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Three Words We Must Tell Our Kids Other Than, "I Love You!" Scoring a goal in sports, getting great grades or having a wonderful dance recital alone will not give your child a lasting sense of value!
When the Child Becomes the Parent BJ BJ’s parents divorced when BJ was seven.  From that point on, he was raised by his mother, with occasional “check-ins” by his father. BJ’s mother owned and managed a … ...
Today I Love Old Black And White Movies Today I love old black and white movies. Not only where the films monochromatic, but the stories were pretty straight forward too, good is good and evil is evil. And … ...
Helping Kids “Get” Science and History Perhaps the biggest challenge in learning science and history is that young people find so many of the words and concepts unfamiliar. Kids find these subjects boring because it’s no … ...
In Wake of French Terror, Maybe Pastafarians Aren't So Crazy As the world mourns the tragedy in Paris, the relevance and importance of religious criticism become more apparent.
Our Families: What's Missing? Guest Post by Joshua Gamson In this guest post, sociologist Joshua Gamson takes a look at the beautifully produced Tylenol ads celebrating family diversity, and explores what's missing or hidden.
5 Ways to Feel Less Anxious “Oh no!” “What happened???” “What if….???” These are the mantras of anxious people. However, instead of calming them down as mantras are meant to do, they rev them up. If you’re an anxious person, you know what I mean. No matter what’s on the horizon, … ...
Five Things to Remember When you Feel Like Giving Up When I feel like giving up, the following thoughts tend to help. I hope you find something in them for yourself. 1. Everyone is struggling. Everyone. It may seem like … ...
Getting Treatment Online Occasionally, Facebook will offer me targeted ads for online counseling or therapy. It’s always seemed like a great idea to me, for people who have a mental illness and don’t have … ...
Spike activity 13-11-2015 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Weak Science Behind the Wrongly Named Moral Molecule. The Atlantic has some home truths about oxytocin. Neurophilosophy reports on some half a billion year old brains found preserved in fool’s gold. An Illuminated, 5,000-Pound Neuron Sculpture Is Coming to Boston. Boston magazine has […]
You Can't Have Pleasure Without Pain The research is clear - you need to endure some pain if you want to live a truly happy life.
What I Want You to Know about Mental Illness Even on my worst days, I feel extremely lucky to have my job. It grants me the opportunity to hear stories and engage with people in the most raw, vulnerable way possible. I have the privilege of studying, knowing, and working intimately with mental health … ...
Terrorism in Paris: New Neuroscience Tells Us How to Respond The answers are counterintuitive
Why are we so obsessed with self-obsession? In language that mirrors dialogue from The Walking Dead, we decry the destructive rise of narcissism. We write self-help books on how to identify, avoid, manage and escape the narcissists among us. We refine our diagnostic standards for narcissism and we study our navel-gazing young people. We re-diagnose past dictators, mass murderers and influential leaders [...]
The Paris Attack and the Power of Destructive Beliefs You can control what people feel and do by controlling their beliefs. Is that ISIS’s secret weapon?
Sleep deprivation does not hinder the ability to detect sarcasm, study finds Being sleepy has a number of negative effects on cognition, but the ability to tell when someone is being sarcastic doesn’t appear to be one of them. New research published in PLOS One has found that sleep deprivation does not completely hinder a person’s ability to interpret sarcasm. The researchers from Université libre de Bruxelles [...]
Supporting Ourselves and Others with Love Letters My good friend and Curvy Yoga founder Anna Guest-Jelley recently told me that she reads a love letter before she starts writing. Every morning. It’s a love letter that she … ...
Terror in Paris: What Community Psychology Teaches Us We can be horrified, we can feel overwhelmed, we can allow unconscious, unproductive fantasies to govern our reactions to the Paris terror attacks. Or we can respond more productively. Community psychology suggests a way.
10 Tips for a Successful Relationship Love is undoubtedly the most important aspect of any relationship, but it is not enough by itself. To become trusted and loving partners for life, both of you have to put in considerable time and effort. Below are some tips that can get you started. … ...
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