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Are Porn and Video Games Causing a Masculinity Crisis?

May 12, 2015

More than 40 years ago, Philip Zimbardo oversaw the Stanford Prison Experiment—one of psychology’s best-known and most controversial studies. Now Zimbardo is interested in the changing face of masculinity. In his new book, Man (Dis)Connected: How Technology Has Sabotaged What it Means to Be Male, and What Can Be Done, Zimbardo chronicles his latest research, which suggests that pornography and video games are... Read More

 
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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Anger

May 12, 2015

Intense anger can overwhelm us and make us feel like we’ve lost control. We may act in ways we later regret, and those we care about may get caught in the crossfire. Often, exploring our anger teaches us a great deal about our current life experience. While we must make time to learn from our anger, it is also important to be able to manage it appropriately when it arises. If you’re not sure where to start,... Read More

 
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Don’t Judge Me: Embracing Your Partner’s Differences

May 12, 2015

The ability to discern what we like or dislike is an important part of being an individual. It is enriching to have choices about what to eat, what we like to wear, how to decorate our space, or what our favorite movie is. Many of our choices become part of how we define ourselves. Some of our self-definitions go deeper and concern whether we prefer to be open about our emotions. If we came from a family in which emotions... Read More

 
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Do Women Want Sex with the Same Frequency as Do Men?

May 11, 2015

Men want sex and women want love, right? That’s what dozens of studies have set out to prove, often resulting in salacious headlines and lots of publicity. In one famous study, an attractive stranger approached college students for no-strings-attached sex, and found that men were far more likely to consent to the encounter than women. With studies finding that as many as 45% of women have faced some form of sexual... Read More

 
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Why Are Doctors at Higher Risk of Suicide?

May 11, 2015

Those familiar with research on depression and suicide have stumbled across a curious and disturbing pattern, one that many medical professionals have been aware of for more than a decade: The rate of suicide among physicians is higher than among the general population. What accounts for this, and what can be done about it? More than 800,000 people die of suicide every year. The rate of suicide in the United States is... Read More

 
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If Change Is for the Better, Why Is My Relationship Worse?

May 11, 2015

After a period of contemplation, research, and plan development, you embark on a journey of self-improvement. It could be eating healthier, exercising more, going back to school, or abstaining from cigarettes or alcohol. The benefits of these lifestyle changes include improved physical, emotional, and psychological wellness, as well as a potential increase in self-esteem. Considering all the positives associated with... Read More

 
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Exposure to Violent News Can Cause Trauma, and Other News

May 8, 2015

Exposure to traumatic or life-threatening circumstances, such as a rape, car accident, or military combat, can lead to symptoms of posttraumatic stress. According to a new study, though, you don’t have to have firsthand experience of these events to suffer trauma. Researchers gave 189 participants with no prior trauma history a questionnaire that posed questions about social media use and symptoms of trauma. Twenty-two... Read More

 

Help! Why Can’t I Stop Making Self-Destructive Choices?

May 8, 2015

While there is no simple answer to your question, I do suspect your parents’ issues with bipolar and alcoholism likely play a role in what you are experiencing now. I would imagine that between your mother’s manic episodes and your father’s struggles with alcohol, sometimes your home can be rather chaotic. I also wonder if the chaos feels unpredictable. The combination of chaos and unpredictability can... Read More

 
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The Sacred Marriage: When Conflicting Values Become One

May 8, 2015

Depth psychology often makes use of alchemy to describe what happens in therapy. Alchemy was a discipline in Europe and Asia for about 1,200 years. Gradually it branched into chemistry, medicine, mysticism, and psychology. A frequent image in the work was the marriage between the king and the queen, the sacred marriage. In therapy, this a fruitful trope when integrating opposites that are giving rise to feelings of conflict.... Read More

 
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Few Military Women Seek Help for Sexual Assault, Study Finds

May 7, 2015

Rape and sexual assault can have devastating consequences, from intrusive flashbacks to chronic anxiety and depression. Sexual assault remains common, particularly in the U.S. military, where 5% of women and 1% of men say they have been sexually assaulted. Psychotherapy can work wonders for those recovering from sexual assault, but a new study suggests that few military sexual assault survivors seek the help they deserve. Most... Read More

 
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Mental Health Matters: 8 Stigmatizing Phrases to Stop Using

May 7, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as one in five Americans will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. Of the nearly 60 million Americans who experience mental health concerns each year, many will never seek treatment for a variety of reasons including social stigma, cultural norms, and lack of access. In fact, a recent report published in the journal Psychological... Read More

 
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Trauma Treatment: What’s Your Body Got to Do with It?

May 7, 2015

If you were to join me at a trauma conference, you would hear a lot of talk about the body. While the fields of psychology and mental health have focused primarily on the mind, emotions, and psyche, the body has been part of the conversation for many years, and it has become a more central focus in recent years. There is momentum building in support of incorporating physical aspects of healing into trauma recovery. We... Read More

 
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The Fear Factor: What You Don’t Know May Help You

May 7, 2015

We all love what we know. We can relax about what we know—no surprises! But the fact is that sticking to what we know limits our lives. In almost every aspect of our lives, there is more unknown than known. Allowing yourself to jump into the unknown will enlarge and enhance your life. You’re going out to dinner on Saturday night. Do you go to the restaurant you know you’ll like, or do you take a risk on a new place?... Read More

 
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Can the Price of Wine Change the Way You Think About It?

May 6, 2015

Anyone who’s ever marketed—or purchased—an overly hyped product knows that price can drive demand. Pricing a product too cheaply can change the way consumers feel about it. After all, the thinking goes, a product that can be cheaply sold must have something wrong with it. It turns out the bias in favor of more expensive products doesn’t just affect consumer behavior; it can also change the way your brain... Read More

 
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