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Love at the Margins
Typically Twisted
The Saddest Science
Gender Renegade

Rehab in Rewrite

By Lynn Phillips on September 23, 2010 in Dream On
Today's drug addict as depicted in popular media - once a committed outsider - a terrifying degenerate or brilliant outlaw, often some semi-aristocrat like William Burroughs or Dr. Gregory House -- is now competing, not always successfully, with a bunch of nobodies who want to rejoin society, like the overweight hoarder and the washed-up semi-celeb. In my last column I ruled out a few possible causes. This time out, I'm looking for what's driving the shift. 

Can You and Your Partner Agree to Disagree?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 23, 2010 in Evolution of the Self
No doubt you've heard the phrase before But the fact is that in a long-term, committed relationship, when you need to confront significant differences with your partner. . .

Why Can't I Sleep? Six Common Reasons You Can Fix

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 23, 2010 in The Power of Rest
95% of Americans no longer know what it's like to be fully awake, alert, and aware.

The Cosmic Countermove: What Your Therapist Won't Tell You!

By Harriet Lerner Ph.D. on September 22, 2010 in The Dance of Connection
Warning: The universe itself may give you a hard time if you make too bold a change! For example, you buy a house and the week you move in the dishwasher stops working and your car breaks down. What does this mean? Before you make a relationship change of any kind, know the truth about "cosmic countermoves!

The Key to a Good Marriage

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 22, 2010 in Ethics for Everyone
Using parenting techniques on a spouse may be effective in helping us get what we want, but is it right?

Reaping Justice from an ex-Spouse

A while ago, I was listening to a weekly radio show on PBS called "This American Life". Each episode has a particular theme and people tell stories related to that theme. I was really taken by a story about a man who had experienced extreme injustice but was unable to correct it.

The Perils of Swiss Timing

By Jenny Lind Schmitt on September 22, 2010 in Lifestyle Design
I've always been a believer in a healthy cushion of about 10 minutes either way. Which makes me often late, but hey, if you are 10 minutes late to my house, that's fine too! Hope you feel the same way! 10 minutes doesn't really show up on my radar! Until now.

An Insider's View of Boston Med

By Melissa Kurtz—How many television shows have been about hospitals? How often have they rendered the complexity and drama at all accurately? This summer that may almost have happened. Boston Med, an eight-week show that ended last month...

How Hormones Can Help Women Before and After Menopause

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on September 22, 2010 in Owning Pink
In her 30s, Lanie was a firecracker who ran marathons, worked 12-hour days, and needed no more than six hours of sleep to feel fabulous.

Saving Ourselves by Saving Others

By Jeffrey A. Kottler Ph.D. on September 22, 2010 in Change
What would you do if you encountered an adorable little girl who was about to be sold into sex slavery because her family couldn't afford to keep her in school? This was the situation I faced while doing research in a remote village in Nepal. I had discovered that many girls from the lower caste were disappearing because they were too poor to pay school fees and provide support. 

Huh, My Mind Was Wandering. Maybe I’m Bored.

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 22, 2010 in Ulterior Motives
How do you know when you're bored? There are probably lots of ways. If you are sitting in a class, lecture, or talk, you might find yourself feeling frustrated that the speaker is talking in a monotone. Or, you might not like the topic. Another possibility, though, is that you might find your mind wandering to thoughts that have nothing to do with the class or
Magical Thinking
A Necessary Evil?
The Placebo Effect
Trapped in Your Own Unhappiness?

You Are a Social Animal

I don't involve myself in romantic relationships because I am happy the way I am right now....or so I think.  Either way is this type of focus on oneself too much of an extreme to better oneself?  I want to have more fun than what I'm having but am not able to afford it at the moment.  Is this type of extreme detrimental or is it even an extreme at all?

Every Day, but Not Today

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 21, 2010 in Don't Delay
My son will celebrate his third birthday on Sunday. Today, he taught me something about development and learning. He revealed how early in life temporal reasoning takes shape. The upshot was that I then realized how many of us are stuck at a very early level of maturation.

A Touching Moment

Social scientists have shown for years that supportive touch can create positive outcomes.

On Being a Shameless Woman: It's About Letting Go Of The Old Rules!

By Pamela Madsen on September 21, 2010 in Shameless Woman
I have had an incredible and varied life. I live full out. I play full court - and I make no excuses for myself.But once upon a time - I didn't integrate my life. Because women are never actually encouraged to do this. We are expected to be one thing or another. We are either feminists or we are not. We are either "professional" or "homemakers" - we are either "Madonnas or Whores". But what if you were allowed as a woman to have a fully integrated life? To go beyond the old rules that seem so big and important to so many of us?

Pablo Picasso Paints Fakes? -- A Koan about Creativity.

By Gretchen Rubin on September 21, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Over the weekend, I was reading Arthur Koestler's book, The Act of Creation, and I was struck by the koan-like quality of the following story, which Koestler says is true: An art dealer (this story is authentic) bought a canvas signed "Picasso" and travelled all the way to Cannes to discover whether it was genuine. Picasso was working in his studio. he cast a single look at the canvas and said: "It's a fake."

Can that 20th cup of coffee make you crazy?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph. D. on September 21, 2010 in Your Brain on Food
Can sleep deprivation make us crazy? For most of us, the answer is no. But to understand this phenomenon we need to consider a very ancient fear that has been passed down as legend for millennia: people fear a full moon.
Guy-Q
The Extreme Male Brain
Stud Busters
Why Men Die Young

Overcoming Fear: The Only Way Out is Through

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on September 20, 2010 in Insight Therapy
The best way to overcome fear is to experience it fully, and repeatedly. This seems counterintuitive, but it works, and here's why.


How to Exorcise Your Ex

By Terri Orbuch Ph.D. on September 20, 2010 in The Love Doctor
Exorcise that old love.

How's it Hangin'?

By Arnon Krongrad M.D. on September 20, 2010 in Scrub, Rinse, Repeat
Trauma in the tropics.

If Eminem is Proud to Be Sober… Then Anyone Can Be!

I was speechless while watching the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) as Eminem performed the song "Not Afraid" from his newest album "Recovery"- in fact I felt tears brewing. Through the years Eminem has been a controversial hip-hop rapper who seemed to thrive on offending and instigating public and political figures by speaking his mind without concern for other's opinions.

Cinematic Diagnosis: The Town

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on September 20, 2010 in Reel Therapy
First with “Gone Baby Gone” and now with “The Town” Ben Affleck seems to have reinvented himself as a skilled craftsman of Boston-based crime thrillers. Oddly enough, Charlestown, MA is home to the highest bank heist rate per capita in the country, and this fact is perhaps the inspiration for a well-paced, psychologically astute heist movie. Though assessment in film is not nearly as rigorous as it is in psychology what follows is a profile of "The Town's" strengths and weaknesses.

Why we trust and respect Oprah and Larry King and not Dr. Laura or Rush Limbaugh

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2010 in Just Listen
Once you sacrifice respect for ratings, you can never get it back.Why is it that we trust and respect Oprah, Larry King, Anderson Cooper and David Gergen and not Dr. Laura, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly?