#Psychology

Books | Books

What does running do to your brain?

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matter

Psychology | Psychology

A New Report Says Stanford's Most Famous Psychology Experiment Is a 'Fraud,' a 'Sham,' and a 'Lie' | Inc.com

You were almost certainly taught this 50-year-old experiment's findings. But what really happened?

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Study Finds Common Medications May Increase Depression Risk

Over a third of Americans take these common medications that researchers say could be related to an increase depression risk.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

How to Shut Off Your Brain When You Can’t Sleep - Health

Racing thoughts at night could be a sign of anxiety or insomnia. Use these tricks to shut your brain off, stop the racing thoughts, and go to sleep

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

Parents’ Screen Time Is Hurting Kids

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

There are no easy answers for helping someone struggling with depression, especially if you’ve already tried and tried. Here are some tips from experts.

Psychology | Personality

If You Think a Friend Might Be Suicidal, Ask

Don’t let your anxiety or worries about triggering someone hold you back.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

What It’s Really Like to Fall Asleep When You Live With Anxiety

A woman with anxiety shares what it's like to fall asleep when she's experiencing intense anxiety at night.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

How to Have a Better Relationship - Well Guides

Good relationships don’t happen overnight. They take commitment, compromise, forgiveness and most of all — effort. Here we offer the latest in relationship science, expert advice, fun quizzes and helpful tips to help you build a stronger bond with you

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Women Who Walk This Way Are Most Attractive

Attractiveness is not just down to body size and shape -- the way people move may be just as important.

Psychology | Personality

Beneath the Mask of Toughness: What I Lost on the Wrestling Mat

“For a long time, I thought wrestling had changed me. Yet wrestling did not erase my fear — it only made my body stronger, more the equal of my heart.” A former wrestler reflects on the strength the sport was able to give him — and the courage he

Psychology | Personality

The 2 Lessons About Happiness That Completely Changed My Mindset

Don't avoid the negative thoughts you may be having. Instead, draw from these ideas to help change your mindset.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

10 Things to Say and 10 Not to Say to Someone With Depression

A list of helpful things to tell someone battling depression, followed by what not to say, courtesy of the Depression Alliance.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Genetic Testing and Family Secrets

Welcome to the Monitor on Psychology digital edition! This interactive format allows you to easily read, share with friends, and click on web links to get further resources.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Good Timing: How timing can impact success

Welcome to the Monitor on Psychology digital edition! This interactive format allows you to easily read, share with friends, and click on web links to get further resources.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

How Much Smartphone Use Is Too Much?

Researchers have a term for the fear of being without your phone: nomophobia ("no mobile phone phobia").

Psychology | Personality

What Are Sunday Scaries? And How Can You Handle Them?

We sat down with Megan Murk, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, to learn simple ways to manage the Sunday Scaries at home.

News | Animal Links

Dogs Use Various Gestures To Get What They Want From Us

New research shows the four requests most commonly used that result in dogs being satisfied are “Scratch me!”, “Give me food/drink”, “Open the door” and “Get my toy/bone.”

Psychology | Personality

Americans Are More Socially Isolated, but Less Lonely

What's the difference between social isolation and loneliness? And why is one rising while the other one is declining over time?

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Positive Self-Talk: 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves

The messages we give to ourselves every day have enormous power. Anything that is repeated and repeated and repeated can become "truth" -- even when it isn't. Any coach will tell you that practice doesn't necessarily make perfect but it certainl

Psychology | Parenting and Kids

Parenting Style Quiz

Parenting works best when parents are compatible in their parenting style. Discover what your parenting style is with this quick scientific quiz.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

5 Tips for Dealing with the Overwhelming Fatigue of Depression

For Ruth White, the fatigue that comes with depression can be overpowering. "I find it difficult to get out of bed and once out of bed, just walking can be exhausting. Texting or even watching TV can seem to take Herculean effort," said White, P

Psychology | Personality

12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety comes in many forms—panic attacks, anxiety attacks, phobia, and social anxiety—and the distinction between a disorder and "normal"

Psychology | Personality

Loneliness Rivals Obesity, Smoking as Health Risk

A new survey finds nearly half of Americans reporting they feel alone, isolated, or left out at least some of the time.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

How Useful Is Fear? - The Atlantic

Evolution has installed phobias in humans that are proving hard to shake.

