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Online Eating Disorder Assessments

By Marcia Herrin Ed.D., M.P.H., on March 13, 2012 in Eating Disorders News
Want an online eating disorder assessment you can trust? I recommend The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26). This assessment is the most widely used and respected self-test, appropriate for adolescents and adults.

Self-Deception II: Splitting

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 13, 2012 in Hide and Seek
In the second part of my series on self-deception, I shall be looking at the ego defense mechanism of splitting.

When It Comes to Investing, Don’t Be an Animal

When it comes to money, our brains haven't evolved much beyond those of our furry friends.

Teens, Sex, and Co-ed Sleepovers

By Janell L. Carroll Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Get Psyched!
Would you allow your teenage son or daughter spend the night with his or her steady partner in your home? A study of parents found that while 91% of American parents said no, 93% of Dutch parents said yes (Schalet, 2011). This dramatic difference in opinions is mainly due to cultural differences in attitudes about sexuality.

The Risk of Becoming an Expert Multitasker

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Mental Mishaps
Are you an expert multitasker? Check your email, answer that text, talk with your co-workers, drive your car—how many things can you track at one time? In our busy modern environment, people constantly multitask. But just what are expert multitaskers expert at doing?

Perceptions on Conception: She Thinks It's All Her Responsibility

By Pamela Madsen on March 13, 2012 in Shameless Woman
A recently released survey shows that women who are trying to get pregnant worry way more than their male partners, despite the fact that half of all fertility problems are due to the male or a combination of both female and male factors.

Are You in Service to What I Serve?

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on March 13, 2012 in Owning Pink

Meaningful Busywork: Parsing the Oxymoron

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on March 13, 2012 in Gifted-Ed Guru
Defining busywork as "relevant" or "useless" begins first with an understanding of its purpose, not how it feels as the person complete it.

Mom Deserves Someone Having Her Back!

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in People Skills
Moms often don't look for the support they deserve.
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Stand Up for Mothers Who Can’t or Don’t Breast-feed

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Singletons
Is breast-feeding essential and sacred? Are you a terrible mother if you can't or don't breast-feed?

Friendship: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

I became really close friends with this girl that works in my local community center. We were best friends, always had banter, gossip, and helped each other through our ups and downs. She was working there during another worker's maternity leave. But as the maternity leave came to an end, she had to get a new job.

On the Origin of Cooties: Can Feminine Napkins Contaminate?

In a series of experiments, researchers placed a number of items in a shopping cart, then asked participants how much they would be willing to pay for one of the items. For some participants, a package of feminine napkins was touching the package of cookies. Did the feminine napkins "contaminate" the cookies?

US Cities: Sinful and Saintly

"What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness." - Joseph Brodsky. A recent Internet article by Jordan Rane (2012) caught my eye because it resonated with my interest in psychological variations across United States (US) cities.
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How Technological Distractions Destroy Connections

What is the role of smartphones and apps in blocking the development of relationship connections?

5 Fascinating Facts About Karl Marx's Wife

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 12, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Karl Marx's loyal wife and needy family motivated him to complete his books. Often, though, his boisterous family contributed to his lengthy writing blocks.

Feelings Matter—Even in Investing Decisions

By Denise K. Shull M.A. on March 12, 2012 in Market Mind Games
It's a neuroscientific fact that we need emotion to make a decision. If we don't have it, even the simplest choices end up in a never-ending loop of pros and cons. It's the emotion that conveys the meaning of something.

Discussing Life Expectancy With Older Patients

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 12, 2012 in Scientocracy
In a recent post, I laid out a question to readers — about whether and how physicians should discuss the prognosis among patients whose shortened life expectancy is the result of their already long lives.

Why the Spark Fades in a Relationship

For countless couples, the "spark" fades when real love is replaced by a fantasy of connection. When couples lose feelings for each other, rather than challenging destructive patterns in their relating, they tend to either break up or sink deeper into fantasy for fear of losing each other or being alone. The good news is these feelings of excitement can be restored.

Sports: Inside the Minds of the World’s Best Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 12, 2012 in The Power of Prime
I delve into the minds of some of the world’s best athletes and uncover the mental lessons you must also learn to play your best and achieve your goals. These mental lessons are especially important as you head into the most important games of the season, such as March Madness.

Unreliable Memory

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 12, 2012 in Hidden Motives
We tend to think that memories are stored in our brains just as they are in computers. But neuroscientists have shown that each time we remember something, we are reconstructing the event, reassembling it from traces throughout the brain