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ADHD Summed Up In 9 Points On Saturday morning I was sitting in a café chatting with my usual Saturday morning crowd. I haven’t been hanging out with these folks forever. And the group is large … ...
Padma Lakshmi Owns Her History, Reveals Paternity Confusion... Padma Lakshmi has long been considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. In addition to being blessed with incredibly good looks, she’s shown how smart, strong and … ...
Self-Justification in Politics and Life–More Dangerous Than Lying... In this political climate, there is probably no line that better captures the sense of foreboding that most people are feeling than the title of Carol Travis and Elliott Aronson’s … ...
When Our Partners Embarrass Themselves, They Embarrass Us Have you ever felt embarrassed by your romantic partner? If so, it turns out you’re not alone. New studies have uncovered what researchers call the “vicarious spotlight effect."
Psychological Androgyny and Creative People “A writer should be woman-manly or man-womanly…” Virgina Woolf Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explains that psychological androgyny refers to “a person’s ability to be at the same time aggressive and … ...
This is What Creativity Is All About This week I came across the new children’s book Cry, Heart, But Never Break on one of my favorite blogs, Brain Pickings, written by Maria Popova. (Here’s her piece.) The book … ...
Nancy Reagan and Posthumous Idealization and Misremembering Nancy Reagan was a complicated personality unworthy of lionizing, just as none of us should be idealized upon our deaths. What do estrangements from her children indicate?
What is Codependency?   You water down your Mom’s drink when she’s not looking. You get out of bed at 2 AM to pick your ex-boyfriend up from the bar and drive him home. … ...
Top 10 Secrets of the Happiest People You can tell just by their lifestyle choices. Happiness is meant to be shared, but sometimes the happiest people are too busy living to tell the rest of the world how they got there. Talking about how great life is can also quickly go past … ...
What Explains Racial, Gender, and other Group-Based Gaps? Racial and gender gaps are everywhere. So are social class gaps, political gaps, and all sorts of other gaps. Does discrimination cause all gaps? (spoiler: probably not)
Why I Must Be Crazy to Believe in God AND Medicine Do you remember what it was like before you got “the label”, “the diagnosis”, the “ahh, so that’s what this is”? Do you remember what it was like when you … ...
Why Using the Term ‘OCD’ Correctly Matters I check Google News for new stories about OCD pretty regularly. It’s interesting to see news about new treatments — such as the news that deep brain stimulation, a treatment generally … ...
This type of meditation may reduce racial bias — in just 7 minutes Researchers Alexander Stell and Tom Farsides were interested in how the practice of Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) may reduce racial prejudice; results of their study are published in the journal Motivation and Emotion. Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist concept that focuses on compassion and kindness toward self and others. Previous studies have shown that [...]
The Case of the Non-Stuffy Academic Every now and again, a thinker comes along who radically changes how we understand the entirety of life. Robert Trivers is a living example.
Greater Insight And More Creativity Flow From These Two Rules Two rules for generating really creative, breakthrough ideas. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Self-Care Sunday: Embracing and Savoring Life’s Messes... One of my favorite magazines, Bella Grace, asked readers to share the messes they secretly love. Which they featured in a piece in their seventh issue. Which has quickly become one of my … ...
7 More Bad, Annoying Habits of Therapists Back in 2009, I wrote an article detailing some of the most annoying bad habits of therapists. It included things such as showing up late for a client’s appointment, eating, sleeping or yawning in front of a client, or being distracted by a phone, text, … ...
The Surprising Difference Between Effects of Abuse & Neglect... While emotionally abusing a child is like emotionally punching him, Emotional Neglect is more akin to failing to water a plant. While the emotionally abused child learns how to brace … ...
Today I Love This 23 Hour Day Today I love this 23 hour day. It seems a fair exchange to get the daylight to last an hour longer. I love that I know that every single person … ...
How Journaling Can Benefit You If You’re Depressed Introduction Are you feeling depressed? Are you sleeping less than normal or sleeping more than usual? Is your appetite increased or decreased? Are you feeling hopeless? These are all signs … ...