Psychology | Psychology

Online dating lowers self-esteem and increases depression, studies say - CNN

Dating apps are a booming business, but they may be taking a toll on their users' mental health.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Gratitude helps keep our hearts healthy

Research shows that feeling grateful doesn’t just make you feel good. It also helps literally helps the heart. A positive mental attitude is good for your heart.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

The Painfully Obvious Productivity Advice I Guess I Needed to Hear

The best advice from Amber Rae’s Wonder Over Worry, a new self-help book that will be published in May 2018.

Psychology | Personality

What Is Anxiety Contagion?

Research shows that the human brain can pick up on and experience stress felt by our partners and friends.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

How Can Nostalgia Help Loneliness?

Research suggests that nostalgia can help loneliness, mental health, performance science, depression, positivity and emotion. Feeling nostalgia is good!

Psychology | Personality

The 7 Thought-Habits of Highly Self-Confident People

Do you wish you had more self-esteem? These 7 thinking habits will help you become more confident and mentally strong.

Psychology | Personality

Why You Need to Be Good at Reading Your Emotions | Psychology Today

Being able to read other people’s emotions is important for your relationships, but according to new research, it’s just as important to read your own with clarity.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

A Wise Man Balances – Total Activity Equals Total Rest

Give it everything you've got! Balance come from being active so totally that passivity follows automatically.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

'Dear Kids, Love From Your Brain.' What All Kids Need to Know About the Brain -

Kids do great things with the right information, and any information we can give them about how to become the best version of themselves will lay a sprinkling of gold dust on their path to adulthood. They have enormous power to influence the structure and

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine - San Antonio Express-News

When my husband and I moved from Los Angeles to Washington for his job, I saw only the cons in our new city: Overcast skies, solemn monuments and women wearing an accessory I'd forgotten about from junior high dances: Pantyhose. The humidity was oppressiv

Politics | Politics

Why unintelligent protest may kill democracy

Protest is an age-old social good, but a new strain developing on the Left may kill democracy, says "professor in exile" Heather Heying.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

A New Approach to Understanding Social Anxiety

There’s more to social anxiety disorder than just its symptoms says new research

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Rewiring Your Avoidant, Anxious, or Fearful Attachment Style

Sometimes it's less about figuring things out and more about practicing behaviors that will help rewire your emotional system and give you the freedom to change.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

A Genetic Test May Help Predict the Right Antidepressant For You

A new study shows that a genetic test can help guide doctors to the right antidepressants for treating their patients.

Psychology | Personality

What Makes Complex Trauma So Complex?

"Complex trauma" is a term increasingly used to describe multiple instances of trauma, the effects of which are cumulative and experienced over time.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Rattled.

When someone shakes your cage, it can be hard to shake it off. A lingering psychic residue is often the by-product of an aggressive, insensitive or otherwise unexpected email, phone call or confron…

Psychology | Personality

I Belong, Therefore I Am? | The Immeasurable

What does group behavior tell us about the inner life of individuals? The perils of identity and why we want to belong to groups. I Belong, Therefore I Am?

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Peter Levine - Building Resiliency in You, Relationships, & Kids

One of the most important things that you can develop in your life, and in your relationship, is your resilience - the way that you bounce back from the challenges that life throws your way. How do you recover in a way that leaves you even stronger, more

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Advice From Therapists on What to Do When You Feel Lonely

A new study highlights how widespread the loneliness epidemic really is. Here’s how to make yourself feel better when you feel alone or isolated.

