|#103 Parenting: The Bigger Picture
||Gemma Bou via Compfight See-Saw Parenting is not a how-to approach to parenting but rather an attitude toward other human beings—one of respect, honor, an “I-Thou” mentality. My friend and colleague Alan Hawkins, Professor of Family Life at Brigham Young University, put it very well in his review of Family...
|3 Signs Your Relationship is in Trouble
||In all relationships there are ebbs and flows; times when you feel closer and times when you feel more distant. You may go through periods when things are going well, and then find yourselves stuck in conflicts and misunderstandings. Recognizing that there are problems is the first step toward finding...
|The Best of Her Bipolar Life
||As I mentioned in my last post, the final Her Bipolar Life blog is this Wednesday, June 18, 2014. In this second to last entry, I’d like to reflect on the last year and a half-long journey we’ve shared together here on PsychCentral.com. According to the readers, here are the...
|Psychology and the Study of Leadership
||The formal study of leadership is fragmented across disciplines. Because of its scientific foundation, psychology provides the natural home for the systematic study of leadership.
|The FBI's Sessions with Serial Killers
||Robert Ressler, who died last year, was among the first members of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. He had an idea that turned into an important research project that benefits criminologists, investigators, and psychologists today.
|Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking
||A serious mental health problem can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, according to a new analysis by psychiatrists.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org
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|5 Communication Tools You Need for Difficult Conversations
||Conflicts in our closest relationships can challenge even the most skilled communicator. However, you can resolve those conflicts successfully by tapping into these 5 time-tested strategies
|Good Self-Esteem is Still Self-Judgment
||The solution to bad self-esteem is not good self-esteem. The solution to bad self-esteem is unconditional self-acceptance. All esteem (good or bad) is a form of situation-specific self-estimation, that is, a form of conditional self-judgment, and, as such, is psychologically self-limiting. Self-acceptance, on the other hand, is a platform of...
|Finding the Right Couples Therapist
||This is not the same as finding a “good” couples therapist. I used to believe in the myth that therapists are either good or bad; now I think that there are some good therapists who are just a mismatch for certain clients. So how to find the right one? 1)...
|Psychology Around the Net: June 15, 2014
||This week we take a look at animal mental health, Obama’s student-debt move, couples’ sleeping patterns, and more. Q&A: What Animal Mental Illness Tells Us About Humans: Laurel Braitman, author of Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves, gives National Geographic an...
|5 Simple Ways to Moderate Your Drinking
||Most people who have consumed alcohol for a few years or more have at least one embarrassing story: the time they humiliated themselves at an office party, the hangover that ruined their weekend plans, the time they drove when they really shouldn’t have. The next day, they inevitably tell themselves,...
|No Extroverts on Mars, Please
A NASA-funded study has found that there might be serious drawbacks to having a bunch of extroverts on a long space missions. Finally, a win for the introverts....
|Good at Task, Bad at People?
||Two anti-correlated large-scale functional networks in the brain underlie the traditional task vs. people orientation amongst leaders.
|The Gifts of Imperfection: A Mini-Memoir
||A family of four, with two young boys, walked into a Chinese restaurant. The family was sat at a table adjacent to a couple of older women who had already been eating their food. From time to time the father would catch the woman at the nearby table looking over...
|Being In A Group Can Make People Lose Touch With Their Moral Beliefs
Behavioral psychologists have known for quite some time that people are more likely to harm others when they're part of a group. A new study suggests that "mob mentality'" happens when we stop reflecting on our own personal moral standards. ...
|Envy, Connection, and the World of Social Media
||This week I decided to delete my Facebook profile. Spring cleaning is in the air and social media is on the list of things to decrease out of my life. I’ve had a personal Facebook account for several years; last year I worked a contract job where I managed a...
|Not Okay but Better
||This week has been pretty awful. I spent most of my time in bed. I was emotionally exhausted. This was depression. My old friend had stopped by for a visit because I am worried about my physical health (which we are currently testing). I did what I was supposed to...
|ADHD and the Fate of the World
||Recently, I had the opportunity to re-read Conversations with God: Book 3 by Neale Donald Walsch. In his third and concluding book of the CWG trilogy, Walsch recommends a book written by Thom Hartmann as further reading. I wondered if this was the same Thom Hartmann who’d written Attention Deficit...
|Full Moon AND Friday the 13th: It’s Really Bad
|| Today is a rare Full Moon falling on Friday the 13th. Now, it would be really bad luck for Werewolves today. If you have a “Fear” of Friday the 13th.. it is known as friggatriskaidekaphobia (named after “Frigg”, the Norse goddess whom Friday is named after and “triskaidekaphobia” meaning...
|Is Second Hand Stress Killing You? Science Proves Stress
||If you’ve ever felt more stressed out after being around a stressed out person, you are not alone. A study conducted by the departments of Tania Singer at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Clemens Kirschbaum at the Technische Universitat Dresden has found that...