Adult Children of Alcoholics

Alcoholism is a disorder that impacts the lives of millions of people in the United States and throughout the rest of the world. Regrettably, while much focus is placed upon the alcoholic, and the recovery of the alcoholic, there remains some collateral damage: the children and families affected by the alcoholic’s behavior. In her classic […]

Humans Are Natural Storytellers: How Our Brains are Wired for Story

More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle laid down the basic framework for virtually every story told. That framework is basic, recognizable, and enduring: beginning, middle, and end. Sure, some stories have more than one plotline. Some stories, in fact, may also have ambiguous endings, complex characters, and exotic locations. But Aristotle’s beginning-middle-end […]

The Benefits of Meditation

Whether at home, in the workplace, or just going about our daily business, stress can pop up anywhere. In fact, it’s been routinely pointed out that there maybe a “stress epidemic” in the United States. Fortunately, however, there are time-tested tools to help abate the tide of stress, and one of those tools is meditation. […]

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. That said it remains important that, as individuals, we learn more about immunizations and the ones that we may need over the coming months. Typically – and this is a generality – as flu season kicks off around September, it is important to get the flu vaccine. Worldwide vaccinations […]

An Overactive Imagination? A Look at Fantasy Proneness

Since at least the 1980s, research psychologists have recognized a concepted—“fantasy proneness’’—which is a trait where individuals tend to get lost within their own imaginations, to put it simply. More interestingly, however, fantasy proneness has been looked at from many different angles including from psychological, media, and even legal perspectives. A few decades ago, “investigators […]

The Psychology of Conspiracies: What Does Science Have to Say? 50 Years After Apollo, Conspiracy Theories Flourish Online about the ‘Fake’ Moon Landings

Last week, the United State celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landings, which first took place in 1969. Although this remains a seminal and historic event in the United States, a quick Google search reveals a popular conspiracy theory: That the 1969 moon landings were a hoax. The Apollo-era moon landings in particular […]