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My Master, My Scale

By Pamela Madsen on January 03, 2012 in Shameless Woman
I hate weighing myself. I hate my scale. My relationship with my scale has never been a good one. It is my demonic Dom. We have played a game of non-consensual S/M for as long as I can remember.

Outside Incidents Can Be Relevant To Employee Evaluation

What employees do outside of work is relevant the office, too.

My Growing Fury at the Sounds of Media

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on January 03, 2012 in The Media Zone
In the beginning there was the word. Apparently, the beginning has ended and audible, unadorned, intelligible words have become bastard children searching for a home in a storm of sound and fury, signifying...

Bipolar Disorder: What’s Known and What’s Next

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on January 03, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
Bipolar disorder is not due to a specific lesion or degeneration in a single part of the brain, rather it is a disruption in how multiple brain regions talk to each other. A better understanding of how lithium works is advancing the search for more effective and safer treatments.

Antidepressant, Talk Therapy Fail to Beat Placebo--Really?

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on January 03, 2012 in The Skeptical Sleuth
If all treatments are equal, why not treat depression with sugar pills rather than expensive psychotherapy or medication?

Do Dogs Love People More Than They Love Other Dogs?

When dogs become stressed they draw more comfort from the presence of their human caretaker than from another familiar dog.

Sex, Your Child and Mobile Gadgets

By Ugo Uche on January 03, 2012 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"Needless to say the mind of a child is in no way shape or form mature to process any sexual information, particularly images. Children who consistently see these images, begin emulating what they see."

Grieving When Babies Die: Why the Controversy?

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on January 03, 2012 in Freedom to Grieve
Recent stories about families grieving for babies whom have died have stirred up controversy. Responses to pictures of babies who have died range from outrage to understanding. Taking pictures of stillborn or miscarried babies is a way to remember a child, to know that the child was real. So why is it hard for some people to understand this action?

Comparison Creates Confidence

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 03, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
There are two broad strategies that people use to make choices. How do these strategies affect your accuracy and confidence in choices?

The Brain Does That? Of Course It Does

Taking a placebo doesn't just make you feel better--something happens in the brain! Should we be excited?

Chimpanzees: I Know What You Don't

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 03, 2012 in Animal Emotions
During the past few years we've learned amazing facts about the astonishing cognitive, emotional, and moral lives of other animals. And 2012 is starting off with a bang as we learn that chimpanzees know what others don't know and tell them about the presence of dangerous snakes. These field data suggest that chimpanzees have a theory of mind.

The High Cost of Silence

Men need to feel that they can seek help.

What’s Your Incentive?

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on January 03, 2012 in The Pacific Heart
A woman at a Christmas party learned I was a psychiatrist, and asked, skeptically, "what's your incentive? If people get better, you'll lose business."

I replied, "I hope my patients DO put me out of business!"

10 Steps for Arguing Instead of Fighting

Here's a 10 step system for eliminating fighting from your relationship. You're going to learn how to argue instead.

In Defense of The Pursuit of Mastery

By Jonathan Fields on January 03, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
There's been a lot of talk, especially in the blogosphere, about having the freedom to put together a basket of interests, to pursue a wide variety of things simultaneously and figure out how to do do them in a way and on a level that allows you to mold together a decent living.