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Column: 12 alternatives to timeouts when kids are at their worst

It’s been almost six years since my husband and I went cold-turkey on punishments.<p>One day we were trying to steer our daughter’s behavior by imposing …

Parenting

We Don’t Always End Up With The Loves Of Our Lives (And That’s Okay)

<i>This post was brought to you by</i> Thought Catalog <i>and</i> Quote Catalog.<p><i>By</i> Heidi Priebe, author of The First New Universe<p>I believe in Big Love.<p>I talk and I date like I don’t.<p>I don’t have frivolous expectations for romance. I’m not looking to get swept off my feet. I am one of those rare, perhaps slightly …

Relationships

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other …

How to Avoid Depression Induced by Social Media

You check Facebook while in line at the grocery store.<p>You glance at Twitter while waiting at a stop light.<p>While working on your computer, social …

Social Media

5 Relaxation Techniques for Better Sleep

We’re coming off a bitterly fought election. We've slogged through the holidays. And now it is a new year. These situations all lead to plenty of …

Mindfulness

7 ways to practice emotional first aid

Psychologist Guy Winch lays out seven useful ways to reboot your emotional health … starting right now.<p>You put a bandage on a cut or take antibiotics …

Self-help

The Radical Thrill of Intimacy

Becoming close to another person is one of the most thrilling experiences in the human repertoire, both the bedrock of emotional security and a …

Relationships

Why Psychology Lost Its Soul: Everything Comes from the Brain

Many people today believe they possess a soul. While conceptions of the soul differ, many would describe it as an “invisible force that appears to …

Why Mental Bandwidth Could Explain the Psychology Behind Poverty

Recent Wharton research finds that poor people may lack the mental bandwidth necessary to make good choices.

Psychology

9 signs you're dealing with an emotional manipulator

A few years ago, Facebook, in conjunction with researchers from Cornell and the University of California, conducted an experiment in which they intentionally played with the emotions of 689,000 users by manipulating their feeds so that some users only saw negative stories while others only saw …

Emotional Intelligence

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Therapeutic Alliance

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is arguably the most successful therapy ever developed. In only about 40 years, it’s gone from the almost …

How Depression Filters Your Reality

When you have depression, your mind filters things in a different way, a way that tries to leave a stain on everything. Not only are the innocuous or …

How to Cope with the Fact Life Is Unfair

Life is unfair! Why does he have more money than me? Why is she prettier? Why does that guy get away with everything?<p>Injustice is a bitter pill to …

The Complex Reasons Why Some People Cheat

A woman came to my office a few times during the past few months. Her husband had encouraged her to enter therapy because of his concern about how …

Antidepressants

How to Manage Panic Attacks

<i>By Charles Schaeffer, Ph.D.</i><p>Six million adults in the United States have a diagnosed panic disorder. Millions more struggle with panic attacks every …

Crossword Puzzles

5 Myths About How to Deal With a Breakup

“You must grieve…” You have likely read this phrase or heard it from a friend a number of times by now. After a while, it starts to sound like a …

Grieving

Is Anxiety Psychological or Physical?

Anxiety can be defined as ‘a state consisting of psychological and physical symptoms brought about by a sense of apprehension at a perceived threat’. …

Depression

Why You Shouldn’t Want To Always Be Happy

In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the …

3 Signs You Might Be Carrying Your Mother's Insecurities

You may feel inadequate, filled with self-doubt, and don’t know why. This may be stealing your confidence and joy in ways that are hidden to you. You …

How to Give Your Child a Rich Life

<i>“Our offspring have simply leveraged our good intentions and over-investment...They inhabit a broad savannah of entitlement that we’ve watered,</i> …

Parenting

Psycho thrillers: five movies that teach us how the mind works

Power, violence, death and reality … the movies can teach us plenty about life’s big issues. From the Godfather to Groundhog Day, five psychologists pick the films that tell us what makes humans tick<p>Ten days ago in London, the Hungarian director László Nemes hosted a preview screening of his film, …

Groundhog Day

4 Simple Steps to Conquer Your Fears

Facing your biggest fears is never easy, but there are a few true methods to help you through. Today, I'll cover four ways to look your fears in the …

Self-help

What Makes Therapy Good: The 4 Pillars of Counseling

Trust, respect, positive regard, and open-mindedness form the foundation of an effective therapeutic relationship between a counselor and a person in …

Counseling

10 Ways to Prevent Mania and Hypomania

Bipolar disorder is one of the most difficult illnesses to treat because by addressing the depression part of the illness, you can inadvertently …

23andMe Pulls Off Massive Crowdsourced Depression Study - MIT Technology Review

A scientific expedition into the DNA of more than 450,000 customers of gene-testing company 23andMe has uncovered the first major trove of genetic …

University of Pennsylvania

How to Talk About Sex

While some of us are comfortable talking about sex with our partners, a large number of us are not for a couple of good reasons. The topic itself is …

Barnes & Noble

How Early Childhood Terror Stifles Self-Development

Parents can create an environment of terror for children that affects their ability to individuate and develop a sense of self long after they leave …

Empathy

Can an app change human behavior? This behavioral economics professor is banking on it

Whether personal or professional, change is hard. And the cumulative data is <i>not on</i> our side.<p>Take something obviously detrimental, like smoking. A …

What It's Like to Have 'High-Functioning' Anxiety

High-functioning anxiety looks like…<p>Achievement. Busyness. Perfectionism.<p>When it sneaks out, it transforms into nervous habits. Nail biting. Foot …