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Masters of Love

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.<p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry …

Behind the book: A Counselor’s Guide to Working with Men

It is widely acknowledged that men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health issues. At the same time, men’s issues can be …

Don't Just Sleep, Sleep Well: The Challenge of Good Sleep Hygiene

In theory, the thirsty seek water, the hungry seek nourishment and the tired seek rest. Reality, however, rarely keeps it that simple. From day to day, the choices we have multiply, packaging glistens, and our time shrinks. Cravings, memories, peer pressure, aromas, proximity, actors, shelf height, …

Sleep's Best-Kept Secret: A Treatment for Insomnia That's Not a Pill

Do you toss and turn for hours before falling asleep? Or go to bed early but still wake up tired? Or keep waking up during the night? Then you’re …

Bend, Not Break: 9 Powerful Traits of Resilient People

<b>The noun resilience stems from the Latin resiliens "to rebound, recoil."</b> As a character trait, resilience is a person's mental ability to recover quickly from misfortune, illness or depression.<p>For most, life eventually throws us a major curve ball. Like millions, I have had my share of adversity. …

The Epidemic of Stressed Parents Raising Stressed Kids: From Generation X to Generation Stress

It's Monday. Back to school, back to work, back to the hamster wheel. Pack the lunches, get one kid on the bus, the other ready for carpool, and make the early meeting on time. Get your daughter off her phone and on the bus. No time for breakfast yourself. Spilled coffee on your pants racing out …

Staying Passionate: 5 Keys for Keeping the Soul in Our Work

By: Patricia Berendsen, MTS, RMFT<p>I once heard a saying: “What appears to be a breakdown has the potential to become a breakthrough.” Nothing can be …

Positive Thinking

Personal Identity Is (Mostly) Performance

Wearing, showing, and sharing the many things that make up your personal presence helps you understand yourself.<p>“Surely you don’t believe in that nonsense.”<p>It was intended as a rhetorical question, uttered with an implied wink and a smirk. The speaker, an ardent skeptic who prided himself on his …

The Secret Life of Grief

My mom’s cancer and the science of resilience<p>Someone laughed. It might have been my sister, dad, grandmother, or one of the dozen friends and family members arrayed around that bed in my parents' room. Before we cried, said goodbye, and fanned out in separate cars to begin our private journeys of …

One Man’s Journey: How I Stopped Watching Porn for One Year and Why I’m Not Going Back

It hasn’t been easy, particularly as a single guy, but <b>what I’ve learned about myself through this experience has transformed my life forever.</b><p><b>Life</b> …

Trigger Warnings: It’s About Empathy and Choice

<b>Trigger warning for multiple topics*.</b> <br>I am super irritated that I have to write this. That I feel like I have to write it today, right now, because …

10 Harsh Realities that Help You Grow

<i>All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.<br>—Helen Keller</i><p>Character and wisdom are sculpted over time. They come with loss, …

Researchers find better way to predict suicide attempts

Asking a soldier about self-worth or emotional pain may be a better way of predicting suicide than inquiring whether they intend to kill themselves, researchers report.<p>Research has shown that more than half of troops who die by suicide denied in their last medical appointment that they were …

The Neurological Similarities Between Successful Writers And The Mentally Ill

Knowing his wife was upset with him for spending more time with his typewriter than with her, F. Scott Fitzgerald hatched a plan. He wasn’t proud of …

Adhesion disorder patients suffer invisible pain

Ashley Killeen calls herself "one of the lucky ones."<p>It's been about four years since an obstetrician opened her belly to seek the source of her chronic abdominal pain. He discovered her uterus had stuck to her bladder, the result of excessive scar tissue from two cesarean sections.<p>At 23, the …

How To Break Free From the Vicious Cycle of Violence and Abuse | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

This is a very personal post that I will be sharing with you. If you grew up in a very dysfunctional and violent household or extended family like I …

The Best Advice EVER On Moving Past Your Crappy Childhood

<b>Here's how to get a happy adulthood despite your unhappy childhood.</b><p>We've all heard the phrase "unhappy childhood," but what does that mean, exactly? …

The Self-Esteem Booster That Doesn't Work

Going through a serious rough patch? Ignore everything your friends are saying to cheer you up and do this instead<p>Everyone’s been there: gotten dumped, messed up at work, not received an invite to an event. These crummy situations can cause a serious self-esteem blow. But if you rely on generic …

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THE human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. It contains 100 billion nerve cells. Considering how complex that is, it goes wrong …

Mental Health

Dr. Oz: Make Meditation Your New Year's Resolution

According to polls, the most popular New Year's resolutions for 2011 are: lose weight, quit drinking and/or smoking, exercise, manage your debt, reduce stress, get a better job, fall in love and volunteer to help others.<p>But if Dr. Mehmet Oz is correct, perhaps "learn to meditate" should be added to …

Can Psychopaths Be Rehabilitated?

The complications of sentencing psychopathic criminals<p>I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about psychopaths.<p>It started when I covered the trial of a sadistic kidnapper named Cameron Hooker, who grabbed a hitchhiker and held her captive for seven years, most of the time in a coffin-sized …

5 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Mental Illness

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that mental health care in the United States is as broken as a Trent Reznor sad-off with the Cure. …

Mental Health

Dr. Drew on What All Americans Should Know About Divorce and Family Court

I caught up with Dr. Drew Pinsky about the new documentary film that he narrates, <i>Divorce Corp</i>, which exposes collusive practices in the U.S. family court system. The film is directed by Joseph Sorge and produced by both Philip Sterberg and James Scurlock. Pinsky is a practicing physician, …