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Tips for Starting Over and Rebooting Your Life

By Kimberly Key on January 23, 2012 in Counseling Keys
It's never too late for a life reboot. If you're reading this on the first New Moon of the New Year, you'll discover the essential recipe for creating resolutions. If you're reading this at another time, try it out on any other special day (like a first day of the week, a birthday, anniversary, or any special day that you declare as your life reboot day).

Unbearable Heaviness of Being: Considering Bariatric Surgery

When should someone consider bariatric surgery? There are many options for this technique but only for those with severe obesity. It is not necessarily a benign procedure

Why Are There So Many Songs About Rainbows?

It's time to come out of the closet. I'm a Muppet-lover and I don't care who knows it. I'm gonna shout it from the mountaintops, consequences be dammed. I've been a Muppet-lover since forever. I just never had the courage to tell anyone.

Can You Prime Your Brain to Get Rich?

By Susan Reynolds on January 23, 2012 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Thanks to millions of years of evolution, we are highly intelligent biological organisms, but when it comes to making financial decisions, we can be unduly influenced by ancient brain skills, such as hair-trigger responses to perceived fear.

My Week with Marilyn: A Portrait of Mental Illness

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in Millennial Media
Marilyn Monroe is synonymous with sexy blonde bombshell. She was at times a controversial figure, both for the scandals that followed her, and the objectification she brought to womanhood. But what was she like behind the scenes? A new film shares an intimate portrait of illness and self-doubt that shines a new light on the film star.

Are You Addicted to Doomed Relationships?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in Compassion Matters
Given the variety and diversity of people in the world, one is often left to wonder: So why do I keep winding up with the same type of partner? Why, no matter how many new criteria I mentally create, do I seem to be addicted to the same not-so-great relationship?

The Highly Sensitive Boy

By Maureen D Healy on January 23, 2012 in Creative Development
Are you raising a highly sensitive boy?

Sexual Distancers - 3 Ways to Satisfy the Insatiable Spouse

Sexual distancer like sex; they really do! They like to have sex when they are ready for it, when they are expecting it, when they want it. Seduction is often the elixir that awakens their sexual desire. They'd like to be tempted, coaxed, reassured, charmed and sweet-talked toward this precipice that feels slightly dangerous and out of control.

What Will You Do? What Would We Predict?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in Don't Delay
The honest answer to this question is, "it depends." However, far too often we're led to believe, or we'd like to believe, that someone can actually predict what we'll do. Although it's true we're like all other people in some respects, we're also like no other person.

45 Quotes on Dreams

Ever been ridiculed for your dreams? Ever feel like your dreams are just that — dreams? See what well-known people know about dreams. They are essential to your life.

What Exactly Is the Self? Insights from Neuroscience

By Allen R McConnell Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in The Social Self
What is the self? Although my stock answer to this question of "the self is memory" may be correct, recent neuroscience evidence suggests that our self-concept is the product of multiple, complex memory systems. Evidence from patients ranging from amnesiacs to those suffering from Alzheimer's dementia is shedding new, important light on this age-old question.

You're Asking For It?

"You're just asking for it!" Just a figure of speech?

Horoscopes in the East vs. West

By Matthew Hutson on January 23, 2012 in Psyched!
Around the world, everyone looks up at the same stars, trying to divine occult truths. But the kind of information they're looking for depends on their personality and on their culture, according to new research.

Lessons from Disaster At Sea

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Since the capsize of the Costa Concordia last week and the news that up to 32 people have lost their lives some commentators have mentioned similarities with the Titanic. To understand the situation it is useful to look for points of similarity to previous incidents.

Rejecting Moral Relativism

By Michael W Austin on January 23, 2012 in Ethics for Everyone
"Isn't all morality relative?" There seems to be a fairly pervasive acceptance of moral relativism in much of our culture these days. However, the answer to this question is pretty clearly "no."

The Machineries of Joy

Coming to terms with our instinctive yearning for the future is a good recipe for making the most of the only time during which we are alive: the present.

Men, Women, and the Pursuit of Happiness

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in Our Gender, Ourselves
It seems with every new study, a few more bricks pop loose from the façade of gender assumptions.

Intervene This

By Stanton Peele on January 23, 2012 in Addiction in Society
What if a wildly popular program masquerading as therapeutic pushes a technique that is demonstrably ineffective, and probably counterproductive? Well, that's "Intervention."

Why You Can't Be President (or a Professional Football Player)

By Stanton Peele on January 23, 2012 in Addiction in Society
What do professional athletes and the President have in common? Both make fumbles in front of many millions of people—and keep on ticking.

Nodding Doesn't Mean "Yes"

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in He Speaks, She Speaks
If a woman nods, a man thinks, “Oh good, she’s buying everything I’m saying.” But at the end of the conversation, she may say, “No, I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

The Power of Positive Thinking Revisited

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in Making Change
People who view the world through rose-colored glasses are wonderfully optimistic, but their look-only-at-the-positive attitude sometimes sets them up for painful failure. A better way of using positive thinking is to focus on yourself – not your abilities or accomplishments – and to work toward an appreciation of you for just being who you are.

Race and Reputation in the Brain

By John Whitfield Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in People Will Talk
When we decide whether to trust, knowledge and prejudices all go into the same pot.

Adolescence and the Loss of Athletic Participation

As sports get more competively serious in secondary, more students are denied the fun of sports as nourishing play.

Reflections on Exercise and Depression

By Steve Baskin on January 23, 2012 in S'mores and More
My travels in Asia have driven home the point that our bodies are designed to be active and outside. Our modern lifestyles, however, find us indoors and idle, resulting in increased depression.

Use of Vibrators Among American Women

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
How many American women use vibrators within their sexual repertoire? Furthermore, are there differences between users and non-users when it comes to health conscious behaviors and sexual functioning?

Arguments Against the Villainization of Childfree Women

It seems unfair to generalize about women who are childfree, but just go online, and you'll come across myriad examples of this very topic. Sadly, many of these generalizations are negative and hurtful, and the comments are popping up worldwide. Let's take a look at a few that I've run across lately.

Loving You Is Breaking My Heart

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Love, is "a many splendored thing"; but love also involves a lot of suffering—especially in the case of unrequited love. Love can feel like being in paradise as well as being in hell. In both cases, the best suggestion is to keep on going. Why is it that love is so ambivalent, and why do we keep on loving even when it leads to heartbreak?

Close Encounters of the Gorilla Kind

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Animal Emotions
A video well-worth watching to see friendly and inquisitive gorillas pet and groom a human. The portrayal of animals as being mean and violent is simply wrong. It's a misrepresentation of who they really are. Sit back and enjoy this amazing encounter between a human ape and one of our close relatives.