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"Clean" Parenting

Within the context of closeness, we activate an impulse to please the other, even overriding our own preference to do something else. "Clean parenting" works from connection, rather than manipulation or overpowering a child. And it works!

Who Can Eat Just One?

Now that science finds similar pathways lighting the brain whether it’s on sugar or cocaine, many overeaters feel validated. They’ve known this “hijacking” for years. Others, puzzled by all the fuss, wonder “Why not just have one?

For Family Vacations Forget Perfection

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 25, 2012 in Singletons
Family vacations contribute memories that form the rock bed of the future relationships you want with your children. What becomes a childhood memory is often surprising. Here’s why.

Wow! You've Really Changed!

An article in Entrepreneur online that appeared on June 21, 2010 talked about the cost of workplace conflict. They quote a study that indicates U.S. employees spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict.

The Downside of Planning

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 25, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
For most of us, life is just too busy. It is hard to do everything you want and need to do in a day. What can you do to help yourself reach your goals without getting overwhelmed by the details?

A Quiet Positive Psychology

I just finished reading a terrific book written by Susan Cain (2012), who also writes blog entries for Psychology Today.

The Fear of Atheism

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on May 25, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Why are Americans afraid of atheists? The belief that god does not exist is not hard to come by these days, and appears to be growing throughout the world. But as a Pew Research Center report put it, when it comes to religiosity, “the US is closer to considerably less developed nations, such as India, Brazil and Lebanon than to other western nations.”

The Madness of Honor Killing

Why is the practice of 'honor killing' so widespread in some cultures? Why would seemingly sane people be willing to kill their own offspring – daughters they have conceived, given birth to and spent many years nurturing – for the sake of their reputation?

A Perfect Evening Involves Dorky Friends and Ridiculous Hijinks

Liza Palmer is a bestselling writer with a new novel, More Like Her. One element of the novel is our assumption that we understand the realities of other people’s lives–but really, we often don’t.

Everything’s a (Funny) Story

By Amy Gutman on May 25, 2012 in Plan B Nation
Well, not everything. But this is.

Buddhism: The Road to Nirvana

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 25, 2012 in Hide and Seek
The three most important concepts of Buddhism.

What Faces Reveal about Emotions and Morals

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 25, 2012 in Am I Right?
Studies of facial expressions underscore the idea that emotions are universal.

On the Road to Surrender

Surrendering to your circumstances is the first step toward a life of Slow. It is not about admitting defeat, but about accepting 'What Is' at any given moment. Here's how.

The Garden Provides More Than Food

In my personal economics, my vegetable garden provides much more than food.

Poverty and Difference Through the Eyes of a 10-Year-Old

Guest Blogger: "I believe that my motivation for activism to fight the structures of injustice is grounded in my personal experience of subjugation as well as bearing witness to the suffering of others. Let me now tell you about my introduction to Jim Crow."

Sloth = Helpfulness

One of the many virtues of sloth.

Parenting Teen Girls

It’s not easy being a teen girl and not easy parenting one. More than previous generations, today’s teen girls face a daunting range of stressors that put them at risk for serious issues including self-harming behaviors, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

The Eyes of Love

Romantic love is often characterized as being guided by idealizations, sometimes even by blindness. However, romantic relationships should be based upon reality, as this reality is where both of them will live their lives. Do lovers’ eyes deceive them?

The Human Spark

When was the human spark lit, and why?

A Calorie Is a Calorie, Or Is It?

Is fructose responsible for the obesity epidemic?

4 Simple Steps for More Composure and Calmness

We all know that we live in a very stressful world and have been reminded over and over that too much tension can lead to chronic illnesses and abuse. Instead of immediately turning to drugs instead learn a simple technique called Meditation in Action.

The Tale of the Tortoise and the Hare

In the news the past two weeks were two important stories concerning the treatment and long term outcome of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. These reports have wide ramifications for children with all types of developmental disorders including Autism.

Mammograms and PSA Tests: What Your Doctor Needs to Tell You

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 24, 2012 in Good Thinking
Why would medical experts advise against routine breast cancer and prostate cancer screening?

Pain and the Mirror

The way we communicate an invisible, interior event like pain is by remaking it to be visible and external.

Outlook Not Looking Good for "Conversion Therapy"

Job prospects are not looking good if you make your living doing pseudotherapy to try and change a person’s sexual orientation.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Despite what the media would have us believe, people can be both overweight and healthy.

Facebook and Your Brain

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on May 24, 2012 in On Vitality
Why getting hooked on Facebook is so easy.

Men and Women Are the Same Species!

The fact that the sexes overlap as much, if not more, than they differ should tell us something about how to ask questions about human nature.

25 Quotes That Will Inspire and Motivate You

Whether you are contemplating a big change, working toward achieving a goal, or just trying to get through the day, these quotes will give you a little dose of inspiration and motivation.

How often do you make a moral compromise?

We face moral decisions when an action conflicts with our internal intention or conviction of right and wrong. There can arise dilemmas with the simplest of intentions.