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Anger Is the Key (Part2)

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on October 28, 2009 in Thinking Matters
1. Your wish for something is thwarted;2. You feel disempowered about that and of course angry about it (because anger is a reempowerment, and that's what you need - a reempowerment);3. But, rather than express the anger, you suppress it, or more accurately, you repress it;4. Because of this repression you will necessarily pop a symptom.

The Key to Understanding Body Language

By Joe Navarro M.A. on October 28, 2009 in Spycatcher
The study of Body Language or Nonverbals need not be as difficult as it may seem. Many of our behaviors are reflections of how we feel about something, what we are thinking, or intending. By looking for behvaiors of comfort / discomfort we can often discern what's really going on in the mind.

Regular Flu Shots Decrease Effectiveness of Swine Flu Vaccine

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on October 28, 2009 in Complementary Medicine
This study of over 12 million Canadians suggests that those who recently had the flu vaccine for the regular flu were less likely to be helped by the Swine flu vaccine.

Division III Athletics: Where athletes play to win, play for fun, and are true student-athletes

By John Tauer Ph.D. on October 28, 2009 in Goal Posts
Once again, I was reminded of the passion for excellence possessed by so many Division III athletes. Yes, they want to have fun and yes they want to make friends, but make no mistake they also want to win and to excel at all that they do.
When Your Stepchild Is a Wild Thing
The Best and Worst in Child Custody
My Lover Loves His Ex's Kids

Online gaming creates another self

By Ethan Gilsdorf on October 27, 2009 in Geek Pride
Negative stereotyping of online gaming isn't fair. And if you delve into these games, you soon realize that MMOs and other computer games can offer something more powerful than escapism. They even change lives.

When Negative Thoughts Invade

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 27, 2009 in Don't Delay
Millions of us world wide learned a great deal from Professor Randy Pausch with his "Last Lecture." Here's some hard-earned insight from Jai Pausch, Randy's wife, that can also benefit all of us. It certainly means a lot to me.

Sleepers, Awake!

By Jerome Litt M.D. on October 27, 2009 in Odd, Curious, and Rare
Sleepwalking (somnambulism) is a series of complex behaviors that are initiated during slow wave -- deep -- sleep where the sufferer engages in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness while he or she is asleep or in a sleeplike state.

Are You a Gargoyle on Roller Skates?

By Robert Wicks Ph.D. on October 27, 2009 in The Resilient Life

Wild Things and the Dance of Temperament in Step/family Life

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on October 27, 2009 in Stepmonster
Wild things are part of step/family living, and they tend to run wildest in times of transition and stress. Dr. Rebecca Mannis says that knowing their temperament and learning style may be the best way to keep everyone (relatively) calm. 

Disarming Your Buttons: How Not to Get Provoked (Pt 4 of 4)

"Trigger thoughts" include all your false assumptions and beliefs that lead to getting your buttons pushed. Almost inevitably, these thoughts involve logical fallacies. . . .

Men's friendships are different from women's

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on October 27, 2009 in Buddy System
I am constantly asked, "How are men's friendships different from women's?"

The Psychology of Lego Star Wars I

By Charles Fernyhough PhD on October 27, 2009 in The Voices Within
Children become effective collaborators when they can represent the goals of their social partners and keep track of how those goals change. Humans are possibly unique in their willingness to share goals with others, and this motivation to collaborate appears early in childhood. New research shows early understanding of joint commitments to collaborate with others.
Mindfully Eating Chocolate
Mindful Eating
Mindless Eating At Work
The Impact of Men on Women's Eating

On the scope of skeptical inquiry

By Massimo Pigliucci on October 26, 2009 in Rationally Speaking
There has been much discussion lately on this blog and elsewhere about the relationships among skepticism, atheism, and politics. I have roundly criticized Richard Dawkins for extending scientific skepticism into areas that are more properly the domain of philosophical analysis, as well as Penn and Teller and Michael Shermer for doing the same with politics to support their libertarian views. Of course, even a cursory reader of this blog will easily find my own pieces about religion and politics, which may make it seem like I’m a sinner throwing stones at my fellow skeptics.

More Than Genes I: So What Is Fetal Programming?

By Dan Agin on October 26, 2009 in More Than Genes
For the developing embryo, ethyl alcohol (ethanol, the alcohol we drink), usually passes through the placenta intact. Ethanol is an environmental toxic chemical--with embryo damage caused not by air pollution, water pollution, or food pollution, but by a woman aware or not yet aware that she's pregnant, for example, a woman drinking too much at an innocent birthday party.

Confessing for Two

By Abigail Pogrebin on October 26, 2009 in One and the Same
How does one write personally about being an identical twin without exposing one's twin in the process? I discovered it's impossible.

Is Depression a Disease? -- Part III

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. on October 26, 2009 in Charting the Depths
Mainstream approaches to depression view it as resulting from a disease or defect (the defect can be biological or psychological). In my last post, I debunked several arguments advanced in favor of the disease model. In this post, I consider some of the challenges of creating a better explanation of why people become depressed.
A Prenatal Influence on Stock Market Success

A Prenatal Influence on Stock Market Success

By Daniel R. Hawes Ph.D. on October 26, 2009 in Quilted Science
The National Academy of Science reports that stock market success for male high-frequency traders can be predicted via the length of the trader's index finger in relation to his ring finger.
Choose Your Zip Code Wisely
New Kid on the Block
Travel to Create Self
Holy Places, Profane Practices

Why Dating Is Difficult in New York (or London)

By Satoshi Kanazawa on October 25, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The guest blogger and PT intern Jen Kim complains about the difficulties of dating in New York.  No wonder she finds it difficult.  Since 1966, it’s been mathematically proven that dating in New York is difficult....

Treatment A-Z

By Sheila Himmel on October 25, 2009 in You Must Be Hungry
"What works?" That's the most common, and most painful question we hear. It is usually asked by a distraught parent, but we've had lots of uncles, aunts and family friends. Rarely does this get asked by the person suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and/or obesity, even if that person is sitting right there. We wish we knew.

The Joy of Fear - Why Halloween?

By Harvey Milkman Ph.D. on October 25, 2009 in Better than Dope
 The Joy of Fear - Why do we like to be scared?

Body Language Myths

By Joe Navarro M.A. on October 25, 2009 in Spycatcher
Two prominent myths about body language have wide-ranging effects--from the home, to the office, to the courtroom.

Psychology of and for Wartime

By Joseph Juhász on October 25, 2009 in
Is there in the air a "Positive Psychology" making us numb to reality?

The Bizarre Beyond

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on October 24, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Don't Retire, Keep Working To Stay Healthier

By Ray Williams on October 24, 2009 in Wired for Success
Since the Great Depression, a commonly held perspective on the good life is that we can all look forward to retirement, when we didn't have to work any more. We would be more relaxed and healthier away from the stresses of work. There's a couple of flaws in that argument. For one thing, retirement, like pensions, was an invention of the depression, intended to deal with the problem of unemployment. Prior to the depression the concept of retirement didn't exist. And for the most part, people are viewing retirement in a very different way today. AARP in the U.S., report from a survey done in 2008 that 70% of workers plan to continue working past their retirement age. Now recent research questions the assumption that not working anymore will improve your health. 
I Hate Dating in NY
Don't Do it!
Do Assholes Really Finish First?
You're Just Not That Into Him