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Evolutionary Psychology Is Distinctly Nonracist

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on May 18, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
A dominant pursuit of evolutionary psychology is the cataloging of human universals that transcend cultural, ethnic, religious, and racial boundaries. Accordingly, if anything, evolutionary psychology is distinctly nonracist (in that it is typically minimally concerned with identifying racial differences).

Is Maria Shriver Anorexic?

By Sheila Himmel on May 18, 2011 in You Must Be Hungry
Is Maria Shriver anorexic? Way before the shocking revelation of her husband Arnold
Schwarzenegger's teenage love child with their live-in housekeeper, Maria Shriver was
one of those celebrities whose heavy eyes and chiseled appearance kept raising the
anorexia question.

Why I Avoid Mirrors

By Anneli Rufus on May 18, 2011 in Stuck
I haven't looked into a mirror in four days. My gym has mirrored walls. My fellow members watch themselves work out, but I keep my eyes down. Call it a skill I've learned. Call it a sickness. Passing something reflective, I avert my eyes, just as recovering alcoholics look away from martini-shaped neon signs.

Suffer...for Fifteen Minutes

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Time. Last week’s resolution was to Re-evaluate your mantras. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Satoshi Kanazawa Is the Rush Limbaugh of Evolutionary Psychology

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on May 18, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
People keep asking for my take on the recent response to Kanazawa's latest provocation. It boils down to: "What took so long?"

The Indiana Time Wars

By John F Gaski Ph.D. on May 17, 2011 in The Eclectic Professor

How Do SSRIs Treat Depression?

Your dog’s behavior when he’s sick might offer an explanation.

Are You a Social Cynic?

Although we desire others to view our actions in a positive light, we don't return them the favor: we are generally cynical in interpreting others' actions. Social cynicism erodes into our well being and happiness. Being less cynical not only promotes our own well-being, it also promotes societal well-being.

Satoshi Kanazawa Does Not Speak for All of Evolutionary Psychology

Satoshi Kanazawa is not the only evolutionary psychologist and by no means speaks for all of evolutionary psychology. 35 of the leading evolutionary psychologists of our time including Lars Penke, Steven Pinker, David Buss, and Geoffrey Miller respond to Kanazawa in the American Psychologist.

Here we go again! Rapist or poor, misunderstood sex addict?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 17, 2011 in Women Who Stray
Yet another famous man is in trouble for his sexual behaviors. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French politician and head of the International Monetary Fund, is under arrest, sitting on Riker's Island, alleged to have raped a female maid at his high-priced hotel. And in less than twenty-four hours, this man has now been misdiagnosed as a sex addict.

Have You Joined or Started a Happiness Project Group? If Not, Do You Want To?

One of the happiness-project resolutions that has added most to my happiness is my resolution to Join or start a group.

A few words on subliminal advertising

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 17, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Thinking about summer movies and theater snacks often gets people thinking about subliminal advertising. Does subliminal advertising really work?

How Television Trumps Substance in Politics

By Anjana Ahuja Ph.D. on May 17, 2011 in Naturally Selected
How to run for President - without being a politician.

The Amazing Power of "Tech Breaks"

You see it in restaurants, classrooms, the dinner table, and the workplace. After about 15 minutes of concentration people have an urge to check in with their social world, most often through texting, Twitter, & Facebook. I have been advocating tech breaks to allow people a short time to clear their brain and get back to work.

Who Was a Scarier Presidential Candidate: That French Rape Guy or Mike Huckabee?

By Stanton Peele on May 16, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Mike Huckabee believes the earth was created by God in six days -- 6,000 years ago! What a huckleberry! And he was on the verge of becoming President of the United States in the 21st Century, as we fall farther and farther behind the rest of the sane world. Is he scarier than that French rape guy, president-wise?

Who Is Worse Off than I Am? There, I Feel Better Now

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on May 16, 2011 in For the Love of Wisdom
If comparing ourselves favorably to others brings about happiness, is this OK?

Should Obesity Be Called a Mental Illness?

Relationships between obesity and emotion

Uncovering Family: Aunts & Uncles

By Robert M. Milardo Ph.D. on May 16, 2011 in Next to Kin
I was raised in a typical Italian-American family. It was large and sociable. Family gatherings were frequent, offered occasions for parents to visit, children to play, and always centered on food and talk. Our home was near town and within a short drive were the homes of my parent's seven sisters and five brothers.

The Four Types of Female Friends to Avoid

By Jen Kim on May 16, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Not all friendships are meant to last a lifetime. Avoid these toxic female friends, who may do more harm than good.

Sick and Stuck in a Small Town

The first few years of being stuck in Davis, I longed to get away—to spend a day in San Francisco, to walk the cliffs of the Mendocino Coast, to breathe Hawaii’s fragrant air.

How the drug companies are controlling our lives Part 3

By Ray Williams on May 16, 2011 in Wired for Success
Part 3 presents evidence that questions the effectiveness claims of psychotropic drugs.

Can You Be Your Own Source of Comfort and Security? A Bold Question About Attachment

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 16, 2011 in Living Single
If you talk to lifelong single people in depth about how they deal with stress and worry, what will they tell you? What can attachment researchers learn from them?