I Turned Off My Cellphone for You

By Jan Albert on June 28, 2017 in Points of Observation
What in the world could convince a 20-Something to separate from his or her cellphone? Pratt University designers look to nature and the field of Biomimicry for inspiration.

Social-Emotional Development in a Hyper-Competitive Age

Our current political situation is a logical conclusion of many years of celebrating competition and success that are achieved at the expense of others.

Maggie's Story: The Many Reasons Why Not

Maggie Nelson wanted desperately to end her life, to end the pain. But she gave hope a chance and found her way to flourishing.

Would You Agree to Sex with a Total Stranger?

Sex with strangers? Men and women disagree.

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Conversation Cards Help Therapists Dig Deeper

Fink Cards: A tool designed to promote dialogue between therapists and clients.

It's Important To Believe You Can Heal After a Breakup

Sometimes the pain of a breakup is so great that suicide seems like a reasonable option. It's not. Don't give up the day before the miracle happens.

Do You Reward Yourself in Ways that You Later Regret?

How do you prefer to reward yourself, or celebrate? Indulgent foods, spending and alcohol may feel good in the moment, yet can leave a trail of regrets in their wake.

Don't Try to Lose Weight

To set a goal to “lose that weight,” may be misguided. Weight gain is a biological process. The goal to change your behavior is within your personal control, and more realistic.

The Importance of Reducing Stress During Pregnancy: Part II

Are you concerned about how stress affects parents-to-be and their developing babies? Stress reduction skills support health in the preconception, prenatal and postnatal periods.

Distracted Parents and Problem Children

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Have you seen them at the parks and in the coffee shops? Parents hypnotized by their phones and computers; unaware of what their children are doing. What happens to those children?

Running, Writing, and Deep Play

By Alex Pang Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Rest
We often think of hobbies as a distraction from our busy working lives. In fact, the right kind of "deep play" can help us be better at our jobs, and even be more creative.

Seven Key Points to Help You Transition Through Change

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on June 28, 2017 in In Flux
Change is inevitable. Yet for many, transition and change bring up uncertainty, fear, and anxiety. This piece offers helpful ways to cope, enjoy, and even embrace change.

How You Doing? You Okay?

Are millions of people across our nation suffering from free-floating anxiety?

I Am Upset That My 14-Year-Old Is Sexually Active

How to handle your young teen and sexuality.
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Panic Attacks: A Four Pronged Approach to Prevention

Panic attacks easily lead to hyper-vigilance that can fuel further panic attacks. A four step model for putting panic attacks to rest.

A Better Understanding of Betrayed Spouses

Do therapists sometimes treat betrayed spouses in unhelpful ways?

Is Friendship Just a Feeling?

By Anneli Rufus on June 28, 2017 in Stuck
I'm currently the most friendless I've ever been. Why might that be?

Putting an End to Tantrums

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on June 28, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Understanding the lifecycle of bad behavior. Displays of distemper may be distasteful – but there are ways to quiet them for good.

Handling the Perpetual Challenge of Sibling Squabbles

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on June 28, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
The painful, but essential, lesson that life isn’t likely to be forever fair.

If for Just One Day We Could Smell as a Dog Does

Imagine, for a moment, walking into a large gathering and instantly, with just a sniff or two, knowing intimately more about the people around you.

The Importance of Sleep: The Brain's Laundry Cycle

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 28, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Evidence shows sleep washes and repairs the brain and maintains our health; as a society we shouldn't neglect the importance of sleep hygiene.

Mastering Your Reality

By Isaac Lidsky on June 28, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
Your life isn’t happening to you. You’re creating it. If you choose, you can learn how to do so with awareness, purpose and accountability.

Feeling Understood—Even More Important Than Feeling Loved?

Absent the substantial chemical attraction intrinsic to the heated glow of romantic love, can you actually stay in love with someone who you feel can’t “get” who you are?

What Are They Doing With Those Smartphones?

Adolescence is even more challenging with social media. New research gives insight into the social media lives of adolescent girls, important for parents and others to understand.

Stabilize Your Mood with Food

By Georgia Ede MD on June 28, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Reclaim your emotional health and happiness without medications
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Treatment of Insomnia: Cannabis Reconsidered Part 2

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Cannabis is being increasingly used for its medicinal and psychotherapeutic potential. Does it have the properties necessary to be an effective treatment for insomnia?

How We Can Become Better People Through Teamwork with Dogs

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book stresses the importance of humans and dogs growing together as a team and benefits for both.
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Defining the Culture of an Office

Does the moral compass of an office seem to be veering further and further off course? It's time to define what's acceptable.

Knowing When to Accept and When to Change

Learning to accept what is can bring inner peace. Finding the courage to change can be life-saving. But knowing when to engage each of them requires a far greater wisdom.

When Life Goes Wrong

Has something terrible happened to you, that you can't understand? Grief, loss and broken dreams are a natural part of this life. Here's how to get through when it happens.

Fidget Spinner Fad Winds Down

Should fidget spinners be allowed at school?

If You Didn't Have to Work, Would You?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about the work-optional world of 2050.
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Where is Your Home?

By Diana Raab PhD on June 27, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
If you are like most Americans and have moved an average of eleven times, have you wondered where your home is? When you get down to it, home is where your heart is.