Psychology Today

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, July/August

25 Big Ideas That Began Here
A NOTE FROM THE FOUNDERFIFTY YEARS AGO, in my first editorial, I wrote, "Psychology is a fascinating and alive subject," ready to thrive outside of academe. "I hope to make it lively, clear, and technically accurate. It is time to let the air in." Fifty...
A Child Void?
THREE YEARS AGO, at the age of 30, I underwent a hysterectomy after years of painful endometriosis. I have never regretted it. However, because of my issues, I never had any children. Is it possible to fill this psychological void in other ways, or will...
A Community for Growth
What does Volken Academy do?The JVA is a residential drug and alcohol treatment center based on the therapeutic-community model for young adults 18 to 32. The environment replicates real life while focusing on behavioral change. Clients (referred to...
Before You Go
SELECTING YOUR summer getaway destination is only the first step. In The Happy Traveler, psychologist Jaime Kurtz offers advice for squeezing the most joy you can out of your travel plans. -MICHAELA BRADYPREPARE FOR HEDONIC ADAPTATION, the tendency to...
Double Take
STANDING BEFORE A microphone in an ivy-cloaked courtyard, I took a gulp of champagne and prepared to toast my twin brother, Zack, and his new bride. For months, I'd worried about this moment. What if I started crying? What if I became overcome with jealousy?...
Down with Extremes!
WHEN A KID IS TEARING THROUGH a bigbag of candy or enjoying a raucous game of indoor soccer near the étagère, the adult in the room will inevitably say, "This isn't going to end well." What an irritating comment to the child; by her own logic she is...
Feedback
RISK MANAGEMENTThank you for "Poison People" (June). I didn't really understand the danger of toxic people until I had an experience with one two years ago. My self-esteem was shattered, and although I'm normally very social with lots of friends, I turned...
Finding Your Crowd
NEW ACQUAINTANCES are easy to "friend" but just as easy to forget. How do we decide who's truly friendship material? Superficial connections like going to school together or rooting for the same team can get things off the ground, but there are other,...
How Signals Get Skewed
BIOLOGY IS A balancing act, and a delicate one at that. Often, seemingly healthy diets can be lacking or overabundant in one or more essential nutrients. And when such an imbalance occurs, it can undermine health, often surreptitiously. Depression may...
I Could Be Worse
IT CAN BE PAINFUL to think about attributes you're not proud of: Who wants to dwell on low self-confidence or a bad temper? New research suggests that even people who openly scrutinize their flaws take subtle measures to cushion themselves against blows...
Is Mental Illness the Exception or the Rule?
TO SOME, the estimated number of people who deal with psychiatric conditions-one in five during any given year-already seems unbelievably high. But judging by new research from one of the most significant long-term mental health studies ever done, that...
Laws of Attraction
THROUGHOUT HER 20S, MANAGEMENT consultant and author Nita Tucker dated doctors-usually tall ones. She was drawn by their status and her mother's insistence that a physician would be agreat catch. "If someone said he was a doctor, I was turned on," she...
My Funny Valentine
ONE QUESTION FOR KUMAIL NANJIANI AND EMILY V. GORDONFor Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, taldng it slow ultimately led to a happy relationshipand a fruitful creative collaboration. Married since2007, Nanjiani, a comedian and actor who appears on...
On the Run
IT'S A SIMPLE activity that vexes some but ranks along with eating and sleeping as a necessary life function for many others. To Vybarr Cregan-Reid, running offers a lens through which to examine human nature. An avid (though admittedly average) runner,...
Opening Up
THE MIRROR IN WHICH a self-image takes shape is distorted for people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Lynn Alden, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, says her patients describe themselves as 'awkward' and 'unskilled," and this kind...
Safety Pins for Slackers
WHETHER WE'RE talking about compromising intelligence dossiers, travel bans, wiretapping claims, or terminating agency heads, so far 2017 has been a wild geopolitical ride, documented with endless commentary on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Depending...
Solutions for the Solitary
IN EARLY EVERY WEEK brings new evidence of the grievous health effects of loneliness. Reportedly experienced by 40 percent of U.S. adults, chronic loneliness has been shown to depress immune system function, boost inflammation, and significantly raise...
The 100-Year Plan
We won't all be geniuses in 2067, but we may each edge closer to the edge case.A HALF-CENTURY AGO, Psychology Today was launched in Del Mar, California, the charter cover a childlike drawing meant to evoke unfettered creativity. PTs founder, Nicholas...
The Bard of Self-Awareness
SINCE HER MID-'80S MTV breakthrough fronting the band 'Til Tuesday and through her nine solo albums, Aimee Mann has explored the universal pain of trying to connect with other people and the still-more-angst-ridden struggle of trying to know ourselves....
The Mad Genius Mystery
THE TINY VILLAGE OF LASSERRE istuckedintooneofFrance's southernmost hills, a hamlet of stone buildings strong in the embrace of centuries-old cement. The home in which the mathematician Alexander Grothendieck spent the last two decades of his life in...
What Veterans Need
Psychology Today spoke with Joseph A. Tróncale, M.D., corporate medical director at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, and Chrissy Gariano, Retreat's Chief Clinical Officer. Together they have years of experience caring for veterans and know...
When Healing Is a No-Brainer
ON MAY 14,2013, ANGELINA JOLIE announced that she would undergo breast removal surgery to prevent cancer. The decision was disclosed in a widely read New York Times op-ed article. The actress, who was 38 and __ __ healthy at the time, had recently lost...
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