HypoManiacs Often Misunderstood

Are you a Hypomaniac? If you are you have some definite advantages over others. Hypomaniacs are often superstars in their fields, but they are often misunderstood by those who work so hard to profile personalities and put individuals into neat little boxes.

Regarding this article which seems to be the present day thought on the Hypomaniac Syndrome: 'Hypomanic' executives often most successful Associated Press 04/26/2002 Washington-

I too have been studying this group of people as I observe the superstars and read the biographies of the most driven individuals. Here are my thoughts on the subject. Perhaps you can assist and shed some light on this subject.

First off the Very good article. But how does an individual know if he has this "Hypomanic" Thing? I submit the hypomaniac person maybe much more complicated than was introduced in this article.

And having those traits myself (many times those who chose the subject of psychology actually have questions about themselves which causes them to go into such subject matter as a profession). I have read 100s of biographies of the greatest leaders, sports figures, inventors, entreprenuers, warriors, scientists, etc. Yet I have a hard time placing many of these people into those categories. So it seems hard to find a correlation to these comments in the article and also difficult to see the downside of such a person for society, it is a plus and allows many of us to live without worry because those hard chargers are protecting the heard so to speak.

Most hypomaniacs would not see the drawbacks. I too do not see them as negative; I do see them as an advantage. This is very interesting indeed. I first must question and wonder about the "risk taking" thing a little, in that I do not believe these people see it as a risk, I know I do not. Challenge yes, risk, not really. Innovation is a necessity of any of these people, and that maybe perceived as out on a limb or a risk. As far a the grandiosity issue I think that too maybe debatable, because nothing is impossible, anything can be achieved it is more a matter of mind and perseverance which I guess a PhD in the psychology field would not be able to readily recognize. Any person like this Hypomanic, constantly has others tell them they cannot do something, yet they do it for spite. Is it really grandiosity of the Hypomaniac or is it misjudgment of the observer? I think it maybe the psychologist are thinking they are so special that they cannot conceive of these people and their reach. For instance many Entrepreneurs and I use this context because the article does (I suppose scientists have other traits if they were hypomaniacs) do poorly after their first big win, in their next big thing or endeavor.

Entrepreneurs rarely have multiple wins in different industries, except people like Branson, Gates, Fred Smith (Fed EX), Wayne Hiezinga. The reason for these is they carried their same work ethic into the next battle, and they are not done yet, they want more. I see one of the traits at Harvard use to be hard work ethic, yet do not see it in these people anymore. Enron debacle was stupid, they had the world by the balls, but leadership slacked off, right when they should have been really turning on the juice. They needed a visionary, no prisoners leader, like the previously mentioned, too bad, because it hurt America. The reasoning being that commoditizing additional things that are omnipotent for our society is of value. I think also if the idea that Gates also has savant tendencies and you add Bi-Polar to it, then you have to go back to the drawing board and cannot relate his success or hard work ethic with that of the others.

Anyone out there is doing research on this Hypomanic personality trait should post their comments after this discussion. When studying great people such as, Gates "The Road Ahead" (And the Inner Circle Magazine), Turner "It Ain't As Easy as It Looks", Ellison "The Difference Between god and", Richard Branson book "Virginity," and Guzietta from Coke A Cola "I Want the World to Buy a Coke". All seem to have many of these traits. I think the anger in stupidity, bureaucracy, and slow moving brain dead people, causes them to work harder, all seem to mention this in their autobiographical works. Perhaps they are trading the maniac mild depression into anger and steam and using it to heat up the soft tissue in the back of the head to drive their stick-to-it-ness back to the home front battle. I sometimes think that the anger of the brick walls in the way force these individuals to go crazy forcing them into thier work. How can anyone be depressed if they are doing what they love to do? They love to win.

