Justin Bieber: Is It Biological?

By Henry Kimmel, Psy.D.

shutterstock_171494870Last week, when Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor vandalism in his highly-publicized egg throwing barrage on a neighbor’s home earlier this year, it was the most recent of a rash of run-ins with the law for the 20 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter.

The precocious pop star’s growing rap sheet over the last two years, including charges of DUI, assault, and vandalism, has even casual observers wondering why.

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Advice to Kanye West: Lean In

By Henry Kimmel, Psy.D.

kanyeYou haven’t asked my advice, Kanye, but I’ll give it anyway. I like to help people.

You got yourself into another media maelstrom yesterday by allegedly suggesting that dealing with the paparazzi is like rape. Needless to say, you offended just about everyone in the process. Your comment was inexcusable; you know it.

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Kanye West: The Only Perfectionist

By Henry Kimmel, Psy.D.

kanyewestIf you’re a fan of Kanye West, one adjective always seems to scream out in articles about the legendary hip hop artist and entrepreneur: perfectionist.

The 37 year-old West has also been labeled outspoken and controversial but there’s no arguing with his impact on culture worldwide by virtue of his status as one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Recently, the singer/songwriter/producer was again in the headlines following his glittering marriage to reality television personality Kim Kardashian. Curiously, the heated reports focused on the wedding photograph—West complained to the media his honeymoon was “ruined”: apparently four days were consumed by the couple painstakingly editing the “perfect wedding photo”.

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La Beouf: Not Shy About Acting Out

By Henry Kimmel, Psy.D.

shiaLast week, when actor Shia La Beouf made headlines for his outrageous public behavior at a New York theater, it was no surprise to those who have followed the career of the 28 year-old actor.

La Beouf is probably best known for his leading role in the first three “Transformer” films. He rose to prominence as the title character in the Disney Channel series, “Even Stevens”.

His meteoric rise in Hollywood notwithstanding, La Beouf‘s name has emblazoned the headlines fairly regularly over the last few years. It hasn’t been with rave reviews; the gossip rags have routinely fed on his fairly obvious public disdain for rules and laws.

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Psych Central Seeks New Blogger for ‘Celebrity Psychings’

By Alicia Sparks

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Hello, sweet readers!

It’s with a bittersweet smile that I announce I’m resigning my role as writer for ‘Celebrity Psychings.’

With the help of Dr. John Grohol and Psych Central, I started ‘Celebrity Psychings’ in 2008 in hopes of using celebrity events as ways to educate readers, promote mental health advocacy, and eradicate the stigma of mental illness. Although not everyone appreciates the mixture of celebrity culture and mental health, I felt it presented a learning opportunity and used ‘Celebrity Psychings’ as such.

However, due to work and life changes, it’s become too difficult for me to give the blog the respectful attention it deserves, and rather than continue on and risk providing you with subpar posts, I’ve opted to bow out and pass the keyboard to a new writer.

Psych Central and I are now looking for a new blogger to fill the role. For more details and to apply for the position, please respond to careers@psychcentral.com with information such as:

  • Your blogging experience, including links to writing samples or your current blog.
  • Any experience you have in the mental health field, whether it’s professional experience or experience as a consumer or advocate.
  • Details on how you’d manage ‘Celebrity Psychings.’ For example, the blog isn’t meant to be used merely as a celebrity news outlet. What can YOU bring to the table?

Please put “Celebrity Psychings Blogger Position” in the subject field. Psych Central will contact potential candidates with further instructions.

Thanks so much for your readership and remember, you can still find me at Your Body, Your Mind and Psychology Around the Net every Saturday morning.



‘Mob Wives’ Drita D’Avanzo On Jay Z, Solange Knowles Elevator Fight

By Alicia Sparks

I’d begin this post by asking, “Have we set a double standard when it comes to men hitting women versus women hitting men?”, but I think we all know the answer to that question is a big ol’ obvious “Yes,” and I believe the recent beatdown Solange Knowles delivered to her brother-in-law Jay Z is the latest spotlight example.

Although the family has released a statement regarding the situation, theories about the situation (i.e. why Solange went off on Jay Z that night) continue to abound.

We might never know the real story, and in my opinion, that’s not relevant.

What is relevant is that Solange pushed, slapped, punched, kicked, and maybe even scratched (who knows?) her brother-in-law, and people are more interested in why it happened than why she’s gotten away with it.

One person who did point out the double-standard, though, is Drita D’Avanzo.

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Eminem Apologizes to His Mother in New Song ‘Headlights’

By Alicia Sparks

Paul Simon might’ve been right when he predicted Eminem would eventually regret airing all his family’s dirty laundry in his songs — some of the most famous including his first hit, “My Name Is” and “Cleaning Out My Closet.”

One of his most common punching bags? His mother, Debbie Mathers.

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20 Stories of Musicians Who Promote Hope, Happiness, and Wellness

By Alicia Sparks

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A few weeks ago, I asked you about your favorite happy song.

(If you missed it, feel free to head over to What’s YOUR Favorite Happy Song? and share with us!)

However, some musicians aren’t ALL about the music; whether it’s participating (or launching) a campaign or sharing their own success stories, many use their fame to spread happiness and wellness beyond just an upbeat tune.

This week, let’s take a look back at some of the musicians who take happiness and hope to an entirely different level.

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Every BODY Is Different: Lessons From Amy Poehler

By Alicia Sparks

Oh, Amy Poehler, how I love thee.

I won’t count the ways, but I will share this example: a video from Poehler’s YouTube channel, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.

The video is titled “Bodies: Ask Amy” and it begins with Amy reading a letter from one of her fans:

“Dear Amy,

What advice would you give to a young woman with body issues? I’ve never been happy with my body and I feel like it’s preventing me from loving myself.

Love Always,

Mary Kate”

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5 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing Again

By Alicia Sparks

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“Creativity is what helps me escape a lot of my inner demons.” — Demi Lovato

I’m a writer.

As such, I spend a lot of time starting at blank Word documents (or paper, because I’m old skool like that).

If you haven’t guessed yet, sometimes my creative juices run dry and, if you’re a creative person, I’m sure yours do, too.

So, how do we get them flowing again? How do we make that stagnant mud puddle — you know, the one that just kind of hangs around the corner and never really sinks into the drainage system — gush like Niagara Falls?

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