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Personal Growth: How to Align Your Values and Your Life

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 14, 2012 in The Power of Prime
It is one thing to recognize what values you possess and to admit that some of them may not bring you meaning, fulfillment, or happiness. It is an entirely different thing to understand what values will actually bring you the life you want. This process involves aligning your values with your “ideal life” in the future.

From Fearless to Frightened

A striking thing is happening with my toddler--she is becoming a little person with her own personality, opinions, likes, and dislikes. She is funny, sweet, thoughtful, strong-willed, and easily makes friends. But she is also starting to develop fears. How do you prevent these fears from developing into an anxiety disorder?

Be a Behavior Detective

About 10 percent of the school population, or 9–13 million children, struggle with mental health problems. In a typical classroom of 20, chances are good that one or two students are dealing with serious psychosocial stressors relating to poverty, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, or a psychiatric disorder.

White Castle Wars?

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on May 14, 2012 in Scientocracy
When New Jersey decided to hike its minimum wage by some 20 percent in 1991, David Card and Alan Krueger recognized a tremendous opportunity to test how the minimum wage affects employment.

Top 10 Tips to Reduce Anxiety

Everyone has frightening or anxious moments. This particular feeling can be detrimental to you because it may stop you from living a normal life.

Cyberbullying versus Traditional Bullying

Just how different is traditional bullying from cyberbullying? Studies are beginning to show that the way youth bully online is a lot different from traditional schoolyard bullying.

20 Quotes on Intuition

Albert Einstein, Madeleine L'Engle, Bill Gates, Ingrid Bergman, Alan Alda, and more, give you their thoughts on the power of intuition.

Finding Anastasia Steele

By Peg Streep on May 14, 2012 in Tech Support
For all that young Millennial women seem to be making progress —even surpassing men in many pursuits — are they still stuck in a double bind?

Experience Rules in Today's Job Market

Whether you're a college student hitting the job market for the first time or someone transitioning to a new career field, the experience you acquire can make all the difference in this job market.

Robot Soldiers Will Be a Reality, and a Threat

Fully autonomous lethal weapons should never be permitted.

Psychopaths, Children, and Evil

Are callous, unemotional children who may grow up to be adult psychopaths born that way? Do they just need to be 'broken'? Or is there another way to think about it?

Are Extroverts Happier Than Introverts?

By Dan Buettner on May 14, 2012 in Thrive
The keys to happiness lie in having a sense of purpose, self acceptance and a supportive social network. Extroverts and introverts have different brain chemistry and interact with the world in unique ways. Does this explain why extroverts consistently score higher on happiness tests than introverts?

"Best Visual Illusion of the Year" Contest

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on May 14, 2012 in Brain Sense
Today's "Best Illusion of the Year" competition will welcome over a thousand vision scientists and visual artists. They'll celebrate how the brain's visual-perception system creates something that isn't there.

The Awful Green Things From Outer Space and Experimental Design

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on May 14, 2012 in Mind Design
A board game and a lesson about experimental design.

The Decade for Peace in Israel-Palestine

The status quo in Israel-Palestine is both stuck and unsustainable.

Aloha Awareness

With spring here and summer on the way, being outdoors alone or with loved ones is a great way to practice increasing your awareness and become more pono in the process.

Understanding Children’s Emotions: Pride and Shame

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on May 14, 2012 in Pride and Joy
Discussions of children’s motivations and behavior too often overlook the importance of feelings of pride and shame. A child’s need to feel proud, and to avoid feelings of shame, is a fundamental motivation, and remains fundamental, throughout her life.

Raising American Boys: New Book Puts Us On Notice

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on May 14, 2012 in Insight Is 20/20
We all know that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and attorney and bestselling author Lisa Bloom reminds us that American boys are the grease when it comes to caring for and protecting our youth.

Do You Make Time to "Treat" Yourself? You Should

I was very interested to see the range of “treats” people identified in the comments, and I got some good ideas for myself.

What's Your Psychological Diagnosis?

To find out which Mad Men character you most psychologically resemble, take a brief quiz.

DSM-5 Is Diagnosed, With a Stinging Rebuke to the APA

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on May 14, 2012 in Side Effects
As we challenge the diagnostic madness of the APA, let's not whitewash the regrettable history of its product, the DSM.

When Adolescents Are Unduly Hard on Themselves

What can make the adolescent passage really painful is when young people are inclined to be very hard on themselves after some frustration or disappointment with themselves.

The Secret to Aging Well – Not Keeping It a Secret!

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on May 14, 2012 in Face It
One thing that continues to surprise me is how shocked people (especially other women) seem when I admit my age. With such frequent public displays of midlife success — think Streep at 62 on the cover of Vogue or Madonna at 53 performing during this year's Super Bowl — you would think that a woman's age need no longer be kept secret.

I Got Mine: S**** You!

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 14, 2012 in Am I Right?
Without mutual sympathy, there are great injustices in the world.

This 8th Grader Wants to Measure Your Cat's IQ

How do you measure the intelligence of a cat? This 8th grader has designed a cat IQ test and needs the help of your cat!

Obama's Evolving Morality Challenges Religious Absolutists

By David Niose on May 13, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Obama's "evolved" view of same-sex marriage shows us why the exclusion of seculars in politics comes at a high price.

As Fewer Vaccinate Their Children, Whooping Cough Epidemic Sweeps Washington

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on May 13, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
The New York Times reported yesterday about a recent epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough) in Washington State.

Happy Single Mother's Day

Most American children were raised by two parents, once. But that’s happening less and less. By last count, more than half of all women under 30 who give birth in the US are without a spouse.

Are You Dominant or Subordinate in Your Romantic Relationship?

Dominance is so intrinsic to human social relationships that we don’t even notice it. The truth is, however, dominance permeates many aspects of our everyday social lives.