A hypomaniac which does not like what they are doing might be different. Tesla the famous AC inventor had many of these traits and yet loved his work. There maybe cases to prove this point wrong. Maybe these off the chart Hypomaniacs have other sides to them, but this mild maniac depression seems a little unlikely. If people have witnessed these traits in these people, I would say they mistook the depletion of vitamins due to the self inficted stress of the their own inner personal battle with the "human factor" resistence put in their way to get to where they are going to be. It is possible to go without eating and sleeping and then all of a sudden it hits you. Maybe these people if witneesed in a depression like state, just need some more Chormium Picolinate or protien for their brains. This particular article may have missed a couple other benefits, although obviously cannot be a whole book because it is just an article;

1. When people cannot put you in their frame of reference they mis judge your motivations and needs in negotiations and therefore give you the upper hand;

2. Also a person moving that fast cannot have too many friends due to time. Therefore does not get too caught up in "Familiarity Breeds Contempt" traps;

2.5 Competition cannot keep up, because if they copy them, they are already several more steps ahead and back around to flank them. They never know what hit them and then it is too late;

3. Misdirection and miss information techniques are easier to emloy because no body can figure out where you are going or coming from;

4. When they are moving that fast and have faith in future moves they do not need to worry, they will find a way. This looks dangerous to others, and it gives them an advantage because no one will dare follow;

5. A moving target is harder to hit and almost impossible to follow;

6. Their very existence intimidates people, which can also help you. People are afraid of you;

7. Their energy radiates out word and causes things to line up your way by your sheer will.

Now on the drawbacks side of things the articles fails to mention the following; Draw Backs:

1. They burn people out;

2. Others that emulate them often fail, it requires too much knowledge and skill to work at this level;

3. People question their judgment because they do not realize the multiple affect. ie... Ted Turner over paying in a merger so he had the movie classic content for his future project;

4. They have problems relating with people who cannot reason or do complex thoughts;

5. They do not do good at parties which are wasting your time. Although you can be the life of the party quite easily;

6. They are still stuck in linear time and therefore cannot do everything you want to;

7. They have to be careful not to run right over someone or through them, it is very easy to do;

8. They have no peers, this may actually be a benefit up for discussion.

Regarding the downer side of this hypomaniac title or labeling, I cannot see the mellow downer side of it. I do not see that maniac depression state? Perhaps that was put in there to capture the "Bi-Polar" thing to loop the story in a full circle, readers believe in all that Bi-Polar, lithium and Prozac ( a good book on this subject is "Living With Prozac" (scary book if you think of what this can do to our soicety) stuff. After all readers will not buy the superman idea without the kryptonite? Is the author sure that, that was not put in just to appease readers and make them not feel so little against these people?

There may be brief times where you have to think a lot, to get them out of a jam they got into by hitting the wrong turn in the maze or running through the wrong door of opportunity. But then again that is only a short time frame, then you usually just find a way to use all the mistakes as advantages. This article now makes me remember, of a guy who crashed into his new house in his new Beechcraft Baron? He may have had a moment such as this depression thing, but killing one's self is giving up and a person with unlimited energy and a brain to match would never give up. Now if you need a down side maybe it would be the "burn out affect" or something else, although that does not seem to work either, judging by history and the referenced biographies above. Of course if one does not eat right or take care of themselves this type of person will write checks that it's body cannot cash, causing health issues, I suppose.

In this article are the PhDs or author really specialists in Bi Polar disorders? I once had a gentleman who worked for me who was Bi-Polar, he had his life really screwed up, nice guy and needed help. I had to cut him lose due to performance issues, we needed more output. Some days he was terrific and other not at all. I was wondering what type of job a person like this might be best suited for. He was not good at a sales, although everyone seemed to like him. My theory was that his displacement caused feelings of superiority in others around him and make him appear to have Charisma and be approachable and non-intimidating. He was on Litium. What does lithium do to people, well it seems wrong to give to people, does it have after side affects?

After all Bi-polar is interesting since the Cerebellum if unfolded is 1128 cu centimeters the size of a record album cover which is bigger than either of the left or right side of the brain. Even together the cerebral cortex including both halves is 1900 cubic centimeters. So those who use it well are able to do more faster. We know from those who have brain injuries that their brain uses the cerebellum as RAM memory and lights up on the computer screens with activity when the damaged part of either the left or right side cannot be used. There are more cells and neurons in the cerebellum than the rest of the brain, much more capacity. So when some is using it they can do more faster and process more data and crutch more numbers so to speak. You may wish to check up on Nueroantomist Santiago Ramon y Cajal.

