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Successfully Shy: Things I've Learned

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
It wasn't until years later, when I wrote Painfully Shy: How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life, did I muster the courage to share my own story. I wanted to be honest, and I wanted to let people know they are not alone. Most of all, I wanted people to know there is hope.

A Simple Trick for Sticking to Your Resolutions - For Good

Learn how to stick to your resolutions for good this time. It's free, it's easy, it's effective. Use the concepts of consistency and commitment to your advantage.

Why New Year's Resolutions Fail

By Ray Williams on December 28, 2011 in Wired for Success
The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year's resolutions. But why do so many resolutions fail?

From Snow Gloom to Snow Doom: The Psychophysics of the Snow

When Weh-Ming Cho decided to sell his snow blower with an internet ad, he received 1,400 offers. Cho wasn't just selling a snow blower. He was selling "A Tribute to Man's Triumph over Nature." Here is what he wrote.

Rub-o-nomics: What Lovers Know About Politics and Economics

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in Ambigamy
“Look, it’s simple,” she said. “There’s rubbing and not rubbing; there’s whether it feels good or doesn’t, and whether it is good or isn’t. That’s all.”

“Now Mitch and I, we’ve been together 25 years. Lovers? Yeah, you could call us that. And you know we’ve seen it all. We were so young. At first all we cared about was whether it felt good.

Inception and Philosophy: Taking a Leap of Faith

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in Plato on Pop
Cobb called Mall to take a leap of faith and lay her head on the train tracks, but wouldn’t return the favor when she asked him to jump out the window. Clearly, a leap of faith is not always a good idea—but is it ever a good idea?

Love the World

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
When you love the world, you both appreciate and care for it. Each of these actions makes you feel good, plus they help you preserve and improve everything you depend on for air and food, livelihood, security, pleasure, and community.

An Easy Recipe for a Successful New Year's Resolution

By Meg Selig on December 28, 2011 in Changepower
All it takes is 5 ingredients for your habit change recipe.

Searching for the Magic Wand

Ambivalence about recovery from anorexia comes in many forms and has many voices. One way the ambivalence gets expressed is through what I call searching for the magic wand.

What Exactly is "Dead"?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
What exactly does it mean to be dead? And do people view human and animal death as fundamentally different?

What Role Does Empathy Play in Intelligence?

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in The Animal Connection
"No intelligent life here, Captain"—Part II: How did the domestication of dogs ensure our survival?

The Value of Relevant Experience

By Laura E. Buffardi Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in Grad School Guru
Thinking about applying to grad school in 2012? Getting experience in the field before you apply will benefit your educational and career goals

Cultivating The Ability To Stay in 2012

By Pamela Madsen on December 28, 2011 in Shameless Woman
One of my biggest lessons in being resilient and successful in my love life, friendships, career choices, and even conquering addiction—has been cultivating my own ability "to stay".

Listening or Football?

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Consider this scenario: It's football season, and games are now on television four nights a week. Stacy is sick and tired of being ignored because of football decides to vacuum during an important game. Josh jumps up, annoyed at the noise. "What are you doing?" he demands. "I am trying to watch the game for Pete's sakes!"

New Year's Resolutions: 20 Ways to Win Friends and Influence People at Work

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 28, 2011 in Just Listen
1. Be on time and prepared for meetings. That alone will make you shine like a star.
2. Turn in work ahead of schedule. Forget procrastination, get things done early
plus 18 more

A Key to Happiness: First Things First

By Gretchen Rubin on December 28, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome for this last week of 2011.

Stress, Strained Relationships, and Burnout: Hottest Topics in 2011

Is it a sign of the times? Stress, interpersonal conflict, and burnout were high interest topics for readers this year, with energy zappers stealing the High Octane top spot for 2011.

Lessons from the World's Largest Sex Experiment

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 28, 2011 in SexualityToday
A Billion Wicked Thoughts discusses its author's independent analysis of 55 million sex-related Google searches. I agree with critics who say the project is flawed. But I believe it would be foolish to ignore the author's ambitious theory of sexual motivation, or the huge and unique data set that supports it.

Childless, Single, Married with Children: Stereotypes and Misconceptions Abound for Women

Whether you're childless, single, married with children, or whatever, if you're a woman, you can expect that at some point (probably many points) in your life society is going to play some head games with you. Are you going to allow it?

What's in a Number? Pondering the "Big" Birthdays

Today I turn 40. And naturally, I have to talk about it.

Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism

Racial problems are a sore spot in the American psyche. Although the ideology of colorblindness may seem like a good approach, it's only a half-measure that fosters racism. The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about people of color that we shouldn’t see or talk about.

Trying to Make Sense of the Unthinkable

When a person's loss is so profound, we can't even comprehend it. It shakes our foundation and makes us question what we believe in. How can one person survive that amount of grief?

Who Utters “I Love You” First: Men or Women?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on December 27, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Both men and women believe that women are more likely to be the first to utter “I love you” in a romantic relationship. A recent study explored this pervasive belief. The results might surprise you.