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A Short Course for Overcoming Narcissism and BPD

A few critical skill upgrades can massively improve relationships for folks who act in ways that get labeled narcissistic or borderline personality disorder.

The G Spot, Science & the Need for Brakes

By Debby Herbenick Ph.D., M.P.H. on April 30, 2012 in The Pleasures of Sex
Last week a study was released that purported to have identified the G-Spot. But did this study – based on a single 83 year old woman’s cadaver - “discover” the G-Spot? Or has it simply demonstrated that science could use some brakes?

Basic Tips For Helping A Grieving Friend

By Russell Friedman on April 30, 2012 in Broken Hearts
When in Doubt, Open Your Mouth

When in Doubt, Open Your Mouth

By Joseph Grenny on April 30, 2012 in Crucial Conversations
Reverse the consequences of silence by taking moral action even in an incredibly hot state.

Shaping Your Kid's Brain for Success

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in PreFrontal Nudity
To help your kid's brain develop its full potential, you don't need all that fancy book learnin'; you just need to start with a little self-awareness.

Plato, Temperance, and Sports

Whether or not you are taking a temperate approach to sport and physical exercise will not only depend upon the physical impact, but upon your other commitments in life as well. Some phases of life or forms of life allow us more freedom than others.

The Secret to Maintaining Sexual Desire

After I got engaged, a married friend told me about the Penny Game. In this game, a couple puts a penny in a jar each time they have sex during the first year of marriage. Starting the second year, the couple takes out a penny each time they have sex. Supposedly, the couple will never again have enough sex to empty the jar. But is this true? And does it happen to everyone?

The Scents of Our Lives

The kinds of memories summoned by smell can arise when we are least prepared for the extent of their power.

Counterfeit Problems

By Bill Kahn Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in The Ostrich Effect
The Ostrich Effect occurs when we look away from that which disturbs us and fasten onto something else that is less likely to trigger our anxiety. This happens at work far more than we realize. We have a moment that triggers us—our anger, guilt, competitiveness, resentment, sadness. We do not feel safe enough to openly acknowledge this, to ourselves, much less to others.

Haggis on My Mind

By John S Allen Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in The Omnivorous Mind
The human mind makes sense of the world in part by classifying its contents, and food is one of the most important things people classify. Although some people might be reluctant to eat it, haggis is a food.

Solitaire and Financial Happiness

By Michael F. Kay on April 30, 2012 in Financial Life Focus
Of course I know which card to turn.

Is Health Insurance Too Cheap?

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on April 30, 2012 in Scientocracy
Researchers at USC recently published a study designed to find out how much people are willing to pay for better drug coverage from their health insurance plan.

Be Grateful for the Good Journalists

By David Ropeik on April 30, 2012 in How Risky Is It, Really?
We criticize journalists, fairly, so often that we forget to appreciate the good ones. A loving homage to my father, who just passed away.

How I Learned Not to Take My Panic Attacks Personally

By Priscilla Warner on April 30, 2012 in Learning to Breathe
How I Learned Not To Take My Panic Attacks Personally

My Son, Then and Now

By Susan Engel Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Young Minds
Last week my eldest son Jake, now 28, moved back, temporarily, into our house- his childhood home here in the Berkshires. He returns after being away for 10 years- four of them as a college student at Wesleyan University, and six living and working in NYC.
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Are Monday Mornings Really That Awful?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 30, 2012 in Minding the Body
Recent research suggests that Mondays may not be so blue after all. And that’s just one of the surprising facts about the most-maligned day of the week.
How to Use Poetry to Guide Your Focus

How to Use Poetry to Guide Your Focus

How about trying something different to enhance your focus? Imagine having your iPod or cell phone loaded up with recordings of your favorite poems.

Freeing Yourself

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on April 30, 2012 in Am I Right?
Without self-knowledge, we remain prisoners of our own prejudices

Psychological Catch-22s

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in In Love and War
We all want to be happy and healthy, to love and be loved. But these basic needs can be hard to satisfy when we find ourselves in psychological double binds.

Depressed Moms

By Shoshana Bennett Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Mommy Mental Health
8. Attention Alert
1. High School Years
3. Can 'Genius' Be Detected in Infancy?
4. How to Ask the Right Questions

Why Do We Need a Brain?

By Bruce Hood Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in The Self Illusion
Whenever I speak to the general public about the brain, I usually begin with a simple question, “Why do humans need a brain?”

Is Sex a Gateway to Sin?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on April 30, 2012 in Women Who Stray
According to recent legal activities in Tennessee, and an advocacy group opposed to Planned Parenthood, sexual activity of any kind can serve as a dangerous “gateway” that introduces dangerous ideas to the young and innocent (I work with teens, and there’s not a whole lot of innocents out there, to tell you the truth, so I’m not real sure who we’re protecting).
Becoming an Optimist

Becoming an Optimist

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D. on April 29, 2012 in Don't Worry, Mom
How to turn away from the dark side.

Thelonious Monk and the Search for Value

By Chris Guillebeau on April 29, 2012 in The Art of Non-Conformity
A long time ago, I was a jazz musician. I listened to Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. I loved what they had done for the jazz world, and for the joy of music in general.

The Evolution of Innovation

By Moses Ma on April 29, 2012 in The Tao of Innovation
Just as humans evolve, so too does the process of innovation. Innovators have evolved from being hunter gatherers of ideas, to the usage of early tools, to creating idea factories with pipelines of intellectual property, and are now entering a "third wave" of innovation -- which will someday lead to a critical mass singularity of new innovation tools and methodologies.

Fear of People

By Eliezer Sobel on April 29, 2012 in The 99th Monkey
There’s actually a word for it: anthropophobia.
Life Is Change!

Life Is Change!

Life is like weather. If you don't like it, just wait, it'll change.
Trouble is? It'll change even if you like it!