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Lean On Me: A Boy In Need and A Three-Legged Dog

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 24, 2012 in Animal Emotions
This heartwarming story of a young anxiety-ridden boy, Owen, and his dog friend, Haatchi, shows just how much we can help one another when the future looks bleak.

The Role of Role Models: Large Small or Any Size

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on October 24, 2012 in Face It
So what does it mean to be a good female role model in contemporary culture? Besides the obvious—being strong, smart, powerful and independent—is it the woman who transforms herself, gets into shape and loses weight, or the one who rebels and doesn't care?

Postpartum Suicide

The risk of suicide significantly increases among depressed women during the perinatal period.

Let’s Stop Talking About Bullied Teens and Suicide

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 24, 2012 in Nurturing Resilience
Bringing lots of media attention to teenagers who suicide because of bullying may be contributing to the very deaths we’re trying to stop. There are better ways to prevent these suicides.

Do You Share the Compulsion to Take Notes?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 23, 2012 in The Happiness Project
On taking notes and organization.

Rule-Breakers: Reputation Ramificaticatications

By Sara Canaday on October 23, 2012 in You (According to Them)
Our culture has an infatuation with brilliant rogues. These are the people who are so good at what they do, they consider themselves exempt from the workplace rules that mere mortals have to follow: punctuality, dress code, attending the company picnic. These corporate rebels make great movie characters but not-so-great team members.

Not All Abusers Are Created Equal

By Sandra L. Brown M.A. on October 23, 2012 in Pathological Relationships
Just as not all victims are the same, not all perpetrators of harm are the same either.

How Do You Speak to Yourself?

By Andy Puddicombe on October 23, 2012 in Get Some Headspace
A little kindness goes a long way when you're speaking to yourself.

For a Healthy Life: Fewer Calories and Marijuana

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on October 23, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
Food and drugs are chemicals and their combined daily actions in our bodies influence brain function and how fast we age. Their effects come about in one of three ways: short term, intermediate and long term. Overall, coffee, marijuana and chocolate should be part of everyone’s daily dietary regimen.

Stop Striving, You Are Already Enough

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on October 23, 2012 in Owning Pink
Lissa Rankin begs you to stop striving; to stop working so hard for everything.

Are Media Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 23, 2012 in The Power of Prime
Narcissus is the handsome fellow in Greek mythology who, because of his indifference and disdain toward others, was punished by the gods by falling in love with his own image. According to recent research, Narcissus has spawned many offspring in our current generation and narcissism is alive and well in America.

Don’t Let Life’s Hassles Become Stressors

Research shows that it's the everyday stressors, not the major stressful events, that accumulate and cause us to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. The key is to get a handle on those everyday hassles and make your life better.

Will Height Decide the 2012 Presidential Election?

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on October 23, 2012 in Naturally Selected
If all one needs to win a US presidential election is to be taller than one’s opponent, it will be an easy victory for Mitt Romney. But does height matter in predicting the outcome of US presidential elections?

The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism

One of the most dynamic areas of bilingualism research involves the psycholinguistic study of both adults and children. A new book presents the findings of researchers in language processing, language acquisition, cognition and the bilingual brain in such a way that they are accessible to non-specialists.

Oil and Vinegar: Why Opposites Don't Attract

By Kristine Keller M.A. on October 22, 2012 in The Young and the Restless
Refuting the myth that opposites attract—similarities are what fuel the flame.

A Tipping Point in Attitudes About Women's Weight?

By Sheila Himmel on October 22, 2012 in You Must Be Hungry
Lady Gaga is not the only one who is striking back at comments about her weight.

My Ex Has Too Many Girlfriends

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 22, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do about your teens and their Dad's many girlfriends.

Happiness Is Risky Business

By AJ Adams, MAPP on October 22, 2012 in Flourish!
Does risk = happiness? In light of scientific research, paired with my own personal risk-taking experience, I'm betting "yes." Here's 5 ways to become a positive risk-taker!

Some Extra Viewing and Reading

Two reviews for the price of one. First, want an enjoyable but realistic movie on cross-generational relationships? Look no further. Plus, an accessible and comforting book on dying.
Give Peace a Chance

Give Peace a Chance

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on October 22, 2012 in The Pursuit of Peace
In this introduction to the new blog, "The Pursuit of Peace," the elusiveness of personal happiness is discussed. Consider reframing daily life less in terms of personal happiness and more in terms of peace.

Remembering George McGovern

By Eric Newhouse on October 22, 2012 in Invisible Wounds
George McGovern was an honorable man who lived an honorable life. I admire his courage in taking unpopular stands simply because it was the right thing to do. His death Sunday at the age of 90 reminds me how rare such courage is in American politics.

How Much Does Healthcare Spending Matter?

By John C. Goodman Ph.D. on October 22, 2012 in Curing the Healthcare Crisis
Many believe that geographic differences in healthcare expenditures lead to differences in overall mortality. This assumption, however, is mostly wrong.

Why Don't Child Sex Abuse Victims Tell?

Only 30 percent of incest victims reveal their situations, and in almost half of these cases, the revelation is accidental.

Who’s That Stranger In My Bed?

By Matt James Ph.D. on October 22, 2012 in Focus on Forgiveness
Relationship experts often say that when your relationship is in trouble, you should “keep communicating” to “clear the air” and “talk it through.” But have you noticed that often this doesn’t really work?

Jesus Rules!

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on October 22, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Sweet Jesus, those atheists are getting bold. Thanks to God we'll soon have a real Christian in office.
How Much Does One Hour of Lost Sleep Matter?

How Much Does One Hour of Lost Sleep Matter?

Losing one hour of sleep means losing as much as one-quarter of slow-wave sleep, a stage of slumber that's crucial for learning.

6 Ways to Keep Long-Term Relationships Exciting

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 22, 2012 in Compassion Matters
The idea that the excitement of a relationship is sentenced to only the first months or even years a couple is together is completely false. When it comes to a long-term relationship, we can maintain the thrill of being in love and deepen our feelings of passion and intimacy.

Stiletto Heels and the Economy

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on October 22, 2012 in In Flux
Women's heel heights have soared in the last several years. An IBM study correlates several economic crises in the last century with an increase in the height of women's heels.