Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Melissa Burkley Ph.D.
Most people look for a “good stopping place” to stop for the day, but research suggests you should look for a “bad stopping place” to keep your momentum going
Suffering a creative block? Learn which room in your house is most likely to spur your next creative breakthrough.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one kind of writer's block. Knowing which kind you have will point you toward the most effective treatment.
Writer/director Dominic Polcino (The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Family Guy) offers a behind-the-scenes view of the Louis C.K. fallout and #MeToo's impact on Hollywood
The award-winning animated film "Lovesick Fool" depicts one man's attempt to find love in the current world of Facebook likes and Tinder swipes.
Boundaries between real and imaginary, past and present, memory and hallucination, all blur in this new film. Watch it with others and you will be discussing well into the night.
Jeff Kopas, the writer/director of a new psychological thriller, talks about the writing process and how he convinced Gil Bellows to douse himself in bees.
Research on the "Dark Triad" suggests that psychopaths exhibit three distinct traits.
Most of us know that money doesn’t automatically bring you happiness, but why? Perhaps it’s because we’re spending it on the wrong things.
Want to boost your creativity? Try a technique both scientists and writers use: Ask yourself, "What if...?"
Want to boost your creativity? Go outside and let your mind (and feet) wander.
Want to boost your creativity? Try these three tips that encourage your mind to wander.
It seems counterintuitive but one of the best ways to make your mind more creative is to put it to sleep.
Why is it that writers often can’t tell us where their story ideas truly come from? The answer has to do with the fact that the human mind is a dual-process system.
Learn why metaphors are such a powerful tool for writers, how they alter readers, and how to best craft the best ones.
The Writer's Laboratory combine two passions—psychology and writing fiction—in a way that teaches others how to become more honest (and therefore better) writers
Female victims' sexual assault stories often fail to resonate with men. But Terry Crews describes his experience in terms with which men can empathize.
Research shows the common men-as-predator and women-as-prey metaphor of dating may encourage men's sexual misconduct.
Three simple tips for increasing your attractiveness while on a date
Many beloved stories and movies communicate the message that "beauty is malleable." But a new set of studies show how this message sets women up for future appearance issues.
Late night partying and end-of-year deadlines make January 1st the worst day to start a new goal
Can striving for self-improvement harm you?
Why do "normal" people enjoy watching a television show about a serial killer? Maybe it is because Dexter gives us a peek into the rarely explored and misunderstood mind of a "successful" psychopath.
Does wearing red make you more appealing to the opposite sex?
Melissa Burkley, Ph.D., is a psychologist and author of both fiction and non-fiction.