Sharks have also huge cerebellums and they have 400 million years of evolution on the modern man no matter what you believe as far as 160,000 years, 40,000 years since Neanderthal or 10,000 years of Chinese recorded written history. The problem I see with the article is that everyone is a Doctor of something and they are the same people giving kids under age 6 Prozac and screwing up their brains before full development. Perhaps the Hypomaniac is a positive label although to try to narrowly title a behavior is unhealthy and can cause risks of mislabeling. People who appear to be different for whatever reason all share another familiar advantage in sports, war, business, game or politics. Their opponents and followers, who do not understand them, once they realize that they do not understand, often fear them. From a Machiavellian standpoint one could say this is good if you are in a leadership capacity and especially good in the unforgiving battle in politics. It's best if your opponents think you are crazy and unpredictable, because that incites fear and hesitation, the edge needed in surprise attack or reciprocal response. If your followers do not understand your methods but understand your strength in intelligence they will follow you and not try to topple you out of fear and admiration. This too would be considered a positive attribute if this article Bi-Polar theory holds true from the Hypomaniac executive model.

Remember Patton use to say that if stood on his jeep to make a speech he had everyone's ear, his troops knew he knew how to win, the media made him sound crazy beating up on hospital wounded or panic attacked soldiers and no one could figure him out and therefore to his advantage, he was able to fly by the seat of his pants into victorious battle. Hitler talked in mesmerizing cadence and put people in a beta state of mind. While also having the ups and downs of Bi-Polar tendencies. Vince Lombardi said to be one of the greatest sports leaders in history also had mood swings to the low, they say. Steve Jobs is a good example of bi-polarality in this article context from what I have read. Perhaps a bi-polar type tendency and a trend towards hard charging never give up individuals and hypomaniac label may actually be a strength of character to be addressed and watched for positive advantages and to keep from turning evil?

The premise that there is only room for one visionary at a time is false. Visionaries always seek out like-minded visionaries to vision with. If one is the absolute boss, then there is a problem but it is not like household pets where the first pet is the boss. Visionaries often work well together and two minds are better than one providing the fundamental issues are equal (Belief System Theory-Equally yoked principle). Now then people like Mr. Lear, Edison, Tesla, Copernicus, Leonardo de Vinci, etc. may actually be loners and work better that way, although they all had companions and understood they needed help to get out their message and inventions and bring things to market.

There can be other experiments to determine if these hypomaniacs really exist to the degree mentioned in the article. By using naturalistic observations and a limited control group of other over achievers and we will have created a random assignment. I question the validity of subjects like Gates and Jobs as proof that the Bi-Polar theory holds true to the Hypomaniac hypothesis. The correlation in such limited data set along with the PR bull that their companies and books promote make it difficult to know the truth of any of this. I mean, the theory still may have some validity, and it cannot be proven either way unless we can have them at our disposal for a week or two which is impossible based on the justice departments needs of gate's time when he should be working on R and D projects and Jobs incredible schedule and interview rounds with his latest new product rollout. And if these subjects were taken away from their artificial lives compared with that of normal folks we could lose the whole project. For instance if we took all these people and put them on a track with go carts and watched their behavior we might see some interesting things similar to all, but we may also find none to that of the HS Athlete, full of piss and vinegar wanting to conquer their world. Does this make sense? If the article and theories hold true and we cannot have off the chart in one direction without off the chart in another, which I believe too, then the Bi-Polarity between Major Depression and Mania maybe a good answer for things. And if this is so then we should not condemn those who are too far off the end on one side, because they have so much to offer the world on the other. Interesting.

This subject matter is fascinating as we try to understand the human spirit and will of top performing individuals, what on Earth makes them tick? The examples presented are interesting indeed and we need to take a real look into the theory, which seems to be too simply defined in the article and there has to be more to this. Although the article hits home for me, thus I find this subject matter of value, it appears we might all learn from such hard charging super stars like Gates and Jobs. I think I still have to question trying to pigeon hole any individual as people are complex and are an accumulation of all their observations, experiences, genetics and achievements are unique and therefore such simple classifications may be highly invalid, why don't we simply ask them? If any one has any data on Hypomaniac Syndromes, please post them below so that other Think Tank members can review this as many over achiever tend to also join think tanks to make a difference.

