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On Growing Up With Autism: There is Always Hope

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on September 10, 2012 in The Autism Advocate
People continue to learn all their lives and people severely impacted by autism are no different. As parents we need to allow them opportunities to make mistakes or get in a pickle for them to grow into more independent adults. We can’t always be there to protect them.

Actively Shaping Our Romantic Futures

By Samantha Joel M.A. on September 10, 2012 in Dating Decisions
At the end of the day, relationship outcomes are choices that we actively make.

Great Sex: The Recipe

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Insight Therapy
Everyone wants great sex. But what makes great sex great? Popular magazines push technical prowess and variety as the crucial ingredients of great sex. But scientific data suggest otherwise.

Yes, We Really Do Want Lifelong Singlehood

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Living Single
A recent post asking whether you really do want lifelong singlehood, or whether you are just fooling yourself, is a throw-back to the 1950s. The authors repeat the usual bogus claims about marriage, and seem oblivious to contemporary critical thinking about marriage and single life.

Shaming Children Is Emotionally Abusive

I recently attended a social gathering with friends, family, strangers and a bunch of cute kids. As the day ended and goodbyes were shared, I over heard a six-year-old quietly ask her mother for something. Suddenly, in front of the crowd, the mother exploded and yelled hysterically at the child. The little girl was silenced with tears streaming down her cheeks.

What Happens When You're Older Than Your Parents' Dates?

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Our Gender, Ourselves
As divorce rates rise and our obsession with youth continues more parents of adult children are dating, and marrying, partners who are as young as (or even younger than) their adult children.

Ten Ways to Slow Mental Decline with Age

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Memory Medic
Good genes and luck are important in aging well. But good genes and luck seem more common in people who do these 10 things.

The Roots of Racism

How the everyday concept of race lays the groundwork for racism.

Children’s Immersion in Technology is “Shocking”

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in The Power of Prime
“Shock” is the best word I can think of to describe my reaction when I read the results of the latest Kaiser Foundation survey of technology use by young people ages eight to eighteen. The latest survey revealed that in 2009 this same age group spent more than seven-and-a-half hours a day involved with non-school-related technology.

Voodoo Death I

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in The Human Beast
Most of us are preoccupied with prolonging our lives by remaining fit and healthy. We are led to believe that a healthy body guarantees long life. Yet, there is evidence that some people die despite being young and in good health. When they lose the well to live, they perish as surely as though they had been asphyxiated.

Missed Manners

By E E Smith on September 10, 2012 in Not Born Yesterday
My mother used to say that good manners were simply the outward expression of inner respect -- or words to that effect. If so, there is precious little respect around today, what with candidates bashing each other in negative campaign ads and calling each other names, politics has become a blood sport.

Science Looks at Why and How Wet Dogs Shake

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 10, 2012 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs evolved mechanisms that allow them to shake nearly 70 percent of the water from their fur in about 4 seconds. It is a matter of survival, but it also depends on the size of the dog.

Overrated (and Underrated) Things in Life

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Marriage 3.0
They say that these things SHOULD make me happy, but...

Gretchen Rubin's Happier At Home - Book Review

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in In Practice
Happier at Home chronicles Gretchen Rubin's second personal happiness project (Her first happiness book is called "The Happiness Project"). Both books are about how to change your life, without changing your life - no trips to Bali, India, or Italy, no divorce etc.

All Hands on Deck: How We Can Help Someone Who's Suicidal

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Compassion Matters
When we go about helping a suicidal person, we always want to connect with the part of them that wants to live and do nothing to support the part that wants to die. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and the helper tasks that can save a life equips us with powerful tools for assisting those at risk for suicide.

Stuff Has No Meaning

By Regina Leeds on September 10, 2012 in Inner Peace Through Outer Order
Decode the messages hidden in what you own and how you feel about it all.

Freeing the Employee

Making health insurance portable is simple: Just revise state laws or federal tax law. Preferably both.

Musings of an Adoptive Mother on Her Daughter's Ninth Birthday

By Carrie Goldman on September 10, 2012 in Modern Day Parenting
An adoptive mom muses about the the path that led her to a particular baby, the child who belongs in their family.

When Guilt is Good... and When It's Misplaced

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Making Change
Guilt can be good and appropriate. However, too frequently, people have a misplaced and unnecessary sense of guilt; a feeling they can end, freeing up more energy to help themselves and others.

How To Get Over Your Sugar Addiction

By Sherry Pagoto Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Shrink
Six easy tricks for eating less sugar without even noticing it's gone.

Is Misogyny Maladaptive?

By Mel Konner MD, PhD on September 10, 2012 in The Tangled Wing
For most of human history men have tried to control women for their own reproductive aims. Despite worrying recent voices, this must soon come to an end.

Is Your Relationship Stuck in a Rut?

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 10, 2012 in Between You and Me
What does it mean for your relationship when you find yourself stuck in a rut? A group of researchers decided to answer this question by examining how being bored now affects relationship satisfaction down the road.

Meditation: The Ultimate Mental Detox

By Robert Puff Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Meditation for Modern Life
Meditation is to our minds what smoking cessation is to our bodies.

Never Again!

The relentless circling back to experiences of emotional trauma is ensured by the finiteness of our existence and the finiteness of all those whom we love.

Disease Mongering in a Top Psychiatry Journal

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 10, 2012 in A Matter of Personality
Counting symptoms that don't count for fun and profit.

10 Tips to Help Avoid Ugly Arguments

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in Emotional Fitness
Research has shown that couples who argue more than twenty percent of the time are probably not going to survive. Hopefully these tips will help you get your arguments under control and reduce the level of energy in those arguments.

What Do I Expect?

By Neil Farber M.D, Ph.D. on September 10, 2012 in The Blame Game
I expect the best. I expect that everything should work out perfectly. I expect the Packers to win. Is this too much to expect?

Is Money the Secret to Happiness?

Most religions also teach us that the key to happiness lies in appreciating what we have and helping others, rather than in trying to elevate our own status. On the other hand, most people think that if they had a lot more money, they would be a whole lot happier. Can money really buy us happiness, and, if so, how much?

Do You Have Any “Tells” That Show That You’re Feeling Stressed?

By Gretchen Rubin on September 10, 2012 in The Happiness Project
I really work on paying attention to the clues my self is giving myself.

For instance, I think of myself in the third person. That allows me to manage myself better.

Einstein Beware! Mavericks Not Welcome

By Stanton Peele on September 10, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Einstein would fail as a careerist in the modern scientific, institutional environment, where people don't do mind experiments, diss their professors and superiors in the field, ignore scientific boundaries, and take glee in pissing people off. It's just not done today.