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Multiple Personality or Malingering?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Human Equation
What happens when a person with multiple personalities kills? Pamela Moss claimed her alters were linked to two murders committed years apart but insisted she, the host, was not.

Why We Kill, According to Motivational Science

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Motivate!
Do you think your basic psychological needs are different from those of a killer?

How to Deal With Colleagues Who Deny Reality

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky on December 02, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Our typical way of dealing with professional colleagues who deny reality is dead wrong. Learn a better method.

Seeing the Creative Value in a New Good Idea Isn't Easy

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
What helps us to recognize good novel ideas?

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Self-Criticism, A False Friend

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Making Change
People sometimes use self-criticism to drive themselves to succeed. While this can produce outward success, it can also lead to great unhappiness. There is another, better way.

Why You Should Hire a Procrastinator

Whether an employee completes a task early on or at the deadline is less important than evaluating outcome.

Origins of Passionate Interests: A Survey of Readers

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
I'm asking here for your story about the development of a passionate interest. It might be a story about your own interest, that of your child, or that of anyone you know well.
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Acting for Self

Doing things based on what other people say will make us happy can be dangerous. But it can be just as damaging to do the total opposite of what people expect from us.

Criminal Profiling: The Original Mind Hunters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Practitioners of profiling analyzing evidence gathered at a crime scene and statements provided by victims and witnesses in order to develop a description of an unknown offender.
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Why You Feel Helpless When Your Young Adult Won't Help

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Emptying The Nest
Frustrated by your young adult treating your home like a boarding house? Careful consideration of your expectations and how you express them can make living together more livable.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Provide Pleasure

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 03, 2017 in Life, Refracted
We can give a gift that costs money, time, or energy, to fulfill an expectation, provide delight, underscore our recognition of who a loved one is, or to recognize a bond.

8 Paths in Life

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 02, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Collected thoughts, evolving, on the task of finding one's way in life.

Five Tips to Help Accomplish Whatever You Want to Do

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on November 28, 2017 in In Flux
Change is inevitable. The step-wise process of change can be mastered to help you make the needed changes to your life and to accomplish desired goals.

Unloved Daughters and Holiday Triggers: Five Ways to Cope

By Peg Streep on November 28, 2017 in Tech Support
All families have their squabbles and tensions but when your family of origin is toxic and dysfunctional, the holidays are really hard. But you're not powerless.
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A Radical Alternative to New Year's Goal-Setting

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on November 24, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
Setting goals can be depressing. But what if we had a proven set of factors to motivate us to set and attain meaningful goals?

Ten Varieties of Gratitude

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gratitude isn't just one thing. In addition to listing all the things you're grateful for today, list the varieties of gratitude.
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It Depends

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in In Control
We always make decisions relative to other decisions we could have made or different goals we could have achieved.

Neuroscience Reveals Why Favorite Songs Make Us Feel So Good

By Christopher Bergland on November 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have pinpointed why the songs we love give us intense pleasure.

Since When Do Doctors Ask for Permission?

"Shouldn’t doctors have free rein not only to raise whatever topic they wish, but also to suggest it needs “fixing”?" a doctor asks. The answer is not what he expects.

Jack Daly on Living by Design

By Isaac Lidsky on November 16, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
To get there, you must understand where “there” is, and plan your route.

Building Up Your Resilience Muscle

By Michael F. Kay on November 16, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles that have gotten in the way of an individual achieving their goals.

On Dreams and Artistic Ambition

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Literary Mind
We are most creative when we dream. How do we convert that fluidity to waking life?

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

How Maslow Got Cool

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Self-actualization has emerged as a common goal among more psychologically secure baby boomers, and it is something that will become even more prevalent in their third act of life.

The Manager Who Has Engaged Employees

What is the secret to having engaged employees?

52 Ways: What Motivates Others Who Threaten a Relationship?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 12, 2017 in Life, Refracted
A couple's relationship can be threatened by others. To minimize potential damage, explore conscious or unconscious motives that a third party might have.

Prehab vs Rehab Mindsets for People with Cancer

If you are looking for antidote to cancer recovery through rest, consider adopting the prehab mindset.

On Being "Triggered": How Emotional Memories Affect Us

We cannot erase emotional memories, although we can be aware of what activates them and the interpretations we make.
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Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful

Insecurity May Enhance Your Ability to Detect Dishonesty

By Wendy L. Patrick, Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Why Bad Looks Good
Insecurity is related to the ability to detect dishonesty. Your suspicions about your partner´s dishonesty may reveal the honest truth about you.

The Flavors of Everyday Anxiety

The blending of fear with other emotions produces the variety of ways in which anxiety is felt.

Why Is It So Hard to Change Minds?

Ever wonder how to change someone's mind about climate change or vaccines? An evidence-based technique from substance abuse treatment may be the answer.

Harvard Epidemiologists' Rx: Moderate-to-Vigorous Exercise

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Harvard study on the long-term benefits of aerobic exercise reports that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity may reduce mortality by up to 70 percent.

Can You Create a Magical Workplace Culture?

Do you wish that you could change the culture of your organization? What does it really take to create a culture of motivated, high-performing employees?