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Size Discrimination: Shame on You, David Letterman

By Marcia Herrin Ed.D., M.P.H., on October 04, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
Speaking out against those who would dismiss Christie as a viable candidate because of his weight.

What You Can Learn from a Blind Waitress

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 04, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
“You are about to enter a different kind of darkness—a darkness so pitch black, you will not be able to see a thing. Place your hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you. We will walk slowly. Ready? Now, follow me, I will show you to your table.”
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Things with Minds

By Dale Peterson Ph.D. on October 04, 2011 in The Moral Lives of Animals

The 2 Simple Ways to Stop Your Mindless Bad Habits

Many bad habits operate mindlessly, triggered by the context (e.g., watching TV, socializing, feeling stressed), rather than by any particular desire to engage in the behavior. So the key to stopping a bad habit isn't making a resolution - it's figuring our how to turn off the autopilot. It's learning to disrupt the behavior, preferably before it starts.

Lessons from the Soap Opera with a Sense of Humor

By Christine Meinecke Ph.D. on October 04, 2011 in Everybody Marries the Wrong Person
Forty years of making us laugh and showing us what not to do in relationships.

Toxic Question: Do You Have Kids?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on October 03, 2011 in When You're Not Expecting
When we have a history of infertility, we can feel apprehensive when deciding whether and how much information to offer an acquaintance about this aspect of our lives.

Aunts and Uncles Provide Enriching Experiences

By Robert M. Milardo Ph.D. on October 03, 2011 in Next to Kin

Government Neutrality Is Not "Anti-Religion"

By David Niose on October 03, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Religious conservatives often wrongly see government neutrality as an anti-religion bias.

Gravitophobia: The Irrational Fear of Your Bathroom Scale

By Yoni Freedhoff MD on October 03, 2011 in Traumatic Dieting
When your weight management efforts go sour, do you suddenly develop a bad case of gravitophobia - the irrational fear of being weighed? You're far from alone.

Confessions of a Therapist

By Charley Wininger L.P., L.M.H.C. on October 03, 2011 in Just Say Yes
The best advice I received to prepare me for practicing psychotherapy was this: "Expect to feel like a complete klutz for the first decade!" The advice turned out to be off by about five years (I'll let you guess in which direction).

Women and Selfishness

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Women in particular appear vulnerable to the trap of confusing self-care with selfishness. But self-care is not selfish. In fact, it's necessary for our ability to care well for others.
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We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident:The Obese Candidate

Should a candidate's weight be a consideration or even a contraindication when he or she runs for higher office?

Compulsive Choices in Addiction?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in All About Addiction
Does the fact that our brain makes choices all the time preclude some from being compulsive? Addiction seems to suggest the answer is no.

The Opposite of Payback Is Investment

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on October 02, 2011 in Pura Vida
Revenge creates a positive feedback loop, but so does altruism.
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Are You Killing Your Hope for Lasting Love?

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Romance Redux
How our fear of love makes us destroy it.

Beware of Spiritual Bypass

By Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Emotional Sobriety

Are You Ready for a New Personality?

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on October 02, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
What if our unique interests and capabilities are more than mere indications of vocational aptitude? What if, by honoring and pursuing them with the intensity they ask for, we can be more fully the person we are meant to be?

Unnecessary Illusions and the Truth about Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Don't Delay
I recently delivered an invited talk for an authors' series around the theme of "unnecessary illusions and truth." The theme fit what I've learned about procrastination over the past decade. Here are 10 illusions about procrastination with relevant research that challenges each.

To Seek or Not to Seek

By Susan L. Smalley Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Look Around and Look Within