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Dogs 'R Us

By Stanton Peele on February 16, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Dogs have been associated with humans since we gathered in settlements. Lately, this association has become closer. Dogs have pervaded, and continue to pervade, my life—and I have never had a personal pet.

Is Our Device Lust on the Decline?

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on February 16, 2012 in The Power of Slow
Our device dependency is unavoidable in this day and age, yet sometimes life gets unplugged. But maybe that isn't such a bad thing.

Adult 1.0: Time to Upgrade?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 16, 2012 in Fixing Families
There is popular Seinfeld episode in which George decides for a day to do the opposite of what he usually does to see if it creates any positive changes in his life. And it does. Every risk he takes works out well. He goes against his programming and discovers new opportunities.

Don't Be Seduced! Six Crucial Warning Signs

Flirtation issues an invitation and leaves its acceptance up to the other person. Seduction sets out to get a “yes” whether or not sex compromises the autonomy of the seduced.

Conquer the Bugs of Distraction

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 16, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Most creatives struggle with at least three kinds of distracting insects—life's fleas, society's gnats, and the mind's mosquitoes. Tools & resources can help you focus on doing your best work day-in, day-out.

Medicalized Psychiatry: Is an M.D. Sufficient?

By Adrian Preda M.D. on February 16, 2012 in A Psychiatrist at Large
Is your psychiatrist a philosopher?

Dogs, Homeless People, and Love: A Picture Is Worth Many Many Words

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Animal Emotions
The photos to which I refer here show clearly that dogs are our best friends. They're able to love with no or very few holds barred and bring much joy and warmth to those who are down on their luck. We're so lucky to have dogs in our lives. We should embrace and celebrate their willingness to share love and learn from them.

Characters Unite to End Prejudice

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Millennial Media
USA Network's "Characters Unite" campaign to end intolerance, hatred, and discrimination takes a new approach to an age old issue. As America stands more divided than ever before, a media-based social justice effort is made to bring us closer, and to address issues affecting under-represented and marginalized groups.

Are Children Harmed Viewing Sexually Explicit Websites?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Nurturing Resilience
It isn’t altogether clear which comes first, our children’s promiscuity, sexual activity following drug use, and other high risk sexual activity, or whether kids who are already interested in these behaviors are looking to the internet for information.

The TAO: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy

By Jenny C. Yip Psy.D. on February 15, 2012 in The OCD Monster
The origins of "mindfulness" have its roots in Eastern thought. The Chinese term it
"Taoism". The Japanese term it "Zen". Some have associated it with the practice of
yoga, and with the religion of Buddhism. However, Tao in its purest sense is not religion or philosophy; nor is it psychology or a type of science. Simply put, Tao is a way and view of life.

Social Dominance Is Not a Myth: Wolves, Dogs, and

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Social dominance is a real phenomenon but has been widely misunderstood and misused. Nonhuman (and human) animals dominate one another in a number of ways, but simple and narrow explanations of what dominance is, how it's expressed, and how it influences behavior don't necessarily hold across species, within species, or across different contexts.

Johnny Cash and Mental Hurt

By Adrian Preda M.D. on February 15, 2012 in A Psychiatrist at Large
Artistic, sensitive or neurotic?

The First Duty of Love Is to Listen

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on February 15, 2012 in Lifelines
We are aware at some level that the ability to listen is highly correlated with other desirable traits such as kindness, unselfishness, and empathy.

Freud's Cognitive Revolution

How Freud rejected the Cartesian approach to the human mind and started his own cognitive revolution.

Want To, Don't Want To: The Psychology of Craving

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in The Flip Side
What does it mean to crave something?

Try This: Willpower Experiment for Making Smarter, Healthier Choices

Given the choice, would you rather eat a can of curried grasshoppers or a bag of potato chips? If you're feeling a little squeamish, what if some scientist had just discovered that grasshoppers are a miracle food? What if they could prevent cancer, burn off excess fat stores, cure depression, and regrow receding hairlines?

It Never Rains, But It Pours

I love blogging for Psychology Today. However, I have been unable to think of a new topic for my next blog. I began to analyze why I was blocked. I realized it was because I was in the midst of multiple transitions and could not focus on anything else. Although I have tried to stay away from personal stories, I think there are some lessons to be learned.

No More Excuses! How to Meditate Every Day

You've arrived home after a long day. Although work is ostensibly done, you still have responsibilities to fulfill: A family to take care of, social obligations to meet, and other items to tick off your to-do list. So finding time to meditate may seem like a luxury that you just can't afford.

7 Things Bonobos Can Teach Us About Love and Sex

By Christopher Ryan on February 15, 2012 in Sex at Dawn
We've known for some time that bonobos (previously known as "pygmy chimpanzees") are among the most sexual of all living animals—besides of course, humans. Frans de Waal dubbed them the "make love, not war" species, since they seem to resolve the majority of conflicts through sexual activity.

Are Health Spas a Healthy Choice?

By Sheila Himmel on February 15, 2012 in You Must Be Hungry
Four women friends, two from the East Coast and two from the West Coast, meet for a long weekend every winter. Usually we go to a health spa, for two reasons.

Hearing Impaired

By Abby Sher on February 15, 2012 in Amen, Amen, Amen
How I fill in the silences.

Ritalin Results Gone Wrong

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Momma Data
A retired psychologist stirred controversy claiming medications for attention deficits don't have long-term benefits. Some responded by praising the drugs, some denouncing them. Parents told how the drugs saved their kids. Psychologists spoke of the needs of the individual child. Hardly anyone mentioned empirical evidence.

The Magical Fantasies of Borderlines and Narcissists

By Randi Kreger on February 15, 2012 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
While we all fantasize, the trouble with narcissist fantasy is that the narcissist treads a fine line between what is magical thinking and what is real. As unhealthy as it is for the narcissist, it becomes gaslighting for his family members and contributes to their own confusion, frustration, and magical thinking.

What's Your Favorite Mistake?

By Jeff Wise on February 15, 2012 in Extreme Fear
I've never felt so flat-out dumb as I did that day. I'll never forget that horrible feeling of shame, seeping over me like hot acid, as I realized that I'd done something that could not easily be undone.

Why They Hook Up

By Peg Streep on February 15, 2012 in Tech Support
While technology facilitates the hookup's emotional disconnect, what Millennials learned from their parents may matter even more.

The Shamanic Synesthesia of the Kalahari Bushmen

By Maureen Seaberg on February 15, 2012 in Sensorium
Dr. Bradford Keeney has studied synesthesia among the Kalahari Bushmen of Southern Africa.

Q&A With Author Dan Chaon

By Jennifer Haupt on February 15, 2012 in One True Thing
"Fiction is a particular kind of rhetoric, a way of thinking that I think can be useful in your life. It asks you to image the world through someone else's eyes, and it allows you to try to empathize with situations that you haven't actually experienced."

Was I a Troublemaker? Weren't you?

I felt like a foster-child at the affluent institution I attended, but only a very good education could have prepared me to be a truly effective troublemaker. For that I am indeed grateful.

Resolution, Resistance, Resolution

By Robin Zarel LCSW on February 15, 2012 in Mind Over Matter
Dealing with internal and external resistances will help you achieve your goals.