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The "Do It Right, Or Don't Do It" Philosophy

By Robert I. Sutton on June 04, 2010 in Work Matters
Fear-based management at Fox news?
Older Dad
Late Mommy
Too Old to be a Mom?
Pregnant at 47

Al and Tipper: We Hardly Knew Ye

More than anything else, what concerns me about the Gore divorce is the cultural message it reinforces: that marriages, like leaking oil, drift over time in ways that we can't do much about, that people once mated for life get caught in different currents and wake up one day to find themselves in different seas, too far apart to be life partners any more.

Al Gore, Tipper Gore, No More... So?

 Maybe it's just me, but isn't all the concern about the Gores' separation a little much?
If Marriage Is So Good...
Love Stories

If Seinfeld was a Buddhist

By Jennifer Haupt on June 02, 2010 in One True Thing
My interview with Joan Konner, about her refreshing book that explores the power of nothing.

Noah Webster's Touch of Madness and the Birth of American English, Part One

By Joshua Kendall on June 02, 2010 in Adventures in Biography
Imagine that you are an author and your editor assigns you the task of compiling a massive reference work — say, a dictionary — from scratch.

The Persistent Illusion of Impartiality

By Adam Alter on June 02, 2010 in Alternative Truths
It's not enough to want to be impartial; our biases are so well hidden that we're destined to be partisan as long as we're motivated to promote one conclusion over its alternatives.

The Real Reason Tipper and Al Are Getting Separated

The end of a marriage is less like a dramatic submarine submersion where frantic crewmembers suddenly start yelling "DIVE! DIVE!" and more like the gradual sinking of a small boat.

Romance is Dead: Reflections on Today's Dating Scene

By Maryanne Fisher Ph.D. on June 02, 2010 in Love's Evolver
I have asked women about their perceptions of the dating market. A comment I heard is that they greatly dislike the dating scene today. There are three main sources of concern - the quality of the mate, the energies they have to undertake to self promote, and the competition they face. What does this all mean? In today's dating scene, romance has been pushed to the side.

Name That Baby

By Sascha Rothchild on June 01, 2010 in I'm No Expert, But...
In a time when celebs are naming their kids Bronx Mowgli, Dusti Rain, Apple, Pilot Inspektor and Kal-el it seems non-creative parents to be who desperately want to think of themselves as creative or parents who are just too insecure to make their own decisions are now hiring baby-naming consultants to do the job for them. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal the professional baby naming business is booming. Anxious almost-parents are paying up to $350 for baby naming consultation that includes phone interviews and packets of name options with name histories, linguistic origins and personality traits, all information that is easily found online for free.

Conflict is unavoidable. Suffering is optional.

By Nando Pelusi Ph.D. on June 01, 2010 in Locus of Control
We're so derailed by what we think we must avoid that we ignore or forget to define what we really want

“Accepting Oneself Does Not Preclude an Attempt To Become Better.”

By Gretchen Rubin on June 01, 2010 in The Happiness Project
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.” -- Letters of Flannery O'Connor This reminds me of one of the paradoxes of my happiness project: I want to accept myself, but also expect more from myself.

The value of being a multicultural warrior: Improved negotiation skill

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 01, 2010 in Ulterior Motives
I had a ham radio license as a kid. I would spend hours with a pair of headphones on listening for weak signals from around the world. It was exciting to have the chance to have a brief conversation with someone in Europe or Asia or the Middle East. Picking out the faint signals from among the static made the world feel like a big and mysterious place.The world seems smaller now.  

Why People Cheat

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 31, 2010 in Women Who Stray
Here's what we know about people who cheat when they know the risks and consequences associated with their behavior.

The Difference Between Depression & Losing Your Mojo

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on May 31, 2010 in Owning Pink
Mental illness is simply not logical, so trying to apply reason makes no sense.

The Morality of Care for Our Environment

I did not see it soon enough. Or if I “saw”, I did not understand my moral obligation.

The Logic Cube

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on May 31, 2010 in Living It
 As a stress researcher, I developed the notion of the Logic Cube as a way of assessing how individuals deal with a stressful situation. The Logic Cube identifies 4 types of responses to stress: Intrepid, Timorous, Prudent, and Foolhardy. Which describes you best?

Why Vegetarians Are More Intelligent than Meat Eaters

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 30, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Another evolutionarily novel value is vegetarianism. It is exceedingly unnatural for humans to be vegetarian.

What Your Feet Have to Do With Better Sex

By Debby Herbenick Ph.D., M.P.H. on May 30, 2010 in The Pleasures of Sex
In their quest for more pleasurable sex, people often focus a bit too much on their genitals. Here's how an unexpected body part - your feet! - can lead to better sex.