How to Get Your Husband to Help More

(Author’s note: I realized after writing this piece that it needs a bit of context and preamble. In this essay, I offer some pointed thoughts

Should Psychologists Use Sliding Fee Scales?

Q: Hi Shawn. As a psychologist myself, I’m wrestling with whether to work with an increasing number of patients asking me to accept reduced fees.

I Heart Colfax Avenue

If I’ve done one thing right in my life, it was being born in Denver. Having lived here ever since, Colfax Avenue has been a

Why Am I So Irritable In The Winter?

Q: Is there anything that can be done for seasonal depression? The long months of overcast skies and reduced sunlight never had any noticeable effect

Why Do People Commit Suicide?

September is suicide prevention awareness month. Suicide awareness campaigns highlight an uncomfortable and perplexing question about human behavior: why do people commit suicide?

What a Thought Is Not

It is rare that I embrace poetry. As much as I appreciate a well-turned phrase, I’m about as unpoetical as a braying cat on a

Do Born Again Christians Have Smaller Brains?

Q: Duke University conducted a study that “shows” that born again Christians have smaller brains than other protestants. I am curious to know how solid

Random Links: Narcissism, Erring, and Exercising

Here’s a question I’ve long pondered: do narcissists understand how others view them? According to the authors of an interesting new study, narcissists have insight

Disappearing Shrink

It has been a quite a while since I’ve posted anything of substance, but it hasn’t been for naught. There have been big changes in

Why Are Humans Smarter Than We Need To Be?

Q: Why did mankind develop such high intelligence? I mean, it’s not as if less intelligent creatures are having trouble sustaining their respective species. So why

Why Am I a Night Owl?

Q: Can you explain why, when I have no external forces determining my schedule, I tend to gravitate naturally toward a nocturnal state? -Marty

The Power of Pessimism

The mind seems to be wired for negative thoughts. Common wisdom says that pessimism is a problem. The anti-pessimists warn us: “don’t think like that