"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs

In The News:

Proven Techniques For Improving Your Performance Psychology  ForbesTechniques traditionally used in counseling and clinical psychology have powerful relevance for helping us achieve peak performance.
How Social Psychology Can Help Us Understand India’s New Majoritarianism  The WireTwo of the most famous social psychology experiments demonstrate that people can agree with opinions that aren't their own and inflict pain on others at the ...
Your Office Politics Playbook: Understanding The Psychology Of The Human Workplace  ForbesOffice politics is usually viewed as a bad thing, but it doesn't have to be that way. This series of articles will outline the psychology of office politics, and show you ...
Similar ideas between Buddhism and Western psychology  Big ThinkThere are many unique similarities between psychology and buddhism. Buddha was an early psychologist in the sense that we know him now.
Virginia Board of Psychology votes to ban gay conversion therapy for minors  WUSA9.comWASHINGTON — The Virginia Board of Psychology voted Tuesday to begin the process of banning its licensees from providing gay conversion therapy to ...
Scientific studies leaving you dazed and confused? These psychology professors want to change that.  [email protected]Why is the suicide rate climbing in the United States even as more people are seeking treatment for depression and anxiety? How can people who frequently ...
Psychology's theories don't always stand the test of time  Herald-Mail MediaDecades later, I can still recall exactly where I was sitting when I first realized that the prevailing psychological dogma of the day was bunk. As a graduate ...
'Economic Laws Cannot Be Depended Upon If We Disregard Psychology...'  Seeking AlphaPrice declines always need an explanation, even if the causes stated have little basis in reality. Over the last four decades I have experienced many rapid pric.
Yes, the Rich and Famous Really Are That Narcissistic  Psychology TodayIt may seem to the casual observer that the rich are, or have become, narcissistic. New research on personality backs this up and shows just how self-centered ...
Psychology researcher rocks the guitar as part of a 'mom band'  USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and SciencesDarby Saxbe studies family stress at USC Dornsife but jams on the weekends in a band formed with other mothers from her kids' school. [4 min read]
What If Near-Term Recovery Rally Psychology is Spent?  Equities.comIncreasingly, my view of all of the action in ES (e-mini March S&P futures contract) from the Dec 25 electronic Christmas Day low at 2316.75 into last Friday's ...
Why Do People Lie to Their Therapists?  Psychology TodayWhy would someone lie to their therapist? That's totally counterproductive, right? You're paying for it, so what would be the point? However, according to a study ...
Watson Chosen to Present Research at Psychology Conference  Southern Miss NowTiara Watson, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present ...
The Principle of “Just Cuz”  Psychology Today​​​​​The first of January is a significant date. Not only is it the beginning of a new calendar year, it's also a psychological turning point, where millions of ...
PNG & Fiji Athletics teams meet psychology ahead of Pacific Games  Loop PNGAthletes from Papua New Guinea and Fiji are going mental in their preparations for July's Pacific Games in Samoa. PNG head coach Dior Lowry said they have ...
18 Useful Tips from 2018 Psychology and Health Research  Psychology TodayOut of the zillions of research papers published in 2018, I've chosen 18 that offer easy tips for living a more fulfilling life. While I've focused on my usual “beat” of ...
Psychology's replication crisis is debunking embodied cognition theory  QuartzOur thoughts are influenced by our bodies, but psychologists still haven't figured out how.
The Psychological Science of Taking Friendlier Selfies  Psychology TodayWant to seem more likable in selfies? New research helps to explain why tilting your head can make you look more approachable in photographs and ...
Pioneering East–West psychologist John Welwood dies, age 75  Lion's RoarWelwood was a pioneer in the field of East–West psychology and coined the term “spiritual bypassing.” John Welwood, a pioneer in the field of East–West ...
The Psychology Behind Remaining in Toxic Relationships  PsychCentral.comHave you ever known someone — a friend, a family member, or an acquaintance — who's essentially stuck in a romantic relationship that's unhealthy?
7 Psychological Strategies to Strengthen Relationships  Psychology TodayThere are a number of well-researched psychological strategies that can help strengthen your love relationships. Here are seven strategies, the psychology ...
How psychological science is benefiting the world  Medical XpressTechnological advances have allowed psychological scientists to measure everything from cognitive impairments to everyday decision-making. Now, the ...
Psychology Can Help You Get Your Head Around the Wall Debate  Psychology TodayThe rapid expansion of gated communities across the United States may hold the key to understanding what's being argued.
