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7 Things You Do That Might Irritate People
We all have our pet peeves, some worse than others. Erica Loberg is here with 7 things that people do that call into question common courtesy. How many are you guilty of?

We Are Ruled By The Unconscious Mind
You may think you know the ins and outs of your world -- but you’re only aware of a fraction of it. That's why you only have limited control over what you do, think and feel.

4 Steps to Shaping a Wiser Brain
How do you transform an unconscious limiting response into a more mindful one? To get to the place between awareness and thought, read these four questions to stimulate and train your mind to be more open, conscious and flexible.

Fighting Inner Battles To Be More Creative
The creative process is wrought with obstacles. How you respond to it can mean the difference between a completed product and a permanent creative block. To understand the fear involved, read this.

Are Women Just Too Picky?
“Picky” is a loaded term. It is full of blame and scorn. People who use the word “picky” to describe women are eschewing other terms that could describe the same women equally well. Terms like...

News & Views

Treatment of Mental Illness Saves Tax Dollars
Emerging research suggests outpatient treatment of mental illness significantly reduces arrest rates for people with mental health problems — and saves taxpayers money to boot. The findings suggest that providing mental health care is not only in the best interest of people with mental illness, but it's also in the best interests of society.

Does Facebook Promote Narcissism?
According to a new University of Michigan study, some of our favorite social media sites serve as a vehicle to self-promote.

Men's Suicide Rate Much Higher Than That of Women
A landmark study has found that the rate of suicide among men is almost three times that of women. In the U.S., the rate is even higher — almost four times as many males as females die by suicide.

Anorexia, Bulimia Linked to Brain Disturbance
A new study suggests that the altered function of neural circuitry contributes to restricted eating in anorexia and overeating in bulimia.

Are Medical Breakthroughs Really Declining?
There appears to have been a drop in the extent to which new medical treatments are shown to be significantly more effective than placebos.

Your Overconfidence Can Actually Be Dangerous
The adage “often wrong, never in doubt” may be an accurate assessment of the way many people think, a flaw that may lead to unsettling consequences.

Facebook Can Damage Your Relationship
Researchers have found that individuals who use Facebook excessively are far more likely to experience Facebook-related conflict with their romantic partners.

World of Psychology

6 Kinky Ideas To Make Your Sex Life More Fun!
A pair of experts discuss how being more kinky and vulnerable together — such as taking naked photos or reading erotica aloud — can make sex more fun. Not every one of these ideas is going to be right for you. But even if none of these ideas work for you, they may spur an idea of your own. So open your mind and share this article with your partner.

5 Things to Do When You Feel Insecure
Therese J. Borchard serves up "one of those lists that people are always writing" — suggestions on what to do if you are feeling insecure.

When Stress Strikes: A First Aid Kit
In her excellent book, The Art of Extreme Self-Care, author Cheryl Richardson shares a valuable idea that can help you create a “self-care first-aid kit.”

Coping with the End of a Relationship
So your partner left. You’re alone and have to cope on your own with the loss of the relationship.

Depression & Seniors: 5 Ways You Can Help
There is one age group that often gets overlooked when it comes to depression and that’s the elderly. Here are 5 ways you can help a senior with depression.

Best of our Blogs

How To Deal With Difficult People At Work
(The Psychology of Success in Business) - We have all had experiences with people who have tricky personalities, huge egos, toxic energy or challenging communication styles. Unless you work in a vacuum, you are going to come across a difficult boss, colleague, vendor or client. Some situations are serious and require extreme measures.

Self-Validation: What Do You Do?
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Managing your emotions is difficult and challenging without self-validation. Learn the critical steps to help you live with complex emotions and improve your relationships.

Video: Creativity and Mental Health
(Channel N) – We all need inspiring role models to know that no matter what we’re going through, we can still find happiness, success and a so-called "normal" life. This must-see short video on artist Sandra Yuen MacKay shows us that creativity can be key to the recovery process.

Do You Need To Be Less Confident?
(Therapy Soup) - A study suggests that people underestimate what they don’t know -- and overestimate what they do know. There is a fine line between self-esteem and self-entitlement. What side of the line are you on?

How to Be Humble, Yet Firm: the Secret Formula
(NLP Discoveries) - Do you want to learn how to be humble, yet are worried about becoming a doormat?

Protecting Children From Online Dangers
(Sex and Intimacy) - This blog is focused on what parents can do to protect their children while still allowing them the freedom to grow and the opportunity to experience all the good that technology has to offer.

Inner ChildWhat's Your Inner Child Saying?
(Quick Fix) - What is your inner child trying to tell you?

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Can I Get a Diagnosis?
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Dealing With Boyfriend's PTSD
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