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Jesse Marczyk

Understanding Sex in Advertising

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Pop Psych
Sex doesn't sell all types of products equally well, new research shows.

The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and the Canine Soul

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book by Andrew Root called The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul ponders the deep meaning and mystery of dog-human relationships.

Understanding Anger

Anger is often denied or suppressed but communication of anger can be productive and avoid development of destructive hostility, constant anxiety, and violence..

Your Brain on Magic

By Jen Kim on June 13, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Do you believe in magic? Here are five reasons you should.

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How the Brain Determines Sexuality

It has been known for a long time that early exposure to testosterone has a powerful influence on later sexuality. Now we are beginning to understand how this might come about.

Is Teaching Tolerance the Solution or the Problem?

Tolerance is part of discrimination, which explains why we have intolerance. Acceptance is the answer, not tolerance.

How (and When) to Apologize to Your Child

Apologizing for your own off-track behavior doesn't mean you don't correct your child when necessary. He'll still know who's boss.
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What Is a Psychopath?

By William Hirstein Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Mindmelding
The neuroscience of psychopathy has made great strides in the past fifteen years in understanding how their brains differ from those of normal people.
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Out With Empathy

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in In Control
The spirit of genuine curiosity is a humble acceptance of our innocence when it comes to the experiences of another.

Understanding Bias, Prejudice, and Violence

If we want to understand bias and prejudice, it might help to understand infant development—feelings and how they work—and evolution.

Dad Dynamics: The Balancing Act of Modern Fatherhood

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 05, 2017 in Unhooked
Seven things dads can do to raise emotionally healthy children.

How Political Polarization Has Ruined Social Exchanges

Is the new norm political polarization? Is it all We versus They?

A Contextual Path to De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness

Is de-stigmatizing mental illness by making it equivalent to the physical a flawed solution?
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Is Donald Trump Out of His Mind?

Is Donald Trump out of his mind? From a context-centered therapy perspective, not a bit. Sadly, he’s all too much in it.

A Bird's Life in New York City

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on June 04, 2017 in Tried and True
By choosing to perform acts of kindness whenever possible, we help the lives of others and of ourselves, and can make our tender and vulnerable world more safe and stable.

Paying It Forward: Generativity and Your Vagus Nerve

Scientific research suggests that if each of us made an effort to improve our "vagal tone" that we could create an upward spiral that would make the world a better place.

Why Psychopaths Will Harm You, and Why They Don't Care

Proving why you can't rely on those high in psychopathy, new research shows the emotional deficits that make them so likely to choose to harm rather than help their fellow humans.

12 Tips to Build a Stronger Sibling Bond

How do siblings build up a reservoir of good feelings to draw on? Mostly, by having a good time together.

Don't Let Emotion Choose You

Advisors should work diligently to help their clients keep their emotions from getting the better of them.

Three Strategies to Overcome Disadvantages

Building on strengths is a great strategy. But what if you feel you don't have enough strengths? What do people do in order to overcome their greatest obstacles in life?

How Do You Understand a Terrorist?

Everyone is interested in terrorism, but no one understands it, despite the myriad explanations put forward. There is a good reason for this seeming paradox.

Kindness Towards Oneself and Others Tones Your Vagus Nerve

Having compassion towards yourself and others is the key to creating an "upward spiral" of well-being as marked by healthier vagal tone in your vagus nerve.

Laser Listening: Paying Attention from Inside out, Part 1

Even if you think you’re a decent listener, Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life, shows you how to connect at a much deeper level.

Authoritarianism Comes with a Huge Price

Empathy is the key to conflict resolution and lack of empathy is the source of great conflict.

Awe Engages Your Vagus Nerve and Can Combat Narcissism

Recent research shows that experiencing a sense of awe promotes the "small self" and can combat narcissism by activating the parasympathetic vagal response to "tend-and-befriend."

5 Best Topics for Polite Conversation (and Bonus Tips!)

With a few questions, you can learn something significant about a person's life.

How to Get the Family You Deserve

Creating the family you deserve and want.

Does Peaceful Parenting Mean Letting Kids Do What They Want?

It's not that peaceful parents aren't "in charge." In fact, they're more in charge than most parents--of their own reactions, and therefore of the mood in their house.

Can You Understand the Different Types of Dog Growls?

Not all dog growls are equivalent. Particular sound components determine how we interpret any growl.

12 Ways to Get Past No

It is possible to say "No" in a way that honors your own truth, while still staying in positive contact with your child.

How Does a Narcissist Think?

Here is how narcissistic behavior is dangerous and harmful to others.

Why Do You Find Someone Attractive?

Researchers have spent years studying the attraction process. Want to learn some of what they know? I summarize some findings here.

Treating Opioid Abuse: Focus on the Patient, Not Just Pain

"Drugs do not grab you and hold you in a bear hug."