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Understanding Defense Mechanisms Growing up in the Northwest, I was an excellent tree climber. I’d climb up trees to put on Christmas lights, I’d climb trees to get away from my 3 sisters, … ...
Brain's activity map makes stable 'fingerprint' Neuroscientists have found that they can identify individuals based on a coarse map of which brain regions "pair up" in scans of brain activity.
Let Your Anger Out: Stop Exploding I once had a client, John who was a big burley guy. He stood 6’2” and weighed 300 pounds. He had a brushy brown beard and long hair. He rode … ...
The Secrets Couples Keep can Keep Relationships Strong Secrets that people keep from their partners are generally detrimental to their intimacy. However, when partners share secrets and keep them from the outside world, the effect can be to increase your bonding.
The Psychology of Dreams   “Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into objects of my daily consideration?” —Carl … ...
Going “Crazy” On Halloween(Op-Ed) I am never really shocked with “costumes”  I see on Halloween.  It is a yearly testing ground to emulate pretty much every offensive and stigmatizing stereotype out there with the impunity of “Come On.. It’s Halloween.. Lighten Up!”  A couple years ago I called out … ...
What Men Should Know About Women There is a fine line between being sexual and being sensual when it falls under the umbrella of female sexuality. There’s another fine line between being honest and offensive. My … ...
Why Do They Blame Every School Shooting On Autism? We’ve all heard it. Adam Lanza had Asperger’s. Elliot Rodger had Asperger’s. And now, surprise surprise, they’re saying that the media’s new darling, Chris Harper-Mercer, who killed nine people at … ...
The Martian Totally Neglects the Behavioral Sciences The Martian is very proud of it's accurate depiction of sciences--so why was psychology entirely absent?
Novel imaging study demonstrates how the 'social brain' is functionally impaired in autism spectrum disorder Brain areas linked to social behaviors are both underdeveloped and insufficiently networked in youths with high functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared to study participants without ASD, a team of scientists has found.
Obesity surgery normalizes brain opioids Researchers have revealed how obesity surgery recovers opioid neurotransmission in the brain. Obesity surgery provides an effective means for rapid weight loss, and the research also shows that obesity surgery also normalizes brain circuits triggering pleasurable sensations when eating.
Green waves in the brain: Theta oscillations coordinate navigation and movement Using light pulses, scientists have recently managed to control theta oscillations in mouse brain. They discovered that these brain waves coordinate movement - enabling signaling between distant brain regions – a common code for controlling mental states and behavior. 
If People Were Parrots (a Meditation) Yesterday wasn’t such an awesome day in my world. When less-awesome days happen to me, I often try to cheer myself up by making lists of the things that annoy … ...
Depression: Take a 5-Minute Test Right Now The depression self-test assesses if you are suffering from depression, or could be at risk. Depression has many symptoms, many of which may not seem connected. Most people feel depressed […] » Continue reading: Depression: Take a 5-Minute Test Right Now
What happens when your brain can't tell which way is up? The Spaceflight Effects on Neurocognitive Performance: Extent, Longevity, and Neural Bases (NeuroMapping) study is examining changes in both brain structure and function and determining how long it takes to recover after returning from space.
Identifying Victims of Narcissistic Abuse Too much attention is giving to narcissistic behavior with little consideration offered to their victims. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is clearly defined in the DSM-V. Many subtypes have been offered, books written, and seminars taught. But what about the abuse some victims have suffered? Several … ...
#168 Psychotherapy: A Tale of Two Teenagers: Part Two Lew (tomswift) Holzman via Compfight Psychotherapy is seldom a “one size fits all” proposition. The tale of the two teenagers illustrates that point very well. In both situations two adolescent … ...
Know Any Opinionated People? A breakdown of three kinds of opinionated people, why they act that way and why you react the way you do. More importantly, discover how to effectively deal with them.
Who Is Living in a Commune — and Who... A way of living that was once very rare is now becoming increasingly popular. In 1950, only about 1 percent of all households were filled with people totally unrelated to … ...
Today I Love The Sound Of The Wind Today I love the sound of the wind in giant Spruce trees. I love how that sounds like waves on a stony beach. I love waking up in the middle … ...