Feeling Stuck or Anxious? Change Your Story to Move Forward  Psychology TodayAn exciting new line of research shows that creating psychological distance from negative memories or threatening future events can help you manage your ...
EAT-Lancet's Plant-Based Planet: 10 Things You Need to Know  Psychology TodayAn important new study about global nutrition was published this week that deserves everyone's full attention: "Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet ...
January 2019  Psychology TodayWriter Dani Shapiro decided to take a DNA test as a lark. The test results revealed far more than she could have imagined. The Power—and Pitfalls—of Incivility ...
My Father, the Serial Killer  Psychology TodayIn a new book, a young woman comes to terms with learning that her doting father was also a serial killer.
Are Married People Happier? Think Again  Psychology TodayAs we approach Valentine's Day and Singles Awareness Day, there is a heated debate around the question of whether having a spouse is beneficial. Marriage ...
5 Skills to Add to Your Emotional Toolbox  Psychology TodayDo you know what resources you have and which ones you need in your emotional toolbox? Here are 5 skills that everyone should work on incorporating.
Psychologists Issue Controversial Report on Masculinity  Psychology TodayEarlier this week, the APA released practice guidelines on recommended treatment concerns regarding men and masculinity. The guidelines have sparked ...
All You Should Know about a Covert Narcissist  Psychology TodayDon't be fooled by a covert narcissist! They're just as harmful as other narcissists. Learn their traits, what distinguishes them, and take a quiz if you may be one.
Are Big Dogs Smarter Than Small Dogs?  Psychology TodayDoes the fact that larger dogs generally have larger brains mean that bigger dog breeds are smarter than smaller dog breeds?
3 Drug-Free Ways to Optimize In-the-Moment Happiness  Psychology TodayNew research identifies three quick and easy writing exercises that can significantly increase in-the-moment happiness.
Because 'No' Was Psychologically Impossible, CBS' Moonves Should Not Get His $120M  ForbesFormer CBS CEO Moonves claims he has not had nonconsensual sexual relationships. But whenever there is an enormous power differential, there is no such ...
A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support  Psychology TodayBaffled by Donald Trump's political invincibility? Here are 14 reasons why people continue to support the president despite behavior that would have sunk any ...
National Hugging Day: Five Scientific Facts About Hugging  Psychology TodayJanuary 21 is National Hugging Day 2019 – Did you know that there is quite a lot of fascinating psychological research on how we embrace each other?
What Does It Take to Have a Healthy Personality?  Psychology TodayIf you had to characterize the ideal personality, what criteria would you use? New research shows that experts agree on 4 basic qualities that can make you truly ...
Why people are religious, according to a psychology expert  The IndependentThe quick and easy answer to why people are religious is that god – in whichever form you believe he/she/they take(s) – is real and people believe because ...
Your Mental Health Is Everything  Psychology TodayYour mental health is everything. Here's how to protect it this year.
Toxic Is the Number One Word In 2018  Psychology TodayThe word “toxic” can apply to many situations, from the chemical to the interpersonal. The Oxford English Dictionary ranked it Number 1 in 2018, a bad sign for ...
Switching Off Anger With an Electrode  Psychology TodayDevonte Washington, 15, was waiting on the platform of a Washington DC Metro subway station with his mother and two sisters headed to a barber shop to get a ...
3 Ways to Explain Human Behavior  Psychology TodayHow do you explain human behavior? The unified approach claims three processes are key: investment, influence, and justification.
Do Status Symbols Help You Make New Friends?  Psychology TodayDriving fancy cars, wearing luxury brands, and associating yourself with status has its privileges. People are more likely to turn their heads and shower you with ...
Dr. Martin Luther King's Influence on Today's World  Psychology TodayIn 2019, Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of social equality is as relevant and important as ever.
A psychologist tells, how to stick to your New Year resolutions  The Sydney Morning HeraldWhat you can learn from a psychologist to stick to your New Year resolutions. Psychologists work closely with their clients to set and achieve goals all year round ...
What Do You Mean I Can't Have It?  Psychology TodayWhy does being told something's unavailable make us crave it all the more?
Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong  Vox.comJulia Rohrer wants to create a radical new culture for social scientists. A personality psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Rohrer is ...
Is Bickering Really That Bad for Your Relationship?  Psychology TodayConflict is inevitable in any relationship. Although bickering may seem inherently bad for yours, new research shows that arguments can actually be helpful.
Climate Change Denial  Psychology TodayWhy do so many people persist in resisting the reality of climate change? The psychology of denial offers some clues.
