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A Tipped Uterus and Intercourse Positions

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on May 22, 2012 in As You Like It
While it's normal to have a tipped uterus, a lot of women don't know they have one.

What I Learned About Myself From Steve Martin

Last week, I read Steve Martin’s memoir of his time learning and doing stand-up comedy, Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life. I loved it.

"Hunger Games" for Middle Aged Women

Brides turn to feeding tube diet to try to catch the beauty ideal. Is it time for women to say enough is enough?
The Great Porn Debate

The Great Porn Debate

By Martha S Rosenthal Ph.D on May 22, 2012 in Get Psyched!
They arrived on campus, one portly, hairy and short, the other slim and sexy in an emo-rockstar sort of way. One a porn star, one a pastor. Ron Jeremy and Craig Gross.

Can It Be Right to Commit Suicide?

By Neel Burton M.D. on May 22, 2012 in Hide and Seek
A sharp look into the ethics of suicide.
Psychological Realism and Characters

Psychological Realism and Characters

One interesting thing about old movies is how different the acting feels- particularly when you get back to silent movies and the first "talkies". The acting in these films was taken from melodramatic theatre, and therefore is highly, well, melodramatic.

Spirituality for Beginners 7: Dualist Thinking and Holistic Awareness

Dualist thinking can only reflect parts of something in relation to each other, while holistic awareness grasps their integration and the greater wholeness they combine to produce. Although people may be more familiar and comfortable with the former, the latter - associated with holiness, wisdom and spirituality - is equally essential.

Let Go or Be Dragged

By Sandra L. Brown M.A. on May 22, 2012 in Pathological Relationships
I don't know who wrote that slogan, but I loved it so much I bought it on a magnet. My first thought was, 'Oh, I love that saying for the women!' But in a flash, I realized it's a slogan for everyone.

5 Ways to Wander—First Draft Writing Advice

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on May 22, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
A first draft is a place to explore ideas, images, and premonitions. Later, you can go back to revision, revise, rewrite. Draft to discover. Craft to design.

How to Create New Patterns

By Carl Alasko Ph.D. on May 22, 2012 in Beyond Blame
In my last blog post, I began answering a reader who wondered why so many of her relationships were unsuccessful, from a marriage to an emotionally abusive husband to her brother’s stealing from her.

Mirror, Mirror

By Paula Croxson Ph.D. on May 22, 2012 in Selective Memory
Research suggests that social interaction may prime us for understanding others' actions. How? Our mirror neurons might be responsible.

Forgiveness: When and Why do We Forgive

By Lynn E. O'Connor Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Our Empathic Nature
In a recent dissertation, Kirsten Acker found that we’re willing to forgive those who harm us when they feel guilt and regret.

Why Animals Really Matter

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Do animals really help us along - are they good for us? Hal Herzog isn't so sure. Marian Dawkins claims they do and suggests that's why animals matter because we really don't know if they're conscious. Outlandish as this may sound it forms the basis for her strongly anthropocentric views. Animals matter because they exist.

Do You Know What You Are Feeling?

By Peter Bregman on May 21, 2012 in How We Work
Over the 23 years since we met, my wife Eleanor and I have spent considerable time, money, and energy on our development. Individually and together, we’ve taken workshops, studied meditation, practiced yoga, written in journals, talked about our dreams, participated in training programs, and gone to therapy.

Influence Yourself With a "Why-Do" List

The To-Do list has in many instances turned out to be a highly effective way of getting things done. However, we all have some to-do list items that we chronically fail to get around to despite all of the best intentions.
Full Exposure: The Sickening Treatment for OCD

Full Exposure: The Sickening Treatment for OCD

By Fletcher Wortmann on May 21, 2012 in Triggered
ERP works when, guided by a trained therapist, the sufferer approaches the object of his or her fear without indulging in any compulsive ritual behaviors. These exposure exercises often involve doing things that would make anyone, even someone without an anxiety disorder, deeply uncomfortable.

Falling in Love With Morally Ambiguous Television Characters

By Millie Kerr on May 21, 2012 in Consider the Zeitgeist
As a child, I gravitated towards stories featuring relatable characters. My favorite authors wrote about curious children, whimsical adventures, and animals, all things I knew or fantasized about.

Ultrasound and Autism—A Connection?

Could the increased use of ultrasound during pregnancy be implicated in the rise in autism?

Is Nonviolent Communication Practical?

One of the most common critiques I hear of Nonviolent Communication is that it’s simply not practical. “It would be great if this can work,” the line often goes.

Introducing Pyramids of Meaning

By Daniel Bor Ph.D on May 21, 2012 in Pyramids of Meaning
Consider this puzzling conundrum: When most other species meet their physical needs, they take the biologically sensible decision of conserving energy by resting. But in the same situation why do we reach for a Sudoku puzzle, or even glance at a science blog, seemingly absurdly choosing to engage the most energy-expensive organ we possess?

Does Power Make You Mistrusting?

Power is desirable, but it’s also lonely at the top. Perhaps Leonardo DiCaprio summed it up best when he said “I had better success meeting girls before Titanic... there wasn’t a perception of her talking to me for only one reason.” It turns out Leo isn’t the only one.

Endless Summer: A Disco Diva's Enduring Lesson about Female Sexuality

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Stepmonster
How a single song helped change the way we think about sex.

Internet Rule #34—Or, What’s Normal in Sex?

“If you can imagine it, there’s porn of it.” That’s about the simplest definition of this most evocative of Internet-linked axioms.

Welcome to Pleiotrope

By Geoffrey Miller on May 21, 2012 in Pleiotrope
Why most genes influence many traits, like mobile phone use and intelligence.

The Bogus Boomerang Generation

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Momma Data
Media reports claim 85 percent of college graduates will be "boomeranging" back home. Faced with steep student loans and a 50 percent unemployment rate, they (and their parents) have plenty of reasons to worry. Will they be sweating it out in mom's basement or is there reason to doubt the startling statistic?

Is it Alzheimer’s? Normal Aging? Or Simply Cyber Overload?

By Joanne Cantor Ph.D on May 21, 2012 in Conquering Cyber Overload
Do you sometimes wonder if that thing you forgot or that name you can’t remember is the beginning of Alzheimer’s? If so, you’re not alone, judging by the turnout at a recent UW Hospital public health symposium.

Demystifying Psychotherapy And The Myth of "Mental Illness"

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 21, 2012 in Think Well
Why do so many people who desperately need psychotherapy refuse to seek it? Is it because they already know about the myth of "mental illness," or is due to the stigma still attached to being in therapy?

Just Garbage?

We must seek a solution to the problem of environmental racism. As things stand, poor minorities bear the environmental burdens of the consumption of the rich.

Are You a Digital Voyeur?

By Peg Streep on May 21, 2012 in Tech Support
Looking at how technology feeds our inner Peeping Tom and what that does to relationships.