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ADHD and Obesity

If you were to guess, would you think that people with ADHD are more likely to be obese or skinny?

How to Discover Your Sweet Spot

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Evolution of the Self
Your "sweet spot" is something like your very own golden mean. It's about doing, or not doing, that which in any particular situation is optimal for you. And knowing what's, personally, "just right" is hardly a trait you're born with. Nor is it a matter of intuition...

When Generosity Meets Venture Capital

By Nipun Mehta on February 17, 2012 in Pay It Forward
In this context, being a CEO of a 150-person company was just run of the mill. Unfortunately, what was also run of the mill was a singular focus on money. Greed. People cheered when a speaker spoke about unethical behavior. On the other hand, the crux of my message was pretty simple—do a small act of service, and the insights will appear; if they don't, keep doing more.

Women and Work: How Goes the Revolution?

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Our Gender, Ourselves
We're more than 30 years into "the quiet revolution." So you'd think we'd have a little better handle on it by now. It began in the late '70s, when women started to surge into colleges and graduate schools, and take their place in medicine, law, business, and other professions once reserved for men.

Once Upon a Time, When "Gals" Put Aspirin Between Their Knees

By George Davis on February 17, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
When you're talking about race or sex, it's sometimes hard to tell if you're telling a corny joke or if you're actually being serious. Maybe you're doing both.

The Loving Story—A Valentine from HBO

On Valentine’s Day, HBO presented the documentary The Loving Story. The film tells about an interracial couple in Virginia in 1958 jailed for violating the state’s anti-miscegenation law. Their case eventually led to the Supreme Court’s 1967 unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia declaring laws against intermarriage unconstitutional.

Conferences Are a Time to Work “On” Your Small Business, Not “In” It

By Karen Leland on February 17, 2012 in The Perfect Blend
What you learn and whom you meet might just move your business to the next level.

Lovingkindness Practice

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 17, 2012 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Gaetano Donizetti wrote an opera called L’Elisir d’Amore—the elixir of love. I think of lovingkindness meditation as an elixir for my heart. It’s a medicine that heals any irritation, anger, or negative judgments I may be feeling for myself or others.

The Seven Mindful Steps to Enhancing Your Life Expectancy

Last summer I went to a "life extension" conference at Cambridge University in the UK. Scientists from around the world had descended on this small English city to discuss ways of making immortality a reality...it struck me that the scientists at the conference had missed one of the most obvious ways of extending human life—mindfulness meditation.

Good Grief: The APA Plans to Give the Bereaved Two Weeks to Conclude Their Mourning

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Side Effects
Another week, another fiasco for the American Psychiatric Association. "The Lancet," Britain's leading medical journal, editorialized today about a major DSM-5 proposal, calling it "dangerously simplistic and flawed."

Is Jeremy Lin Like Jackie Robinson?

As a student of stereotypes and intergroup relations, the Jeremy Lin phenomenon makes me wonder whether Lin has opened the door for Asian American athletes to finally stop being overlooked in American sports, much in the same way that Jackie Robinson did for African American athletes. There is reason for both gloom and hope.

Sperm Alert: What to Know When She Wants to Have a Baby!

By Pamela Madsen on February 17, 2012 in Shameless Woman
Many men don't think a lot about their sperm until the baby-making tsunami takes over their lives. And even then, your sperm may not be on the top of your list of baby-making concerns. The first thing that may come to mind when the first rumbles of baby lust hits your radar might be worries about money, sleep, and your sex life.

Where Are All The Aliens?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on February 17, 2012 in Biocentrism
In Star Wars, the bars are bustling with alien creatures. Yet despite half a century of scanning the sky, NASA and SETI haven't found extraterrestrial life. So where are they? The problem may be more fundamental than anyone thought––it involves understanding our very selves.

The "Career Woman" Myth

By Melanie Notkin on February 17, 2012 in Savvy Auntie
Just about everyone is just dying to know: What is she waiting for?

Whitewater Rafting: Therapy for PTSD?

By Eric Newhouse on February 17, 2012 in Invisible Wounds
Neuroscientists believe that extreme sports, like whitewater rafting, can help PTSD patients learn to relax after stress. The huge adrenaline rush also leaves them with positive memories. And one neuroscientist says the exercise is as effective an antidepressant as any pharmaceutical.

Whitney Houston, Jeremy Lin, David Brooks, Religion and Addiction

By Stanton Peele on February 17, 2012 in Addiction in Society
David Brooks says that New York Knicks basketball sensation Jeremy Lin is a wonder whose religious devotion should be honored. Okay. But Whitney Houston's immersion in religion coming up had dire consequences.

What’s the Big Deal About Single People?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Living Single
Single people are the big media stars of the year 2012. Not celebrity singles, but ordinary people, who in ever growing numbers, are living single. Why all the fuss? Why now?

Biology and Awe: Psychology's Critical Juncture

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Awakening to Awe
It's time for the profession of psychology to wake up to its larger calling.

Men, Women, and Interplanetary Promiscuity

By David P Schmitt Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Sexual Personalities
Women want short-term mates, too.

Are Our Minds Going the Way of Our Waists?

By David Rock on February 16, 2012 in Your Brain at Work
Thanks to the multi-trillion dollar fast food industry, the average waistline of people in the developed world has increased 400% in 25 years, leaving three-quarters of adults now overweight or obese. For the first time in history, there are literally more people overweight than there are starving.

What You Don't Know About Rick Santorum

By Hank Davis on February 16, 2012 in Caveman Logic
A pair of taboos about religion and dead bodies have gotten in the way of open dialogue and good political journalism.

No Pain, No Gain?

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Eyes on the Brain
When my broken right arm came out of its cast, I assumed I’d quickly go back to my right-handed ways. But that’s not what happened.

Medical Jargon Part 2

Defining the terms addiction and dependence; case, patient and person; and subject and participant.

Bad Luck, Bad Choices or Psychological Reversal?

What seems like bad luck or self-defeating choices may stem from the subconscious workings of a phenomenon that therapists are just at the very beginning stages of recognizing and treating.

7 Vows of Compassion for World Leaders

By Judith Orloff M.D. on February 16, 2012 in Emotional Freedom
Politicians shouldn't be allowed to act so hatefully anymore. They should get beyond their egos to see there is a greater meaning and purpose to leadership than grandiosity or power. Read why political candidates need to be sent to compassion school.

The Fallacy of the Parental Fool

By Steve Baskin on February 16, 2012 in S'mores and More
TV programs targeted at children portray adults and parents as fools. While this is amusing to children, it is harmful to their relationships with parents. Here are some suggestions to address this challenge.

Should Scientists Test Prayer?

By Candy Gunther Brown Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Testing Prayer
I've spent the last eight years asking that question. Having satisfied myself—if not everyone I've met—that there's value in using empirical methods to study prayer, I've thought a lot about how to do it.