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Occupying the Toy Aisle One Pink Lego at a Time

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on January 24, 2012 in Momma Data
A drama has settled over Lego's new Heartlake City, a pink and purple village with girly figures sporting hearts and butterfies. The feminized, pre-assembled play sets that include a beauty shop, bakery and stage have been accused of promoting gender roles, sexualizing girls and stunting spatial abilities. Are toys marketed towards girls really so harmful?

Why Ask “So, What Do You Do?”

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on January 24, 2012 in Owning Pink

Bacon: Time To End This Crazy Love Affair

By Conner Middelmann-Whitney on January 24, 2012 in Nourish

Pacing and Planning Your Own Recovery

By Sandra L. Brown M.A. on January 24, 2012 in Pathological Relationships
Since the beginning of the year, we have been focused on discussing your recovery in great detail. That's because the power of pathology saws people off at the knees. In order to heal, you have to have a plan for your own recovery.

The Secret of Credit

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Most of us view trust as valuable and desirable, something that improves the quality of our personal lives. We seldom take the next step and view it as indispensable, a vital ingredient in society — and in the economy.

Requiem for the Banal Business Book

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in One Among Many
How much can be learned from the success of business organizations? Are there universally valid principles to be extracted? A popular genre of business books says the answer is ‘Yes.’ Scientists with a background in psychometrics, judgment and decision-making, however, curb their enthusiasm. Welcome to the Larry David School of Business.

Personal Growth: Five Building Blocks of Positive Life Change

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in The Power of Prime
Nothing of value in life, including life change, is easy or fast. In attempting to change, you are swimming against the tide of many years of baggage, habits, emotions, and environment. If you can dismantle those obstacles and commit yourself to a new direction in your life, positive change can actually occur.

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?

By Ben Michaelis Ph.D. on January 23, 2012 in The Creative Imperative
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?

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.
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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?

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.

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.”

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.

Arguments Against the Villainization of Childfree Women

By Ellen Walker Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Complete Without Kids
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.

The True Meaning of Freedom

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on January 22, 2012 in Happiness in this World
America is a symbol of freedom all over the world, enjoying as we do freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. Our ancestors prized these political freedoms so much that many of them were willing to die defending them.

Putting Paula Deen's Diabetes in Perspective

By Martina M. Cartwright Ph.D., R.D. on January 22, 2012 in Food For Thought
This week celebrity chef Paula Deen announced that she has had Type II diabetes for the past 3 years. Ms. Deen is noted for her "comfort food" recipes that are rich in butter and sugar and are consequently high in calories. Many have chided the 65-year old cook promoting an unhealthy diet... but is this fair?

How Parenting Makes You a Superhero

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 22, 2012 in A Million Meals
I've always been highly attuned to the presence of danger; becoming a parent has magnified this trait tenfold.