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Most Tragic A&E Intervention Show Ironically for HFA

I have often said that a movie or a TV show featuring a high-functioning alcoholic (HFA) would not be viewed as “dramatic” enough by today’s entertainment standards.

A fox, a cougar, and a funeral

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 22, 2009 in Animal Emotions
Many animals have rich and deep emotional lives. A few years ago I was lucky enough to observe a funeral ritual by a female red fox. Others have also seen similar events. In 1947 a naturalist on the East Coast saw a male fox lick his mate as she lay dead, and the male also protected his mate quite vigorously. Perhaps he too was showing respect for a dead friend.  Much happens in the complex lives of our animal kin to which we're not privy, but when we're fortunate to see animals at work, how splendid it is.

Longer-Lashes Syndrome

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on July 22, 2009 in Side Effects
Prescription medication for "longer, thicker, and darker lashes." Seriously?

Gullibility: More Negative Self-Beliefs Putting You at Risk

It's only common sense to infer that significant correlations exist between distorted negative tapes automatically "running" inside our head and your gullibility to others. . . .

Twitter-Speak: Adding a Vocabulary Item

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 22, 2009 in Don't Delay
Tweople know twitter-speak. Here's my addition to the growing dictionary of twitterific terms.

Go With the Flow—What!?

Lately I’ve heard references to “go with the flow” everywhere from in commercials to politics...

Republicans on health care: vicious, or just plain stupid?

By Massimo Pigliucci on July 21, 2009 in Rationally Speaking
Yes, yes, the title of this column is obviously partisan. But you have to wonder at what exactly the Republicans are doing in the midst of the health care reform debate. RNC Chairman and token black Michael Steelerecently characterized, again, the Obama administration effort as socialism.

Cathartic and Do-Over Daydreams

By Amy Fries on July 21, 2009 in The Power of Daydreaming
Cathartic "do-over" daydreams help us blow off steam and deal with difficult emotions like shame, guilt, frustration, and anger.

Childhood Origins of Gullibility (Pt 2)

At an early age children can't help but see themselves as reflected through the eyes of their caretakers. And the messages they receive powerfully effect their self-image. . . .

Novelty-Seeking, Hospital Beds, and the Spirit of Exploration

By Shelley H Carson Ph.D. on July 20, 2009 in Life as Art
 It is 8 pm EDT on July, 20, 1969. Anticipation and excitement grip the nation. Sometime within the next few hours, the hatch of a small vehicle will open and history will be made.

Why I'm an Excellent Liar

You could never, ever depend on anybody to be honest about even the most minor details. You could ask "What did you have for lunch?" in all innocence, just to use your mouth while you washed the dishes with your hands and planned dinner with your head. The man, who had an egg and sweet pepper omelette, would reply " A B.L.T. on rye with a side of potato salad."It didn't matter at all what he actually ate, you understand, the point was to fudge the truth--that was the important part of the meal, that fudging of the truth.

Control Me or I Will Control You

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 20, 2009 in Don't Delay
Self-control is one of the most important attributes that we can develop. Impulsivity is one of our worse liabilities. A study soon to be published in the Journal of Research in Personality explores the interaction of impulsivity and self-control in the prediction of some common behaviors - eating potato chips and drinking alcohol.

Ellen, we don't need more irrationality (you must be a sought-after guest at seances!)

By Stanton Peele on July 20, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Ellen Langer's friend's claim that a photographic image couldn't capture her guru is bullshit.
Five Facts About Lost Love Reunions

Five Facts About Lost Love Reunions

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on July 20, 2009 in Sticky Bonds
Contact a lost love... or not?

What are you doing this summer?

By Richard Louv on July 20, 2009 in People in Nature
Got dirt? “In South Carolina, a truckload of dirt is the same price as a video game!” reports Norman McGee, a father in that state who bought a small pickup-load of dirt for his daughter and friends. McGee is turning consciousness into action. So is Liz Baird, who keeps a “wonder bowl” available for her children. Other families are taking Nature Staycations.

5 Keys to Unlock Your Creative Motivation

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 19, 2009 in Creating in Flow
Motivation is more than just "wanting" to do something. For sure, though, when you're working on a creative project and the going gets tough, if you're not motivated enough, you'll quit. And it always gets tough.

Til breadth do us part

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on July 19, 2009 in Bad Appetite
Last week a friend of mine told me if his girlfriend was getting fat and he felt less attracted to her, he'd let her know about it and encourage her to lose weight. Isn't it enough to be constantly bombarded with media images of skinny female perfection? Can't we even expect our boyfriends to think we're unconditionally beautiful, belly and all?

Vacationing While Single

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 18, 2009 in Living Single
In vacation travel, as in holiday travel, singles are at risk for being treated as not fully adult. You know the drill - you get the back seat of the car, and the pull-out couch in the living room instead of a room with a door that shuts. Fortunately, these examples of singlism are not universal singlehood experiences. You can have enlightened friends and family members. Or if you have the nerve, some thick skin, or a sense of humor, you can stand up for yourself. Vacationing while single can actually be divine. 

We Are Creatures of Habit

By Ian Newby-Clark on July 17, 2009 in Creatures of Habit
This blog will be about habits. I do research on habits and self-change and I've blogged on these topics for almost two years now. Here at Psychology Today, I have a bigger and better platform, and I am ever so grateful. But, what to say first? How to set the tone?Perhaps I should begin with the title of my blog, Creatures of Habit. The title says so much about my approach to human psychology in general, and to habits in particular.