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Forbidden Fruit

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on September 12, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Although I have neither polls nor statistics to back me up, I'm confident that, if I were to ask you what fruit it was that Adam and Eve ate in the Garden of Eden, nine out of ten of you would answer it was an apple.

Is a Diamond Engagement Ring Forever?

By J. R. Bruns M.D. on September 12, 2011 in Repairing Relationships
If the engagement is broken, who gets the diamond ring?

Manic Not Maniac: Failures of Post-9/11 Leadership

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on September 12, 2011 in Mood Swings
A writer for the stolid journal Foreign Policy recently attacked former VP Cheney for not admitting to any mistakes after 9/11, and called him a "maniac", criticizing my views on the benefits of manic symptoms for enhancing creativity and resilience. But being manic is not the same as being a "maniac". Let's stop stigmatizing, and start thinking honestly.

Disbelief Is Not a Choice

By David Niose on September 12, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
The Religious Right knows that our environment affects our inclinations toward belief and disbelief.

To Spank or Not to Spank? Is that Really Still a Question?

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on September 12, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting
One mother wondered at what age it was okay to spank her child on his bare bottom

The Chocolate Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is often seen as an austere practice. While simplicity has its place, it also pays to remember that Mindfulness is first and foremost about compassion towards yourself and to others. So it's time to lighten your soul by meditating while eating a bar of chocolate. What could be a better meditation for Mindfulness Day?

Smoking and Supportive Texts

Smokers intent on quitting responded well to supportive text messages.

As I Predicted, Serena's Boorish and Threatening Behavior Continues

By Stanton Peele on September 11, 2011 in Addiction in Society
For the second time in three years at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams physically intimidated and threatened an official with little or no consequence. Watch PT readers write in to defend her.

Sleep and the Internet Addict

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Sleepless in America
Do you know someone who is barely functioning at work or in school because they are staying up all night on the Internet? This behavior certainly will interfere with good sleep and effective performance but is it an addiction?

How to Control Your Creativity

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Finding the Next Einstein
Can problem solving be considered controlled creativity?


By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in What Makes Us Human
What do we remember when we remember together?

Think Before You Post

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in The First Impression
Is Facebook and other digital mediums usurping or even replacing socialization in your real flesh-and-blood life? What is the potential fallout that could come from revealing too much information about yourself online?

End-Of-Life Discussions

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on September 11, 2011 in Happiness in this World
When I was a resident working in the intensive care unit (the ICU) at the University of Iowa, one of my responsibilities was to communicate with the family members of my patients. However, an intensive care unit, as its name suggests, is an intensely busy place,

How AA Is Making College Drinking Worse, and Gaining Power in the Process

By Stanton Peele on September 11, 2011 in Addiction in Society
We have been actively teaching children and teens about alcohol and drugs for going on a half century. And more of them have learned that drinking in a way that has been shown to prolong life and reduce dementia is wrong than disapprove of weekend binge drinking!

Should I Let My Teenager Get a Tattoo?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your teenager wants a tattoo.

On 9/11, Are We Remembering Heroism, Death, or Failure?

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in The Media Zone
Surely on 9/11 we're not commemorating the Administration's deliberate intent to divert attention and resources from the real and continuing threat of Al-Qaeda onto the trumped-up threat of Saddam Hussein, for reasons still mired in double-talk.

How Do Sex and Power Abuses Lead to Terrorism and War?

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
What can Hysteria, a playful movie on sex in Victorian England, teach us about of the deeper motives for terrorism? It turns out that sex and power that are used abusivley lie at the heart of Islamic terrorism.

Myths about Circumcision You Likely Believe

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
With my first child, I just thought that circumcision was what you did, no big deal, and every man was circumcised. Then one day I saw a picture of a baby being circumcised, and everything changed.

Being There for Each Other: A Meditation on 9/11

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on September 11, 2011 in People Skills
Meditation on 9/11: helping our friends is what life's really about.