Essential Reads

Did You Get the Parental Guidance You Needed Growing Up?

As a child, did you frequently feel behind the curve—or eight-ball? If so, what was that like for you? And why do you think it was such a struggle for you to blend in with others?

Establishing Love With an Imperfect Partner

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in In the Name of Love
The prevailing ideal of a perfect love is a major obstacle for establishing enduring, profound love.

How Your Diet Can Save You and the Planet

By Clair Brown, Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Buddhist Economics
Is eating a healthy diet and worrying about climate change too much to handle? Here's a doable way that makes a big difference.

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The Real Reason Behind Teen Anxiety and Depression

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on October 16, 2017 in Healing and Growing
The real reason for increased anxiety and depression among young people is deeper and bigger than is often recognized.
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The Free Secret to Happiness

Embracing nature is one of the most powerful healing tools we have.

Are Hormetins the New Fountain of Youth in Aging?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in iAge
The fountain of youth might be a fountain for living well in older ages.

3 Hidden Ways Natural Disasters Hurt Happiness

With this recent series of earthquakes, record-breaking hurricanes, and fires – it seems more important than ever to discuss the impacts of natural disasters on human happiness.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene: 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Notwithstanding the uniqueness of human beings, a focus on the broadest timescale of analysis reminds us that evolution unites Homo sapiens with all other living systems.

The Existential Dread of Climate Change

Denying climate change is no solution. But is being fully aware of its consequences making us depressed?

3 Ways to Create Sacred Space at Work

Thrive in a healthy and happy work environment by creating a sacred space at work.

Can Specific Rituals Before An Event Impact Our Performance?

By Peter Bregman on October 09, 2017 in How We Work
Find out how you can manipulate your environment to reduce anxiety, use mental visualizations to increase your confidence, and choose songs that get you in “the zone.”

Reconnecting With Nature

By The Research Lab on October 09, 2017 in The Fundamentals
All nations must work together to sustain our planet. By Juan Miró, Ph.D., and Fernando Lara, Ph.D.

Who’s Really Responsible for Hurricane Relief Aid?

Thanks to the media we know the heroes who rushed to aid Houston after Hurricane Harvey. But why is it so hard for media to name the causes and culprits behind the catastrophe?

Kids and Animals: Hunting, Zoos, Climate Change, and Hope

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Youngsters have rather sophisticated views on human-animal interactions in a wide variety of venues. We must teach them well so they can keep their and our hopes and dreams alive.

The Philosophical Traveler

By Jean Kazez on October 07, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it odd to first admire, then devour?

Nature Versus Nurture: Where We Are in 2017

A lot has changed in our understanding of the timeless nature-nurture debate. Find out where we are now.

Nonparental Daycare: What The Research Tells Us

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.

All-Female "Lord of the Flies" Remake

How would a Muslim girl, a transgender boy, a girl suffering from autism (and, of course, a female 'Piggy') influence dynamics in an all-female Lord of the Flies remake?

Would Permanent Daylight Saving Time Prevent Depression?

Why don't Scandinavians don't wrestle with the wintertime blues?

World Animal Day: A Global Celebration For Hopeful Futures

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Animal Emotions
While there's been some progress in terms of how nonhumans are treated, millions upon millions of other animals still endure great suffering and die in the name of humans.

The Good Leader

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 02, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
What makes a good leader? Understanding why you may have a subpar feeing about work.
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Alien Abduction Part III

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Alien abduction experiences may be due to a wide range of causes including hypnotic phenomena, surgical anesthesia, sleep state dissociations, and maybe alien abductions.

Loving Myself

We are aching to love and to love ourselves. What stands in the way of self-love? It is essential to remove the obstacles, however arduous that might be....
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Alien Abduction Part II

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Alien abduction experiences are probably more common than we realize. They are often frightening, sometimes life transforming, and can have both positive and negative aftereffects.

The Importance of Cultural Immersion Programs

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on September 29, 2017 in Mind Matters
Cultural immersion programs are important experiences for mental health professionals in training because they provide students an expanded perspective of global mental health.

What Do We Understand About Mental Illness?

If you suffer from mental illness, you must be aware of all the complex causes and not just resort to a pill.

How to Be Happy

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
What is a happy self? In ancient times, happiness meant fulfilling your nature—both your human nature and your uniqueness as a member of the community. Times have changed.

I Am Not an Addict!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Naked Truth
Addiction is at epidemic levels in the United States. For most struggling with addiction, self-deception is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery.

Maybe You Should Get Married

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Clear Communication
Before you make a copy of your house key, read this before cohabitating.

A Grand Theory of Personality and Environment

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Five Percent
What matters, personality or environment? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.

What You Can Do to Help in Natural Disasters

By Kimberly Key on September 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
From the massive destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to Mexico's 8.1 earthquake and the 65 ongoing wildfires, people can feel overwhelmed. Here are some ways to help.

Back to School: Therapists Design for Life

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Design on My Mind
In the hands of clinical psychologists, Design Psychology can be a “design therapy” that (like art therapy) helps clients move more healthily along their life journey.

What You Should Know When Disaster Strikes

Recovery and healing are possible following a natural disaster. Here's how.