“I can’t stand it,” says a young woman client. “I’m all for spending an occasional Sunday afternoon watching football, especially when it’s one of ‘my’ teams. But he wants to watch every week …” Another client says, “I wish my wife liked football. It’s one of the ways I relax on the weekend. I'd love to spend that time with her..."
How many of us as kids had posters on our bedroom walls of our favorite athlete or movie star? How many of us had to know everything about this person and idolized him or her? It's normal. It's what kids do. Then we grow up and move past this hero worship stage and enjoy healthy adult lives. Or are we able to completely move past it?
Do you need another reason to motivate yourself to exercise more regularly? Researchers at Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School have honed in on a specific molecule released during endurance exercise that improves cognition and protects the brain against degeneration.
What exactly is it that drives people to gamble too much? Intuitively, it seems like there are two possibilities. One is that people with gambling problems are focused on the thrill of gambling. The other possibility is that gamblers are focused on the money.
Gallup's comprehensive "State of the American Workplace" survey shows that 70% of workers are "emotionally disconnected" from their jobs. The cost to the U.S.? Over $450 billion a year in lost productivity. One surprising finding? Women are more engaged than men.
We often think of the brain as a muscle, and consider crossword puzzles to be the ultimate brain challenge. But what about following a baseball game? While some people might think this is simply a passive form of entertainment, lots of cognitive operations occur before, during, and after the game. Thinking about baseball may be rewarding in many ways…
With the recent avalanche of reporting after the death of the Australian baseball player out jogging on a residential road in Oklahoma and the arrest of one white and two black teenagers, we were quickly greeted with a media hysteria regarding an innocent white boy murdered by two blacks out of “boredom..."
Scott Barry Kaufman is one of those rare people who is truly passionate about what he does. I’ve met a lot of people who are engaged by their work and enjoy it, but not many people who take their work and craft so seriously, and with so much energy and enthusiasm, and in such an unconventional way.
Today, the most successful leaders don’t necessarily have prestigious degrees and professional certifications. Instead, they tend to have real-world experience or “street smarts.” They have self-awareness and excel under ever-changing conditions.
Of course you love your children and would never consciously reward your children's successes with love and attention or punish their failures with anger or rejection. The challenge is to become aware of the unconscious, and oftentimes unhealthy, messages of love you may send to your children.
Natural disasters like the recent flooding in Colorado can bring out the best in people. But in general, are we altruistic by nature? And what's the connection between our social networks and our ability to be more resilient during stressful times?
Women’s happiness levels have been on the decline for the past few decades, so says a 2009 study entitled, The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness. If that is the case, what are young women and girls learning about what it means to be happy?
Most of us sometimes feel under appreciated by colleagues, friends and family members Yet, it is by no means clear who deserves respect, or why. A lot of respect is badly misplaced in powerful people, in the rich, and even in talented people.
Focus is the hidden ingredient in excellence—“hidden” because we typically don’t notice it. But lacking focus we are more likely to falter at whatever we do. Fortunately there are four basic moves in the mind’s workout to enhance focused attention.
I'm re-posting my earlier analysis of the Affordable Care Act because of how intensely the controversy that surrounds it has flared again. I've updated it to reflect some of the things that have transpired since I first wrote it. I think it's important that we all understand what's actually in the law and think about what the consequences of its numerous provisions might
Noninvasive neuroimaging of our best friend's brains shows similarities to ours. Data show they love us and miss us and that we're not being overly sentimental or anthropomorphic when we say this. The work of Emory University's Gregory Berns and his colleagues is a true paradigm shift in how we study the brains of nonhuman animals and learn about what they feel.
Like many hormones, testosterone functions differently depending on social circumstances. A study released on September 30, 2013 found that in the presence of competition and a need for dominance—testosterone fuels stingy and antisocial behavior. However, in the absence of threat or competition testosterone creates fierce protectiveness, generosity and prosocial behavior.
What explains the irrationality of the extremist ideologues behind the shutdown of American government, taking hostage a country they profess to love, rejecting a Constitution they profess to worship, damaging public support for the movement the claim to lead? In a word, fear.