World of Psychology


Who Takes Out the Garbage? Dividing Household Chores

You’d think after decades of an economy that depends on two incomes to float a family, that how a couple can work together to keep house would be common knowledge. You’d think. But old role definitions and stereotypes about who should do household chores die hard -- very hard. Couples who see themselves as egalitarian and modern in their thinking are sometimes astonished to find themselves fighting regularly about such things as who should do the dishes, pick up the living room, and be sure that each has a clean shirt for tomorrow.
Brain and Behavior

Feeling Sad After Sex? Postcoital Dysphoria & Symptoms

For most people, sex is fun. Whether you engage in it with a partner or by yourself, sexual activity usually results in feelings of satisfaction and positive feelings (Sadock & Sadock, 2008).

But some people feel sad after sexual activity. Researchers call these kinds of negative feelings "postcoital dysphoria" or just postcoital symptoms. A new study sheds further light on these symptoms.


4 Potent Ingredients for Deepening Intimacy

Philosophers and psychotherapists have often suggested that to love and be loved is what life is all about. In addition, all the great spiritual traditions vaunt love as their central teaching. Love is a noble ideal, but how to we actualize it?

Here are four practical suggestions for putting a foundation under our desire to love and be loved. Some of these thoughts are explicated in my book,

Podcast: BoJack Horseman and Celebrity Mental Health Advocacy


Rich celebrity on TV: “Have you ever been sad? You might have depression.” If scenarios like this make you want to throw a rock at a window, you aren’t alone. In today’s episode, Gabe expresses his distaste for celebrities posing as the “face” of mental illness. He feels further validated after watching a satirical episode of BoJack Horseman, in which Mr. Peanutbutter, a cheerful canine celebrity, becomes the new face of depression -- first as a “sad dog” meme and then as a depression spokesperson.

Children and Teens

Teaching Your Child How to Grieve 

The first time I felt loss was at the age of ten when my grandfather passed away. I remember it being an awkward situation that no one talked about. Death was not explained to me, nor any feelings that I had associated with the loss of such a kind man in my life.

When my mother died, I was in my twenties. I had two children that were quite young. My immediate concern was talking to them about the loss, explaining death, and allowing them an opportunity to explore what they are thinking and feeling in a safe space. I enlisted the help of the book by Hans Wilhelm called Waldo, Tell Me About Dying, in order to trudge through this process. 

Psychology Around the Net: January 25, 2020

Greetings this lovely January day! Hope everyone is staying warm and well. This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into perfecting the art of small talk, why working from home may have its cons, how depression and anxiety can affect a young person’s first job, and how a student’s poor mental health can lead to peer exclusion, and more.



Ten Tips for Aging with Depression

Major Depression -- the clinical type -- is not a normal part of aging. Though it can appear at any age, older adults are at an increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) distinguishes this condition from having “the blues” and likens it to other medical illnesses that are treatable, like diabetes or hypertension. Overwhelming sadness and anxiety can last for weeks at a time or much longer, with a wide range of other discouraging symptoms. Yet, there are things that can help.