Essential Reads

10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 07, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Anyone can feel the pain of loneliness. Here are ten ways to ease the pain of loneliness.

Where Has Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder Gone?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in A Sideways View
Personality disorders are highly disputed diagnostic labels. Passive-aggressiveness may not be a personality disorder, but the behavior pattern is well recognized in the workplace.

Snapchat: The Jekyll & Hyde of Social Media?

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Happy Trails
What research has to say about millennials’ favorite app.

Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues

The high cost of shame and stigma manifests itself in the mental health of transgender people.

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Social Comparison: Don’t Let It Ruin Your Holiday

Social comparison often triggers cortisol, which taints a good life with a bad threatened feeling. Fortunately, you can re-direct this natural impulse. Here's how.

Use Your Holiday Party to Make (Not Break) Your Career

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
You work hard all year long. Come the holidays, here is how to make your holiday party work for you!

Trump Wins: Is America Headed Toward a New Racism?

By Rupert W Nacoste Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in A Quiet Revolution
Once he is inaugurated as president, Trump will have the power to propose policies that mirror his anti-group campaign rhetoric; we must understand that prejudice is not racism.

What to Say When Someone Asks About Your Holiday Plans

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in The Friendship Doctor
Idealized holidays like Christmas have a way of making those with non-traditional families, very small families, or no families feel very sorry for themselves.

Holiday Party Attire: Captivate Through Creativity and Class

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
Out of the office but on the clock? Take advantage of the opportunity to dress to impress, making your holiday party the most wonderful workplace celebration of the year.
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New Kid in Town

By Stephen Gray Wallace on December 07, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
Changing schools can raise a lot of questions for young people, both social-emotional and logistical. But there are ways to make the transition less stressful.

The 5-Question Holiday Relationship Test

Gain some insight into your relationship over the holidays by asking yourself these questions.

"I Wish I Stopped Trying to 'Fix' Myself 20 Years Ago"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
Reclusive Jaime Baird candidly describes himself and his life.
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Caring for Others

5 steps you can use to move away from negative frustration into more positive actions and attention. Walk away and reject negativity to become kinder and more empathetic naturally.

Two of the Most Dangerous Words of the Season: “Hosted Bar”

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
At your holiday party, keep the focus on your host instead of the hosted bar.

A Game of Lunch and Love

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in One Among Many
When your joy of consumption depends on the other person’s wishes, you better get to know him (or her).
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What Makes Someone an A-hole?

Is it arrogance? Disrespect? Or just pure evil? Scratch the surface of an a-hole and you’ll find a universal truth that may surprise you.

"Malone Alone"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in How To Do Life
A reclusive person's story.

The False Lure of Objectivity in Psychology

By Michael Mascolo Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in Values Matter
You can't observe a psychological act just by looking.

13 Challenges and Opportunities in Long-Distance Love

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 04, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Tempted to begin a long-distance relationship? Awareness of unique challenges and opportunities can help you decide what you may be getting into.
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Since power can be used not only to serve yourself, but to silence those who object to how you use it, self-aggrandizement and corruption are endemic.

A Self-Esteem Manifesto

As invisible and alone as you may feel, take this opportunity to declare, first to yourself and then to others, that you are committed to becoming fully engaged in life.

The Art of High-Stakes Psychological Diagnosis Pt. 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Ambigamy
When diagnosing or name-calling, call out the behavior and speculate carefully about the possible motivations for it or you'll get mired in debate over the motivations.

The FoMo Health Factor

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that excessive fear of missing out be a greater health risk than you might think.

The Big Three

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
A life key: Surround yourself with people who are intelligent, driven, & ethical.

3 Tips for Discussing Politics Over the Holidays

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in In Love and War
Nervous about going home for the holidays because of the political blow-ups that might ensue? Try these three strategies.

The Art of High-Stakes Psychological Diagnosis Pt 1

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Ambigamy
Don't let your gut impulses decide how you diagnose people's problems. It will only make the problems worse. Be careful, patient, expansive and strategic instead.

Circle of Support: A Message for Teens About Friendship

We all need friends to help us get through life’s good and bad times.

Hire Emotionally Intelligent People

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
It is not difficult to spot those who are, or are not, emotionally intelligent. Certainly emotional intelligence is a high benefit in the work place for all concerned
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6 Simple Ways to Make Yourself Happier Today

If you are tired of being down and dragging yourself through the day, try one of these 6 things to increase your happiness.

Playfulness in Hard Times

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 28, 2016 in On Having Fun
When times are hard, being playful, especially being playful in public, is a political act. A good one, too.

No Partner, No Worries: New Study of Psychological Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Living Single
The authors predicted a hierarchy of well-being, with married people at the top, then cohabiters, then daters, with unpartnered singles at the bottom. That’s not what they found.

Lose Your Phone, Find Your Body

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 27, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
As technology helps us live more and more distractedly, it becomes both more important and less likely for us to engage positively with our bodies, as subjects not objects.

How to Handle a Friend Who Pressures You to Buy Stuff

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in The Friendship Doctor
As the holidays approach, friends may lean on you to help achieve their business goals. How can you respond graciously?
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Immortality lies not in identifying with any one model of Homo or Robo Sapiens, but in participating in the progression.