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The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13)

'The Muppet Movie' (1979), G, 95 mins., directed by James Frawley, starring the Muppets, Charles Durning

Movies

When It Comes to Achievement, There's Good News and Bad News

It really doesn't matter if you have natural ability or not.<p>You want to dominate in your profession, perfect your skill as a performer, or impress the world with your writing, artwork, or athletic achievements. There's just one problem: You're not very good at whatever it is you seek to do.<p>Should …

Self-improvement

When People Visualize God, They See Themselves

What does the all-knowing, all-seeing boss of the universe look like? Well, just as attractive, young, and friendly as you.<p>What does God look like? …

Trying Not to Think About Sex Just Makes You Think About Sex More

Teaching people their sexual thoughts are “dirty” or “impure” has problematic consequences.<p>Many bible verses have been interpreted by religious teachers as meaning that a sexual thought is the equivalent to having physically engaged in that behavior. Case in point: "Anyone who even looks at a woman …

Psychology

Is Social Anxiety Getting in the Way of Your Relationships?

In many ways, relationships are at the heart of social anxiety disorder. People with this disorder find it difficult to establish new relationships, …

The psychology of motivation, happiness, and emotions

Benjamin Hardy: So basically for most of psychology’s history the focus has been on what’s negative about people, on diagnosing illnesses, on …

Gossiping Is Good

The surprising virtues of talking behind people’s backs<p>Word on the street is that gossip is the worst. An Ann Landers advice column once characterized it as “the faceless demon that breaks hearts and ruins careers.” The Talmud describes it as a “three-pronged tongue” that kills three people: the …

Plato's Moral Psychology

Morality

Heat hypothesis: The link between hot weather and aggressive behavior

http://dig.abclocal.go.com/ccg/video/2018/06/17/061718-cc-accuwx-heat-hypothessi-vid_500.mp4The link between hot weather and aggressive behavior is …

Feeling Alone is Physically Painful

I remember coming home from the grocery store recently having been thrilled to leave the busy store and get back to the quiet of my own house. I …

'Hanger' is a real emotion — here's why people get so grumpy when they haven't eaten

Have you ever been grumpy, only to realize that you're hungry?<p>Many people feel more irritable, annoyed, or negative when hungry — an experience colloquially called being "hangry." The idea that hunger affects our feelings and behaviors is widespread — from advertisements to memes and merchandise. …

Researchers have compared different cognitive strategies for falling out of love

<i>By</i> Emma YoungFrom <i>You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling</i> to <i>Nothing Compares 2 U</i>, there’s no shortage of songs about heartbreak. None, I suspect, contains the …

Psychology

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast: Ep 14: A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and Their Mothers

Our mothers are incredibly naive when it comes to what it's like to live with bipolar and schizophrenia -- or are they? In this episode, Gabe …

Why do people get hangry? A study suggests it's not just low blood sugar to blame

We’ve all been there, hungry, irritable, and angry, or “hangry,” a term added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018, after decades of accepted usage among bickering partners and frustrated colleagues across the English-language world.<p>But how hunger mutates into anger is still not entirely clear …

Psychology

Modern People, Ingrained Narcissism

Sometimes an article takes less than the time of a nice hot shower and virtually writes itself. Sometimes an article percolates for years. This one …

Loneliness Is as Lethal As Smoking 15 Cigarettes Per Day. Here's What You Can Do About It

Lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social connections.<p>As a social work graduate student, I worked in a medical hospital. One of my projects included studying the "revolving door" patients--those individuals who came into the emergency room on a regular …

Mental Health

Introversion as an Excuse | The Art of Manliness

America has long been described as an extroverted country, a society that celebrates and rewards the enthusiastic, the outgoing, the sociable — those …

Psychology

Recognizing Depression in Your Partner

Depression is a difficult illness in any circumstance. The repercussions for untreated, long-term depression can be wide ranging and potentially …

Your Voice Actually Changes When You Talk to Someone Intimidating

Using a higher-pitched voice could signal that you're not a threat.<p>Imagine going for a job interview and the employer sitting across from you is truly intimidating. He’s big, bold, loud, and mean-looking. What might this do to your confidence? To your mannerisms? To your way of speaking?<p>A study we …

A social psychologist explains how to ask for help without making it weird

One of the most common misconceptions about giving is that, if you are doing it right, it’s entirely about the other person. That giving is not supposed to be about you. But this is nonsense. The choice to help another person is often, if not always, at least in part about how you see yourself and …

Psychology

How Do Tweens Exhibit Internalizing Behaviors?

Young people who act out typically have no trouble attracting the attention of parents and teachers, but their peers who act inward, or engage in …

Here's Why the Internet Has Made Us Lonelier Than Ever

The cruel ironic twist to social media is that we're feeling less socially connected than ever.<p>Throughout the last couple of decades, our ability to connect with people around the globe has exploded. Initially, the internet allowed us to chat, join newsgroups, or email anyone in the world. The …

Social Media

Book Review: The Stress Management Handbook

Sometimes people don’t realize how stressed they are until a minor thing triggers a bout of anger that does not match the circumstance. In <i>The Stress</i> …

When You Feel Defective and Deficient for Struggling with Anxiety

You’re struggling with anxiety. Maybe you had your first panic attack when you were in high school while taking a final. Maybe you had a panic attack …

How to Effectively Discipline Kids as a Parent Team

When it comes to team discipline, tagging in and out is way more supportive than good cop/bad cop.<p>When parents discipline side by side, playing good …

Parenting

7 Critical Coping Strategies to Teach Your School-Aged Kids

We aren’t born with the ability to cope with our emotions. We have to be taught. And many of us weren’t taught healthy strategies. Maybe we were …

Is There a Way to Stop My Anxious Outbursts? | Ask the Therapist

From a teen in Poland: I often have a sudden feeling of excitement. It’s so great that I start to shake, jump, sometimes even laugh even If I had a …

15 Ways to Conquer Anxiety Without Stress Eating | The Exhausted Woman

After extensively dieting and exercising for months, Amanda was devastated to discover that she hadn’t lost a single pound. Her immediate …

Most of Our Phobias Are Driven by the Fear of Death

Social psychologists call it the "terror management theory."<p>Awareness of our mortality is part of being human. As author and existential philosopher Irvin Yalom said, we are “forever shadowed by the knowledge that we will grow, blossom and, inevitably, diminish and die."<p>There is growing research …

WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

<b>(CNN) —</b> Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances.<p>Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health …

Mental Health