Essential Reads

March Madness

Why you should consider mental health services when choosing a college

Do You Feel Sexy on the Inside?

The emphasis on physical perfection outside has harmful effects on the inside.

Want to Live Longer? Make Good Friends.

Good relationships have a potent beneficial impact on your health.

Comforting Third Spaces

Access to "third spaces" can promote health and well-being.

Recent Posts on Social Life

Misdiagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Part II

A case study illustrating comorbidity and distinctions between bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and attention deficit disorder.

No Limits: Relationships in Cyberspace

Virtual relationships can foster a sense of bonding and belonging, but psychological distancing can increase loneliness and alienation.

Has Personal Technology Killed the Magic of Travel?

Travel used to take us out of the comfort and routine of our habits, put our sense of self in flux, and liberate us from our idea of who we are. Travel held the capacity to make us feel and experience ourselves differently.

Contrarian Advice on Succeeding in Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
For those with doubts about the effectiveness of conventional career advice.

Why Do We Kiss?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 28, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Kissing is not universal among human beings, and, even today, there are some cultures from which it is completely absent.

Recovering From Seasonal Shifts in Mood in Bipolar Disorder

By Elizabeth Brondolo Ph.D. on March 26, 2015 in Take Control
For people who have bipolar disorder, seasonal changes in mood can disrupt your health and well being. You can learn to recognize and address these seasonal shifts before they cause harm. We examine the effects of these shifts on motivation, thinking and identity. Early recognition can help you gain better control of bipolar spectrum disorder.

10 Awkward Moments, and 6 Ways to Escape Them

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 25, 2015 in Living Single
We all have socially awkward experiences, but what makes a social interaction so uncomfortable? Research has pointed to 10 kinds of experiences that are especially likely to make people feel awkward, and 6 things people can do to escape from the awkwardness (without just walking away) and feel comfortable again.

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.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Pregnancy Loss Etiquette

If approximately one million expectant parents per year experience a pregnancy loss, why do people struggle on how to act towards them? Most people are well intended and want to be supportive, but have no idea how to approach it.

March Madness

By Jeffrey Lieberman M.D. on March 24, 2015 in Shrink Speak
Students and parents rarely consider that they might need mental health services during college and often urgently. For this reason, they would be well advised to include the quality and availability of mental health services along with traditional considerations as they decide on the college of their choice.

13 Ways to Be Friendship Smart

How does your Friendship Quotient measure up? Here are 13 key personal traits that strongly influence friendship quality.

Do You Feel Sexy on the Inside?

By Rick Miller LICSW on March 23, 2015 in Unwrapped
Expanding the ways in which we feel “sexy” is good for everyone (yup, except maybe for the beauty industry that sells just one way).

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.

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.

Good Friends Make for Better Health

By Katherine Bouton on March 19, 2015 in What I Hear
Psychologists Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin found that the single strongest social predictor of long life was a strong social network. People with hearing loss sometimes have to make themselves keep up those social connections. Those who work with the elderly should be aware of how much hearing loss may be contributing to social isolation.

Why Are Emotionally Unavailable Men So Damn Desirable?

The allure of emotionally unavailable men is undeniable to many. Women caught up in their charms often spend inordinate time, energy, and internal resources working to get their special attention. Here are 5 reasons why unavailable men carry such value.

Instant Romance is Just a Click Away

From fast food to same day shipping, we have come to expect that everything in life—even intimate relationships—are available at the click of a key. Unfortunately, interpersonal chemistry in a face-to-face meet-up is still the deal breaker or maker in potential relationships.

12 Tips for Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is certainly one of the most stressful challenges a person can undertake. It can interfere with providing good care, and can lead to hastened placement of the individual in a facility. The stress of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be harmful to you, as well. What can you do about it?

Should Men Be Bad Boys Or Dutiful Providers?

To provide or not provide, that is the question?

5 Ways to Motivate and Encourage Seniors

Caring for, and having successful relationships with older adults often require unique interpersonal skills and strategies.

Want to Live Longer? Make Good Friends.

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in The Third Age
It may be surprising, but who you choose as a friend matters, and so does the quality of those friendships. Good relationships have a potent beneficial impact on your health.

Strategies for Growing the Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism—the international movement that aims to use science and technology to improve the human being—has been growing quickly in the last few years. But for the movement to grow more, better strategies will need to be implemented.

Comforting Third Spaces

The best third spaces are green spaces.

Notes from an Older Dad

My journey to being a mostly full-time dad demonstrates how having a child can alter one’s personal identity and sense of masculinity, especially when one is older.

Are Environmentalists Better Romantic Partners?

Choosing eco-friendly vs luxury goods may have an impact on your love life.

Campus Rape

Will college compliance with Title IX prevent date rape?

Yik Yak

Yik Yak: Dangerous new app for bullying or harmless gossip site?

The Ambiguities of Progress

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on March 11, 2015 in The Prime of Life
Rather than thinking about change in terms of progress or decline, it is better to focus on trade-offs.

Cyberstalking: The Fastest Growing Crime

The shift to living virtually has happened so quickly and so pervasively that we have hardly had time to adjust to all the implications. Cyberstalking is a compulsion. It aims to humiliate, control, frighten, manipulate, embarrass, get revenge at, or otherwise harm the victim.