Psychology | Personality

The Fascinating Science Behind Why We See 'Faces' In Objects

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Why Do I Feel This Way? Over-Coupling and the Stress Response

Underlying many common issues people seek therapy for, including social anxiety, panic, and relationships, could be a stress response known as over-coupling.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

Nature Is Risky. That’s Why Students Need It.

Some hate the jungle, but most find hidden strength and unanticipated freedom.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Feeling Anxious? Few Minutes of Meditation Might Help

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Psychology | Personality

Study Finds 44 Genetic Variants Linked to Depression

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

How to Stay Zen During Times of Transition

You can’t totally prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed about big life changes, but you can take steps to ease the emotional burden.

Advice & Self-Help | Couples and Relationship Support

You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves

Scientists have made astonishing discoveries about the nature and evolution of friendship. Without it, humans suffer significant physical and emotional damage.

Health & Fitness | Sleep

How to end your day in a happy note

It is important to finish our day in a good way, we need to prepare ourselves for another happy day. Here are my suggestions on how to end a day in a happy way

Advice & Self-Help | Health & Fitness

Why Do I Wake Up Feeling Like I Never Slept?

A new study helps explain why so many insomniacs feel like they never fell asleep: It’s possible to remain consciously aware while your brain (or parts of it, anyway) is in a sleep pattern.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

How to Cope When Debt Wrecks Your Mental Health

Here’s expert advice on handling the psychological and emotional toll of money, especially when you’re in debt.

Psychology | Personality

Stop Giving Toxic People Your Time

Do you ever get upset about the nasty behavior of your co-workers, friends, or even family? Well, if you let others upset you, it’s not their fault. Toxic people have only one goal: To cause mayhem. My advice? Avoid all toxic people!

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Positive Parenting and the Brain

You're never going to look back on your life and say, "I wish hadn't been so kind to my children!"

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

True Happiness comes from within, but why?

Why true Happiness comes from within. Happiness is a product of our own minds. If we want to live a happy life, we need to work on our happiness every day.

Psychology | Psychology

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD Is Largely A Fraud

If anyone has the professional expertise and moral authority to compare psychology to a rotten piece of furniture, it is Jerome Kagan...

Family & Parenting | Kids

The secret world of babies

This lab is revealing the hidden workings of babies’ brains… and could prove key in getting earlier support to children who have neurological differences like autism.

Psychology | Personality

Four Ways to Feel Happier and Enjoy Your Happiness

We think of happiness as a desirable state — unless you fear that your happiness will be fleeting. The latest research shows 4 ways to become, and stay, happy and enjoy the moment.

Psychology | Personality

The Science of How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

The emerging field of “nutritional psychiatry” is exploring how the food you eat can affect your risk of depression.

Advice & Self-Help | Dr. Eleanor's Websites & Social Media Links

Interview: The way of the Sacred Feminine

Delve into Beyond Human Design for self-discovery. Learn about the multidimensional universe and recognize the truth of your Self

Family & Parenting | Kids

How to Help Your Kids Overcome Anxiety

Whether your kid is scared of monsters or fearful of going to preschool, here's how to help your kid overcome his/her anxieties and fears.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Narcissists Are More Likely to Be Compulsive Facebook Users | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

“I don’t know any real researcher of human behavior who would say it’s all nature or all nurture.”

Psychology | Psychology

Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat? - CNN

Teens' happiness and self-esteem can be linked to the amount of time they're spending in front of their screens, a new study says.

Psychology | Psychology

This new brain study shows why some people are more creative than others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative "geniuses" like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity.

