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Savoring the Moment
Seasonal Mindfulness
The Art of Now

Homicide and Envy

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 23, 2009 in Hidden Motives
The Roots of Killing in America"Nearly 1 of every 200 children born today will be murdered," writes Randolph Roth in his new book, American Homicide. He adds that, ever since the early 19th century, we have been the most homicidal country in the West. The statistics are not in dispute, but what about the reasons? 
Acting Up
Fleeing Responsibility
Hello Inner Child

Why Do People Vote? II

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 22, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The paradox of voter turnout – why do millions of people bother to vote in large national elections when they have virtually no chance of affecting the outcome? – is one of the major theoretical puzzles in the rational choice theory of politics. It’s a theoretical puzzle that I attempted to tackle when I was a rational choice theorist.

Do Dogs Laugh?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 22, 2009 in Canine Corner
Dogs make laughing sounds when they are playing. These same sounds, whether recorded or imitated by a human being can be used to calm a dog or invite it to play.
The Water Cooler Effect

The Water Cooler Effect

By Alex "Sandy" Pentland on November 22, 2009 in Reality Mining
Imagine you're the manager of a call center and a researcher told you of a simple way to increase your workers' overall productivity by 10-15%. You'd be interested, yes? What about when the researcher told you that the key to this was "fewer memos and more coffee breaks"?

Effective punishment for the adolescent.

The healthy purpose of punishment is to apply a consequence that discourages repetetion of a misbehavior that mere words have been unable to correct.

Missing Mad Men

By Abigail Pogrebin on November 22, 2009 in One and the Same

Think French, Stay Thin

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on November 22, 2009 in Bad Appetite
What is it about French actresses that makes them so attractive? The beautiful accent certainly helps. But they also tend to be gorgeous, leggy, toned and slim. And there's a popular belief that, despite a predilection for cheese, steak frites, and pain au chocolat, regular French women don't get fat either. Why should this be so?

The Foundation of Self-Esteem

Anxiety, by its very nature, will lead you to lose objectivity about the complex, wonderful, flawed, ever-changing person you are. 

Humor and Poignancy

By Carole A Travis-Henikoff on November 20, 2009 in All Things Human

Still Not Happy?

By Ran Zilca on November 20, 2009 in Confessions of a Techie
The quest for true happiness is perceived by many to ultimate goal of human existence. When asked what they wish for themselves, most people say that they would like to be happy. Everything else they wish for themselves is just means to an end. While happiness has always been a topic of interest and aspiration, its study, understanding, and the means to accomplish it recently has become a focal point of Western civilization.

Get Kinky With It

By Jen Kim on November 20, 2009 in Valley Girl With a Brain
The mere mention of the word "fetish" usually makes people squirm and feel really uncomfortable--like they just wet their pants.
Night School
That Damn Dream Again!
Daydream Believer
The Dream Notebook

The Problem of Giftedness

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 19, 2009 in The Power of Prime
How many times have you heard "Tiger Woods was born to play golf" or "Sarah Chang was destined to be a violinist"? Well, let me clear something up: No one is born to do anything.

Do Psychologists Reject Science?

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on November 19, 2009 in Thinking Matters

How to Get the Sleep You Need Part 2

By Gayle Greene PhD on November 19, 2009 in Insomniac

Lucky Number Seven

By Jennifer Haupt on November 19, 2009 in One True Thing
In this new book, Jackie Leo examines our fascination with lucky number seven. She answers questions such as: Why are there seven deadly sins? Seven days of the week? Seven wonders of the world, seven sisters… you get the idea. 

How to fight Recession Fatigue at Work

By Kathi Elster on November 19, 2009 in Workplace Whisperers
How do you handle Recession Fatigue? Find out fresh ways to adjust your attitude and feel better at work.
10 Habits of Happy Couples
Husbands and Wives
Creating Meaningful Relationships
When Harry Met Sally

Papertrain Your Problem Relatives for Thanksgiving *

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on November 18, 2009 in Just Listen
Do you have any relatives or friends that ruin everyone's time on Thanksgiving or Christmas and you can't un-invite them? Do you feel guilty at wishing they'll either have other plans or be too sick to come? Do you wish there was a way to papertrain them so they don't mess on everyone else's good time?

Birth: The Play as Activism

A community-activist turned maternity-activist is trying to use her play to change the world.
Field Guide to the Loner
Introversion and Shyness
Are You Misunderstood?
Country of Loners