Essential Reads

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

Blame It on Rio Part 1

The US swimming debacle in Rio, spearheaded by all-star Ryan Lochte, is a timeless story of Young Male Syndrome.

Olympics Bare Extreme Range of the Human Spirit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While we can aspire to Olympic ideals of decorum we often fail to adhere to their real life practice...a short coming not restricted to high performance athletes, of course.

When Sibling Rivalry Goes Awry

You may remember the days in the not so distant past when you were the envy of friends and family. “Your kids get along so well,” they would gush.

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Interview with Unbridled Books Publisher Fred Ramey

Interview with Unbridled Books Publisher Fred Ramey

By Jennifer Haupt on November 03, 2011 in One True Thing
Bigger isn't always better according to Fred Ramey, co-publisher of Unbridled Books, one of the country's most prestigious independent publishing houses. Here's more from this industry maverick and leader.

Can Good Sleep Improve Sports Performance?

Rest, recovery, and effective regeneration are necessary to attain and maintain peak athletic performance—and can aid performance in many other arenas.

Why Are Some Dogs So Anxious and Fearful?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 01, 2011 in Canine Corner
Whether a dog's fearfulness was caused by his genes or his life history there are right and wrong ways to deal with his anxieties.

Men Play It Safe in Conversation

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Men’s speech tends to revolve around external things and usually involves factual communication, not his feelings or inner thoughts.

Passing the Torch of Liberty

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

Your Attitude Is a Decision

By Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC on October 30, 2011 in Trust the Talent

Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on October 29, 2011 in Radical Teaching
Video games are not the enemy of children’s successful and motivated learning, but rather a model for best strategies to apply to all learning. The same brain processes and neurochemicals that compel video gamers can be activated to increase children’s brains’ motivation to do homework with focus, reverse school negativity, & reignite their joy of learning.

Anxiety, Nerves, and Fear in the Family

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D. on October 28, 2011 in The Color of Anxiety

The Meaning of Life

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on October 27, 2011 in Rethinking Men
Meanings are not given to most of us, though we are socialized into some by our parents or significant others, but still we tend to construct our own eventually. So here are my Top 12. Pick yours, or add it to the list if it is not there, or mix and match.

Sleep and Beauty

Beauty is more than skin deep.

Stress Linked to Breast Cancer

By Steve Sisgold on October 26, 2011 in Life in a Body
Psychological stress may be involved in the causation of breast cancer aggressiveness,

Saving Language

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on October 25, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

Friendship After College

By Michael Bruce on October 23, 2011 in Angst!
Have you noticed that the older you get, the harder it is to make friends? That your once large, and expanding circle of confidants has ceased growing and even shrunk?

What's Occupying the 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 19, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Underneath the disorderly, carnival-like surface, Occupy Wall Street protesters are raging against an old nemesis of social order: unfairness; they're just doing it 21st century style.

Teens: Fit for Life

Have our teens become more sedentary than in the past? According to childhood obesity research, one would assume so. Where have we failed our kids? In looking at obesity statistics, our teens are unhealthier today than ever before.

Housewives of NJ: Triangulation

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on October 14, 2011 in Reel Therapy
For most of the current season the "Housewives of NJ" a boiling interpersonal feud has taken center stage. It's too bad it has taken the whole season to figure out why the feud happened in the first place.

One of the Most Unhappy Periods of My Life Led to My Happiest

By Gretchen Rubin on October 14, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I've always thought that funny writing doesn't get the respect it deserves. As G. K. Chesterton observed, "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light." In fact, it's very, very, very hard to be light.

Living the Game: Fans in Love, Players at Work

Psychological pressures increase the amount that fans love their teams. The pressures on players push them in the opposite direction. Here's why players play the game but fans live it.

No. 1 Reason Practice Makes Perfect

By Christopher Bergland on October 13, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
The brain science of muscle memory

My Teenager Is a Nervous Wreck

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 11, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when you feel like your teenager takes life much too seriously.

Mom Liked You Best

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on October 04, 2011 in The Favorite Child

Women and Selfishness

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Women in particular appear vulnerable to the trap of confusing self-care with selfishness. But self-care is not selfish. In fact, it's necessary for our ability to care well for others.
The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
What is most important in sport--beauty or victory? Why not both?