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Innovation Loves a Crisis

By Moses Ma on April 30, 2009 in The Tao of Innovation
The most interesting flavor of innovation is one without a name. It's the aha! that saves your behind exactly when things start falling apart. Let's call it... emergency innovation. It's 911 for management, when you tell your go-to team that everything is riding on them. Who you gonna call?

"Dad, Mom, MUST You Drink That Wine to Feel Good?"

The last part of the brain to mature its neural networks is the prefrontal cortex, the center of highest thinking and executive functions. This is the part of the brain that is used for judgment, risk-assessment, critical analysis, goal-planning, and conscious decision-making.

Inner Beginners, Entrepreneurs and the Future of Creativity

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on April 28, 2009 in Imagine That!
Creativity favors the inner beginner. This was the message we took home from a national symposium on creativity in Winston-Salem, NC. Three themes ran through our two-day experience like spring through the trees. Let's call them supra-disciplinarity, the creator as neophyte, and creativity as a positive social value. The future of innovation depends upon them all.

The "Best" Lawyers

By Sam Margulies on April 28, 2009 in Divorce for Grownups
When divorcing couples search for the "best" lawyers, they often end up choosing the worst. Here's why.

Which Are You?

By Frances Kuffel on April 28, 2009 in What Fat Women Want
Foodies eat for the sake of food.  But the other kind of person, the eatie, eats for the sake of eating.  At their most extreme, eaties don't care about the food or the company.  It's the quantity and its effects that count.

Social Drinkers, Problem Drinkers and Alcoholics

When the term "high-functioning alcoholic" is mentioned, various types of drinkers often begin to question their own drinking and worry if they fall into this category. Part of this confusion is that many individuals are unclear about the differences in characteristics of social drinkers, problem drinkers and alcoholics.

On Male and Female: Reply to Taylor

By Kathleen Taylor on April 27, 2009 in Science and Cruelty
Cruelty -- a male prerogative?

On Love and Hate: Reply to Cindy

By Kathleen Taylor on April 27, 2009 in Science and Cruelty
When love turns to hate, cruelty can follow.

What is dopamine?

By Phil Newton on April 26, 2009 in From Mouse to Man

Beware The Toxic Trap of Success

By Ray Williams on April 26, 2009 in Wired for Success
The more people focus their efforts on becoming successful, the less they remember the reason they wanted that success.  For those that actually reach the success pinnacle, their focus becomes staying on top, so winning the game isn't really possible. Their drive to success becomes toxic.

The Life-and-Death Struggle over the Meaning of Addiction: Do God and Nature Back DSM-V?

By Stanton Peele on April 25, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Why are they fighting over addiction in the American psychiatric bilble, DSM-V - wasn't it defined in those tablets God gave Moses?

The Draw of Susan Boyle

By Barbara L Fredrickson Ph.D. on April 23, 2009 in Positivity
Who is Susan Boyle?

The Wisdom of Spontaneity (Part 5)

It's doubtful that any straightforward, one-to-one correspondence exists between spontaneity and happiness. Still, what various theorists have had to say about this ideal state...

Making the Most of Your Promotion

What's worse for your mental well being- being laid off or being promoted?

Saved by the Dog

By Frances Kuffel on April 21, 2009 in What Fat Women Want
Daisy saved me from the egg dish I didn't realize had bread in it until I'd taken a bite.  She huddled as close to me as she could get, making the trips to the buffet disruptions of love.  As chocoloates were passed around, she whined to pee and I escorted her to the garden and had a cigarette.  After a couple of hours, she turned into a frantic brat.  No one was surprised that we were the first to leave.

Conversation with a Fat Friend

By Frances Kuffel on April 21, 2009 in What Fat Women Want
Motivation should be removed from the weight loss vocabulary because it is too often a finite prod.  I hear it all the time: "I want to be thin for my daughter's wedding" or "my 20th reunion is coming up".  The dieter either gives up because realizes she won't fit the perfect evening gown in time or she gets down to her cheerleader uniform size but eats the entire breakfast buffet.

On Mr. Roboto’s Couch – Will Machines Become Our Counselors? Part II

By Ran Zilca on April 21, 2009 in Confessions of a Techie
Software that makes you feel better?

Let parents be parents, not executioners

Should parents decide whether to withhold life support from their moribund newborn, or is this the doctor's job? Not having to make this horrible decision reduces grief and guilt, thus alleviating the burden of parents in this impossible situation. One mother who signed a consent to withhold life support said, "I felt I played a part in an execution".  

How Do You Make Friends When You Are Single?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 19, 2009 in Living Single
Two very different single people (one with lots of interests, the other with fewer) are dealing with a similar challenge. They have acquaintances or casual friends, but what they really seem to crave are close friends. So how do you make good friends when you are single - esp when you are no longer 19 years old?

Cheers

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on April 19, 2009 in Look At It This Way

The Risks of ADD in a Marriage

By Frank Lawlis Ph.D. on April 17, 2009 in Redefining Stress

Micro Expressions and a Good Liar

By Maureen O'Sullivan Ph.D. on April 17, 2009 in Deception
Micro expressions tell us what a person is feeling, but not why they are feeling it. Interpreting the emotions of others, knowing why they are feeling what they are feeling, is necessary for accurate lie detection.

Brain Toxic Classrooms

The toxic NCLB pressure resulted in teach-to-the test curriculum with its drill-and-kill worksheets and memorization. The cost is the loss of a golden opportunity to build on curiosity and enthusiasm. 

Bipolar: The Mythology of Biomythology

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on April 16, 2009 in Mood Swings
Christopher Lane's blog is an interesting approach to interviewing contrarian figures in the mental health professions. Most recently, he interviews my colleague David Healy about how bipolar disorder is all a biomythology. Based on his recent history of bipolar disorder, Healy presents one perspective; I believe another deserves to be heard.