Essential Reads

Death Penalty May Not Bring Peace to Victims' Families

Does the death penalty provide true justice and closure to victims?

Skin Picking and Hair Pulling

Does skin picking or hair pulling significantly limit your life?

The Bizarre Outbreak of Hallucinations in Oregon

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in It's Catching
A mysterious outbreak of hallucinations has U.S. authorities baffled.

Reframing Temperament: “Difficult” vs. “Stressed”

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on October 18, 2016 in Self-Reg
Parents need to understand what their child’s limbic system is “telling” them. And when they’re able, children and teens need to do the same.

More Posts on Stress

Art Therapy: Treating Combat-Related PTSD

Recent research underscores that art therapy's role in the resolution of trauma is evident, but on the whole, it's complicated.

Election Stress Disorder

By Stan Tatkin Psy.D. on October 22, 2016 in The Puzzle of Love
Americans are suffering emotionally due to the caustic nature of the election, and our brains offer both the explanation and the solution.

The Rise of Incivility and What To Do About It

By Ray Williams on October 21, 2016 in Wired for Success
Has incivility become the new norm in America? Fundamental ethical values such as respect, fairness, honesty, personal responsibility and tolerance seem to be fading.

Debate Scorecard for Hiring the President: How to Evaluate

How to bypass your biases and explore proven leadership competencies and derailers for the most important hiring evaluation. Score each candidate so you can ne be more objective.

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

Kids Who Cut

American youth are stressed. Non-suicidal self-injury is one response to stress that’s common among adolescents and young adults. To prepare adults, training programs are emerging.

But I Didn't Mean to Let You Down!

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Trust
When we are over-committed, at work or at home, we can become untrustworthy despite our best intentions.

Psychological and Emotional Aspects of Skin Conditions

If you are anything like most people that suffer from skin problems, you will notice that your skin is often on your mind.

The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams No One Tells You About

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Feeling It
You're more likely to achieve your dreams if you are happy, here's why.

A Wine-y Time of Year

Wine is a delicious and pleasing quaff on a fall day, the season of the grape harvest or crush. But what are the health benefits or detriments?

Can ‘Death Doulas’ Shield You From Bullying Around Funerals?

INTERVIEWER: Tell me more about how you interrupt bullying tactics—how you prevent folks from being harassed or made to feel incompetent throughout this difficult process

The Power of Dance to Work with Trauma

In this article, Life, Death and Transformation: Keep Moving, three Turkish therapists learn how to use dance to express the affirmation of life in the face of death-

Claustrophobia: Cause and Cure

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on October 16, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
On top of a building, the most direct escape is to jump, a thought that can trigger panic and make stairs and elevators seem impossible to navigate. The answer: alarm attenuation

Freedom vs. Security in Z Nation's Zombie Apocalypse

Z Nation, Syfy's road trip adventure set in a zombie apocalypse, turns darker and explores Erich Fromm's "basic human dilemma," freedom vs. security. Is freedom worth the fear?

Coping With Election-Related Stress

The American Psychological Association just released their annual report about stress in America. This year, they focused on stress related to the current election process.

Clown Scare to Grow Violent, then Subside after Halloween

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 15, 2016 in It's Catching
It's likely to get worse before it gets better.

Homelessness Awareness

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Emotional Currency
The stories we tell about money (lacking it or having abundance) are important, and so is increasing our awareness.

Are Stress and Obesity Related?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Though the main causes of obesity are high food intake, lack of adequate exercise, and genetic susceptibility, researchers have long suspected that stress may play a role as well.

New Study Finds Yoga Breathing Lowers Inflammation

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on October 10, 2016 in Urban Survival
Only 20 minutes of this yoga breathing exercise could lower your stress and inflammation in the body.

Will It Hurt Less if I Can Control It?

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Fertility Factor
Do you need help with feelings of being out of control while you are experiencing infertility? There are ways to help yourself and your relationship.

7 Steps to Making Sound Decisions

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Sometimes we just can't make a decision—here is how to get unstuck.

Post Traumatic Growth

Those of us who struggle with trauma, find that rising to the challenge reveals our hidden abilities that were formerly untapped.

The Great Clown Scare of 2016

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in It's Catching
Have no fear—The Great Clown Panic will soon be history

Just Say No

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Life After 50
Are you afraid to say "no"? Do you often feel angry because you are spending time with people you don't like? Are you wasting time doing favors for people who don't matter to you?

Dealing With Financial Woes During Life Transitions

By Michael F. Kay on October 06, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Dealing with financial issues during periods of significant change can be nearly difficult, if not impossible.

Why Do We Panic in Emergencies?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Media Spotlight
In virtually every disaster, there is always the risk of mass panic which can often cause more casualties than the disaster itself. Can new research help prevent this?

The 3 Most Common Issues People Bring to Therapists

By Linda Esposito LCSW on October 05, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
Does stress have you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? These three simple steps can make all the difference.

Grief Following Sudden Death of a Loved One

The sudden death of a child creates disbelief, shock, sadness, anger and guilt. The shock can be so great the siblings can become the "Forgotten Mourners."

How Do Strong People Handle War?

What about the stigma of seeking mental health care for the injuries of war?

How to Bring Calm to Chaotic and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on October 03, 2016 in Wired for Success
Many of today’s organizations are chaotic if not outright toxic for employees and leaders alike.Mindfulness practices can restore some balance and calm to these chaotic workplaces