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Fighting Back Against an Invisible Epidemic: Bullying in Schools and Workplaces

Bullying in schools, ranging from elementary to high school, has reached epidemic proportions. But bullying doesn't stop there. Bullying in college, in the workplace, and against minority group members of all ages is rampant.

What’s Your Intimacy Quotient?

Long-term close relationships form the foundation of our fulfillment in life. We normally think of intimacy as a quality of couples, but it is also a quality that everyone possesses as an individual. Based on the “3 C’s” of closeness, communication, and commitment, this six-question quiz will help you identify your predominant intimacy pattern.

And the Moral Is…Morals Matter

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on March 17, 2012 in The Fair Society
The cri de coeur by a disillusioned Goldman Sachs’ executive this week underscores a fundamental truth that is not found in Ayn Rand’s novels, or in most mainstream economics textbooks.

Dissociative Fugue: The Mystery of Agatha Christie

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 17, 2012 in Hide and Seek
The celebrated mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared from her home in Berkshire, England, on the evening of December 3, 1926.

Criticism Part II: Alternatives and Antidotes

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on March 17, 2012 in Pride and Joy
When parents are often angry and critical of their children, children, in turn, become angry and argumentative, stubborn and defiant. Argument begets argument. When we argue frequently with our children, children become good at arguing.

Making Couples' Therapy Work

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on March 17, 2012 in Off the Couch
The secret is out. An article in the New York Times recently shared something therapists tend to keep among ourselves: couples’ therapy is hard on therapists. But the author left out an important part of the secret: while couples therapy can be painful for everyone involved (therapist included), it can also be extremely rewarding. There is a not-simple trick, of course.

Can You Live Alone and Be Happy?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on March 17, 2012 in Am I Right?
Living alone “liberates from the constraints of a domestic partner’s needs and demands,” as though there was something wrong with limits or that others don’t have legitimate claims upon us

College Confidential Part I: 'Dear Mom: Sex Is Casual, I Have a Lot of It.'

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on March 16, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
Sex, Stress and 'Drunkorexia': The Secret Lives of College Students. Students today – especially young women – are under more stress, seeking more help, taking more medications and reporting more stress and depression than ever. What’s going on?

Mind-Reading: When A Friend Doesn't Tell You What's She's Thinking

I've been struggling about what to do about my friend Jennifer, whom I've known for 14 years. She really took me aback with a letter she wrote me almost a year ago. It included everything I had done that had upset her, all the way back to 2005, when she was my maid of honor.

Becoming Single Again: People Who Are Kind to Themselves Do It Better

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in Living Single
If you listen to people talk about their divorce just months after it happened, some seem to want to punish themselves whereas others show themselves more compassion and recognize that painful times are part of the human experience. Nine months later, one of the groups is still doing better than the other.

Inner Turmoil

It was approximately 7:30am on February 27, and like every other morning, students hung out in the cafeteria waiting to go to class. Little did the students know that what seemed like a typical morning would quickly turn deadly.

Have We Forgotten How To Wonder?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on March 16, 2012 in Grand Rounds
Have we forgotten the pristine joy of just wondering? How we can jump-start the next generation of American innovation.

Understanding the Difference Between Ability and Knowledge

How do children learn and why do some struggle?

Celebrating Gems from Women's History

In honor of National Women's History Month, here are some pearls of wisdom from some wise and courageous women, past and present.

Is Gambling a Good Way to Experience Flow?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Forty million people spend billions on slot machines in the U.S. every year. Are they communing with the Infinite without realizing it?

40 Quotes on Cleaning and Household Chores

Cleaning—one of life's necessary chores. So why not add some fun to it with these quotes. And for those of you who find cleaning therapeutic, there are some quotes for you too.

Interview with Trina Paulus, Author of Hope for the Flowers

Trina Paulus, author of Hope for the Flowers, discusses the meaning of her book, and her writing process.

The Story of Obesity Is Mostly Fiction

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in The Human Beast
The mass media propagate a view of obesity that is mostly fiction. This unscientific view is broadcast with good intentions. Journalists want to help people lose weight. Yet the information is so unreliable that it is unlikely to help anyone and even has the potential for doing harm.

Banning Cliques from Your Dinner Party

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on March 16, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
How to creatively host your way to harmonious dining. Cliques may seem snobbish, but they are really just normal, evolutionary social responses to fear. The question, "What if they don't like me?" is one constantly lurking in the minds of all social animals, and it can be a powerful obstacle to social mingling.

Emotional Habits: The Key to Addiction

Last night at the dinner table I shared my working theory of emotional habits with the kids. The kids nodded patiently. It's another one of Mom's theories.

My Moment of Self-enhancement

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in One Among Many
Most people want to do well in work and love, and while we can all improve in an absolute sense—if positive psychology has merit—we cannot beat the logic of ranks. Only half can be better than average (i.e., the median). Statistical regression pulls us toward that average, but, as I will show, there is hope in the strategic manipulation of perspective.

The Pink and the Black

By Nick Luxmoore on March 16, 2012 in Young People Up Close
I've noticed it several times: the girl whose is hair held by one pink scrunchie and one black scrunchie; another girl with black trimmings around her pink schoolbag; another with a pink stud in one ear and a black stud in the other.

The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Complainers

By Meg Selig on March 16, 2012 in Changepower
Only some squeaky wheels get the grease. Find out how.

Triad of Evil

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
The notion that bed-wetting, fire-setting, and animal cruelty signal the development of a serial killer should be revised. Despite its easy simplicity, we really don't know if this triad of evil is predictive.