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Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

How Awe-Inspiring Experiences Can Make You A More Altruistic Person

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living

Think back to the last time to you gazed out over a mountaintop after a long hike, breathed in the salty air after a good swim at the beach, or even s...

Congress Should Act to Solidify Ban Against Torture

Mark Fallon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Fallon

At this point we all know that, in President Obama's words, "We tortured some folks." The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program revealed shocking abuses that went far beyond even the torture that the administration had authorized.

Ali Watkins

Ex-Bush Official With Ties To CIA Torture Program Now Advises Obama Interrogators

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government psychologist who helped craft policies central to the CIA’s torture program is now advising an FBI-led interrogation proj...

The Torturer's Apprentice: The APA and the Intentional Infliction of Pain

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Bryant Welch

Any rational person would conclude that as a first obvious step just to begin to address the debacle for the APA, the current executive leadership group must be replaced. Without that, internal repair cannot even begin.

Do Torture, Shunning, Shaming and Humiliation Build Character?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

KIPP Schools, Success Academies, Democracy Prep and any number of other "no excuses" schools are not developing true grit and resilience other than the numb grit required to endure humiliation and the resilience necessary to get up and go to school every day.

Meet the Other Ms. California

Eileen Cronin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

We are the rare psychologists who are given the opportunity to speak to other psychologists about the rights of people with physical differences. In the 20 years I have been practicing, I have met few psychologists in wheelchairs.

Torture, Fear, and American Psychology: An Insider's Perspective on the Debacle Within the APA

Bryant Welch | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Bryant Welch

There can no longer be any doubt that psychologists with considerable support from APA played key roles in our nation's most shameful incursion into human torture, violating one of the few veneers we humans have been able to place over our inhumanity to one another.

Torture, Mental Health, and Accountability

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Mental health practitioners, like journalists, are -- as I see it -- obligated to raise even controversial and provocative questions and to help us make sense of, not only individual pathology, but also the group narrative in any given period of time.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

Is Celibacy the New Ex-Gay Ministry?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Now, with more and more ex-gay ministries losing not only potential clients and political leverage but the monies that reparative therapies generate, there is a gradual shift from "curing" homosexual orientations to promoting abstinence from sex altogether.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

Defeating the Workplace Bully

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a national survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute indicated that 35 percent of American...

It's Hard to Be a Kid Today

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Let us make our children the priority and work to ensure that they are growing up in healthy, nurturing and safe environments.

First Nighter: Christopher Durang's 'Beyond Therapy' Back After Its Time

David Finkle | Posted 05.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Unfortunately, when the dark comedy opened 33 years ago, mocking therapeutic practice as a comic ploy was already wearing a beard. Imagine how tired it is now as material for belly laughs.

The Simple Modern Prayer That Captures Timeless Truths About Wisdom, Trust And Happiness

Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion

If you are familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous, have ever read Kurt Vonnegut’s 'Slaughterhouse Five' or saw the recent Denzel Washington movie 'Fligh...

Polarized Psychology: Is Science Devalued in a Divided Society?

Jarryd Willis | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Jarryd Willis

How do we share our research in a politically polarized America when only half the country may be receptive to our findings? That was a key question from the 2014 Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference.

Snow Rage: Winter Weather Stressing You Out?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Apparently, people are taking their frustration over all that snow out on those piling it up on the side of the road (after having just spent considerable time and energy clearing it out of their own driveways).

An Olympian's Happiness Is No Different From Yours

Valerie Alexander | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

The natural assumption would be that gold medalists are the happiest, followed by silver, then bronze, but it turns out, bronze medalists are significantly happier than silver medalists. Significantly.

American Teens Are Even More Stressed Than Adults

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.13.2014 | Healthy Living

Last year, the American Psychological Association's Stress in America survey found that Millennials, aged 18-33, were the country's most-stressed gene...

No Consensus Among Scholars on Media Violence

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Just this week, a consortium of 230 media scholars sent an open letter to the American Psychological Association, asking the APA to retire their misleading policy statements on media violence, and to refrain from future, similar policy statements.

Want A Longer, Healthier Life? Try Being More Pessimistic

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty

Woody Allen, who once said "life is divided between the horrible and the miserable," may actually have something to cheer about. Older people who ...

WATCH: Are You The 'Most Stressed Generation'?

The Huffington Post | Krystie Yandoli | Posted 02.12.2013 | Teen

Apparently, half of all millennials are so stressed out that they can't sleep at night, and 39 percent of millennials have stress levels that have inc...

Survey Identifies The Most Stressed Out Generation

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.02.2013 | Healthy Living

Half of all millennials say their stress keeps them awake at night, according to a recent "Stress in America" survey from the American Psychological A...

After Newtown: Taking Time to Connect

Vicki Abeles | Posted 02.25.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

This holiday season, we can all take the personal and immediate action of truly connecting with our children and other loved ones this season and in the new year.