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Self-Help Is for Suckers

By Sam Sommers on January 13, 2012 in Science Of Small Talk
Why can it be so hard to make the life changes we seek? Because we think about the idea of self-help in all the wrong ways, and it comes back to haunt us when the going gets tough.

Is the Church Changing the World, or the World Changing the Church?

With all these megachurches, "bishops," and 24-hour access, why is there so much mess going on with God's people, in today's churches? Think: Sex scandals, violence, even texting while in service. Lord, help. Who's changing whom?

Slighting Friends and Family: Do Couples Become Less Couple-y Over Time?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in Living Single
As of two days ago, we now know the answer to this question: Is the “intensive coupling” that married people sometimes practice limited to the first few years of marriage? Do couples go back to spending more time with family and friends as they settle into their relationship?

"I" in the World of Dreams

By Jeremy Taylor on January 12, 2012 in The Wisdom of Your Dreams
The hardest thing for even seasoned and experienced dream workers to grasp is that ultimately there is no more reason to take the dream ego's emotions literally then there is to take anything else in the dream literally.

Beyond Brainstorming

By V. Krishna Kumar Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in Psychology Masala
Mind Mapping: An approach to note taking, outlining, and generating ideas

How Friendships Improve Partnerships

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in Buddy System
Understanding how couples spend time with coupled friends can improve a relationship.

What Mind-Control Chemicals Are in Babies' Tears?

By Jena Pincott on January 12, 2012 in Love, Sex, and Babies
A recent study suggests that tears reduce male aggression in men towards women. Do the chemicals in babies' tears also manipulate us?

10 Habits to Keep You Out of Trouble

By Susan Biali M.D. on January 12, 2012 in Prescriptions for Life
Want this year to be your best ever, with less (avoidable) pain and more success and happiness?

The Kids Can't Stop: Is Internet Addiction Real?

Yes, internet use changes the brain. But for some kids who can't stop, the changes are not good ones.

10 Cheap Ways to Get Inspired (Now)

By Jen Kim on January 12, 2012 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Quick creative fixes for brain farts and boredom

Finding the Fun in Physical Activity

By Michael Otto Ph.D. on January 12, 2012 in Exercise and Mood
For all these reasons, to return to regular exercise I needed more than willpower - I needed play!

Celibates Be Aware: Sex Can Be Wonderful for Your Health!

You are spiritual, emotional, maternal, and professional beings; many women of faith readily acknowledge and embrace these characteristics. But you are also sexual beings, and that part of you should not be denied or minimized.

Parenting with Major Help

Do you find it difficult to ask for help? Doing so may positively impact your Parent Well-Being. Read on to find out how a mother of three in the U.S. Air Force learned to accept help from others during her six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Solitude and Quietness

I was about six, when one day our elementary school teacher gave the class a copy of William Wordsworth's poem "The Daffodils." It had been an easy poem to learn: seductive alliterative rhythms conjuring mental images of remote mountains and lakes, and initiating a hitherto unsuspected and compelling attraction in myself to the solitary wanderings expressed by Wordsworth.

Six Strategies for Coping with the Blues

Some mornings I wake up and there’s no denying it—I’ve got the blues. I may not even be by myself when the blues descend on me, but they always make me feel isolated. I've found that it’s good to have some “blues strategies” at the ready, because the blues are never polite enough to announce ahead of time that they plan to spend the day.

The Control Society

Why is Big Brother promoting a campaign of fear against pleasure?

Earthquakes, Trauma, and Existential Anxiety

Angelenos aware of the facts about the San Andreas Fault live in a vague state of anxiety. It is an existential anxiety—about our own existence and the existence of all those whom we love. Such anxiety needs to be brought into dialogue so that it can be shared and held among us.