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2000: January, February, March, April, May
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Date: May 30 2000 16:40:36 EST
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #9


Early Intervention is Key in Fight Against Youth Violence

The Million Mom March calls attention to the epidemic of youth violence and juvenile justice. While all statistics illustrate the problem of violence in America, it is also important to discuss and create measures that prevent violent actions involving children and adolescents.

Read the full article at

Parents Need to Monitor Children's Internet Usage

Parents seeking to avoid future tragedies similar to the 1999 Columbine High School shootings need to take a much more active watchdog role in monitoring their children's Internet usage, according to Dr. Kimberly S. Young, a psychologist who specializes 
in treating Internet Addiction.

Read the full article at

How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have

Many people have achieved a lot in their lives, but they lack peace. The world is filled with unhappy millionaires who cannot sustain loving relationships. Yet they and those who emulate them continue to think that more money or more of "something" will finally help them feel good about themselves and their lives.

Read more of the excerpt from the book, How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Personal Success, by John Gray, at

Making Peace with Your Past

The three most profound questions in every person's life are: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? This book will help you explore and answer all three. As you unravel the tangled web of your past, you will be able to extract from it the golden thread that is your essence and weave your future into a bold, brilliant tapestry.

Read more of the excerpt from the book, Making Peace with Your Past: The Six Essential Steps to Enjoying a Great Future, by Harold Bloomfield, M.D., with Phil Goldberg, at


After just a few years of marriage, filled with constant arguments, a young man and his wife decided the only way to save their marriage was to try therapy. They had been at each others throats for some time and felt that this was their last straw. 

When they arrived at the therapist's office, the therapist jumped right in and opened the floor for discussion. "What seems to be the problem?" Immediately, the husband held his long face down without anything to say. On the other hand, the wife began talking 90 miles an hour describing all the wrongs within their marriage. 

After 5 - - 10 - - 15 minutes of listening to the wife, the therapist went over to her, picked her up by her shoulders, kissed her passionately for several minutes, and sat her back down. Afterwards, the wife sat there - speechless. 

He looked over at the husband who was staring in disbelief at what had happened. The therapist spoke to the husband, "Your wife NEEDS that at least twice a week!" 

The husband scratched his head and replied, "I can have her here on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

Date: April 20 2000 15:59:13 EST
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #8



Read an excerpt from Chuck Falcon's book, Psychology Made Easy. This chapter discusses the connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and how changing one will affect the others. 

Marital Battles Affect Women More Than Men

While both men and women can end up with a disgruntled, hostile spouse, study findings suggest that only women seem to be depressed by the bad relationship. Please read the full article at 

Women and Men Define Domestic Violence Differently 

What constitutes domestic violence? According to studies, the response to this question differs between men and women. Please read the full article at 

Sleep Disorders

Having trouble with your sleeping habits? Please visit our new FAQs on two different sleep disorders.



A man goes to a Psychologist and says, "Doc I got a real problem, I can't stop thinking about sex." 

The Psychologist says, "Well let's see what we can find out", and pulls out his ink blots. "What is this a picture of?" he asks. 

The man turns the picture upside down then turns it around and states, "That's a man and a woman on a bed making love." 

The Psychologist says, "very interesting," and shows the next picture. "And what is this a picture of?" 

The man looks and turns it in different directions and says, "That's a man and a woman on a bed making love." 

The Psychologists tries again with the third ink blot, and asks the same question, "What is this a picture of?" 

The patient again turns it in all directions and replies, "That's a man and a woman on a bed making love." 

The Psychologist states, "Well, yes, you do seem to be obsessed with sex." 

"Me!?" demands the patient. "You're the one who keeps showing me the dirty pictures!"

Date: Mar 20 2000 16:28:56 EST
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #7


Inner Peace Software

We've added some interactive, interfaith self-discovery software to our website. If you have issues that are troubling you and you would like to explore them on your own, use this self-help software to guide you to a higher level of inner peace.

Overcoming Shyness

Are you shy? Is your shyness holding you back from living the life that you've always wanted to live? Please read our two new articles about shyness by Nancy Wesson, Ph.D.

