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Drifting into Singleness: Guest Post by Kay Trimberger

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Living Single
In this guest post, author and singles scholar E. Kay Trimberger reflects on her reading of the Atlantic story, “All the single ladies,” and describes how single life has been different for her than it is for the current generation.

Are Pruney Fingers Human Rain Treads?

By Mark Changizi on October 20, 2011 in Nature, Brain, and Culture
Pruney fingers don't just have any old wrinkles. They're special. They're just what's needed if they're...primate rain treads.

My Teen Son Threw Us a Curve Ball

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 20, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your son is overwhelmed by his first sexual experience

How Consumer Psychology Can Help Save the U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service is in big trouble. The quality of customer experience is a major barrier to productivity and profitability. The solution lies “inside the consumer mind.” Until the government adopts a bottom-up approach based on an understanding of the psychology of consumer behavior, the problems of the Postal Service will remain unsolved.

Sex Difference vs. Gender Difference? Oh, I'm So Confused!

A gender difference is due to nurture, and a sex difference is due to nature, right? Let me argue that these nature vs. nurture distinctions are deeply misleading. And, I'll propose a possible way out of the terminological confusion...

The Dark Side of Confidence in Women

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on October 20, 2011 in Wander Woman
Confidence is becoming more the norm with women, which is a good thing. On the other hand, too much confidence can result in increasing stress, making mistakes and hurting relationships. This post can help you determine when to stand tall and when to stand back and listen for better results.

Gadaffi's Death and Graphic Media Images

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on October 20, 2011 in The Media Zone
The brutal treatment meted out to all these dictators by their citizen-victims was and still is hard to watch. Sitting at the safe remove of my lap top screen, I initially see only their helpless, lifeless bodies, not the afterimage of their brutal reign of terror.

The Lure of Haunted Houses

By David Weiss on October 20, 2011 in Mr. Analysand
Why was I dying to go inside?

Americans Are Being Aggressively Over-Diagnosed

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 20, 2011 in Side Effects
Americans are being "aggressively over-diagnosed" with psychiatric disorders. The source of that warning may surprise you: It's coming from Fox News.

Be Careful When Making Your Business a Ministry

Hiring people who have been in prison can be very risky.

Does Steve Jobs' Logic Apply to Love?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on October 20, 2011 in In the Name of Love
In his motivational “Don’t Settle” speech, Steve Jobs puts forward an ideal that we should aspire to fulfill. Can we follow his advice and not settle on issues of love and work? The answer is not apparent.

Is Eating Dogs Different from Eating Cows and Pigs?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 20, 2011 in Animal Emotions
A cancelled dog-eating festival in China has raised strong world-wide protest as it should. And so should the horrific conditions in which factory farmed animals are forced to live before they go to slaughter and as they're being killed. We must face our choices in food head-on and be consistent about who winds up in our mouth.

Can Life's Disappointments Really Make You Stronger? Part 2

By Ann Smith on October 20, 2011 in Healthy Connections
In last week's blog, I asked you to evaluate your response to a disappointment or emotional loss. This week we take a closer look at how pain may actually enhance your life.

Should We Celebrate Qaddafi's Death?

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 20, 2011 in The Older Dad
When we celebrate death, we teach children the wrong lessons.

Doodle for Mind-Body Wellness

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 20, 2011 in Minding the Body
Doodling seems like the ultimate aimless activity. But it may serve the very practical purpose of helping you stay focused and relaxed.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: African Spirituality

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on October 20, 2011 in In Therapy
The VRT continues with the viewpoint from an expert on the religious tradition of the Yoruba people of West Africa.

How Congress Is Like an Addict's Brain

By Jeff Wise on October 20, 2011 in Extreme Fear
If one addiction researcher's groundbreaking ideas are correct, then governments' plans tend to fall apart for the very same reason that our individual attempts at self-control do.