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Books: Women, Their Names, and the Stories They Tell

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on June 17, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
In writing about their names, women reveal what is most important about their sense of identity. They offer us new ways of thinking about the self--new psychological and spiritual insights drawn from ancient traditions, different religions, cultures, races, and age groups.
Sabbaticals for Singles?

Sabbaticals for Singles?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 17, 2011 in Living Single
An employment lawyer makes the case that if parents are offered maternity/paternity leave, then singles with no children should be able to take a leave to pursue goals meaningful to them.

In Praise of Esther Thelen

By Anne Fausto-Sterling on June 16, 2011 in Sexing the Body
If there were a Pantheon of developmental psychologists, scientists who changed the way we study and understand human development, Esther Thelen (1941-2004) would take her her place there, alongside the likes of Harry F. Harlow, Mary Ainsworth, John Bowlby, Leta Stetter Hollingworth and many others.

Develop Your Kids Into Leaders: What to Do and When

Psychologists Susan Murphy and Stefanie Johnson in their recently-published review of the "early seeds of leadership," suggest leadership tasks and skills that can be developed as early as 2 years of age.

Here is what they suggest parents should work on developing at particular ages.

10 Widespread Myths About Happiness: Do You Believe Any of These?

By Gretchen Rubin on June 16, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm leaving my desk for a few days, so in my absence, thought I'd re-post one of my favorite round-up pieces, about ten widespread myths about happiness.

Concierge Medicine Buys Special Care for Those Who Can Afford It

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 16, 2011 in Am I Right?
Should concierge medical care be banned because it threatens Medicare and Medicaid?
The search for sexual sanity continues

The search for sexual sanity continues

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on June 16, 2011 in SexualityToday
Now that Congressman Weiner is reported to be seeking professional help, one question seems to be on many people's minds: Help for what, exactly?

What are the Effects of Bilingualism?

Studies examining the effects of bilingualism tended to produce rather categorical findings in the last century. Today, it would appear that when differences are found between monolinguals and bilinguals, they are specific to a particular task and are rather subtle.

The Angst of Separation

By Lauren Grunebaum L.C.S.W. on June 15, 2011 in Starving at the Banquet
When I was eleven, I expressed my separation anxiety by running away from camp. At
seventeen, I expressed it through my anorexia. The two were variations on the same theme.

Smoking Influences How Your Brain Experiences Food

Scientists have discovered some interesting risks and benefits of combining smoking with the consumption of certain foods.

What Is Sexual Personality?

In this inaugural Sexual Personalities post, I define "sexual personality" and spell out three orienting principles that guide my approach to sexual diversity.

Saying Goodbye

By Jennifer Baumgartner Psy.D. on June 15, 2011 in The Psychology of Dress
I had less than a month to sift through my stuff, leaving the extraneous and taking the necessary. The history, nostalgia, and memories attached to my buried treasures were brought up like silt in churning water.

Does Everyone Have ADD? Concentration Interruptus and "Pseudo ADD"

When your thinking is interrupted by your brain, you’ve got real ADD;
When it’s interrupted by the world, you just have trouble saying, “No.”

Drowning in Clutter? No Time or Energy? Go Shelf by Shelf

By Gretchen Rubin on June 15, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Possessions, and last week's resolution was to Cultivate a shrine. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

DSM 5 Needs to Reject Hebephilia Now

By Allen J Frances M.D. on June 15, 2011 in DSM5 in Distress
"Hebephilia" is a medical sounding term for what is a purely legal issue- the statutory rape of pubescent youngsters aged 11-14. This is a crime deserving punishment, not a mental disorder deserving psychiatric hospitalization.

The Concept of Time

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on June 15, 2011 in
We have always been fascinated with the concept of "time." Certainly it is something that money can't buy and is probably the most important concept known to mankind.

From the Family of Ethan Remmel

By Ethan Remmel Ph.D. on June 15, 2011 in Living While Dying
Many of you may have heard the news by now, and if not, I'm sorry that you are reading about it for the first time here. Ethan died Monday, June 13th, surrounded by his loved ones. (This post was written by Grace Wang.)
Are Computer Games Making Children Stupid?

Are Computer Games Making Children Stupid?

What if computer games are actually making your kids smarter?

Flocking to the Familiar under Stress

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on June 15, 2011 in Choke

Worrying About a Friend Who is Depressed

I have a very best friend who has been feeling really down and depressed. He stopped going to treatment.