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What Is Sex Addiction?

Oct 9, 2013
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Now more than ever, our society seems preoccupied with sex. Sexting and twerking are a part of our lexicon. Whether we’re talking about television, popular music or movies, sexual images and innuendo are everywhere. And access to pornography is as easy as a click of a mouse for the over 40 million people who log into porn websites. Given the highly sexualized society we live in, can a person really become addicted to sex? And at what point does sex become an unhealthy addiction—a bad habit that interferes with work, relationships and mental health?

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Obsessive thoughts can lead to obsessive behaviors. According to psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese, obsessive compulsives typically have a recurring, persistent and unwanted thought or thoughts that won't go away. These thoughts tend to be irrational and very closely correlated with anxiety and can often cause anxiety themselves.

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There are multiple tests out there that reduce your personality to a number, a one-word description, or a series of letters. Some say they’ve helped match the right person to the right job—maybe even to the right colleagues or romantic partners. But is personality simple enough to fit in such a box, or could a personality label lead people to change it, or live into it?

Parents, Teens & Sexual Development

Sep 15, 2013
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When it comes to pornography, the days of sneaking a peek at a Playboy at the drugstore have faded. The internet seems to have everything, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about porn.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how the availability and increasing explicit nature of pornography is affect sexual development in teens. We discuss why the impact of pornography is different today and how parents can approach the topic with their teens.

Analyzing The Texting And Driving Problem

Sep 10, 2013
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We all know that texting while driving often results in accidents, and a New Jersey court recently ruled that it's not only the driver who's responsible-- if you know someone's driving when you send a text, you might be held responsible if he or she gets into an accident.

The Negative Consequences Of Procrastination

Sep 9, 2013
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Human beings have always been pain-avoiding creatures. We seek to avoid the things we don't like or that could bring pain to us, and we pursue the things that bring us pleasure and happiness. Oftentimes, this human practice takes form in procrastination.

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

Aug 25, 2013
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Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

Looking At The Friendfluence Factor

Aug 18, 2013

Do you remember that friend your mom said was no good? Or that buddy your dad said was a bad influence on you? As it turns out, they might have been right.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are, about how friends shape our personalities and help create the mold for our attitudes and future actions.

Embracing Anger To Be Happier

Jun 9, 2013
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Have you ever felt so angry that steam could be pouring out your ears? 

Using Hope As An Educational Tool

Mar 20, 2013

Are you holding out hope for the future? You’re not alone.

Today on Central Standard, we talk about conflict, and resolving it. Why is it that our workplaces, our families, even the international community have such trouble getting along? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese is here to try to help … and to give us some ideas about conflict resolution in our world and in our lives.

Constructing A Remarkable Relationship

Feb 8, 2013

When a couple is together for the long haul, sometimes a set of guidelines helps keep the harmony in the matrimony.

Stressed For The Holidays?

Dec 12, 2012

The holidays are a time of good cheer, celebration and togetherness. So what do you do if your family has just gone through a divorce or other domestic clash?

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Murder suicide is rare, but on the rise across the country. Missouri is in the top ten for women killed by intimate partners, and murder-suicide has increased in Kansas.

Leadership

Nov 5, 2012
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What are the characteristics of a leader?  Is it a constant, even temperament?  The ability to command respect?  Possessing an unwavering state of courage?

Why Do We Dream?

Sep 24, 2012
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On Monday’s Central Standard, a look into dreams with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese.

We’ll learn about the history of dream research and analysis. Plus, we’ll explore lucid dreaming, or dreaming when you know you’re dreaming.

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Even with rates falling, divorce is still a common occurrence in the United States, yet have we gotten any better at putting ourselves, and our children, through the process?

Why Do We Work?

Sep 12, 2012

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison talks with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese about the meaning of work.

Why do we work? Are we searching for more than a job, more than a paycheck? How does one find their “calling?” Plus, we’ll discuss the role that the modern-day office job plays in the development of personal relationships.

Death & Dying

Aug 27, 2012
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I know it’s a beautiful summer day outside, and you’re busy thinking of a million things you have planned for the coming week, but sometimes, we have to step outside the day to day for a deeper discussion about what it means to be human, to be alive.

The Secret Lives Of Secrets

Aug 3, 2012
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On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at the psychological implications of the secrets we keep. Are all secrets created equal?

On Being Mindful

Jun 29, 2012
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On this Monday's Central Standard, the one thing you’ll need to get everything you want out of life: mindfulness. Learn how cutting back on multitasking, and learning how to focus your mind, can change everything.

What Your Story Says About You

Jun 4, 2012
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You know the phrase "that’s my story and I’m sticking to it?" Don’t! On this Monday's Central Standard, learn how changing the way you tell your story can help free you from your past.

Who Are You Really?

May 4, 2012
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Are you who you say you are? Do other people see you that way? Can you be one person at home and another person at work? Is that ideal?

Could knocking back a few beers influence a person’s political views?

Happiness Is An Inside Job

Apr 9, 2012
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What’s the key to happiness? Is it money? Status? Your own lake house with jet skis?

Parents, Teens & Technology

Mar 28, 2012

Your son wants to hang out at a friend’s house: he calls your cell to cell to ask.  Your daughter is staying late at school: she sends you a text.

Ego & Self-Esteem

Mar 5, 2012
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On this Central Standard, we get to know a hungry ghost with a gigantic tummy: your ego.

Every individual will face it at one time or another during their lifetime: a chronic illness affecting them, a family member or a close friend.

Monkey Economics

Feb 17, 2012
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We’re not all economical geniuses, and we’ve all probably made less than sterling financial choices along the way.  Is there a reason for these lapses in judgment?

Here's some news: Relationships are complicated. So complicated, in fact, that's it's never a bad time to review some good rules for how to manage these very complex beasts.

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