Overcoming Shyness;

Dating Tips for Shy People;

Intervention May be the Nudge People Need to Get Help

Watching a loved one destroy his life with drugs or alcohol is painful, to say the least. But in most cases, it is difficult to help a person who does not want help. Sometimes, staging an intervention is just the push that a person needs.

Please read the full article at


The head doctors in an insane asylum had a meeting and decided that one of their patients was potentially well. So they decide to test him and take him to the movies. When they get to the movie theater, there are signs of wet paint pointing to the benches. The doctors just sit down, but the patient puts a newspaper down first and then sits down. The doctors get all excited cause they think maybe he's in touch with reality now. So they ask him, "Why did you put the newspaper down first?" He answers, "So I'd be higher and have a better view."

Date: Feb 15 2000 15:03:39 EST
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #6


Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is scheduled for February 14-20, 2000, in the U.S. So in an effort to spread awareness and understanding, please share our new guide to overcoming eating disorders. Forward "Triumphant Journey: A Cyberguide To Stop Overeating and Recover from Eating Disorders" by Joanna Poppink, M.F.C.C., to anyone who might benefit from its content.

The guide can be found at

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Still have the winter blues? A significant number of people actually are not just "blue" during the winter, but are DEPRESSED every winter. Read our article on S.A.D. by Daniel B. Pearson, III, M.D. at

Group Psychotherapy

If you are considering group psychotherapy, read this article by Thomas A. Grugle, M.D. He'll explain what you can expect from this type of treatment. You can find the article at


A Stanford research group advertised for participants in a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They were looking for therapy clients who had been diagnosed with this disorder. The response was gratifying; they got 3,000 responses about three days after the ad came out.

All from the same person.

Date: Jan 06 2000 13:36:41 EDT
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #5



By now, many people have heard the term "co-dependency". That is because the syndrome of co-dependency is so widespread, and it appears with ever increasing frequency. What is co-dependency, exactly? And why is it harmful? Why should we care about this strange sounding phenomenon?

Please visit the full seminar at

Taking Action to Cope with Stress Not Necessarily Best Strategy

When confronting stressful circumstances, attempting to take action may not always be the most appropriate coping strategy, according to results of a study of patients with functional dyspepsia, a painful gastrointestinal condition with no known cause.

View the full article at

Parents Can Impact Their Children’s Attitudes Toward Violence

Parents' attitude toward fighting has greater impact on their children's aggressive behaviors than any other family factor, a new survey of 8,865 Texas middle school students finds.

View the full article at


There are three guys going through an exit interview at a mental hospital.  The doctor says he can release them if they can answer the simple mathematical problem: What is 8 times 5?

The first patient says, "139."

The second one says, "Wednesday."

The third says, "What a stupid question. It's obvious: The answer is 40."

The doctor is delighted. He gives the guy his release. As the man is leaving, the doctor asks how he came up with the correct answer so quickly.

"It was easy, Doc. I just divided Wednesday into 139."

For more great psychology jokes, visit

Date: Nov 24 1999 12:40:01 EDT
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #4


How To Survive the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching for many.  But for some, this time of the year can be very stressful or lonely.  In this article, Patty Johnson outlines a variety of ways to combat negative feelings surrounding the holiday season.

Read the article at

Should You Be Concerned About Your Drinking?

Have you ever wondered whether you should change your drinking habits? Your drinking may or may not be causing you and others  problems. If it isn't, could the amount you drink be putting you at risk for health or other alcohol-related problems? This article
includes a quick, easy, and confidential way to find out.

Read the full article at

Overcoming Panic Attacks

Do you experience panic attacks?  Read this article to learn the commandments to remember during panic attacks.


A person went into a clinic for the very first visit.  He sat down in the therapist's office and all he could say was teepee-wigwam, teepee-wigwam, teepee-wigwam.  The therapist right away figured out what was wrong.  She told the client "I know what is wrong,"  he was amazed that she was able to diagnose him so quickly.   She told him he was too tense (two tents).

For more great psychology jokes, visit

Date: Oct 25 1999 15:24:18 EDT
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #3


Someone Right For You

Tired of being alone? In this article, Dr. Edward Dreyfus discusses some of the myths behind finding the right person, and offers suggestions on how to develop a strategy for meeting a great person to date and/or mate with.

