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Cerebellum Stimulation Influences Frontal Cortex Functioning

Stimulating the cerebellum normalizes frontal cortex activity in lab rats with abnormal dopamine processing, a new study reports. These findings could have many human applications.

Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

Are You Addicted to Your Sibling’s Addiction?

Help an addicted sibling by first saving yourself.
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Is Your Relationship Toxic?

You may not realize your relationship is harming you or be able to leave. Find out the symptoms, whether there's hope for change, and steps you can put into action.

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NatCon17 Is Coming and I’m Going on an Airplane!

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in All About Addiction
It's hard to stay inspired in the field of behavioral health without exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. National conferences like NatCon17 help remedy that.

How We Create Unnecessary Anxiety To Motivate Ourselves

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How being dependent on anxiety is holding you back.

Stop Enabling Your Adult Child: Revisited

Helping versus enabling a dependent adult child is often an emotionally charged topic. Here are some guiding principles to help.

10 Strategies for Developing Self-Control

Self-control strategies are considered key drivers of behavior change to promote healthier behavior.

Disney Research Pioneers New Frontiers Using Virtual Reality

Walt Disney researchers are fine-tuning virtual reality (VR) technologies that could be used to improve athletic performance and many other "proprioception-based" daily activities.

The Peril of Ignoring Personality in Politics and Society

By Stanton Peele on March 24, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People differ in their basic outlooks, personalities, and performance. While much social and psychological research supports this point of view, we ignore it -- disastrously.

Hyphephilia Explored and Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in In Excess
Hyphephilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, or fur. But what do we know about such tactile fetishistic behavior?

Donald Trump and Addictive Behaviors

By Stanton Peele on March 22, 2017 in Addiction in Society
When the addiction cycle characterizes dysfunctional human behavior.

Real Lasting Change

The Resilience Regiment talks to Jennifer Cusack of Balance Treatment Center

Stanford Scientists Discover Surprising Cerebellum Functions

A pioneering Stanford University study has discovered a previously unknown cognitive role of specific neurons in the historically overlooked cerebellum (Latin for "little brain").
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Having to Hit Bottom Before You Change Is Often a Fallacy

Most struggle with behaviors which are self sabotage

Ketamine: The New Wonder Drug for Depression

Ketamine could be our first real wonder drug for the treatment of serious depression. But how does it work exactly?

My Meetings in Vancouver—this one with Tony Robbins

By Stanton Peele on March 21, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We are forever caught in this dilemma in our psychological theory and practice -- trauma as a lifelong cross we bear, resilience and optimism as our guiding lights.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

By Stanton Peele on March 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?

A Blended Approach to Health

The Resilience Regiment speaks to Sierra Tucson

Are Tattoos Addictive?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Do tattoos trigger craving for more?

Readers' Views About Porn and Relationships

In 2012, I began asking Psychology Today readers about how pornography is influencing their relationships. You might be surprised by what they shared.

Is Your Adult Child a Narcissist?

Is your adult child really a narcissist or more like the center of your universe? If so, why is he or she the focus of your life? Is there something you are avoiding?

The Solution to the Opioid Crisis

By Stanton Peele on March 16, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We struggle in the night to remedy opioid addiction, and in our thrashing about simply double down on the same old assumptions and failed solutions. Here is the answer instead.
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Behavioral Addiction

There is little doubt that the Internet is resulting in problematic behavior. But should we treat that behavior as an addiction—and can we define behavioral addiction?
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The Downside of Financial Nudges

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 15, 2017 in Scientocracy
We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

Why Does Self-Help Fail?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 15, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Is self-help failing you? If you don't know why, and you do want it to work, learn how to help yourself in ways which succeed.

Connecting With Teens So They Can Thrive and Ultimate

The Resilience Regiment speaks with The Lotus Collaborative

Screens or People?

Is multi-tasking wearing you out? Does electronic contact make you feel both closer and more disconnected from others?

The Health Care Crisis and the Addiction Crisis Are the Same

By Stanton Peele on March 10, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Our nineteenth-century ideas (based on a free-market economy and temperance) are ruining, both our health-care proposals and our approach to addiction policy and treatment.

Physical Activity May Be a Drug-Free Elixir for Chronic Pain

Lower levels of sedentary behavior and higher levels of physical activity may be critical for maintaining effective endogenous pain inhibitory function, according to a new study.

Sex and the Internet

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in In Excess
The Internet has enabled people’s engagement in a wide variety of online sexual behaviours. For a small minority, such behaviors may take on addictive qualities.

Therapy Adventures

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on March 07, 2017 in Minority Report
Have you ever experienced the transformational power of nature? If so, imagine how nature can act as the backdrop to healing, inspiration, and transformation when combined with...

Is Gabor Maté Sacrosanct?

By Stanton Peele on March 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Gabor Maté's trauma-based approach to addiction, and his workshops, have their own traumatizing effects.

I'm Caught Between Two Men

What to consider when selecting a partner.