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Want to Know If Someone Likes You?

Want to Know If Someone Likes You?

Ever wondered if someone you're attracted to likes you or not, whether someone is your friend or foe, or whether your employees respect you?

How To Love Yourself First

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on May 21, 2011 in Finding Love
Everyone's heard this platitude: We need to love ourselves before we can love anyone else. This may sound wise, but it misses a great truth; if we want to experience true intimacy, we need to be taught to love ourselves-again and again-by the people around us. No amount of positive self-talk can replicate this experience. It is a gift of intimacy, not of will-power.

It's the end of the world as we know it...and I feel fine.

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on May 21, 2011 in The Shrink Tank
According to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, today is Judgment Day. There's no doubt that the end is near - there's sophisticated Apocalyptic arithmetic involved - but what if Judgment Day doesn't come?

Don’t Stereotype Your Fellow Scientists, Either!

Most researchers who apply evolutionary models to human behavior are not interested in racial differences. I consider two reasons why.

Graduation Blues

Feeling sad when you think you should be happy? Don't worry, it's normal! But read on for some suggestions about how to manage these confusing feelings -- so that you can join the celebrations on this special day!

Losing Our Religion: Why Doubt Is a Passionate Exercise

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on May 20, 2011 in Side Effects
A certain amount of doubt is crucial if we're to test our beliefs and assess whether they're misplaced.

Why Would I Want to Date a Caveman?

By Mari Ruti on May 20, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
The so-called "male psyche" is one of the most damaging cultural myths ever invented. Not only is it unfair to all the decent guys out there, but it gives the bad kind - the kind who don't respect women - the perfect excuse for atrocious behavior.

News Flash: The Evil Tongue Is a Relative of the Evil Eye

In Jewish law, or code of conduct, gossip is called Lashon Hara, which literally means The Evil Tongue in Hebrew. Strict observance of this law makes it forbidden to talk about other people, whether what you are saying is good or bad, or true or false. Speaking negatively about others is considered to be the worst offense, especially if the negative thing is untrue.

Enough with Gender Profiling (II)

By Mari Ruti on May 20, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
"Men, for the most part, like to pursue women... Remember, you are the catch." Really? What century are we in? Some examples of just how badly our romantic self-help culture distorts evolutionary biological gender models, and why the man-as-hunter model of masculinity limits lust, luster, and life for men and women alike.

What Is Mental Health?

What is mental health? I take my cue from the philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. “Great health” is an ability to digest our experiences.

Be Gretchen, Make Strange Lists, For Fun

One of my idiosyncrasies is my love of taking notes, copying quotations, making odd lists, gathering examples in various categories, and the like.

Teaching and Living with Two or More Languages

Teachers of a second language belong to the "special bilinguals" category. They share many similarities with regular bilinguals but they are also characterized by a number of interesting differences. In addition, they help lay the foundations of interlingual and intercultural communication among their students.

A Question of Stigma

By Carrie Arnold on May 19, 2011 in Body of Evidence
Our society doesn't understand eating disorders. They're seen as an uber-extreme diet of control freak teen girls, a phase that people will grow out of, a desire to look like models and celebrities, a choice, a teen trying to find freedom from her (and it's always a "she") from her over-controlling family, an expression of vanity.

10 Tips to Having Arguments the Right Way

Even the most caring couples will have a big argument that will cause hurt feelings for both people. Rather than going to your own corners to lick your wounds, here are some tips that will help you heal your pain and help you avoid having another round.

Journal of Animal Ethics: Banning Common Words That Describe Pets and Other Animals

The Journal of Animal Ethics defends its call for a ban on words like "pet", "dog owner" and "master" when describing our relationship to our "companion animals."

6 Tips for Battling Loneliness

The more I've learned about happiness, the more I've come to believe that loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider.

Assisted Suicide? How About A Dutch Treat?

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on May 19, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
Is the sin of omission, allowing someone to die, less egregious than the sin of commission, killing them?

Worldly and Spiritual Values: Humankind May Depend on Rediscovering a Natural Balance

Secular values are good. They are not in any way reprehensible, but they can easily decline towards being over-competitive, ego-driven and self-interested. Initially need-driven, they readily become greed-driven, and this is definitely unhealthy.
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Are Pesticides Killing Our Fertility?

Juicy fruits and vegetables may cost us more than we think ....
Conflict Resolution: A Contradiction in Terms? Advice for the Boss

Conflict Resolution: A Contradiction in Terms? Advice for the Boss

A leader is supposed to encourage people who would rather tear out one another's throats with their fangs "make nice" even though God himself could not get Cain and Able to shake hands and just get over it.

How Do Brains Age?

The best advice for living long and having a healthy brain.