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How to Catch a Serial Killer

Do serial killers want to get caught? Some experts say their errors show a subconscious desire to stop. Regardless of what motivates it, we've seen a wide range of surprising mistakes.

How to Survive as a Poet

A more-then-moderately successful poet's "self-help memoir" is full of tips about how to keep writing in a world that doesn't much care.

Disease, Disorder, or Neurodiversity: The Case of ADHD

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Addicted Brains
The migration route of a wonky gene reveals something surprising about the libelous label "psychological disorder." Context makes all the difference.

Forgiveness: When and Why do We Forgive

In a recent dissertation, Kirsten Acker found that we’re willing to forgive those who harm us when they feel guilt and regret.

Principle Number Six: Turn the Other Cheek

By Izzy Kalman on May 21, 2012 in Resilience to Bullying
The moral principal for defusing physical bullying has been known for thousands of years.

Why Animals Really Matter

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Do animals really help us along - are they good for us? Hal Herzog isn't so sure. Marian Dawkins claims they do and suggests that's why animals matter because we really don't know if they're conscious. Outlandish as this may sound it forms the basis for her strongly anthropocentric views. Animals matter because they exist.

Do You Know What You Are Feeling?

By Peter Bregman on May 21, 2012 in How We Work
Over the 23 years since we met, my wife Eleanor and I have spent considerable time, money, and energy on our development. Individually and together, we’ve taken workshops, studied meditation, practiced yoga, written in journals, talked about our dreams, participated in training programs, and gone to therapy.

Influence Yourself With a "Why-Do" List

The To-Do list has in many instances turned out to be a highly effective way of getting things done. However, we all have some to-do list items that we chronically fail to get around to despite all of the best intentions.

Full Exposure: The Sickening Treatment for OCD

By Fletcher Wortmann on May 21, 2012 in Triggered
ERP works when, guided by a trained therapist, the sufferer approaches the object of his or her fear without indulging in any compulsive ritual behaviors. These exposure exercises often involve doing things that would make anyone, even someone without an anxiety disorder, deeply uncomfortable.

Falling in Love With Morally Ambiguous Television Characters

By Millie Kerr on May 21, 2012 in Consider the Zeitgeist
As a child, I gravitated towards stories featuring relatable characters. My favorite authors wrote about curious children, whimsical adventures, and animals, all things I knew or fantasized about.

Are We Still A Madonna/Whore Society?

Most women in the early to mid 1960s were treated as second class citizens. They were relegated to “female” jobs like teacher, nurse, or secretary. Are things any different today?

Troublesome Turn-ons

By Isadora Alman MFT on May 21, 2012 in Sex & Sociability
The possibilities of what turns a person on is limited only by the individual’s imagination. It is women as well as men, young as well as mature, gay, bi and straight, who have imagined some doozies with which to bedevil themselves.

Ultrasound and Autism—A Connection?

Could the increased use of ultrasound during pregnancy be implicated in the rise in autism?

The Real Reason People Don't Know When to Quit

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Ambigamy
Why do leaders stay in wars too long, college students borrow thousands for careers they'll never pursue, politicians say ever-nastier things? Is it hubris? Stupidity? No, it's the same reason cod produce over 20 million eggs apiece just to produce one viable descendant.

Is Nonviolent Communication Practical?

One of the most common critiques I hear of Nonviolent Communication is that it’s simply not practical. “It would be great if this can work,” the line often goes.

The Metaphor of the Shattered Vase

Posttraumatic growth involves rebuilding of the shattered assumptive world. This can be illustrated through the metaphor of the shattered vase.

Introducing Pyramids of Meaning

By Daniel Bor Ph.D on May 21, 2012 in Pyramids of Meaning
Consider this puzzling conundrum: When most other species meet their physical needs, they take the biologically sensible decision of conserving energy by resting. But in the same situation why do we reach for a Sudoku puzzle, or even glance at a science blog, seemingly absurdly choosing to engage the most energy-expensive organ we possess?

Does Power Make You Mistrusting?

Power is desirable, but it’s also lonely at the top. Perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio summed it up best when he said “I had better success meeting girls before Titanic... there wasn’t a perception of her talking to me for only one reason.” It turns out Leo isn’t the only one.

Endless Summer: A Disco Diva's Enduring Lesson about Female Sexuality

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Stepmonster
How a single song helped change the way we think about sex.

Internet Rule #34—Or, What’s Normal in Sex?

“If you can imagine it, there’s porn of it.” That’s about the simplest definition of this most evocative of Internet-linked axioms.

Facebook's Fallout

By David Rock on May 21, 2012 in Your Brain at Work
Facebook IPO was one of the most anticipated in Wall Street history, too bad it ended on a solemn note for many investors who are throwing up a thumbs down as they declare their dis-"like" for the anticlimactic outcome as the online social network's stock failed to live up to the hype in its trading debut Friday.

Welcome to Pleiotrope

By Geoffrey Miller on May 21, 2012 in Pleiotrope
Why most genes influence many traits, like mobile phone use and intelligence.

The Bogus Boomerang Generation

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Momma Data
Media reports claim 85 percent of college graduates will be "boomeranging" back home. Faced with steep student loans and a 50 percent unemployment rate, they (and their parents) have plenty of reasons to worry. Will they be sweating it out in mom's basement or is there reason to doubt the startling statistic?

Is it Alzheimer’s? Normal Aging? Or Simply Cyber Overload?

Do you sometimes wonder if that thing you forgot or that name you can’t remember is the beginning of Alzheimer’s? If so, you’re not alone, judging by the turnout at a recent UW Hospital public health symposium.

Demystifying Psychotherapy And The Myth of "Mental Illness"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Think Well
Why do so many people who desperately need psychotherapy refuse to seek it? Is it because they already know about the myth of "mental illness," or is due to the stigma still attached to being in therapy?

Just Garbage?

We must seek a solution to the problem of environmental racism. As things stand, poor minorities bear the environmental burdens of the consumption of the rich.

Are You a Digital Voyeur?

By Peg Streep on May 21, 2012 in Tech Support
Looking at how technology feeds our inner Peeping Tom and what that does to relationships.

The Face of America Undergoing Change

As a first generation Iranian American, I have been the recipient of a number of prejudicial actions. ’d like to be able to write that I have been calm and eloquent in the face of these types of offensive confrontations, but more often than not, for lack of a better word, I have seen red.