Women Rising

Women rule when it comes to vet schools and, increasingly, med schools too!

What’s the Key Imperative for Lasting Love?

One thing most distinguishes romantic love from a more mature, adult love.

Our Children's Children's Children*

Would we recognize our 26th Century descendants as human?

How Our Habits Affect Our Dreams

Choose your own adventure dreaming.

Social Influence About Risk Differs for Teens and Adults

Teens beliefs about risk are strongly influenced by other people.

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Women Rising

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on May 29, 2015 in Pura Vida
My own daughters' accomplishments reflect what's going on in American society generally
New Ways to Happiness with Strengths

New Ways to Happiness with Strengths

Need a happiness boost? Looking for more meaning in life? Trying to reach a goal? A new pathway to reach these benefits is to identify your signature strengths (your best personality characteristics) and use them in a new way each day. Research on strengths has repeatedly found this intervention...

2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Wows the Nation

It couldn’t have been better. America’s sharpest and brightest middle-school spellers wowed the world at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee—arguably one of ESPN’s most thrilling sporting events of the year.

The Ethics of Extra Credit: A Case to Ponder

Extra credit is a common, complex and controversial issue. See what you think of this case.

What’s the Key Imperative for Lasting Love?

In the idyllic state of romantic love, you typically attempt to secure the object of your passion by putting their wants and needs ahead of your own. It’s as though you’re saying to yourself: “So I can make you mine, I’ll make fulfilling your desires more important than my own.” But that relational stance yet includes a crucial contingency clause. . . .

Our Children's Children's Children*

On top of old worries about whether humankind will survive the next few centuries come new concerns about whether our descendants will even be human in a sense that we would recognize. The centuries ahead could be very interesting, indeed.

Violent Crime Linked to Male Sexuality

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 29, 2015 in The Human Beast
In a recent post, I described how women are catching up on men in terms of criminal violence. Yet, the difference remains large and calls for explanation. Much of the gender difference is explainable in terms of male sexuality and societies where men compete directly for mates have more criminal violence.

Is Technoference Wrecking Your Love Life?

Confronting technoference in your relationship: The risks involved in developing an addictive relationship with technology and encouragement to take steps to become less compulsive.

Can Too Many Good Things Lead to Squirrely Mental Health?

By Julie K Hersh on May 29, 2015 in Struck By Living
Managing the good things in life as well as the tragedies can impact mental health.

What's Missing?

If you know what's missing from your life, maybe you can find it.

When a Joke Raises Questions About Mental Health Awareness

As Mental Health Awareness month comes to a close, I hope that we can raise our acceptance and understanding of psychological conditions, whether they be related to OCD, depression, personality disorders or autism, and find something funnier to laugh about.

Don’t Worry. Make an Expansive Move, and Be Happy.

By Steve Sisgold on May 29, 2015 in Life in a Body
Create more happiness and less stress through being aware of our body movements..
7 Tips for How to Feel Less Busy

7 Tips for How to Feel Less Busy

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on May 29, 2015 in In Practice
Try these practical steps to spend more of your time on your own terms.

A Workover: Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

New York Blood Center Leaves Chimps to Die of Starvation

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 29, 2015 in Animal Emotions
An institution that conducted experiments on approximately 200 chimpanzees and made a commitment to provide them with lifelong care has abandoned the ones who are still alive, leaving them to die of starvation. Dr. Brian Hare, an anthropologist and primatologist at Duke University notes, “Never, ever have I seen anything even remotely as disgusting as this.”

The Cerebellum May Be the Seat of Creativity

In a revolutionary discovery, new research from Stanford University published on May 28, 2015 reports that the cerebellum may be the seat of creativity.

A New Twist on Summer Salads

Do you love summer salads? I did some research on whether it is helpful to serve/order a salad before or during a meal and how it impacts your appetite. And, I give an exciting new type of salad that can help you to eat more mindful.

Diametric Mentalizing Imaged in Autistic & Psychotic Brains

As predicted by the diametric model, brain scanning reveals hyper-active mentalism in schizophrenics but the opposite in autistics.

A Scientific Trick That'll Help You Stop Procrastinating

If you struggle to get things done, research shows how changing the way you think about time could skyrocket your productivity.
How Can Letting Go Make Us Stronger?

How Can Letting Go Make Us Stronger?

By Allison Carmen on May 29, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
It can be tough to let go of expectations and attachments when the unexpected happens. Yet, if we can find a mantra or a tool to help us let go of our thoughts about what might have been, we often make room to embrace whatever we are experiencing. We can come to the moment with an open heart and avail ourselves to all that is possible.
Throwing Bullets on the Fire

Throwing Bullets on the Fire

By John Sean Doyle on May 28, 2015 in Luminous Things
We look at the mindless and senseless things people do and it is easy to blame. How can they be so stupid? Didn’t they think for a moment? But as long as there is no ricochet or crash, we are allowed to forget that we too are irresponsible and thoughtless. Every one of us is negligent. But to be negligent and unlucky? That is a crime no one can ever shake off.

Thriving Beyond Addiction: A Complete User-Friendly Guide

By The Book Brigade on May 28, 2015 in The Author Speaks
Recovering from addiction doesn't have to be difficult, says psychologist Tom Rohrer. But you do have to know why you want to recover and hold on to that knowledge.

Why We Love To See Conspiracies

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 28, 2015 in Open Gently
People who believe in conspiracies may hold contradictory ideas about the same event.

After a Decade of Dating, I Found A Keeper

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 28, 2015 in Open Gently
The most important clue is how you fight.
Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Pills

Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Pills

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on May 28, 2015 in Save Your Sex Life
Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Drugs

Haven’t We Met Before?

They are sane and rational beings, who reveal their stories with understandable discomfort. But, once they know that I am open and receptive, they share them with evident relief and passionate explanations. They are so glad to find someone who does not think they are crazy.

Let Your Mind Wander

We are in the grip of a cult of mindfulness. But it's a good idea to let your mind wander from time to time.