

Creativity, Space Flight & the United (Or Un-United) States

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Mindbloggling
Artworks from Earth could make astronauts homesick. But robots that generate artistic works in situ would not only provide fun and diversion but help forge a collective memory.

The "I Ching" as Facilitator in Psychotherapy

By Susan Rako M.D. on November 06, 2016 in More Light
When therapy seems stuck, ancient Chinese wisdom may come to the rescue.

Time Travel: When "Be Here Now" Isn't Enough

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Creating in Flow
There's something compelling about time travel novels in which characters go back in time to change or fix the past. Here are a few new books—and worlds—to try out.

How to Relax and Enjoy Life in a Fear-Mongering World

Take a pen or pencil with you and write out what scares you. Make a story out of it it. Then it's yours; it's not something that happens to you. It's something you own.

I'll Do It Tomorrow

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on November 04, 2016 in Life Gets Better
Strategies of avoidance can come to dominate our lives, but there are ways to induce ourselves to get things done instead of putting things off in an endless cycle.

Illustrating Mental Health With Cartoons

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Cartoons allow audiences to grasp intricate aspects of psychological disorders.
See-ming Lee, Artist Studio: James Cospito, Brooklyn Art Project HQ. Image source:

Creativity in the Digital Age

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Rethinking Thought
Thinking that people stare at smartphones because they’re interested in phones is like thinking scientists study Drosophila genetics because they’re interested in fruit flies.

Creativity and Disadvantaged South African Students

By Albert Rothenberg on November 01, 2016 in Creative Explorations
South African black students have suffered from deficits in secondary school education. Creative capacities help produce success in professional and advanced general learning.

Imagination vs Creativity—Close, but Not the Same

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 01, 2016 in On Having Fun
"It is precisely because the imagination is given permission to play without pragmatic intent that it finds connections between things that are not obvious or easy."

Representing Young Mothers in Literature

By Ariel Gore on October 31, 2016 in Women and Happiness
When The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom was first published, I’d never seen myself—a young mom—represented in a graphic novel. The brilliant book broke ground...

Writing for the Self-Help Consumer, Pt 1

By Melissa Kirk on October 30, 2016 in Test Case
Probably the biggest mistake I hear when I communicate with potential authors about their books is the author misunderstanding who their audience is.

Why I Dance

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in What a Body Knows
You’d think I’d have answered the question by now. I mean, I’ve written a book called Why We Dance. You’d think that “we” includes me. It does and it doesn’t.

Silver Bullets For Your Brain: Nootropics Are Now at Hand

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on October 27, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Many would love a pill that restored the hundreds of lost hours due to fatigue and the necessity of sleep.

Ways to Learn Creativity

By Drew Boyd on October 26, 2016 in Inside the Box
Becoming more creative, even just a tiny bit, will enhance what you do everyday, at work, at home, or anywhere. Here's how.

Dancing With Change

By Tim Leberecht on October 26, 2016 in The Romance of Work
A conversation with Lorna Davis, Chief Manifesto Catalyst of food company Danone, about how to bring manifestos to life and why even Fortune 500 businesses are like families.

10 Ways Writing a Book is Like Having a Baby

By Shonda Moralis MSW, LCSW on October 26, 2016 in Breathe, Mama, Breathe
Ever wanted to write a book? Here is an inside look from a first-time author's perspective.

Creepy Clowns Prowl the Uncanny Valley

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
When future historians look back, they will likely label our time an “Age of Anxiety.”

Imaginary Friends and Interactive Technology

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Screen Time
As children learn to become reliant upon screens for entertainment, their boredom cures decline showing a decrease in pretend play which is essential during childhood.

Personality and the Brain, Part 8

Knowing how the brain works, how it specializes for certain tasks and what triggers changes in the brain’s structural connections can help you change your personality.

Art Therapy: Treating Combat-Related PTSD

Recent research underscores that art therapy's role in the resolution of trauma is evident, but on the whole, it's complicated.

Can Novels Influence Our Beliefs About Reality?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Joyce Carol Oates’s depiction of an amnesiac, loosely based on HM, perpetuates negative stereotypes about women scientists.

Psychosis and the Creation of Poetry

By Albert Rothenberg on October 22, 2016 in Creative Explorations
Poetry creation is often thought to result from the upsurge of unconscious process. As characteristic of schizophrenic thinking, such upsurge must be molded by creative cognition.

Personality and the Brain, Part 5

People's psychic abilities can be explained by a peculiar crossing of the senses.
Courtesy Barnet Bain

Reclaiming Your Creative Self

By Barnet Bain on October 21, 2016 in Doing and Being
The key to finding resilience, courage, and wonder in a changing world.