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Casual Sex: A Psychiatrist Responds

It ain't all wine and roses in the land of casual sex, contrary to Siegel's recent blog post.
Large Families and Group Hugs
Top 10 Holiday Jokes!
What I Want for Christmas
Scrooge's Spiritual Redemption

From Regret to Grief to Healing

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 24, 2011 in One Among Many
I was going to title this post “Good Grief,” but I thought the probability of being misunderstood was too high. At any rate, grief is a serviceable alternative to regret. I continue to hold that regret is irrational and a bane on our emotional life.

Body Language vs. Micro-Expressions

By Joe Navarro M.A. on December 24, 2011 in Spycatcher
You have read about it or even seen it on television, "micro-expressions." Here is a look at what the term has come to mean, what it can really be used for, and some practical alternatives for those who study nonverbal communications.

Measure for Measure: A Madness in Method for Weight Control

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on December 24, 2011 in The Gravity of Weight
The study of weight control is daunting. Why don't we know more than we do? It is not for a lack of trying

Baby Boomers Caring for Elderly Parents

By Ann Bettencourt Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in We Can Get Along
Do you have a parent who is, or parents who are, getting up there in years? What are you doing about their health, their care, their finances? What are you supposed to be doing? To find answers to these questions, I went to my local library...

Something for Everyone, but More for the Most Needy

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
Study after study shows that we can stop children with the most problems, from the most challenging families and communities, from growing up and becoming the next generation of problem kids. But it means giving more of our scarce government resources to the most vulnerable and much less to those who can look after themselves.

What Is the Mind?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
My goal here is to briefly explain how the unified theory of psychology (UT) resolves the MB problem.

The Iowa that Isn't in the News

Despite all of the hubbub about Iowa, in particular the influence of religious activism in presidential politics, one fundamental (as opposed to fundamentalist) characteristic of the state that is rarely mentioned is that it is the heartland for home environmental radon gas exposure.

Hierarchy—What’s in a Name?

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Pets and Their People
Ethologists routinely measure dominance relationships and social hierarchies in groups of animals, but does this tell us anything about what motivates the animals themselves?

Overcome Holiday Shyness: Be More Interested Than Interesting

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 22, 2011 in Just Listen
I am a founding member of the “dread going/glad I went” club of socially shy people. I am also a Role Specific Extrovert. That means that when the occasion calls for me to be “out there” I strap on some courage and give it my best shot, but it doesn’t come naturally.

"Don't Talk to the Patient"

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on December 22, 2011 in The Power of Rest
As American health care fall apart, nurses are being told not to "waste time" talking to patients. Are we treating charts or people?
The Case for Keeping Santa

The Case for Keeping Santa

By Lynne Griffin R.N., M.Ed. on December 22, 2011 in Field Guide to Families
Are you worried you'll lose credibility with your child once he or she finds out about the mythical nature of this children's story? Santa is more of an asset than a liability for parents who want to keep the focus of Christmas on teaching values. It's all in how you incorporate this celebrated gift-giver into your holiday rituals.

Two American Kids in a Small Swiss Village

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
One of the finest ways of acquiring a language is to go and live in a country or region where the language is used. This is what happened to two American kids when they came to live in a small Swiss village for a year.

7 Days to Our Heart's Desire

By Rita Watson MPH on December 22, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
When you make this decision to dream, there is no short cut. Consider what it takes to create a garden. Your dream is like a garden that will need to be tended and cared for. Once you have committed to the dream, express gratitude and doors will open.

Keep the Water Boiling

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Black Belt Brain
The holidays make it hard to keep up routine. But a little bit of activity can help keep us in tune even while we tune in to the latest Holiday special.

Why Don't People Vote

Why don't American citizens who are registered to vote turnout?

A Sense of Self

By Graham Collier on December 21, 2011 in The Consciousness Question
Are people geared to following such a totally existential and materialistic day-to-day existence that the incredibly complex range of their personal ‘inner life' becomes less and less active?

Debates About Agnosticism Are as Old as the Concept Itself

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Side Effects
A 19th-century debate about faith and evidence is still highly relevant.

Can You Handle The Truth?

Courage is a precious commodity in psychoanalysis. Psychological growth cannot happen with out it. Both analyst and patient must draw upon it. But courage for what, you ask? Courage to face the truth. This is the guiding principle, the North Star of psychoanalysis. And it is an essential aspect of any kind of positive change.

Narcissism: Why It's So Rampant in Politics

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Evolution of the Self
Consider that two of the things narcissists desire most are money and power. Consider also that many individuals entering politics have already made their fortune, or inherited it.
Have You Ever Friend-Dated?

Have You Ever Friend-Dated?

By Carlin Flora on December 21, 2011 in Under a Friendly Spell
Rachel Bertsche's unconventional dating spree was a great success.

Meditation Helps Keep Our Wandering Minds in Line

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Choke
Wandering minds are unhappy minds; fortunately, meditation decreases wandering.

Sleep Paralysis

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on December 21, 2011 in Dream Catcher
Have you ever awakened from a deep sleep and then found that you could not move or speak?