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Why They Call It Madness

Through play we can engage in battle with others without real-world consequences. Or we can experience strong feelings without putting ourselves in dangerous situations. Play happens in an imaginary world, a world that doesn't count. That's true, but it's also false.

Brand vs. Generic: When It Matters (And What To Do When It Does)

Generics are supposed to be deemed bioequivalent, which means they should have the same amount of active ingredient as their brand counterparts as demonstrated on healthy volunteers. They do not test whether they actually work or not (i.e. efficacy/effectiveness).

Sensitivity Training: A Poem a Day

Sharing a poem with family and friends proves an excellent way for all ages to stay in touch. Here are ten poems to tease you into the game. Brief and cutting to the core, a daily dose of poetry is good for the heart.

How to Feel Good When Things Go Bad

Life’s twists and turns can be scarier than any rollercoaster ride out there. Whether you are faced with a lost job, failed health, or personal rejection, such a blow can knock you off your feet. And you might find it almost impossible to get up, never mind feel good about moving on. But, you can get yourself up and back on a good path with self-affirmation.

Why Didn’t I Get That Job?

By Carl Beuke Ph.D. on March 26, 2012 in You're Hired
In the aftermath of an unsuccessful job interview, most people are too busy being disappointed to ask the questions that can pave the road to getting the job they want. Here’s how to be different.

Adolescence and Entitlement

Because they can go hand in hand, the connection between adolescent willfulness and entitlement is important to understand.

Online Dating May Lead to Love, But Has Its Perils Too

While online dating may be the most efficient and effective way for many people to meet a potential mate, dating strangers involves some level of risk, and the anonymity provided by the internet can make it easier for scammers and individuals with a history of violence to hide their true identities and motives.

Navigating the Tough Topics

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D. on March 25, 2012 in Don't Worry, Mom
How do kids cope with the news of threats to their safety stemming from other children, natural disasters, and terrorism? Are we creating a generation of kids who will worry about their own safety constantly? How to talk to kids about the tough topics.

The Ghost Constructed by the Machine

The physical characteristics of the human body place severe constraints on how the brain computes the mind, thereby shaping the ghost constructed by the machine.

Medical Jargon: Part 3

Last posting in a 3-part series on medical jargon.

Ever Feel Guilt Towards an Inanimate Object? Throw It OUT!

Anything that makes me feel guilty when I look at it is going to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. It might be able to do somebody else some good instead of giving me the evil eye. Giving it away will be a gift to myself.

The Illusion Of Permanence

My wife and son recently returned from a trip to Florida where they were visiting my in-laws. They were gone for only six days, but when they returned, my son seemed somehow older (that is, by more than just six days). I was once again reminded of the important Buddhist truth that everything—everything—is impermanent.

Why Is It Socially Acceptable To Be Bad At Math?

Why is it socially unacceptable to be bad at reading?

The Atheist Who Ran for Governor of South Carolina

By David Niose on March 25, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
An atheist running for governor of South Carolina: the audacity of hopelessness?

Life's Refrain: The Power of Nostalgic Songs

What is so special about songs that make us long for our past?

A Blood Sport For The Rich and Famous?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on March 25, 2012 in Animals and Us
In an earlier Psych Today post, I looked at the comparative cruelty of horse racing. A new report indicates the situation is even worse than I thought.

Is the Man Who Killed Trayvon Martin a Racist? Who Cares?

By Sam Sommers on March 25, 2012 in Science Of Small Talk
The story of the tragic death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin continues to unfold. A great deal of attention is being devoted to debating whether George Zimmerman–the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed the African-American 17-year-old–is a racist. But does the answer to this question really matter?

Anti-Gay Bullying: Are the Ravi Verdicts Too Harsh?

Last week, Dharun Ravi was convicted on 15 criminal charge including bias intimidation; a hate crime. Though some think he is being unfairly punished, minimizing or excusing his behavior will certainly not address the problem of anti-LGBT bullying.

Trayvon Martin's 'Crime' was The Color of His Skin?

The current painful story of Trayvon's Martin senseless murder reminds many of us that some things haven't changed over decades of life.

Fighting Monsters with Force Fields and White Lies

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on March 25, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
I recently learned of a device which promises to cure children’s nighttime fears of monsters. Its makers recommend explaining to children whose fear of monsters prevents them from falling asleep that it generates a force field which will protect the house (and everyone within it) from all sorts of things that go bump in the night.

Five Keys To Developing Your Deepest Gifts

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on March 25, 2012 in Finding Love
Core Gifts are the most tender places inside us. They lie at the very heart of our creativity and our love. If we open to them, they guide us inexorably to what matters most to us. To ignore them is to commit an act of quiet violence against ourselves. This post will help you discover your own core gifts, and will describe their five great hungers.

When Fantasy Becomes Fatal

“I can’t live without you” is always a dangerous fantasy. The mundane danger is making yourself or someone else miserable for falling short of an impossible fantasy ideal. But sometimes the danger of fantasy is life-threatening. Sometimes when someone says “I can’t live without you” he really means “I won’t let you live without me.”