Psychology | Psychology

7 Simple Ways to Break a Sugar Addiction

Is sugar your vice? Are you ready to start kicking this habit for good? If sugar is ruling your diet, then these tips will help you gain control over your food

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Evidence For Higher State of Consciousness Found - PsyBlog

The first study to show higher brain-signal diversity than normal when people are awake.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Intrinsic Motivation of Richard Ryan and Edward Deci - PsycIQ

Psychologists Richard Ryan, left and Edward Deci, developed the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of motivation, which toppled the dominant belief that the best way to get human beings to perform tasks is to reinforce their behavior with rewards. In 1977, t

Health & Fitness | Psychology

7 ways to tell if you're talking to a psychopath or a narcissist

Scientists and mental-health experts have pinpointed a few key behaviors of psychopaths and narcissists when they're interacting with other people.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

World Health Organization is recognizing gaming disorder as a mental health condition

The World Health Organization is officially recognizing gaming disorder, or video game addiction, as a mental health condition.

Psychology | Psychology

Does Drinking Make Anxiety Worse? | POPSUGAR Fitness

You know the story: you're nervous before a big date or you want to unwind after a stressful day and have a drink to calm yourself. It helps, too. Drinking a

Health & Fitness | Health News

Get to know a gene: #HTR2A | GeneSight

What is HTR2A? The 5-HT2A receptor, encoded by the HTR2A gene, is responsible for post-synaptic serotonin signaling and is a target for many antipsychotics and antidepressants.1 Two single nucleotide polymorphisms...

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help!

12 Simple Phrases That Are Guaranteed to Make People Like You More

A dozen simple, easy-to-remember phrases, and they'll almost always make other people react positively to you.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Top 4 Health Benefits of Marriage - Dr. Axe

While marriage brings challenges, science consistently shows that it's great for your health in certain ways. Here are the top health benefits of marriage.

Psychology | Psychology

Those who need it most don’t get psychiatric care. It's a mental health crisis | Vyom Sharma | Opinion | The Guardian

People die without getting adequate psychiatric help, and it turns out even killing someone else isn’t enough to qualify for care. The system is failing

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Key to Becoming the Most Wonderful Version of Yourself

We all strive to be successful, or "good at" our work, parenting, athletic or whatever your favorite hobby is. But one thing we don't think about - is how to be wonderful.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

6 Signs You’re Actually An Outgoing Introvert, Because Yes, Those Exist

You’ve probably always considered yourself either an extrovert or an introvert, because in the dichotomy, you were either one or the other. Well, like with many things in life, this is not a simple case of black and white. There’s a large gray area t

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

You Don't Really Know Yourself

For the most part, people are unaware that their lives are controlled and regulated by negative attitudes toward themselves that represent a basic aspect of their identity

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Study: Being Alone Can Be Good For Your Health, Sparks Creativity

Just because you prefer to be alone doesn't mean you're depressed. A new study finds that being anti-social from time to time is linked to creativity.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Poll: 71% of Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have, 58% Have Political View

The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that 71% Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Ame

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

This College Professor Is Under Siege for Challenging Transgender Orthodoxy

“There’s a kind of feeling that there’s a mob. And you don’t run across a mob,” says a Boise State professor.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

When They Say This ... They Might Need You To Know This. How to Deepen Your Connection and Increase Your Influence With

When we see through their words to the needs and feelings beneath, we deepen our connection, expand our influence, and become more able to guide them.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

After a Hurricane, New Confidence

Psychologists call it ‘posttraumatic growth’ and they see people emerge from scary times with confidence for new ventures, writes Elizabeth Bernstein in ‘Bonds: On Relationships.’

Advice & Self-Help | Relationships

Long-Distance Relationships – Real Life Things You Should Know Before Getting Started

Here's what you should know (advice, TIPs and problems) to make long-distance relationships work (last and keep) from real people before getting started.

Health & Fitness | Health News & Tips

Experiences in Childhood Can Alter Your DNA For The Rest of Your Life

Childhood is a defining period in anybody's life, but for many of us it seems those early life experiences could change the body right down to a genetic level.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Humans Have 27 Distinct Emotional States, Study Finds

A new study examining the various ways that we express ourselves determined that humans display 27 distinct emotional states.

