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Pride Is Pride, Whether It’s Yours Or Mine! On Saturday I went to a Pride picnic in my town. I have some friends in the LGBT community and the annual celebration is for members of this community and their friends. I know what being marginalized is like. I know what being judged for who and what you are...
X-Men: Days of Future Past Explores Bipolar Disorder I have long argued that the X-Men movies are a great metaphor for bipolar disorder. When X-Men: The Last Stand came out I wrote an article about how the X-Men’s struggle to control their “super powers” are analogous to our struggles with mania and depression. When the newest movie came out I was hoping...
What the Amish Can Teach Us About Technology Some reasons why the Amish might be better qualified than most “experts” to advise the members of the majority culture on the impact of technology and the need to manage and control it.
Children in Low-Income Homes Fare Better in Kindergarten if Moms Work When They Are Babies, Research Finds Findings reflect changes in contemporary culture, mothers’ role in family earnings
Dissociation: A Crucial Problem for Sex Addiction Treatment We have always known that recovery from sex addiction involved regaining integrity. By this we usually mean that practicing sex addicts typically have a secret life. They are the all-around good guy as they move about the world and they become their darker, secret self when they are acting out...
Number One Dad – the Father Rules   The following poem about fathers was attributed to Eppie Lederer, better known as “Ann Landers,” one of America’s most reliable and trusted sources of advice for decades as a newspaper columnist. Can you imagine what she could do with social media today??! Back in the 80′s, I used to...
Life Lessons: One Father’s Open Letter to His Graduating Some words of wisdom from a father to his son. Tomorrow you are graduating from high school and preparing to move on to what’s next. It is a surreal moment for me, both as a parent and as a man. In watching you over these last 18 years, I have seen...
The girl who couldn't stop laughing A six-year-old Bolivian girl presented with an unusual medical symptom: uncontrollable and inappropriate fits of laughter. “She was considered spoiled, crazy, even devil-possessed,” according to those who knew her. Then medical researchers discovered a hamartoma -- a small tumor pressing on the temporal lobe of her brain.
New findings shed light on maternal mental illness Recent studies show that the range of disorders women face is wider than previously thought.
Amazing Dads In most families, yesteryear’s dad had one major role. He had to go to work and support his family financially. Secondarily, he was brought in for major disciplinary action (“wait till your father gets home”). No hugs, no kisses, no “I love you” was expected from Dad. Those tender moments,...
A peek inside The Skeleton Cupboard You’ll get more out of The Skeleton Cupboard, Tanyan Byron’s account of her training as a clinical psychologist, if you read the epilogue first. It tells you that the patients described in the book are fictional, to preserve confidentiality, but indicates that the stories were representative of real situations. This is a common device in […]
For Happiness, Does Money Beat Respect? Why the 'local-ladder effect' is so important for happiness.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Why Spending Money on Others Promotes Your Happiness The Key to Happiness: Brainpower or Social Connectedness? This is How Much Happier Therapy Makes You Than More Money Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness Attractive Students Get Higher Grades
The Power of Our Personal Stories The stories we spin about ourselves shape our lives. These stories shape how we interact with others, and even how they interact with us. They shape how we feel about ourselves and what we think we’re capable of. These stories shape the decisions we make, everything from the partners we...
Neonatal Bipolar Disorder I have always showed signs of bipolar disorder, even from my early teens. I can still remember my first blown manic episode at the age of 13 years old, but no one really knew what was going on with me or how to deal with it. So like most things...
Need to Boost Creative Thinking? Try Taking a Walk A new study shows that walking — as opposed to sitting — significantly improves creative thinking. Scientists aren’t sure exactly why yet (more research is coming), but they hypothesize that the act of walking most likely triggers certain physiological changes that activate the part of the brain that fuels imagination....
Can You Figure Out This Parking Lot's Numbering System? Can you explain the numbering system in this parking lot? Like most good riddles, there are several clues hiding in plain site, and the answer, once you see it, is clear as day. (And, if you're like me, you'll wonder why it didn't dawn on you sooner.)...
#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.