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  • Holiday Stress

    Overcoming the Holiday Overwhelm

    December 04, 2018

    While it can be a joyous time of year, for many people the holidays bring a whirlwind of demands that can add another layer of stress to already busy lives. Cooking special meals, decorating, and shopping for gifts are just a few of the rituals that mark the holiday season in many homes across America.

  • hogwarts

    Lumos! Learning to Grieve in the Pages of Harry Potter

    November 20, 2018

    When it comes to the balance of life and death, perhaps no series of books resonates more strongly with its audience than the Harry Potter series.

  • Fear 2

    Inside Fear and its Disorders

    October 23, 2018

    Why are some people’s nightmares other people’s joyrides? Thea Gallagher, PsyD, the clinic director at Penn’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, shares her thoughts.

  • ASMR blog teaser

    Sounds Too Good to Be True? Delving into the Strange and Soothing World of ASMR

    October 18, 2018

    ASMR: It’s hard to describe to those who don’t experience it. It’s like quiet TV static filling my brain, or a river of bubbly seltzer water rushing under my scalp and down my spine. ASMR videos have taken the Internet by storm, but the science behind the phenomenon and its benefits remains fuzzy.

  • Psychopathy

    Psychopathy: Murder, Myths, and the Media

    September 04, 2018

    Psychopathy is typically understood as a personality disorder characterized by a shallowness of feeling, lack of impulse control, a disingenuous social facade, and a tendency in some towards violent behavior. From Norman Bates in Psycho, to Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, there has always been a fascination with psychopathic individuals.

  • SAD

    The Summertime Blues

    August 02, 2018

    A small percentage of the population – approximately one percent of Americans – suffers from summer seasonal affective disorder, also called reverse SAD.

  • migrant trauma blog

    How Cumulative Trauma Could Shape the Lives of Migrant Children

    July 02, 2018

    On June 20, President Trump issued an executive order rolling back the separations of undocumented families in favor of family detention. However, for the thousands of kids who remain detained separately or in foster care, physicians warn their experiences with cumulative trauma and chronic stress could cause irreparable lifelong harm.

  • Bias

    Can Bias Be Reversed

    June 08, 2018

    Starbucks has been in the headlines more than usual lately – and not because of record-setting earnings or because of its latest limited-edition frappe. In April, Starbucks came under fire when two black men were wrongfully arrested at a Philadelphia store. The story went viral and within hours the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was trending.

  • borderline personality disorder black or white thinking

    Zero Shades of Grey: Living with BPD

    May 02, 2018

    Kristen is stuck on a roller coaster. It’s not a gentle, kid-friendly coaster, but a seemingly endless stretch of extreme hills and terrifying drops, with a safety harness that keeps threatening to snap off. Sometimes the car goes full Final Destination 3 and flies off the tracks altogether – but when she opens her eyes, she’s ascending that first hill again. And again. And again. It’s exhausting. At 22, Kristen was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

  • identity

    The Psychology of Cancer and Appearance

    April 19, 2018

    Based on the number of expressions that pop up in cultures all around the world that link our faces to our sense of worth and our standing in our communities, you’d think we’d have a full understanding of the profound effect a healthy face can have on our psychological and emotional well-being. *Warning, this post contains images of wounds related to cancer.*

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