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Emotional Habits: The Key to Addiction

Last night at the dinner table I shared my working theory of emotional habits with the kids. The kids nodded patiently. It's another one of Mom's theories.

My Moment of Self-enhancement

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in One Among Many
Most people want to do well in work and love, and while we can all improve in an absolute sense—if positive psychology has merit—we cannot beat the logic of ranks. Only half can be better than average (i.e., the median). Statistical regression pulls us toward that average, but, as I will show, there is hope in the strategic manipulation of perspective.

The Pink and the Black

By Nick Luxmoore on March 16, 2012 in Young People Up Close
I've noticed it several times: the girl whose is hair held by one pink scrunchie and one black scrunchie; another girl with black trimmings around her pink schoolbag; another with a pink stud in one ear and a black stud in the other.

The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Complainers

By Meg Selig on March 16, 2012 in Changepower
Only some squeaky wheels get the grease. Find out how.

Triad of Evil

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
The notion that bed-wetting, fire-setting, and animal cruelty signal the development of a serial killer should be revised. Despite its easy simplicity, we really don't know if this triad of evil is predictive.

How to Tell if Someone is Lying to You Online

By David DiSalvo on March 16, 2012 in Neuronarrative
Most of us are horrible lie detectors in face-to-face interaction, and we’re even worse when it comes to knowing if someone is lying online. New research suggests, however, that there are certain linguistic signals we can look for to determine if someone is trying to hoodwink us.

Can Zombies Teach Us About Morality?

What is it about Zombies that so captivates us? Is it their persistence? Their unflinching work ethic? Their insatiable libidinal drive?

Hello, I'm Persian too

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on March 16, 2012 in Mood Swings
I don't like many aspects of Shahs of Sunset, but it made me laugh. Let's allow for a little laughter. That's also part of our culture.

How Teacher Labor Market Affects Teaching Quality

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in Memory Medic
It's time to focus on the REAL problems with public education. Here is what you need to tell your school board.

Three Unlucky Broken Horses Die in the Name of "Luck"

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 16, 2012 in Animal Emotions
HBO finally pulls "Luck" after a third horse dies in production. How did those responsible for oversight fail to see what was happening to these very emotional beings who would never have hidden their excruciating pain and suffering? In many ways it's good these horses whose spirits and hearts were broken are out of "Luck". Enough's enough. Shame on HBO.

Honor Public School Teachers—Don’t Degrade Them

A gifted high school English teacher, the first recipient of the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers, speaks with poetic eloquence about the power of words and her ascension from poverty in Appalachia to national acclaim on the shoulders of her own public school teachers.

At Some Point Every Day, You Have to Say, 'No More Work'

By Gretchen Rubin on March 16, 2012 in The Happiness Project
I'm a big fan of John Tierney's science column, Findings, in the New York Times. And I'm even a bigger fan of his new book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

Liberal and Can’t Help It: Is Political Orientation Biologically Determined?

After a heated political discussion, have you ever wondered, "how can someone see the world so differently?" Are liberals and conservatives from "different planets?" The answer may be "Yes!"

We've Come a Long Way, but Are Our Successes Killing Us?

Women are breaking through barriers and rising to heights never before seen. Yet, the advancement of women in society and the workplace is a double-edged sword. While women are blazing trails to the top of the mountain, little attention is being paid to the perilous terrain that comes with the territory and its negative impact on women's health and well-being.

Let Gratitude Bring Back Your Smile

What happens when sadness or anger linger too long and you just cannot muster up those loving feelings any longer? Remarkably, a basketful of thank you notes might help. Grateful people are found to be generally happier, with more social connections and fewer bouts of depression.

Old Age and Treachery

Does strategic use of pragmatics—treachery—allow older people to compensate for lower overall levels of functioning?

"Hart of Dixie" is Full of Heart

Rumors have been abuzz that the new CW television show Hart of Dixie may not pick up enough viewers for the show to continue onto another season. Should they be true, this is unfortunate, as it is one of TV's only shows that comically and accurately portrays the life of today's young professionals.

Five Things Not to Say to a Special Needs Parent

We're all guilty of saying the wrong things at times. That's why they invented duct tape, right? But some of us, like parents of special needs children, are more likely to be on the receiving end of harsh comments than others. Comments that leave us feeling angry, humiliated, and depressed. Learn what you should and shouldn't say.

Men's Secret Sex Problem

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 15, 2012 in All About Sex
Men and the women who love them have heard of two sex problems that hit men below the belt.

The Future is Now: Triumph and Tragedy of Coach George Allen

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on March 15, 2012 in Mood Swings
He didn't get the chances he should have; he wasn't appreciated enough for what he did; but, in the end, Coach George Allen went out a winner.

Does Thinking of Grandpa Make You Slow?

A recent paper fails to replicate a famous social psychological finding. More doom and gloom for social psychology. Not so fast. In this blog, get a grip on what the non-replication does and does not mean.

A Dog and a River Otter: a Most Amazing Friendship

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 15, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Watch Rio, a dog, play with his wild river otter friend. The river otter comes to visit Rio everyday and they frolic wildly and obviously enjoy it immensely. This incredible video will make your day.

This Is What a Triumphant Penguin Looks Like

By John Whitfield Ph.D. on March 15, 2012 in People Will Talk
Birds give victory cry to show others who's boss.

Twin Studies: Solvent Exposure, Parkinson’s Disease and Gender Identity Disorder

By Nancy L Segal Ph.D. on March 15, 2012 in Twofold
What twins tell us about chemicals in our environment.

The Truth About Lie Detection

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 15, 2012 in Spycatcher
Deception is something we live with every day and we seek to detect it in order to protect ourselves as well as to get to the truth of a matter. Here is a look at how well we can detect deception and what are some of the more serious implications of getting it wrong from the view of the practitioner as well as the researcher.