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Do You Hate to Hear "No," "Don't," or "Stop"? Plus the Weekly Video.

By Gretchen Rubin on March 02, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Once in a while, I learn a new word or phrase that allows me to see the world in a clearer way. In law school, I remember that after I learned the concept of “acting in reliance,” suddenly, I saw people acting in reliance all over the place. (For example, when my friend John signed a lease for a two-bedroom apartment because Michael promised to room with him, he’d “acted in reliance,” so when Michael wanted to move in with his girlfriend instead, John was entitled to hold him to his word.)

The role for vigilantes: A little duct tape and plastic sheeting and all's right with the world

Dexter is a Showtime series about a serial killer with a code. He only kills the bad guys who deserve it. We love Dexter precisely because he finds bad guys and kills them before they can hurt us. In a world plagued by uncertainty, it's nice to have a guy around with strict code of honor who doesn't mind getting his hands a little dirty to restore order.

Thelonious Monk---Bebop Pioneer, and Bipolar? My Interview with Professor Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk, The Life and Times of an American Original

By Lizzie Simon on March 01, 2010 in On the Road with Lizzie Simon
Thelonious Monk---Bebop Pioneer, and Bipolar? My Interview with Professor Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk, The Life and Times of an American Original

“From Chaos Comes Creativity, from Order Comes Profit”

By Robert I. Sutton on March 01, 2010 in Work Matters
When to make a mess, and when to clean it up

Dogs and Marriage in India

Finding a bride for your purebred male dog is not easy in India, however it is culturally and spiritually important.

Healing Isn't Always Pretty

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on March 01, 2010 in The Favorite Child
Children who grew up as the unchallenged favorite child often struggle, as adults, with issues of intimacy. They continue to look for the person who will love them as much as their parent did - an impossible task.

Beware the Golden Carrot at Work

By Katherine Crowley on March 01, 2010 in Workplace Whisperers
Sometimes life presents us with tempting distractions just as we're pursuing your dreams... Here are some field-tested techniques for spotting and averting The Golden Carrot Syndrome.

Why Self-Regulation by Police, Environmentalists, and Any Other Group Never Works

By Stanton Peele on March 01, 2010 in Addiction in Society
When governor Paterson's aide turned to the head of the governor's state police detail - with whom he worked daily - to lean on a woman accusing him of brutalizing her, of course they helped him.  That's human nature, no matter how many investigations the attorney general - God - want to conduct.
Everyday Noise Is Killing Us
Stop That Noise!
After the Noise
Sound Parenting

The Savanna Principle

By Satoshi Kanazawa on February 28, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
One of the fundamental assumptions of evolutionary psychology is that there is nothing special about the human brain. It is an evolved organ, just like the hand or the pancreas or any other part of the human body.


By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on February 28, 2010 in The New Brain
 Is captivity driving killer whales mad?
Witch Hunt or Healthcare Debate?
Witch Hunt or Healthcare Debate?
Stop Sitting on the Fence America!
Our Broken Government

To Get Sober, Delay Having the Drink

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on February 26, 2010 in The Literary Mind
To get sober, you might practice delaying the drink.  A delay opens the space for an interruption, which can get your mind off your craving.

Our Broken Government

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 25, 2010 in Hidden Motives
How Bad Is It?Many now believe our governmental system no longer works. According to a new poll, eighty-six percent of people questioned say that our system of government is broken. (See "CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.")

Who Do You Trust? And Why?

By Judith Sills on February 25, 2010 in Irrational Expertise
Do you trust your boss to do what he promises? Do you trust your manager to have your back? Do you trust your teammates to tote their share of the load and to resist hogging more than their share of the credit? Do you trust the CEO to live the inspirational messages he has posted on the walls?

Teenagers: Let's Hope Big Brother (or Sister) is Watching

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on February 25, 2010 in The Human Equation
Bo matter how good our communication is with our adolescents, there are things they will not and cannot tell us.  One of the biggest gifts we parents can give is to point our child toward a trustworthy role mode.

Stumbling on Meaning, Finding Happiness on the Way

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on February 25, 2010 in Don't Delay
In my last post, I presented my take on the cost of balance in life. Without thinking about it, at least without over-analyzing it, I ended my post by addressing my own particular "blend" of balance: work, play and love. It took another Psychology Today blogger to explain to me why I had arrived where I have. This is the blend for a meaningful life.

Let's Have a Public Health Care Option Already

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 25, 2010 in Side Effects
The need for a meaningful public healthcare option gets clearer by the hour.

Good Grief

By Eric Jaffe on February 25, 2010 in Headcase
Analyzing Menand's recent New Yorker piece, "Head Case."