Essential Reads

Emotional Connection

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in In It Together
What is the most effective way to keep your relationship joyful? Learn how to stay connected.

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

The Neurobiology of Fear-Based Learning—and Unlearning

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study identifies how the brain learns and unlearns fear.
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The Problem of School Refusal

Most children look forward to the new school year with joy and enthusiasm. But for kids with school refusal, it is a nightmare for them and their parents.

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When Love Feels Like a Burden

She abandoned herself, lost her sense of autonomy, and wound up feeling allergic to intimacy.

Beyond the Breath: The Promise and Perils of Compassion

Experiential techniques can deepen our mindfulness practice and help us get unstuck from painful patterns.

How to Approach Anxiety With Cleverness

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Ali wasn’t victorious because he was stronger or more athletic. After all, Foreman was in his prime. He was a 3-to-1 favorite. Ali was victorious because he was cunning.

The Twilight Saga and Immortality Striving

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Hero in You
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.

Understanding Anxiety from a Different Perspective

As healthcare professionals, are we treating anxiety through rose colored glasses? Exploring alternative treatment perspectives to help relieve symptoms of anxiety in everyday life
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Teaching Kids the Difference Between Prejudice and Respect

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Help your children cope with going back to school in tumultuous times.
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Becoming a Mental Quarterback

Change the thought, change the game.

Overcoming Religious Sexual Shame

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in Women Who Stray
The purity movement has traumatized a generation, teaching them to fear and hate their own bodies. But therapists are now exploring ways to help people overcome this miseducation.

The Psychology Of Eclipses

All six suicides on eclipse day investigated by this unique study, were by men and occurred only in the regions crossed by the path of totality

10 Ways to Protect Yourself in a Terrorist Attack

Preparing for the next terrorist attack involves not paranoia, but preparedness. Mindful, intentional steps to be proactive, not reactive can protect you and your loved ones.

The One Thing Trump Got Right on Charlottesville

Trump got almost everything wrong, except this one thing

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?

Why Can't I Let Go of You?

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
The 10 most common reasons why people can’t let go of a lost relationship.

Death and the Risk-taker

By George Michelsen Foy on August 14, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, who criticized the safe life, is killed saving children from drowning

How to Manage Your Emotions

By Rob Kendall on August 14, 2017 in Blamestorming
In the heat of the moment, our emotions can get the better of us. This raises a serious question: Am I in charge of my emotions, or are they in charge of me?

Love and Fear in Parenting

Parenting is my greatest adventure, and it is often my greatest source of fear.

How Are You Preparing for the Apocalypse? I'm Hoarding Books

The way that other Doomsday Preppers might line their cellars with canned goods, gallons of water, boxes of batteries, and cans of Spam, I'm stockpiling every book ever written.

Dogs: Putting Selection for "Tameness" To Sleep

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Mark Derr offers evidence that dogs and humans were made for each other. He argues that sociability, along with a​ delayed onset of fear, were the keys for wolves to become dogs.

Scared Witless

Afraid of sharks? Flying on airplanes? This journalist thinks you should calm down.

Overcoming the Fear of Solitude: 10 Thoughts

By Rita Watson MPH on August 06, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Being alone with our thoughts can be threatening. In an experiment people were asked to spend 6 to 15 minutes alone. One third cheated. Focusing on gratitude may be the solution.
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True Optimism and the Path to Meaning

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on August 04, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
Do you believe that life just happens to you? A lesson in true freedom can help you cope.

The Fear Behind Geriatric Spats

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on August 03, 2017 in Complicated Love
Are spousal spats about health, weight and well-being getting you down? Here's what you need to know about the fear that is fueling your fights and some ideas for making peace.

Greed and Fear

Be clear that strictly private benefit is not life’s best ambition. The best forms of comfort come from the support of others and not from self-maneuvering.

How to Not Let Fear Drive Your Business Decisions

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on July 30, 2017 in Adaptation
How to not let fear drive your business decisions.

Fear of False Positives

To p or not to p remains a question of interest in research circles. Now, 72 have weighed in to get tough on p. Here is my response. (I am a softie.)

The Bad Advice Fearful Fliers Are Exposed To

Anxious fliers are not helped by statistics that only one plane in 11 million crashes. They imagine what it was like to be on the one that crashed.

How You Can Use Self-Talk to Step Forward

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in All about Anxiety
“Whatever it takes, I’m going to finish this.” When you face a daunting task, that message doesn’t instruct you; it encourages you to push through resistance and continue on.
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The Effect of Stress from Childhood Abuse

Fear, uncertainty, anger, and frustration can be the by-products of abuse that don’t fade but instead build over time. A person in constant stress mode sees danger everywhere.

False is the New True

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 23, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
By some great luck, we missed Orwell's 1984. But 2084 is only 67 years away, and we are right on track—thanks partly to philosophy.

The Root of Overprotective Parenting: Codependent Parents?

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 21, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
Overprotective parents say they have their child's best interests in mind. Is it true?