Essential Reads

A Tipping Point: We've Finally Noticed Boys' Struggles

Parents and grandparents of boys, take heart: Their time has come.

Obama and Netanyahu in Family Therapy

Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister, for the sake of world peace, call me.

Should I Keep My Firstborn an Only Child?

New study confirms achievement advantage for firstborns and only children.

Guidance Counselors Should Reconsider the Gap Year

Many Discourage It, But Research Shows They Shouldn't

Recent Posts on Politics

A Prayer for My Aunt

By Susan Hooper on March 30, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
My mother's younger sister often seemed angry with the world. In her last months, as she battled the physical and mental indignities of old age, I saw a new sweetness of character, along with the iron strength that had sustained her through her life's tribulations.

Coping with Ever More Jobs Being Lost to Automation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
The Germanwings co-pilot's suicide/murder offers a vivid example of why employers are increasingly looking to replace humans with computers and other machines.

Thousands of Cormorants to be Killed: There Will be Blood

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 28, 2015 in Animal Emotions
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to perform a heinous experiment that includes killing 11,000 cormorants and destroying 26,000 nests to save salmon despite experts arguing that killing the cormorants is wrong and won't work. Conservation has a bloody history and there simply is no reason to continue these killing ways.

Shaming Women: Sex, Toys, and Cosmetic Surgery

Stigmatizing women continues. But let us be grateful to women's advocates -- those who expose the finger pointers.

Understanding Transgender Reality

In February, at the annual International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) symposium, I was honored to hear Ryan Sallans, an international speaker, transgender man and author of the book Second Son, speak.

Lifespan

By Mario D Garrett PhD on March 27, 2015 in iAge
Why do people confuse lifespan, with life expectancy, with average years of life and years expected to live?

Humiliation, Recovery and Monica Lewinsky

By Carrie Barron M.D. on March 27, 2015 in The Creativity Cure
Public shaming, online harassment and cyber-bullying are ubiquitous but they were not always. This blog examines the heart wrenching plight of one woman and how she overcame humiliation to become a tour-de-force and an agent for public good.

Proposed French Ban on Too-Skinny Models Bites the Dust

By Nancy Matsumoto on March 27, 2015 in Eating Disorders News
How many more fashion model deaths will it take before we start insisting on healthy-sized runway walkers?

A Tipping Point: We've Finally Noticed Boys' Struggles

For several years now a bipartisan group, which includes experts in the area of boys’ issues and fatherhood—and many of these are women, some of whom strongly identify as feminists—has been pushing for a White House Council on Boys and Men which would parallel the one that President Obama established for women and girls shortly after he took office in 2009.

The 5 Weirdest Psychology Experiments

Over the years, psychologists have come up with some ingenious experiments in an effort to study human behavior. Here are some of the oddest psychological studies ever conducted.

What Parents Can’t Do

More than twice as many states required parental consent for mental health treatment than for substance abuse treatment.

Obama and Netanyahu in Family Therapy

After the initial evaluation and assessment, the therapist identified three classic family dysfunctions that exist in the relationship between Barack and Bibi: enmeshment, triangulation, and emotional cut-offs.

Emotional Intelligence: Do Women Have an Edge?

Remember emotional intelligence can be learned; while it may be a part of women's "conditioning," many men have or can learn these behaviors.

Rescue the Mangroves, Rescue Ourselves?

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in Listen Up!
A small, dirt-road fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico organizes to restore their threatened ocean environment and provides hope for all of us. They remind us of the powerful hunger to take care of the natural world and "our animal relatives."

Racism: Our Collective Complicity, Denial and Naiveté

To honestly confront the psychological illness of racism, America needs a true mirror, one that reflects our light and our shadow; one that provokes a real moral and spiritual awakening.

Is America Addicted to War?

By Ray Williams on March 23, 2015 in Wired for Success
War has become the new normal for the U.S. Militarization, the justification for violence, and the privatization of war are now firmly entrenched.

RIP Beloved Benji

How people in the past cared for their dogs is often lost to history, but one strong sign of a loving relationship is the care people took in burying their dogs. I have seen dog burials from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in London, but also from 12,000 years ago in what is today Israel. These show how people of the past loved their dogs.

Talking Like It’s 1984

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in Talking Apes
While gender-neutral language won’t eliminate gender-biased thought crimes, its intentional use does help us keep in mind that non-biased behavior is now the norm in our society.

Polyamorous at 27/Paleo/South Africa

By Christopher Ryan on March 22, 2015 in Sex at Dawn
How do you tell Mom you're polyamorous?

The Politicization of Mental Health

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 22, 2015 in Women Who Stray
Shootings, deaths and tragedies involving mental illness fill our news every day. Politicians are talking about mental health more than ever before. But, most political efforts to reform these issues ignore the deep underlying issues of funding, regulatory complexity and access which inhibit real reform.

Can We Talk?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on March 21, 2015 in Love, Inc
Speech was never free. It always had costs. But this commonsense has mixed with a moral panic to allow hate speech and discriminatory speech to thrive even as offensive speech is silenced. Can we talk?

The Empowered Healthcare Consumer

There are 3 need-to-know concepts to make you a more empowered and informed healthcare consumer.

The One-Week Job Search

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 21, 2015 in How To Do Life
Job seeking feels daunting but you can accomplish much in just one smart week.

The Neurobiology of BDSM Sexual Practice

How can one experience pain, either the physical pain of a smack on the tush or the emotional pain of humiliation, as pleasurable? Aren’t pain and pleasure diametrically opposed? The answer, informed by neurobiology, is that the opposite of pleasure isn’t pain but ennui— a lack of interest in sensation and experience.

The Politics of Pizza

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in Hidden Motives
We think of pizza by the slice, sometimes a whole pie, so we haven’t noticed how big an industry it has become. But Big Pizza is as big as virtually anything else in our economy – and as political.

The Urge to Connect

A 3 billion year perspective on where the human race is headed

Sexism in Mental Health Practice

Misogyny in the mental health system warrants special attention during Women's History Month.

Should I Keep My Firstborn an Only Child?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Singletons
In terms of the level of education, aspirations and achievement, firstborns and only children excel. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, all were firstborns or only children. What gives firstborns and only children this distinct advantage?

How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many

While it is true that OxyContin abuse is decreasing, the epidemic of prescription drug abuse hasn’t gone away.

An Analytical Approach to Finding Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
What are your core skills, interests, values, and non-negotiables?