Essential Reads

Saying, and Hearing, the "Thing Which Is Not"

Recent brain imaging studies have revealed that distinguishing between truth, deceit, and irony requires the activation of distinct neural networks.


By Cecilia Dintino PsyD on February 12, 2018 in Midlife Matters
It is our stories that define us, and our re-story that will set us anew. But where do we begin?

The Origin of the Fittest Fiddle

Do you believe that today's violin arose from intelligent design? Recent evidence suggests that you may have to abandon that belief.

Finding Inspiration Along the Way

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Boundless
Tanaaz Chubb provides a new take on positive psychology.

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Art Therapy and Social Media

Social networking platforms are technically not "tools" found in a proverbial digital art therapy toolbox-- or are they?

No, You’re Not Left-Brained or Right-Brained

Creative types are right-brained? Analytical types are left-brained? Think again.

A Valentine's Musing

By Melissa Kirk on February 15, 2018 in Test Case
So today, can those of us who can see beyond the media and retail hype of this day use the ubiquitous heart symbols to remember to appreciate and generate love of all kinds?
Virginia Woolf in 1902 photographed by George Charles Beresford, Wikipedia

Follow the Sound

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Rethinking Thought
Imagining the ways that other people experience sights and sounds can lead us out of our caves into the light.

Do You Have a Touch, or More Than a Touch, of Dyslexia?

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
A simple one-minute test to explore whether you, or someone close to you, have dyslexia.

Why Do Writers Write?

Over the years, theory upon theory has put been forth regarding the rationale for writers doing what they do.

Why Popular Culture Psychology? What's the Point?

What do trains, baseball, and Batman have to do with teaching real math or science, including psychological science? What does real science have to do with fictional characters?

Singles Value Freedom More and Get More Happiness Out of It

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in Living Single
Unmarried people value expressive and individualistic experiences more than married people do. They also get more happiness out of their valuing of freedom and creativity.
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3 Keys to a Great Valentine's Day

By David Evans on February 10, 2018 in Can’t We All Just Get Along?
3 keys to a Happy Valentine's Day, Courtesy of Mindfulness, Valentine's Day Resolutions, and Imagination. From a Professional Greeting Card Writer

Throwing Spears and Drawing Realistic Art Made Humans Unique

By Christopher Bergland on February 10, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Throwing spears, making representational art, and having globe-shaped brains may have helped Homo sapiens become smarter than Neanderthals, according to new research.

Study Reveals Thought Processes that Foster Creativity

By Susan Reynolds on February 08, 2018 in Prime Your Gray Cells
What drives the need to create is not creative ability per se, but rather a tendency toward self-reflective pondering and the ability and penchant for letting your mind wander.

No Time for Conversation

By Tim Wendel on February 06, 2018 in Cancer Crossings
In the effort against childhood leukemia, patients, family and doctors had a lot in common.

6 Tips for Building Your Tribe as a Reader and Writer

By Jennifer Haupt on February 05, 2018 in One True Thing
Literary tribes that include authors and readers are a great way to connect through books.
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Does Every Silence Need To Be Filled?

Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to say? Winnicott describes how sitting together in the absence of words can speak volumes.

Are You Using Open Questions as Springboards to Creativity?

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 04, 2018 in Our Innovating Minds
What makes for good creative feedback?

The Awe of Impermanence

By Cecilia Dintino PsyD on February 04, 2018 in Midlife Matters
In Times of Uncertainty, Awe Reminds Us That Nothing Lasts and Nothing Ends

11 Tips for Balancing Worklife, Creative Life, and Family

By Jennifer Haupt on February 02, 2018 in One True Thing
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." — Marcelle Proust

A Legendary Creative Math Genius: Srinivasa Ramanujan

By V. Krishna Kumar Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Psychology Masala
Ramanujan and Hardy, legendary collaborators, were different yet united in purpose.
Kelly Bulkeley

Dreaming and Waking: Which Is More of an Illusion?

Scientific, religious, and philosophical views on the strange yet compelling realism of dreams.

Efficiency Can Kill You

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Innovation You
These days we make productivity something like a religion.

The Curative Qualities of World Dance

By Shainna Ali Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in A Modern Mentality
The healing power of dance is recognized worldwide. However, we often emphasize physical benefits and fail to recognize the mental-health potential.

A Public Love Letter to My Garden

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., JD on January 31, 2018 in All Grown Up
Is the stress of daily life depleting your energy? Gardening can be so therapeutic and restorative.

"To Dance is a Radical Act" and Nine Other Top Posts

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in What a Body Knows
To celebrate ten years of writing a blog, here is a top ten list of blogs I have written.

Recent Art Therapy Research: Measuring Mood, Pain and Brain

Does art therapy change your mood and perception of pain? And does art making differ from other "hands-on" tasks? Here are two studies that shed some light on these questions.

Psychodrama, an Experiential Treatment, Helps Diffuse Anger

By Marty Babits on January 31, 2018 in The Middle Ground
Do you know how psychodrama brings imagination and flair to the work of overcoming resentment and restoring loving connection? If diffusing anger would help, this read is for you.
Kelly Bulkeley

The Power of Rebound Dreaming

Don't worry about temporary sleep deprivation; you can use it as a springboard for intensified dreaming.

The Ancient Yet Modern Practice That Can Change Your Life

By Pam Allyn on January 26, 2018 in LitLife
There is an ancient practice, one I spend my life talking to children about, and it brings me a great sense of peace and joy as an educator.

Three Things You Can Do to Make Better Jokes

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on January 26, 2018 in What’s So Funny?
Do you want to win the New Yorker cartoon caption contest? Here's some advice (from someone else who hasn't won).

Mourning Without Markers

By Gayle Greene Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in Insomniac
As a career woman with no children but many unresolved issues about my mother, with no chance now to tell her the things I wish I had, writing became my drug of choice.

Can a Hearing Aid Reduce Facial Wrinkles?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 24, 2018 in Jacob's Staff
Physical frustrations come with aging, but need not define our lives. With new tech tools and a positive mindset, unexpected, novel experiences are possible.