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

Anxiety in Kids and Teens: Why Anxiety Triggers Often Don't Make Sense - And How to Tun Avoidance into Brave Behaviour -

Anxiety in kids and teens can be confusing, and can drive avoidance in a way that shrinks their world a little. Here's how to encourage brave behaviour.

Science & Technology | Social Media

We Can’t Stop Checking the News Either. Welcome to the New FOMO | WIRED

Who cares about my friends? I'm missing the news!

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Why Labelling President Trump as Mentally Ill Is Wrong | Psychology Today

Four reasons why the petition calling President Trump mentally ill is deeply troubling.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder | Dr. Phil

So many parents express concern about their children being diagnosed with bipolar at age 5, 10 or 15. How is bipolar diagnosed and what are some of the early onset signs? First of all, it typically takes 8 to 10 years after the first signs of bipolar to r

Advice & Self-Help | Relationships

How to Build a Healthy Relationship Between a Man and a Woman with Science

You may know what a healthy romantic relationship looks like, but do you know how to get one? Find out what stages you must go through before true love.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

10 Things You Need to Know About Codependency

Codependency is often misunderstood. It’s not just a label to slap on the spouse of every alcoholic. It encompasses a wide-range of behavior and thought patterns that cause people distress to varying degrees. I hope this article will help clear up some.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

If You’ve Ever Been Called Overly Emotional or Too Sensitive, This is For You

For some reason, people in this day and age think that being emotional is a bad thing, that telling someone they are 'too emotional' is an extreme insult. Is it really no longer okay to feel

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The average American has only one close friend — here's how we got to this point

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says Americans are experiencing a crisis of loneliness, and it's partly a result of our desire for independence.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Messy desks could be a sign of genius, say researchers

Is your desk overflowing with scraps of paper, coffee cups, envelopes and wilted plants? Well, far from being idle, it turns out you might just be a creative genius.  In world where ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ is a well-valued idiom, being a m

Politics | The War On Gender

I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse.

Transgender ideology is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us, and with the apparent growing support of the medical community.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

5 Brain Training Techniques to Cultivate Your Creative Genius

Brain science reveals creativity is just as much a skill you can develop as it is a gift to be thankful for.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

A Sociology of the Smartphone

Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.

Health & Fitness | Psychology

Is Your Mobile Phone Use Bad for Your Mental Health? | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

10+ Hilarious Comics For Socially Awkward People

The hilarious webcomics mostly revolve around one nerdy girl who always picks the worst words for conversations. Her everyday struggles include her love life, her career, and other common themes.

Miscellaneous | Stuff

How Do Paint Colors Get Their Names? | POPSUGAR Home

When picking out a paint color (or, for that matter, a beauty product), you've probably marveled at the interesting color names, ranging from the poetic (like

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

4 Powers That May Be Hiding Behind Anxiety Disorders

Heightened perception is a crucial part of anxiety, but in this ability of perceiving things lie 4 powers that other people don’t often possess.

News | From the HuffPost

Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says | HuffPost

Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.

Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

What Makes a Genius?

Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

3 Serious Struggles People Who Come From A Toxic Family Face Every Day

Coming from a toxic family can change your perception of the world around you, and usually not for the better. These 3 struggles are proof of that.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Here's Why You Can't Stay Focused

Regaining focus isn't about willpower. It's about deconstructing the modern life habits that obstruct your enjoying it again.

Health & Fitness | Psychology!

When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough

In politics, it sometimes feels like we can't agree on basic facts. But according to neuroscientist Tali Sharot, facts are not enough — emotions may be the key to changing our minds.

Miscellaneous | Social Media

Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

In a new book, the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that our devotion to digital devices has morphed into something very much like addiction.

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety, Because It Isn’t Us ‘Being Crazy’

People underestimate what anxiety really is. You want to call those who overthink everything, or make up scenarios in their head crazy, but you don’t understand: those with anxiety can’t control it…

Advice & Self-Help | Psychology & Relationships

10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

True confidence -- as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities -- has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly co...