World of Psychology

Brain and Behavior

What’s Wrong with Positive Thinking?

I absolutely love this post that Tamar Chansky, , wrote specifically for Beyond Blue! You may remember her from another interview I did with her. She is a clinical psychologist, author of "Freeing Your Child From Negative Thinking" and other books, and a Huffington Post blogger. She's an expert on negative thinking -- how to turn it around to work for you. So I asked her to set us...

FDA Wants Your Comments on ECT

The good folks over at the Committee for Truth in Psychiatry (a national organization for people who've had electroconvulsive therapy - ECT) wanted me to remind you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comments on the safety and efficacy of...

The 7 Kinds of Hope

Awhile back Anthony Scioli, coauthor of "Hope in the Age of Anxiety" discussed nine forms of hopelessness and how you can overcome them. This week, I've invited Julie Neraas, author of "Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times," to tell us about the different kinds of hope. Julie is an ordained minister, spiritual director and associate professor at Hamline University, and speaks regularly about hope, where it can guide you,...

Sen. Grassley Questions More Nonprofits

We can't help but note that the other shoe dropped on nonprofit agencies (as we predicted back in April) and their lack of disclosure and transparency about their funding sources. Will anybody really be surprised to find that 50% or more of many of these organization's budgets come directly or indirectly from a pharmaceutical company?

The list of organizations that Sen. Grassley sent a letter to is even more extensive this time around and, while including big organizations like the American Cancer Society, the...
Brain and Behavior

Christmas Lights Addiction, 2009

Five years ago, I covered something called Christmas lighting addiction in our then-fledgling newsletter. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek, because I'm not a big believer of most addictive behaviors. Christmas lights? I mean, c'

But as I guess with anything in life, you can go overboard with decorating your house in Christmas lights.

Adorning one's tree (and eventually one's house) as a holiday tradition dates back to the early 20th...
Brain and Behavior

8 Reasons Women Stay in Painful Relationships

Why would a woman stay in a relationship with a guy who puts her down, hems her in, and perhaps even physically abuses her? Why would a woman hold down two jobs to keep the rent paid and food on the table while her boyfriend sits around smoking weed all day? Why oh why would a woman allow herself to be emotionally blackmailed by...

9 Holiday Depression Busters

My "9 Holiday Depression Busters" are featured in a Beliefnet gallery. You can get to it by clicking here.

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year--but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays. So let's be honest. The holidays are packed with stress, and therefore provoke tons of depression and anxiety. But there is hope. Whether I'm fretting about something as trite as stocking stuffers or as complicated...
Brain and Behavior

Perhaps Why Tiger Woods Cheats

While more details of the Tiger Woods scandal continuing to emerge, the inevitable question arises -- Why would such a successful, attractive man cheat on his wife and family? Why, in general, do men -- and women -- cheat? And why would Tiger Woods, one of the most successful professional golfers of all time, cheat on his wife, Elin Nordegren?

Psychological research has examined this question and has a...

10 Reasons I Quit Smoking

You're almost there. You want to quit. In fact, 80 percent of your brain is sure you can. But 20 percent insists that you can't. How do you make it over to the other side without falling SPLAT on your face?

Do this. Make a list. Of ten reasons you should quit.

Here's mine.

1. Smoking Made Me Sick

For real. Within a few minutes of inhaling a few cigarettes, my throat would start to tickle and my head would...

When Antidepressants Fail to Work: Brain-Stimulating Techniques

Let's talk about the huge elephant in the living room of most homes of people who suffer from depression: the fear of treatment resistant depression. What if antidepressant medications fail to work? Are you totally screwed? Confined to a life flipping burgers, not that anything is wrong with that?

News and World Report ran an intriguing article last month, "Chronically Depressed? What to Do When Antidepressants Don't Work." Reporter Sarah Baldauf discussed several brain stimulating...