Essential Reads

Cause and Cure of Eating Disorders?

How the language of Eating Disorders has changed. Understanding causation and recovery has shifted. Options and Opportunities for greater understanding

Young Men and the Empathy Gap

By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Hero
We have an empathy gap when it comes to having compassion for the challenges boys and young men face, and we're going to lose a whole generation if we don't pay attention.

How Likely Is Your Partner to Cheat on You?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 14, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Are you concerned your partner may be seeing someone else when you've agreed to be exclusive? Researchers continue to study infidelity to better understand when and how it happens.
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Better Living Through Empathy

Want to better exercise your empathy muscle? Here are some tips.

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A Sacred Circle

By Elizabeth Young on August 17, 2017 in Adaptations
Everyone took her neighbors' hands and the circle steadied and tightened: we created and held that sacred space.

After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?

In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?
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How to Simplify Your Career

By Caroline Beaton on August 15, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
A simple career hinges on a deep, daily understanding of what’s necessary.

Charlottesville and Self-Segregation

No, Trump,"hatred, bigotry violence" steming from conflict that's become chronic due to self-segregation by straight white Chrisitans is not from "many sides, on many sides."

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Identify the Meanings of Silence

Silence between people who share a close relationship can have multiple meanings. Decoding them accurately is an act of love of great magnitude, permitting a loving response.
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Deep Listening in Personal Relationships

By Diana Raab PhD on August 09, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you trying to get to a deeper level with your personal relationships? Do you want to know how to become a better listener?

Less Labeling, More Understanding

He's probably not a narcissist, and you probably aren't being gaslighted. When can we start dealing with human behavior on its own terms?

Beware of the Two-Letter Word that Will Ruin any Apology

Here's the two-letter word that means you've given or received a bad apology.

Teaching General Psychology with a Larger Purpose

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Head Strong
At the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), general psychology is required for all cadets, and is essential in their development as leaders.
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Why Do Narcissists Abuse Those They Love?

If you have ever had your heart broken by a Narcissist and wondered how someone who professed to love you so much could treat you so badly, this article is for you.

Do You Get Exhausted in Crowds?

Do you get exhausted in crowds? You may be an empath

The "Right" Way Is Your Way, Isn't It?

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on August 04, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
When a couple has differences in the way each has always done things it can be a topic of interesting discussion or a source of frequent conflict.

Narcissism and Capacity for Change

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in In It Together
Might some narcissists benefit from therapy?

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 12

By Michael Jawer on July 30, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
A life-threatening emergency can, in some cases, produce a veritable distress signal that communicates what is being experienced, physiologically and/or emotionally.

How to Interrogate a Criminal Suspect, a la Dostoyevsky

By Stanton Peele on July 29, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Law enforcement officers assaulting violent criminals, as Donald Trump suggests they do, is exactly the opposite of the best interrogation techniques for convicting criminals.

Can Technology Make Us More Human?

Do the advances in social media, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technology threaten our basic nature as humans, or will technology enhance our humanness?

Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

How do we choose to live? How do we find meaning?

Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? Should You Change?

The brain areas associated with high sensitivity are the same ones involved when expressing empathy. You can benefit from your high sensitivity by selecting the right environment.

Are We All Becoming More Self-Centered?

What does a "me first" attitude and rising narcissism mean for our future and for the planet?

Zeus or Sisyphus?: A Tale of Couples Therapy

By Marty Babits on July 27, 2017 in The Middle Ground
With Zeus wielding power to create anything and Sisyphus, trapped in eternal futility, how can a couples therapist help break this deadlock?

A Hands-On Approach to Psychotherapy?

Therapeutic touch can be effective if used appropriately.

When Children Begin to Talk

Language represents a huge developmental leap for a child. Once childre begins to talk, the task turns to teaching them to use words to appropriately express their feelings.

The Big-hearted "Big Sick"

By Deborah King on July 24, 2017 in Mining the Headlines
A new way to view a Pakastani Muslim—as the lead in a romance with real heart.

Patient-centered vs. Lab-centered "Personalized Medicine"

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 24, 2017 in Saving Normal
We shouldn't neglect the bedside art of medicine as we become enamored by its laboratory science.

What's So Bad About Bribing Your Child?

Cooperation is too complicated to be shaped by a simple habit, since it's driven by emotions and how connected your child feels to you at the moment.

Bridging Relationship Distress

Is it possible to cut each other free from the conflict?

Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence

When enhance my capacity to hear the contents of what people from marginalized groups share about their experiences, regardless of how it’s presented, two things happen.
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Is Your Mother an Exhibitionist Narcissist?

If you have ever wondered if your mother was an Exhibitionist Narcissist, this article may help you decide.

Some Forms of Compassion Are More “Acceptable” Than Others

Everything is a matter of perception, including empathy and compassion.

Fathers-and-Sons-in-Law: When Things Go Well

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Buddy System
What helps sons-in-law to be drawn to fathers-in-law?