1. Truth: Not Just a Question of Morals or Ethics

    The main character in Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” tried fruitlessly to keep a dark secret from the police: that he had murdered, dismembered, and hid a man’s body under the planks of his floor at home. While being interviewed by the police he initially feigns ignorance. Ultimately, the truth gets the better of him and he cracks with a near delusional confess…Read More

  2. 5 Awesome Psychology Pinterest Boards

    Pinterest is my new favorite social media platform for all things related to psychology! I scour the web for interesting facts, figures, and images about psychology so you don’t have to! If you are on Pinterest consider following my boards here www.pinterest.com/SJHanleyPhD. They are growing by the day! Here are a few of my favorite boards. Psychological Oddities This board is not for the squea…Read More

  3. “I’ll Miss Him Forever”: Stand by Me and Male Friendship

    This article about male friendship was originally posted on the blog for STAND, a magazine "for men who give a damn." I encourage you to check it out! “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” This is the last line of the 1986 movie Stand by Me, which expertly depicts the coming of age journey of adolescent boys and their friendships in the 1…Read More

  4. Random DSM-5

    The “Random Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5” (Random DSM-5) project is equal parts public educational service, performance art, and experiment in synchronicity. It is launching today and consists of one randomly selected sentence from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) that I will tweet out each day. Published by the American Psychiatric Associ…Read More

  5. Van Gogh in Peppers: A Self-Portrait of Male Depression

    Van Gogh in Peppers is an important and gritty memoir about one man's struggle with depression. I "met" the author, Christopher Scott Downing, in the twitterverse and was impressed with his candor when talking about his struggle. He's also one heck of a writer. We struck up a dialogue and he asked me to contribute a Foreword to his book. I was honored to do so and you can read it below. I hope tha…Read More

  6. Why People Don’t Go to Psychotherapy (and reasons they should)

    There are many reasons why someone might go to psychotherapy or counseling. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common issues I see in my practice. Others include: relationship difficulties, divorce, alcohol or drug issues, personality disorders, general life stressors, and more. There are also many reasons people give for NOT going to psychotherapy or counseling, despite having difficultie…Read More

  7. Psychology, Brain, and Mental Health Museums

    Here are some of the best psychology, brain, and mental health museums I could find on the internet. These museums vary in scope, content, and format. What most of them have in common is the goal of documenting and preserving the science and history of psychology, the brain, and mental health. They are presented here in random order for your education and entertainment. Enjoy! The Drs. Nicholas a…Read More

  8. Video Visit With A Psychologist – Doctor On Demand

    Would you like to visit with Dr. Hanley or another fully licensed psychologist from the comfort and privacy of your own home or office?  Now you can with Doctor On Demand, a video therapy and counseling app that is fully integrated with your computer, smartphone, or tablet.  Watch the video below to see how it works: You can download the app here: Apple Store from iTunes Android App on Google Pl…Read More

  9. Interview: Tips to Stop Fighting with your Spouse

    Are you stuck in an unhealthy pattern of fighting with your spouse? Do you find it difficult to communicate calmly in your marriage? How do you and your husband or wife handle common disagreements or difference of opinions? View image | gettyimages.com These are just a few of the issues addressed when I was interviewed by Arlin Cuncic, a contributor at eHow.com. You can find the original interview…Read More

  10. Psychology Soul Mate Quiz Results

    Many of you took the “Who is Your Psychology Soul Mate Quiz” in the last several months. It has been taken over 2,600 times! I hope this was a fun quiz that taught you something about your own personality as well as some important figures in the history of psychology. I took a long time to develop the questions and tried to represent each of the 8 possible psychologists evenly and fairly. That…Read More