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Is Your Money Problem a Puzzle or a Mystery?

23/08/2018 06:00am | 1833 views

By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. 

Gregory Treverton, a national security expert at RAND Corporation, famously distinguished between two types of problems, puzzles and mysteries. He was describing the modern challenges faced by the American intelligence community. According to Treverton, puzzles are problems having a definitive solution once the relevant information and insight is found and used. Solving puzzles requires taking a specific sequence of steps or actions to get to the answer. Mysteries, on the other hand, don’t have clear-cut answers. The solution is a moving target, depending on a host of factors that change over time.

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Preserving Intimacy with Your Child When Adolescence Begins

26/07/2018 06:00am | 2137 views

Parents often experience less closeness with the teenager than with the child.

By Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.

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Menopause and Your Sleep Cycle

18/07/2018 06:00am | 2336 views

by Michael J Breus Ph.D.

This major shift can bring significant challenges to sleep.

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Can't Take a Joke? Good!

02/02/2018 06:00am | 2282 views

By Dara Greenwood Ph.D.

A recent NY Times poll of working men found that almost a fifth admitted to “telling sexual jokes or stories that some might consider offensive.” Further, the men who reported engaging in sexual joke and story-telling were much more likely to report other “harassing behaviors.” Even if we allow for under-reporting due to social desirability and/or lack of self-awareness, these findings fit with the broader literature on sexist humor. In this moment of social reckoning around epidemic rates of sexual harassment and assault, it pays to think seriously about a cultural practice that is all too easy to dismiss as trivial.

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How to Talk to Your Children About Food in a Healthy Manner

30/01/2018 06:00am | 3004 views

By Kristen Fuller, M.D. 

Children are like sponges. They soak in almost everything around them, repeat the words they hear, mimic the actions they see, and even adapt to the behavioral patterns that they are around the most. Parents have one of the strongest influences on children and therefore it is our job, to model healthy behaviors. However we live in a world of labels, eating disorders, fad diets, skinny jeans, and body shaming, so it can be difficult to teach kids about food in a positive way. Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the past 40 years and it is becoming more popular to grab dinner on the go instead of sharing home-cooked family meals. Conversely, more and more children and adolescents are engaging in diets and weight loss behaviors. Childhood obesity and eating disorders are extremely dangerous, but so is allowing the labels “good” and “bad” food as this can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food. The goal is to teach a positive, open-minded approach to food while giving kids options to choose their own food and to learn the nutritious value of what they put in their bodies.

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Psychology Today

Psychology magazine published every two months in the United States.

Insight about everybody's favorite subject: Ourselves.