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The "Bright Child" vs. the "Gifted Learner": What's the Difference?

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on January 29, 2012 in Gifted-Ed Guru
Though the child may sail through what the teacher offers, this doesn't mean he's gifted.

Transcendent Sex

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on January 29, 2012 in Out of the Darkness
Sex can bring a heightened awareness and sense of connection to the world. It can be a gateway to higher states of consciousness, which is why it has been used as spiritual practice throughout history.

Is Love Meant to Be Stressful?

All cooperative relationships share the same commitment problem: a business partner may cooperate one moment and cheat in another; a Congressman may support Romney's campaign for months and then switch allegiance to Gingrich the day after he wins the South Carolina Primary. The commitment problem occurs because costs and benefits of a relationship may change over time.

Don't Know Enough? Not Good Enough? Think Again.

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 28, 2012 in Off the Couch
When is it okay not to know how to do something?

Words Can Be Your Relationship Deal-breaker

By Rita Watson MPH on January 28, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
It is not just infidelity that triggers divorce, but oftentimes unkind words lead to the disintegration of marriage. Words that express a lack of respect for one’s spouse can be devastating. Turning to love and gratitude can bring about a renewed sense of commitment.

Do Romney and Gingrich Display an "Inner Life" Problem?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on January 28, 2012 in The New Resilience
Liberal and conservative political writers have been commenting on the negative reactions to Romney and Gingrich, despite their being the leading contenders for their party's nomination. But there may be something both share – though in opposite ways: It could be conflicts within the inner life of each, as it drives their outer life personas and behavior.

After a Diet, Your Body Remains Addicted to Food

A recent news article about dieting was a revelation for me as to why I sometimes feel like I'm addicted to food. The article emphasizes what many of us chronic dieters already know – after you have lost weight on a diet, your body actively fights you, through both hormones and brain activity, to put that weight back on. Is there a way out?

How to Tell Someone at Work That He or She Smells

By Donna Flagg on January 28, 2012 in Office Diaries
It is perhaps the most dreaded conversation managers face. Their brains race and their lips freeze because they have to tell someone with whom they work that he or she is emitting an odor that is creating a problem.

Friendship: The Whole Truth, Nothing But the Truth – What Do You Think?

After recently spending some time away with a close friend, I realize I don't like many aspects of her personality ... I would never want to tell someone I do not want to be friends because I don't think that they are a very nice person ...

Don’t Believe Everything Your Mind Says

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on January 28, 2012 in Ironshrink
The mind is always looking out for our safety, but we don’t have to believe everything that it says.

15 Wise and Inspiring Quotes About Aging

For advice on how to live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life, look no further than these 15 insightful observations. From Albert Einstein to Coco Chanel, these aging superstars will give you valuable insights to help you understand yourself, no matter what your age.

Chimpanzees Should Not Be Treated as Books in a Library

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 28, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Chimpanzees are sentient beings who should not be stockpiled and kept in tiny cells as if they're mere objects because they may have to be used in horrific research in the future. They are making small gains in the on-going, and often deceptive battle, to keep them locked up, but they need all the help we can offer.

Elvis Overcomes Memory Loss

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Trouble in Mind
Elvis was such a giant figure to young people in the mid-1950's that the global amnesic, Henry Molaison (HM) remembered some muddled information about him even although he could consciously remember little else from eleven years before his brain surgery in 1953. Elvis was first heard on the radio in 1954.

Our Power as Active Bystanders

When individuals need help, or groups are victimized, witnesses often remain passive. But research and real life examples show the great power of “active bystanders.” Sometimes even single individuals have huge impact. At other times it requires people to join, or the power of governments, to help or protect people, or develop harmonious relations between groups.

Shy Girl, Brave Woman

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
As a psychologist, I am frequently inspired by the resiliency people display in everyday life. Through the Internet and the power of social networking, I have met amazing people whose stories need to be told. Let me introduce you to Marla Genova, a woman who has worked hard to confront her own social anxiety, and ultimately, help others do the same.

Why Teachers Shouldn't Reward Bullsh*t

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Don't Delay
Students procrastinate. Teachers know it, students do too. The thing is, teachers can reinforce procrastination and undermine motivation. Here's a student's account of how this happens.

Are You an Addict?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Compassion Matters
Addictive behaviors are appealing because they offer immediate relief from psychological pain and anxiety. However, the relief is only temporary, never providing a lasting solution to our problems. When we "sober up," we find that our emotional pain is still there.

An Ecology of Mind

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Suffer the Children
Family systems therapists are a rare breed, for we see the world from a different angle. Simply put, our particular slant is that we look for the interconnections and relationships between people instead of seeing people as separate independent individuals. And for teaching us this unique way of seeing the world, we are indebted to Gregory Bateson.

“Am I Grieving Right?”

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Freedom to Grieve
We sit at the kitchen table, brushing off the chill of a winter evening. Gloria puts down her coffee mug and reaches for a picture of her children. Through tears, she tells me about her oldest son’s life, and quietly laughs when describing his antics. He died three years ago, and she obviously misses him.

Do violent video games increase aggression?

By Brad J. Bushman Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Get Psyched!
There are at least three reasons to believe that violent video games might be even more harmful than violent TV programs and films.

He Hears Voices: Validating the Experience

I encountered a young man, around 12 years old, who was hearing voices. Prior "treatment" included: prescribing psychotropic drugs to suppress the voices or telling him to ignore the experience. During my consultations with him, I sought to journey with him, to build a connection where he would feel safe to share his experience.

Changing Your Body Image Once and for All

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on January 27, 2012 in Compassion Matters
Our basic self-perception is shaped by both positive and negative programming from our past. Early experiences that we never imagined would have impacted our way of seeing ourselves remain the sources for inaccurate self-criticism throughout our lives.

The Dark Side of Altruism

The mobster Jimmy Burke was renowned both for his spectacular generosity and his terrifying cruelty. How could two traits that seem so different co-exist in the same person? The answer to this question has important implications for our understanding of human altruism.

Do Cultures Segment Time Differently?

How we partition the minutes in an hour may affect punctuality. Psychologist Robert Levine observed that most Americans assess punctuality in 5-minute intervals, whereas most Arabs assess punctuality in quarters of an hour (i.e., 15-minute intervals).