Read the article at

Computer and Cyberspace Addiction

“A heated debate is rising among psychologists. With the explosion of excitement about the internet, some people seem to be a bit too excited. Some people spend way too much time there. Is this yet ANOTHER type of addiction that has invaded the human psyche?”

Read the full article by Dr. John Suler at

Giving Your Child Voice: The Three Rules of Parenting

“One of the most important psychological factors in raising a family is giving children "voice." What is "voice"? It is the sense of agency that resides in all of us, that makes us confident that we will be heard, and that we will have impact on our environment. Exceptional parents grant a child a voice equal to theirs the day that child is born. And they respect that voice as much as they respect their own.”

Read the full article by Dr. Richard Grossman at

Divorce: What Went Wrong?

Recent statistics suggest that 50% of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce. What are some of the factors that are leading to such a high rate?

Read the article by Dr. Edward Dreyfus at


A physician, a nurse, and a managed care executive all die and end up before St. Peter at the pearly gates about the same time. St. Peter, addressing the doctor, says, "Tell me what you did with your life and why you should be admitted to heaven."

The doctor replies, "Well, I practiced medicine for over 30 years, was a distinguished surgeon, and saved thousands of lives in the course of my career".

"That's very admirable", responds St. Peter "Welcome to Heaven".

St. Peter then turns to the nurse and says, "Tell me what you did with your life and why you should be admitted to heaven."

She replies "well, I was a nurse for over 25 years, and spent most of my career working in the emergency room. I, too, saved thousands of lives, in addition to having to put up with crap from know-it-all doctors."

"You have also lived a very admirable life", says St. Peter, "Welcome to Heaven".

Turning to the managed care executive, St. Peter says, "tell me what you did with your life and why you should be admitted to heaven".

The managed-care exec responds, somewhat indignantly "Why, I worked for one of the largest health-insurance companies in the world. It was my job to find and eliminate wasteful spending on the part of health- care professionals, and in the course of my career, I saved my company millions of dollars."

"Excellent", replied St. Peter. "Welcome to Heaven. You may stay for up to three days".

For more great psychology jokes, visit

Date: Sept 24 1999 12:54:08 EDT
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter -- Issue #2


Losing a Loved One

"Even though we are all different, grieving can sometimes follow a loose pattern. You will go through you grief in your own unique way, but it may be reassuring to know that others may follow similar journeys."

For the full article, please visit

Dealing with an Angry Child

"Handling children's anger can be puzzling, draining, and distressing for adults. In fact, one of the major problems in dealing with anger in children is the angry feelings that are often stirred up in us."

For the full article, please visit

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

What exactly is a trauma? Can I be traumatized just by witnessing one of these events? What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder? What do these reactions actually look and feel like? What are some examples? How about children? Don't they "bounce back" from trauma?

These questions are all addressed in that article, Coping After Trauma, at

Compulsive Gambling

What are the thirteen warning signs of being a compulsive debtor? Check our list at



Q: What do you call an oedipal feline?

A: A Freudy cat.

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Date: Aug 26 1999 13:39:49 EDT
From: "Planet Psych"
Subject: Planet Psych Newsletter

Planet Psych Joins Online Community

By now, you have found your way to, the new online destination for mental health information. originated from, when our scope broadened beyond local content. We offer self-help suggestions, descriptions of disorders and treatments, a therapist directory, and a variety of other helpful psychological resources. Our newsletter will keep you informed about the additions we make, and keep you laughing with a new joke each issue.


ADHD, to some, seems to be a predominantly male disorder. It is diagnosed much more frequently among males than females.  However, a new study shows that the symptoms and severity of the disorder are similar in boys and girls. The research team suggests that the discrepancy in diagnoses may be due to the lack of accompanying disruptive behavioral disorders in girls.

For the full story, please see

Substance Abuse
A recent study reveals that parents' actions contradict their beliefs concerning teen marijuana use. While 98% of parents would be upset if their children were to use marijuana, less than half have communicated with their children about drug use and its dangers.

For the full story, please see

Love and Romance

We have added a new Compatibility Quiz where you can measure how much you and your partner have in common. Take the test at


What do Psychologists say to each other when they meet?
"You're fine, how am I?"

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