The Science of Kindness: 101  Psychology TodayWhy do kind people live longer? Learn more about the research-backed benefits of kindness.
Smyth’s mental state may have led to error on duty, psychologist says  The Western StarThe psychologist who treated Const. Joe Smyth after he fatally shot Don Dunphy in 2015 and testified at an inquiry said the stress the RNC officer was ...
What Is Pain?  Psychology TodayDo you experience pain on a regular basis? Understanding the newest brain science can provide some important clues to the mysteries of pain in the human ...
The Power of Purpose and Meaning in Life  Psychology TodayThe secret to healthy aging? A new study reveals the powerful, positive and pervasive effects of filling life with people and activities that feel worthwhile.
A Low-Salt Diet May Not Be Essential After All  Psychology TodayA systematic review calls into question recommendations about a low-sodium diet.
Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace  HBR.org DailyAmy Edmondson, professor at Harvard Business School, first identified the concept of psychological safety in work teams in 1999. Since then, she has observed ...
Who Really Gets Hurt by Violent Fantasies?  The AtlanticSomething to consider while you daydream about killing your boss.
6 Tips for Compassionate Listening  Psychology TodayCompassionate listening is a critical skill for a strong relationship, so that your partner feels cared for and understood. Here are six key elements of listening ...
Q&A with John Stevenson, Carter Hart's sports psychologist  Cherry Hill Courier PostEdmonton-based sports psychologist John Stevenson was Carter Hart's first goalie coach. He has also worked with Washington's Braden Holtby.
Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression  PsyPostThe psychedelic drug psilocybin could help alleviate depression by causing people to have a less pessimistic outlook on life, according to preliminary research ...
Forgiving and Not Forgiving Can Both Affect Your Health  Psychology TodayMost of us have been hurt in big and small ways. How do you decide whether or not to forgive the other person? And how do you forgive yourself?
A Letter to Teens About the Science of Popularity  Psychology Today(Note: This letter is an excerpt from the book "Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of ...
'Attack' on masculinity? Psychology association defends new clinical guidelines for males  Genetic Literacy ProjectThe American Psychological Association is on the defensive over its newly released clinical guidance for treating boys and men, which links traditional.
In #MeToo age, APA has new guidelines for psychologists talking about masculinity  ABC NewsNew American Psychology Association guidelines offer psychologists new ways to talk about masculinity with male patients.
Bitcoin and Trading Psychology  CoinCentralDo you make Bitcoin trades at the worst possible time? Learn how to embrace a healthy Bitcoin trading psychology for better trading results.
4 Signs You're in a Dead-End Relationship  Psychology TodayAre you in a dead-end relationship? Can you relate to any of these four red flags?
Toxic Masculinity Harms Men's Mental Health, Says American Psychological Association  Care2.comThe American Psychological Association just officially recognized what feminists have known all along: that traditional ideas of masculinity are harmful for men.
What’s behind the confidence of the incompetent? This suddenly popular psychological phenomenon.  Washington PostThe Dunning-Kruger effect has gotten a surge of interest during the Trump administration.
Making a Difference in 2019: An Awareness Calendar  Psychology TodayAnother year has come and gone and it's time to ring in the new year with a heart of giving. Begin by checking out the 2019 Awareness Calendar!
Adverse Childhood Experiences  Psychology TodayAdverse childhood experiences and adult health consequences.
Understanding Humanity's Blind Spots  Psychology TodayHumankind's paralysis in the face of climate change speaks to widespread attitudes governing the actions of the world population.
The Problem With New Year's Resolutions: What to Do Instead  Psychology TodayAre you going about changing yourself in the right way? Chances are good you're not, especially if you're falling into the resolution trap.
Psychologists -- and Gillette -- are right about 'traditional masculinity'  CNNTrying to live up to ideals of manliness can have disastrous consequences -- which both the American Psychological Association and brands like Gillette are ...
Stop Doing These 3 Things and You'll Be Happier  Psychology TodayWant to feel happier? Then stop doing these three joy killers!
10 Reasons Why Americans Are Unfriending Facebook  Psychology TodayPew research shows that more people are distancing themselves from the social media platform.
Cerebellum May Drive Addictive Behavior via Dopamine Release  Psychology TodayThe cerebellum may regulate reward-driven behavior, addiction, and sociability by modulating the release of dopamine, according to a new study.
Rising Rates of College Mental Health Services Utilization  Psychology TodayThe first two decades of the 21st century have witnessed a steady rise in rates of mental health problems among college-aged youth. Scientific publications ...
