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Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 09, 2011 in Canine Corner
Dog's whiskers help compensate for their poor near vision and allow them to avoid colliding with things, especially when light levels are low.

Why We Think Monogamy Is Normal

For most of human existence, men and women have regarded polygamy as a normal and often advantageous marriage arrangement. In modern Western societies, however, monogamy is seen as normal and polygamy as an "exotic exception". How and why did this transition occur?

Healthy Miscommunication

By James V. Cordova Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Living Intimately
We miscommunicate more commonly than we communicate accurately. Some level of miscommunication is a normal part of any conversation. If you think about it for only a moment, this state of affairs begins to make sense.

What Art Therapy Learned from September 11th

Art theorist and perceptual psychologist Rudolph Arnheim once noted, "Art serves as a helper in times of trouble." The events of September 11th, 2001 opened the door to understanding a lot more about how art serves as a helper in times of profound crises.

Six Months on the New York Times Bestseller List, Yay!

By Gretchen Rubin on September 09, 2011 in The Happiness Project
To everyone here -- thanks so much for all your support and enthusiasm. I know that word-of-mouth has been the key to the book's success, and you've all done so much to help spread the word.

Infants Don’t See Fast Changes

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Adults have to survive in a world where they have to notice things that change quickly. What about infants?

Creativity = Competitive Advantage?

By Mark Batey Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Working Creativity
The ability to manage, organise, cultivate and nurture creative thinking is directly linked to growth and achievement

Narcissism Isn't for Everybody

By Donna Barstow on September 09, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
How do I love me? Let me count the ways... A cartoon about finding yourself in love with yourself.

A Beautiful Memory from a Disaster

By Donna Barstow on September 08, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
An editorial cartoon about 9-11, and one thing that people rarely mention.

Sperm Donor Siblings: Family Trees, Invisible Roots

By Douglas Pet on September 08, 2011 in The Age of Biotech
Your 149 half siblings that you were never supposed to know about.

The Disease That Whispers

By Robin Zarel LCSW on September 08, 2011 in Mind Over Matter
Ovarian cancer, known as the silent killer does have symptoms. But you have to pay attention to them. And remember that there is always hope!

The Power of Forgiveness: Why Revenge Doesn't Work

By Judith Orloff M.D. on September 08, 2011 in Emotional Freedom
Forgiveness is the act of compassionately releasing the desire to punish someone or yourself for an offense. It’s a state of grace, nothing you can force or pretend. There are no short cuts. Learn the benefits of forgiveness and how you can experience it.

Forgetting 9/11

By Gary Alan Fine Ph.D. on September 08, 2011 in The Global Grapevine
It was often repeated in the days after September 11, 2001 that the attack on the World Trade Center would never be forgotten. It would be, like Pearl Harbor, a day that would live in infamy. Yet, except for certain ritual commemorations, 9/11 does not affect our everyday lives. Should we worry?

Why People Commit Suicide

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on September 08, 2011 in Ironshrink
September is suicide prevention awareness month. The driving force behind suicidal behavior is difficult to comprehend, but understanding the thinking behind suicide is a powerful tool in preventing it.

Grieving 9/11, Online

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on September 08, 2011 in Compulsive Acts
if grieving feels simple, easy or more efficient online, then maybe we are diminishing the process somehow.

Psychoanalyst Robin Stern and Project Rebirth

By Jennifer Haupt on September 08, 2011 in One True Thing
After September 11, psychoanalyst Robin Stern counseled Columbia University students and families in New York impacted by the tragedy. Here’s more about her book of in-depth interviews with nine survivors:

What Do You Do When You Have a Toxic Boss Part 2

Your boss is making your life a living hell. You think of him as the devil incarnate. Bad strategy. Think of him as the Fed Ex guy instead.

6 Ways to Get Anyone to Do Anything

Get people to do what you want them to do because they want to not because they have to.

30 Top Tips for Treating CFS: FMS When All Else Fails (Part 1 of 3)

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on September 08, 2011 in Complementary Medicine
In this 3-part series, I discuss 30 treatments that can be very helpful in stubborn CFS and fibromyalgia cases. In part 1, we recheck the basics.

Freshman Year of College: Danger Zone for Mental Health

By Julie K Hersh on September 08, 2011 in Struck By Living
Some universities have made great strides in support of student mental health.

Want People to Know Your True Self? Show Your Best Self!

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on September 08, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
When I think of self-presenters, I conjure up images of slimy used car salesmen and telemarketers on TV at 3 in the morning. A new study suggests I'm being unfair to self-presenters.