Psychology Today

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, March/April

A Diagnostic Dilemma
I'VE BEEN DIAGNOSED with a rare, debilitating genetic disease for which there is no cure or treatmentandwhichwillshortenmylife. I've asked my siblings to pass on this news to all close family members. After a number of months, I have not received any...
Careers in Psychology
From ensuring the school success of children to promoting healthy lifestyle choices, from designing websites that work to managing engaged employees, psychology is, literally and figuratively, a growing force in the world. An understanding of human behavior...
Cheating to Keep
THE DESIRE TO achieve status tempts many to bend the rules along the way. But people may also cheat to avoid a loss of status. New work by New York University management researcher Nathan Pettit and colleagues measured the power of these two motivators.According...
Dance with a Demon
I WAS EIGHT the first time my father and I spoke about heroin. He was working on a sculpture, sitting cross-legged on the floor with his curly hair hanging down over his face. I stood at his bookshelf, perusing the thick art volumes. Tucked between the...
Don't Look Now
WE DO IT on busy streets, in subway stations, in the doctor's office, and wherever there are unfamiliar faces. We steal glances, wondering about the people around us and their lives. And we try not to get caught doing it.Given that people watching is...
E-Ssential!
WE BREATHE, therefore we need vitamin E. As a major antioxidant, the vitamin polices the astonishingly rogue substance that uncoupled oxygen can be in the body. Vitamin E is a major protector of all human tissueespecially neural tissue-against oxygen...
Feedback
AN INTIMATE LOOK"Getting Close" (February) is beautifully written. I've grappled with all the concepts it tackled in myriad relationships, especially in my middle age and because of location upheavals. It encapsulates the length and breadth of human...
He Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried
"PEOPLE ARE TOO dinocentric," says paleobiolo gist Donald Prothero. "The really interesting stuff goes on with mammals." He should know. After decades of work, the Occidental College professor emeritus has produced The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric...
Internal Affairs
WHEN MICHAEL BROWN,an unarmedblackteenager,was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, protests and unrest consumed the city for weeks. The reaction was quickly understood as a response not to a single...
Joe Navarro Agent Provocateur
IT WAS ROD RAMSEY'S COCKINESS that first struck Joe Navarro. At 27, three years out of the army, Ramsey was living in a Tampa trailer park with his mother and flipping pancakes for not quite a living. Yet on that August day in 1988, he didn't hesitate...
Luminescent Transformation
What is Luminance's guiding approach to alcoholism and addiction treatment? The mission of Luminance Health Group is to provide safe, transformative, client-centered, and cost-effective recovery services to men and women suffering from drug and alcohol...
Massively Intelligent
I NACLASSIC Monty Python sketch, panelists on the talk show "How to Do It" promise to teach viewers how to split an atom, construct a box girder bridge, and irrigate the Sahara "to make vast new areas of land cultivatable." But first, how to play the...
Mastering Your Mental Game
ONE QUESTION FOR TANIA SACHDEVTania Sachdev was introduced to chess at age 6 by her father, who barely knew how the pieces moved and used a rulebook to teach his daughter the game. Sachdev was immediately captivated and now, at 30, holds the titles of...
On Our Own
EVEN FLEETING MOMENTS away from others present an opportunity to catch up with yourself. That's especially the case if you spend much of your day tuned into the thoughts, activities, and concerns of others, as the following individuals do. Their stories...
On Silence That Is Deafening
THE DECISION to withhold information seems small at first. Silence, when you could have revealed who you'd seen for lunch that day. But such decisions can snowball over time to become shameful or compromising secrets, catapulting one into a state of...
Please Pass the Algae
TRY NOT TO think of it as pond scum. Better "Earth's first superfood." Or the new parsley. Whatever the moniker, algae is heading for a regular place on the dining table.You can cook almost anything you want, even at high temperatures, in the heart-healthy...
Rewriting the Rules of Bedtime
IF THE BILLIONSof dollars spent annually on sleeping aids tell us anything, sleep can be as frustrating as it is vital. In his new book, Wild Nights, Emory University professor Benjamin Reiss, a scholar of American literature and culture, traces the...
Schooled for Recovery
A talk with Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment CentersWhat is the need for an academic program linked to recovery?Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 now constitute one of the largest populations of substance abusers. As a result, many university...
Tend and Defend
HORMONESARE often cast in an exclusively positive or negative light. Testosterone, for example, is the archetypal rogue hormone blamed for all manner of bad behavior. Oxytocin plays its virtuous opposite, thought to leave nothing but warm, fuzzy feelings...
The Long-View Lover
FOR CLUES about the strength of a relationship, we often look to how things are going in the bedroom. A recent paper in the Journal ofPersonality and Social Psychology turns the spotlight on another factor worth considering: our beliefs about why sex...
The Lost Art of Disconnecting
AS OPEN-OFFICE floor plans abound and everything is Instagrammed, time to oneself has become a precious commodity. In his new book, Solitude, Michael Harris (author of The End of Absence) advises us on finding and spending time alone, turning to history,...
Treating Substance Use Disorders: A Resolution to Embrace Measurement-Based Care in 2017
Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, MBBS, MScCEO, Sovereign HealthWe are well into the second decade of the 21st century. On almost a weekly basis, new discoveries gleaned from advanced neuroimaging techniques, rigorous clinical trial outcomes data, and the development...
Unlocking the Vault
IN THE 11TH YEAR OF her increasingly unfulfilling marriage to Mark*, Nicole began an affair with a coworker. Though she thought Will was funny and worldly, Nicole's initial motivation was simply to see if her marital sex life was terrible because "something...
Up from Chaos
Sarah* grew up as an only child in a middle-class Los Angeles home that wasnTnearly as sunny as it appeared from the outside. On the rare evenings when her father was home for dinner, she wished he had stayed at the office. She was used to the tension...
Woeful Words
AMERICAN AUTHORS have used emotion-related words more sparingly over time, a recent study finds. And the decline in positive ones like easy and confident appears to be steeper than the decline in negative ones like/earand lost.As detailed in Proceedings...
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