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Finding the "Ideal" Partner When You Feel Insecure

Many people - too many people - are drained by efforts to cover up their sense that they are essentially inadequate and flawed. This causes many problems in their lives, including feeling chronically distressed about their intimate relationships...

September 24, 2014 — Leslie Becker-Phelps

5 Ways to Overcome Dating Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting 18 percent of the adult population. Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the third-most-common psychological disorder, affecting 15 million men and women in the US...

September 12, 2014 — Shannon Kolakowski

Why We Wonder Why

Humans are curious creatures, and our curiosity drives a search for explanations. So while this search may fit squarely in the realm of science, it is hardly confined to the pursuits of scientists and intellectuals...

September 8, 2014 — Steve Ayan

Could Deep Brain Stimulation Fortify Soldiers' Minds?

As many as 20 percent of war veterans return from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression, according to a 2008 report from the RAND Corporation...

September 4, 2014 — S. Matthew Liao

Come Climb a Jungle Gym of the Mind

Your brain is always changing. That's the message of Your Brain, a new exhibition at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Covering topics ranging from basic neuroscience to cognitive psychology, Your Brain creates fun, hands-on experiences to look inside your own head...

August 8, 2014 — Jayatri Das

Internet Addiction: Real or Virtual Reality?

In 1995, Ivan Goldberg, a New York psychiatrist, published one of the first diagnostic tests for Internet Addiction Disorder. The criteria appeared on, a psychiatry bulletin board, and began with an air of earnest authenticity: "A maladaptive pattern of Internet use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress as manifested by three (or more) [...]..

May 15, 2014 — Venkat Srinivasan

Estrogen's Role in Impulsive Behavior

Would you rather have $50 now or $100 two weeks from now? Even though the $100 is obviously the better choice, many people will opt for the $50.

May 7, 2014 — Diana Kwon

Happy Birthday, Circle of Willis!

By 1664, the year he published his most famous book of neuroanatomy, Cerebri Anatome, Dr. Thomas Willis was already renowned in Britain for saving lives.

May 1, 2014 — Gabriella Rosen Kellerman

The Emotional Blindness of Alexithymia

Sometimes I work with children and adults who can't put words to their feelings and thoughts. It's not that they don't want to - it's more that they don't know how.

April 3, 2014 — Deborah Serani

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