The Latest

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Eating Disorders in African Americans

Little was known about disordered eating in Black people until recently. Although anorexia nervosa is much less common, African Americans struggle with eating issues too.

A Friendship Expert Reflects on Friendship and Blogging in 2011

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 29, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
Tis the season for wrap-ups and top ten lists. Friendship expert Dr. Irene S. Levine discusses blogging about friendship and reader's friendship concerns.

Why DID or MPD is a Bogus Diagnosis

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on December 29, 2011 in Think Well
Despite many therapists claiming to treat numerous people suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder or, formerly, Multiple Personality Disorder, here is why the condition is actually a dangerous myth.

Writing Rituals: Spiritual or Simply Habits?

By Jennifer Haupt on December 29, 2011 in One True Thing
For some authors, there's something spiritual about starting each day the same way. Others simply look at these habits as a way to turn on the creative part of their brain. Here's more from Alice Hoffman, Jenna Blum, Pam Houston and other authors.

A New Year's Eve Dinner

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on December 29, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Why is it that some people are vigilant to the point of phobia about what they put in their mouths while others don't give a fig?

Making New Year's Resolutions? Ask Yourself 6 Questions.

By Gretchen Rubin on December 29, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and I know I always do. I’m more inclined to make resolutions than ever, in fact, because if my happiness project has convinced me of anything, it has convinced me that resolutions—made right—can make a huge difference in boosting happiness.

Kahneman on Well-Being and Domains of Consciousness

By Gregg Henriques on December 29, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
Daniel Kahneman, whose work launched behavioral economics, turns his attention to hedonic psychology.

Shame and Pariah: Sex and Identity at the movies

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on December 29, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
SHAME and PARIAH are two of the most powerful psychological films I've seen in some time.

Why Your Boss Doesn’t Realize He’s a Jerk

People often mention that their bosses are jerks, but that they are completely unaware of how awfully they treat others. How can that be? How do the jerks get into the system? Why doesn't the company get rid of jerks?

Is Sleep Apnea Epidemic Among Police?

Sleep apnea is a major health problem - helping cause cardiovascular disease, depression, and many cognitive difficulties.
And if a recent study can be believed, it appears to be endemic in North American police. And that's dangerous - for them and us.

What You Don’t Know About People

By Sam Sommers on December 29, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
You've been lied to. Or, at the very least, misled. Because it's simply not true that everything you need to know about life you learned in Kindergarten. And you don't know people as well as you think you do...

The Year in Sex 2011

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 29, 2011 in SexualityToday
The most interesting sex article of the year, in my opinion, was Jonathan Franzen's New York Times article about the sensual charms of his new Blackberry device.

Money, Happiness, and Sustainability

You can use this moment of transition to start the new year with a fresh attitude and a doable plan about the spending, saving, and sharing of your money—to live your priorities with greater satisfaction and happiness. But how to get there? What will make this year different from all the rest?

Lost Love Dreams: A "Sign," or Only A Dream?

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on December 29, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
Is a dream a "sign" that someone should take seriously? Many lost love couples insist that they were reunited by a higher power through a dream. "Confirmation bias" research indicates that people recall the facts that support their preconceptions and make sense of their emotions, and systematically forget those that contradict these interpretations.

Sex on the Brain, Do Men and Women Differ All That Much?

What Does the Number of Sexual Thoughts One Has Tell you about Your Partner's Libido?

Some Hard-to-Measure Resolutions

By Michael W Austin on December 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Our truest and deepest happiness is to be had as we grow in character and give ourselves away to others, for their good. These kinds of resolutions, though hard to measure, are worth pursuing.

It's Tough Making New Friends in High School

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
I'm a 17-year-old high school girl. Recently, my best friend since fifth grade quit talking to me. We never had a fight and I never thought anything was wrong. Just this week, her and another one of my friends sent me mean and harassing text messages.

Looking Back on a Year of Eating Disorders News

By Nancy Matsumoto on December 28, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
They seem to be increasing in numbers, yet we know more about eating disorders and how to diagnose and treat them than ever before

Ten Impressive Psychology Studies from 2011

By David DiSalvo on December 28, 2011 in Neuronarrative
Several great psychology studies were conducted in 2011 and it's hard to choose just ten to write about. In a list that's anything but exhaustive, here are the studies that impressed me the most from the past year.

Dead Cow Walking: The Case Against Born-Again Carnivorism

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals raised for food are sentient beings who have rich emotional lives. No matter how "humanely" they're raised, their lives can be cashed out simply as "dead cow/pig/chicken walking." Whom we choose to eat is a matter of life and death. Animals shouldn't be produced merely to become unneeded meals.

Successfully Shy: Things I've Learned

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
It wasn't until years later, when I wrote Painfully Shy: How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life, did I muster the courage to share my own story. I wanted to be honest, and I wanted to let people know they are not alone. Most of all, I wanted people to know there is hope.

A Simple Trick for Sticking to Your Resolutions - For Good

Learn how to stick to your resolutions for good this time. It's free, it's easy, it's effective. Use the concepts of consistency and commitment to your advantage.

Why New Year's Resolutions Fail

By Ray Williams on December 28, 2011 in Wired for Success
The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year's resolutions. But why do so many resolutions fail?

From Snow Gloom to Snow Doom: The Psychophysics of the Snow

When Weh-Ming Cho decided to sell his snow blower with an internet ad, he received 1,400 offers. Cho wasn't just selling a snow blower. He was selling "A Tribute to Man's Triumph over Nature." Here is what he wrote.