Is Sex Good for Us?  Psychology TodayMany more negative than positive articles about sex have been published in four major journals since the 1960s. What explains the negativity bias in sex ...
Psychologists defend claim of “destructive aspects” to masculinity  Ars TechnicaThe American Psychological Association is on the defensive over its newly released clinical guidance (PDF) for treating boys and men, which links traditional ...
Sex Influences a Dog's Likelihood of Winning in Dog Shows  Psychology TodayNew data shows that in conformation dog shows male and female dogs do not have the same likelihood of winning and earning titles.
Why Do I Wear Stripes So Much? — Fashion Psychologist Explains Striped Clothes Meaning  Cosmopolitan.comHere, fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen reveals the meaning of wearing striped clothes and why people are drawn to wearing certain outfits.
Hundreds More Shelby County Workers Will Have To Retake Psychological Examinations  www.localmemphis.com(localmemphis.com) - Local 24 News has learned 650 Shelby County employees now have to retake their psychological tests. That's triple the number first ...
Trick Yourself into Healthy Eating  Psychology TodayInstead of committing to yet another diet this January, let's try something different to lose those pesky holiday pounds.
The Perils of Trump’s Autocratic Leadership Style  Psychology TodayAccording to leadership theory and research, President Trump's leadership style is a recipe for ineffective leadership.
American Psychological Association links 'masculinity ideology' to homophobia, misogyny  NBCNews.comFor the first time in its 127-year history, the American Psychological Association has issued guidelines to help psychologists specifically address the issues of ...
Marie Kondo: a psychologist assesses the KonMari method of tidying  The Conversation - UKResearch suggests tidying really can make you happier, but it comes with a warning.
What Stops You From Thinking Differently?  Psychology TodayHow mentally flexible are you? The Einstellung effect can give you a glimpse.
Blame: A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure  Psychology TodayRegardless of where one falls on the political spectrum, it could be argued that Donald Trump is the most entertaining president since Teddy Roosevelt wrestled ...
How to Calm Your Racing Mind So You Can Sleep  Psychology TodayYou're desperate to get more sleep, but when you go to bed your mind races and keeps you awake. These seven simple questions will help you identify both the ...
The Number One Tool for Improving Your Health this Year  Psychology TodayDo you know how healthy you actually are? This inexpensive little gadget provides a window into your metabolism that gives you valuable information beyond ...
Toxic masculinity: American Psychological Association says it’s bad to be a man  RTAttention boys: bullying, homophobia, sexual harassment and abuse are all your fault, according to new guidelines published by the world's largest association ...
The American Psychological Association Has Made Choosing a Therapist Easy  National Review(Gary Cameron/REUTERS) Just ask them if they agree with the APA that 'traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful.' Their answer should tell you all you ...
Edgar Wright's Next Film Will Be a "Straight-Up" Psychological Thriller  Comicbook.comThanks to films like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright has become one of the most exciting genre filmmakers of his generation. Wright recently ...
The Psychological Reasons We Settle For Unhealthy & Toxic Relationships  YourTangoNo one wants to be in unhealthy or toxic relationships, but here's why we sometimes settle for less than we know we deserve in love.
Joe Smyth returned to duty without medical clearance after Dunphy inquiry, psychologist testifies  NTV NewsThe court heard closing arguments Monday in the case of an RNC officer charged with obstruction of justice. Psychologist Marine Hewlett painted a picture that ...
Dog Breeds Don't Have Distinct Personalities  Psychology TodayPersonality traits are often used to characterize a breed. However, individual variation, even among littermates and siblings, makes such stereotypes unreliable.
The American Psychological Association released a takedown of “traditional” masculinity, and men are furious  HelloGigglesThe APA released a guide for therapists on how to treat men and boys dealing with toxic masculinity, and some men are outraged by it.
The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter  The New York TimesDo you have a clutter problem? If you have to move things around in order to accomplish a task in your home or at your office or you feel overwhelmed by all ...
The Psychological Hack That Can Help You Save More Money  FatherlyIn this edition of "Bank of Dad" our columnist tackles the age-old question: how the hell can I get better at saving money?
More People Are Seeking Therapy Than Ever. Should You?  Thrive GlobalPsychologists explain how to know if you'd benefit from talking to a professional.
Prevalence, Severity of Psychological Distress Higher in Patients Coping With Philadelphia-negative Myeloproliferative Neoplasm  Oncology Nurse AdvisorResearchers sought to determine the prevalence and severity of anxiety and/or depression among patients with Philadelphia-negative MPNs.

