The Healing Waters

The long history of using water to cure madness

When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

My father's last hours

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

A science-backed reason to be social

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

Is your work satisfaction related to your fit to your job?

Seven Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

It's often the little things that cause big reactions.

Is Autism a Mental Illness?

The strange battle over what's psychiatric versus neurological.

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The Lipstick Effect - How Boom or Bust Effects Beauty

Now a series of psychology experiments have confirmed for the first time that while tougher economic times decrease desire for most items, they also reliably increase women's yearning for products that boost their attractiveness.

The Slug

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 10, 2015 in How To Do Life
What to do with the slow and ugly.

You Can't Stop The Pain Unless You Know What Hurts

Learning to observe ourselves and others is a key to healthy and happy relationships.

Is Screen Violence Making Us Stupid About Gun Control?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Ambigamy
Those who oppose gun control could be influenced more by their Netflix account than by the NRA. Availability bias explains why.

Women in Science: What Explains Gaps? Part I

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
A guest post by a female physicist argues against discrimination as the sole factor producing a gender gap in STEM and for scientific work practices that are compatible with raising families.

Survive the Nightmare of Weeknight Cooking

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on October 09, 2015 in A Million Meals
We have more food options than any previous generation of parents, but if you give your child take-out, pre-packaged or processed food every day, you are at risk of having your Good Parenting card revoked. Changing a few things about your routine and attitude can make a big improvement in how you feel about that dreadful parade of family meals stretching past the horizon.

Tickle Your Sense of Nostalgia

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Creating in Flow
When you see images from books you read as a child, or read to your own kids when they were small, you may experience a particular kind of nostalgia. Here's a beautiful book for grown-ups that can do that for you...
The Healing Waters

The Healing Waters

Nothing like a good shower.

The Motherhood Constellation

Does motherhood change how a woman views the world?

Do you Try Too Hard?

By Atalanta Beaumont on October 09, 2015 in Handy Hints for Humans
Trying too hard: the kiss of death for relationships
Universities, Violence, and Community

Universities, Violence, and Community

By Michael W Austin on October 09, 2015 in Ethics for Everyone
What can we do about violence on campus? One step is to foster true and deep community.
Does a Western Diet Shrink the Brain?

Does a Western Diet Shrink the Brain?

A healthy diet makes for a healthy brain, while a poor diet might actually be killing off neurons, leading to brain shrinkage and a greater risk of depression and dementia.

Everything New Under the Sun

By Robert J King Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Hive Mind
Time, identity, and immortality
Don't Make Me Tell You Again: Getting Kids to Listen

Don't Make Me Tell You Again: Getting Kids to Listen

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 09, 2015 in Fixing Families
Having to constantly remind your kids to do something is the ongoing frustration of many parents. Here's how to make it stop.

Unnecessary Boulder Bear Killing Challenges Anthrozoology

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Animal Emotions
A mother bear was killed in Boulder, Colorado. The original headline read "Boulder bear No. 317 euthanized; 2 cubs also captured," but it was later cleaned up to read "Boulder bear No. 317 killed; 2 cubs also captured." Of course, she wasn't euthanized. Those involved in the killing claim it "sucked" and wonder if it was fair. Indeed, they could have stopped the killing.
The Sky Behind Me

The Sky Behind Me

By John P. Schuster on October 09, 2015 in The Power of Your Past
A worthwhile read for anyone who wants to sense the ghost in the machine.
Sometimes We Can't Put a Positive Spin on Our Troubles

Sometimes We Can't Put a Positive Spin on Our Troubles

By Allison Carmen on October 09, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
Sometimes it is hard to see the positive side of life when you feel disappointed or an unexpected event leaves you feeling alone and groundless. You want to feel optimistic but you just don’t see how life will change or what could possibly make things better. This is a perfect moment to let Maybe into your life.

Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Animal Factors, 2

Behavioral problems often elicit high emotions in owners. Owners often have been dealing with these problems for a long time and, for reasons that are real for them, now feel that they have an emergency. In this blog post we will address animal factors that can affect this decision.

Personal & Professorial Ethics: Does Turpitude Trump Tenure?

At what point does someone’s personal behavior interfere with the performance of their professional functions?

The Effect of Unconscious Associations on Visitors’ Behavior

Our thoughts and behavior are not under our intentional control, but are instead widely influenced by environmental factors. These automatic processes have a fundamental implication to our behavior in general as to our online behavior.

Through the Looking Glass: Unqualified Candidates Poll Well

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on October 09, 2015 in Intersections
In Wonderland, persons who have never served in public office are viewed as best qualified to serve in public office.
When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

When I Couldn't Say Goodbye

It was shocking to feel so typical.

Be Slick, Do Less, Get More

We have found that the irony of caregiving and caretaking is that the worst form of rip-off is does not occur when we give too much—what's better than a well-earned and -nursed grudge? What's more gratifying that a well-placed blast of righteous indignation? No, the real relational fleecing, the true shakedown, comes from having our own contributions declined.

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but did not head to work in the morning excited to do their jobs.
Ghost Stories for Dogs

Ghost Stories for Dogs

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
For Halloween, Ghosts of Gettysburg provides a unique socializing event for service pups in training.

Fun That Takes You By Surprise

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 09, 2015 in On Having Fun
The wonder that arises from the most wonderful of all games has nothing to do with score or even excellence, but rather is about that moment of fun that takes us by surprise.
The Being of Humans

The Being of Humans

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in In Control
Control is nothing more than the activity of making things be the way an individual wants them to be and keeping them that way until the individual decides they don’t need to be that way any more.

The Bee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 in How To Do Life
A fable that raises stinging questions about the life well-lived.

Why "Twilight" is Worse Than Just a Bad Book

Why is "Twilight" scary? As a romantic fantasy, it's a damaging one; for a trashy book, it's a lousy one; and as an for escape for a young woman who's longing to break out of her everyday confinements, it's a trap.