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Applying comparative psychology research to understanding human behavior.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on April 21, 2023
People often use psychiatric terms and diagnoses as a way of defining other people. Those terms and diagnoses actually do not say much about what is happening with a person.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on January 5, 2023
Ketamine, a hallucinogen, also called a "party drug," has received a lot of attention for "treatment-resistant" depression. Psychotherapy works on targeting the same problems.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on December 7, 2022
Asexuality is a sexual identity that is less accepted than others, primarily because of how we often mistakenly see sex as essential to the human experience.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on October 3, 2022
People question why the insanity defense exists. It's because "guilt" requires a person be able to reason abstract moral concepts of "right" and "wrong."
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on March 16, 2022
Narcissism is a complex problem to understand. Looking at similar behaviors that exist in the nonhuman animal world can give some insights into its nature.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on November 12, 2021
Addictive behaviors are so clearly bad for the individual that they are often difficult to understand. Looking at the complexities of behavioral psychology provides some clarity.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on September 21, 2021
Handling chronic pain is difficult, partly because we often focus on words to judge, explain, and avoid it. However, there are alternatives.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on June 27, 2021
Guilt and regret make us feel terrible. But you cannot let them hold you back from doing better. Here are effective strategies for handling these difficulties.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on June 9, 2021
Procrastination may be more natural than we think. Understanding our tendency to put things off can lead to some useful solutions.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on June 5, 2021
Shaking hands can spread germs and could lead to illness. But it's not the only way to greet one another, research shows.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on March 28, 2021
If psychotherapy often seems ineffective, it could because many therapists have moved away from a focus on challenging negative aspects of human psychology.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on March 20, 2021
People often treat us badly, and that can really hurt. Understanding why that happens can help us find ways of dealing with it better.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on March 14, 2021
More people today are looking to clinical psychology for help. Investigating ways the different schools of clinical psychology agree can be helpful for understanding it better.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on December 28, 2020
In order to understand all behaviors, it is useful to take a look at how meaning and purpose might differ across species.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on December 21, 2020
Holidays can be tough for people who see being alone as being the same as feeling lonely. Even if we cannot change who we are around this year, we can change how we respond to it.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on November 30, 2020
Dementia (or "neurocognitive impairment") can cause considerable emotional distress for pets and their loving families. Here are some ways to understand what is happening.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on September 28, 2020
Respectful behaviors tend to increase respectful behaviors. Finding ways to "pay it forward" can go a long way to improving how we all act towards each other.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on September 23, 2020
Dog owners know that smell plays a big part in how their canine friends function. New research shows just how important sense of smell is in their lives.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on August 31, 2020
Lying seems to be all around us these days. How can we best understand and cope with it? Looking at how lying and deceit exist in animals can provide some answers.
Daniel Marston Ph.D. on June 24, 2020
Keeping in mind what it really means to be a "leader" can help us understand better the importance of every individual.