Psychology Today

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, January/February

All over Your Face
LAST YE AR 1 a Russian firm launched the website FindFace, which matches submitted photos to profiles on the social networking site VK, a regional Facebook imitator. If a stranger photographs you in the street or spots your image on another site, and...
A Map of Our Moods
HOW MANY DIFFERENT emotions, really, can run through a person's mind? Some scientists have argued that there are six distinct types, give or take-anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, and happiness. But based on Americans' descriptions of their own...
Change Artists
BEVERLEY RICE WAS LONELY. She had a big career as a painter, tons of friends, and a penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village. But after a brief marriage in her 30s, she had spent the next few years attracted to "liars and psychopaths," she says, only...
Course Correction
FOR THOSE WHO investigate human behavior, particularly social scientists, the past few years have been rocky ones. Retests of many high-profile claims have come out negative-including the idea that exerting willpower on one task makes it harder to do...
C Sharp
YOUR BRAIN IS A power consumer of vitamin C, the vitamin that cuts your colds short. Brain concentrations of the vitamin are far greater than those in the rest of the body, and long after the body is depleted of the vitamin, the brain maintains its levels....
Darkness on the Mountain
ON THE PATH AHEAD, stepping out from behind a boulder, a man appears. We are both on the far side of a dark lake that lies hidden in the bowlshaped summit of this mountain. The sky is a milky blue above us; no vegetation grows this far up so it is just...
Feedback
BEYOND COMPARE ANDCONTRASTIn "Mirror, Mirror," (December), Rebecca Webber makes superb points about the negatives and positives of comparing yourself with others. She explained well how comparisons can make us discontented with life, depending on the...
Flipping the Script for 2018
I'M THRILLED BY the prospect of brain-machine interfaces, but they remain far off in a country roiled by present-day problems. This year, the "merger of man and machine" that has my attention is the alignment of people most in need of work with the sector...
Hijacked No More
FELLINGS are Dylan McDermott and emotions are Dermot Mulroney. People sometimes have a hard time remembering which Dermot(t) is which.There's a similar problem with feelings and emotions. Neuroscientists Antonio Damasio and Joseph LeDoux both point out...
How Conversation Delivers Dinner
MY DAUGHTER SEEMS to be creating eating problems in her two children, although in opposite ways. Her 9-year-old son is chubby, and at the table he consumes large amounts of food, especially meat. He exercises little. There are already hints he is being...
Life after the Bully
BEING THETARGET of playground name-calling, ponytail yanking, or online harassment can be detrimental to children's mental health. A recent study In the journal JAMA Psychiatry provides the strongest evidence to date that being bullied at a young age...
Meeting Clients Where They Are
Pushing a client to change does little more than increase their unwillingness. Evidence suggests that working with, rather than against, clients' resistance is optimal. The key is to involve clients at their own pace (unless medically ill-advised) to...
Navigating the Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment: What You Need to Know
"GREAT TREATMENT EXISTS.. .good treatment exists.. .and horrible treatment exists," says Daniel Lettenberger-Klein, MS, LMFT and Executive Director of Bluff Plantation in Augusta, GA. In the following article, Daniel explains the differing levels of...
Putting Emotions to Work
AS YOU STUDY for a critical exam, hone a new skill, or save to buy a house, you probably rely on planning and raw effort as the main tools for pushing yourself ahead. But some unlikely emotions-gratitude, compassion, and pride-can also fuel persistence,...
Recovery Advisor 2018
Arrowhead Lodge RecoveryPrescott, AZphone: 888-254-2800, website: arrowheadlodgerecovery.comDistinction: Luxury mountain lodge, multidisciplinary clinical team, 12-step, evidence-based therapy, mindfulness and meditation for men ages 30+.Accreditation...
Retraining the Brain in Addiction and Mental Health Treatment
Patients entering treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders often experience deficits in at least one domain of cognitive functioning (e.g., attention, memory, verbal fluency, cognitive flexibility). Significant gray matter loss, for example,...
Science Is for Sharing
CHAO-TING WU runs a lab at Harvard that investigates how different parts of the genome communicate, and how that activity affects genetic expression, inheritance, and diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. But a big part of her work...
Shields Up
LIKE RADAR, OUR brains constantly monitor the zone just outside our bodies-an ability that equips us to detect danger, handle ordinary objects, and coordinate with other people. In his book The Spaces Between Us, Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano...
Shooting Stars
AS PARENTS, WE are prone to tell our children at every critical juncture in their lives that, no matter what, "We just want you to be happy." It should come as no surprise that kids are not always persuaded by this sentiment. Consider children who show...
Speak, Clothing
ONE QUESTION FOR EMILY SPIVACKTo artist and writer Emily Spivack, the most compelling thing about a garment is the meaning it carries for its owner. Spivack is the author of the best-selling Worn Stories and, mostrecently, WominNew York: 68 Sartorial...
The Mission Mindset
MOST OF US ARE much better at setting goals than achieving them. Why? What is it that dampens our drive and smothers our good intentions? Part of the answer is that setting meaningful goals forces us to consider the possibility of not achieving them,...
To Help Clients, Help Their Families
Q&A WITH PSYCHOTHERAPISTWHITNEY HAWKINSWHAT'S DIFFICULT ABOUT FINDING A FACILITY TO SEND SOMEONE TO? There are a lot of really great treatment centers, and there are a lot of really bad ones. It can be difficult to differentiate between the two before...
We Are All Works in Progress
IT ALL STARTED as a weekend prank with a couple of friends in the 1980sAmy Alkon ("Hijacked No More") decided to dispense free advice on a street corner in New York City. Soon, her Ask the Advice Goddess column was running in more than a hundred publications...
What Love Leaves Behind
WHY ARE SOME breakups a breeze while others feel like kick in the gut? And how long does it really take to recover? New research expands our understanding of a well-worn rough patch. -MattHustonCOMPARISON STINGSMany people on the receiving end of "It's...
What Makes a Good Addiction Treatment Program
HOW DO I KNOW IF AN ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAM IS ANY GOOD? We hear this question all the time. While it may seem like a simple and straightforward question, it is actually quite difficult to answer because overall, much more research is needed to find...
Where No One Hears a Cry for Help
Nick Cousineau's grandparents settled in Elko, Nevada, as most people did in the early part of the 20 th century, with pick-axes in hand and their sights set on gold. Elko sits on the high desert plains in the northeast corner of the state, straddling...
Why Do Lovers Kiss?
WHEN IT COMES to love, W what is it about lips that makes them so special?Why can't we show romantic passion by rubbing foreheads, locking elbows, or bumping butts? We could even mash our ears together. Legend has it that the Inuit display passion by...
You're Still in the Picture
HOW TO RETAIN CLIENTS AFTER REHABYour help can be the critical factor in continued recovery.Help them plan to avoid or limit contact with people, places, and things that bring on urges to use again. Help them create a full schedule that includes enough...
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