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How to Give Up Giving Up

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in All About Addiction
Giving up can seem like the easiest choice sometime. But if you learn from those who experience happiness and success, failure doesn't really exist.

Examining the Research-Practice Gap in Eating Disorders Treatment

By Nancy Matsumoto on June 25, 2012 in Eating Disorders News
What does "research-practice gap" mean, and why should you care?

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

By David J Ley Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in Women Who Stray
When individuals are touching one another's intimate parts ... this is sexual activity that has its ultimate goal of penetration," said Memphis Democrat and minister, John Deberry. So, all intimate contact, all touching, all sexual behaviors, ultimately lead to penetrative sex? What are the dangers of prohibiting such "gateway" behaviors?

Turning Molehills Into Mountains

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in Mental Mishaps
Turning a molehill into a mountain is easy. All you need to do is go for a long run or bike ride. The further you run the taller the hill grows, until it becomes so steep as to appear impossible to climb. But even when you perceive that hill as a mountain, your feet still know the truth of the tiny molehill.

There’s Magic In Your Smile

Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.

Masturbation: A Brief and Rigorous History

By Martha S Rosenthal Ph.D on June 25, 2012 in Get Psyched!
Masturbation is the most common sexual activity. Ironically, it’s also probably the one people talk about the least. Big people, small people, practically all people masturbate.

Tips for When Your Kid Stabs a Living Thing With a Steak Knife

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in Curious?
What is the best strategy for teaching your kids how to handle life's uncertainty and pain? If you don't want to be a helicopter parent, if you want to learn some counter-intuitive advice, read on. If only I knew this when I became a parent.

Just Feed Your Baby

Mothers have enough to worry about. I, for one, would like to take the breastfeeding vs bottle feeding dispute off the table for discussion.

Humans Cause Stressed Chimpanzees to Self-Medicate More

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Village chimpanzees in Uganda are stressed out by people and increasingly self-medicate using natural remedies. Compassionate conservation may hold some of the answers to how we can foster peaceful coexistence between wild animals and local people and remain hopeful.

The Dilemmas of Paradoxes

By George Davis on June 25, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Does Tyler Perry’s comic storytelling function as folktales did during slavery?

Three Critical Lessons from Three High Profile Child Abuse Cases

It has been a remarkable few days in the child protection field. On Friday alone much press attention was given to three major child sexual abuse stories: Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Monsignor, Fr. Lynn, and the New York Orthodox Jewish community.

From Blog to Book: How to Succeed on the Internet

By Jen Kim on June 25, 2012 in Valley Girl With a Brain
It takes a crowdsource to raise a novel. How creative thinking and a few rejections can lead to an alternate route to literary success.

Why Settle for STEM? Let's Promote STEAM Disciplines

I have a place in my heart for the STEM disciplines and use those skills daily. Yet I'm concerned that when it comes to education, the STEM disciplines aren't enough. What about promoting a dose of STEAM instead?

10 Tips to Manage Your Worrying

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in Why We Worry
Almost 1 in 10 people find uncontrollable worrying a distressing affliction that feels as though it has become an inseparable part of their personality and character. Chronic worrying is often driven by a need to worry to “make sure things will all be OK”. Here are 10 tips with associated useful links that you can try out to help you manage your worrying.

Empathy Is Not Indulgence

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in Pride and Joy
Have we created a culture of indulgence that is harmful to our society and to our children? Has our concern with children's feelings gone too far?

Girls' Knees and Gender Confusion

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on June 25, 2012 in Sax on Sex
Girls and boys are innately different - but it's politically incorrect to say so. That puts girls at risk.

Battling Summer Brain Drain: Enrichment Not Acceleration

You're worried that your child's brain (or your own!) will get a bit foggy this summer. Before you rush out to buy those curriculum workbooks from a teacher supply store, consider the alternatives.

Underwear Morality

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 25, 2012 in Am I Right?
The money/sports nexus revealed by flash of underwear

Pride and Prejudice

For psychologists, pride comes in two flavors - authentic and hubristic. And the difference between these two kinds of prides is the difference between deadly sin and virtue.

What's a Predator to Prey?

By Mark Derr on June 25, 2012 in Dog's Best Friend
There's no hunting for this meal. Brown bears and wolves share a humpback whale that washed ashore in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Photo: National Park Service

How Adolescence Becomes the Enemy of School Achievement

Parents need to supervise their adolescent's completion of school work so that consistent student effort is kept up when consistent motivation falls away.

He and She Wired: Part 1

A smiley face emoticon in an e-mail to the boss may be interpreted as not taking your job seriously, affecting your credibility.