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Time Out of Mind: Dissociation in the Virtual World

The following article, published ten years ago, discusses the ways in which interaction with virtual reality represents a sequestered part of the self.  It becomes a fantasy world wherein the rules that govern both individual identity and personal relationships are altered....
When Negativity Bias Goes Wrong

When Negativity Bias Goes Wrong

This is the month I turn 49. 49, of course, is just 12 short months away from my regularly scheduled midlife crisis. In preparation, I have been experiencing ongoing minor bouts of anxiety over the last several months –...
Podcast: Holiday Coping Techniques

Podcast: Holiday Coping Techniques

We all love and look forward to the holidays, but even good things can be stressful.  Listen in as our guest, PsychCentral.com’s founder, Dr. John Grohol, tells us how to...
Beauty: It’s Vitally Important!

Beauty: It’s Vitally Important!

I often tell Michael, “Beauty is the twelfth commandment. Cleanliness is Commandment #11 because ‘cleanliness is next to godliness,’ and Beauty is Commandment #12.” He usually rolls his eyes and changes the subject....
7 Traits That Lead to a Long & Happy Marriage

7 Traits That Lead to a Long & Happy Marriage

These couples will get through any challenging situation. Every couple wants to have a healthy relationship so their marriage will last. It turns out if you both have certain personality...
The Pack-rat And The Neat-nick

The Pack-rat And The Neat-nick

Linda: I believe that opposites attract. Although discrepant styles of being in the world can cause a great deal of friction, they don’t have to....
Life Is Short

Life Is Short

Have you heard that one? It’s kind of true and yet kind of not. Life is a lifetime long, and everyone’s lifetime is different. Mine is this long …...
Today I Love Friends

Today I Love Friends

Today I love friends, the ones I know and the ones I have yet to meet. I love people who care more than their job requires them to. I love people who are cheerful and smiling,...
The Noise in Your Lives:  Couple Negotiation Strategies

The Noise in Your Lives: Couple Negotiation Strategies

If you are in a relationship, you may know that one of the things you need to negotiate is NOISE!“I just can’t live another minute with those sports announcers screeching at me from the TV.” “I’ll drive but I’m not listening to Oldies.” “I know you’re hot but I can’t sleep with the sound of the air conditioner....
December Is ADHD Danger!

December Is ADHD Danger!

I’m on the verge of becoming that uncle who tells you the same anecdote every year at the annual family holiday party. That’s because when I went to write this post,...

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