The Psychology of Torture

There is one place in which one's privacy, intimacy, integrity... Read More

Metaphors of the Mind (Part II)

Storytelling has been with us since the days of campfire... Read More

Cult De-Programming?

The following good work from a person engaged in trying... Read More

The Joan of Arc Complex

Sometimes I think that I have a mental health problem... Read More

The Cultural Narcissist - Lasch In An Age Of Diminishing Expectations

"The new narcissist is haunted not by guilt but by... Read More

Accepting New Ideas

Much of the time when a new idea comes to... Read More

What is the Addictions Recovery Measurement System?

As I climbed 15-feet on a wooden ladder to the... Read More

Dogs Use Psycho-Cybernetics To Accomplish Goals

Dogs picture in their minds an event of an activity... Read More

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Neurologically Based

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurologically based disorder. This... Read More

What is the Theory of Multiple Intelligences? Part 2: Cultural Influence

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences developed as he worked... Read More

Split Personality - A Myth or a Reality?

IntroductionIn this world today, there are a lot of unbelievable... Read More

Narcissistic Personality Disorder - Who is a Malignant Narcissist?

QUESTION Number 1 - Who is a Narcissist?Dear Dr. Vaknin,I... Read More

On Dis-ease

We are all terminally ill. It is a matter of... Read More

Why Other Children are Rejecting Your Child

IntroductionDeveloping healthy peer relationships is critical for the normal development... Read More

How Big of a Problem is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - "ADD" or "ADHD" - affects... Read More

Establishing Trust in Grief Management Groups

Trust is the basis of all human relationships. Trust can... Read More

HypoManiacs Often Misunderstood

Are you a Hypomaniac? If you are you have some... Read More

Precognition or Circadian Rhythm?

The bodies natural clock or circadian rhythm seems to have... Read More

Are Observations Objective?

On the outset all observations may seem to be objective,... Read More

Animal Cruelty: The Key to Serial Minds

What makes a common person a Serial Killer? According to... Read More

Gay Men Psychology

Gay men are said to be usually third or further... Read More

Anti-Social Behaviors and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Anti-social behaviors are common with ADHD individuals. About 60% of... Read More

What?s the Problem: Introducing Solution Focus Pt 1

Solution Focus is the brain child of Insoo Kim Berg... Read More

Lesson Plans that Reach the Multiple Intelligences

American schools have traditionally favored those students who excel in... Read More

Parapsychology: Maximizing Effectivity Of Targeted Controlled Remote Viewing Techniques

Individuals with a solid working knowledge of Controlled Remote Viewing... Read More