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Compete in the Classroom

By Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC on August 30, 2011 in Trust the Talent
Every student wants to succeed in the classroom. We all want to gain knowledge, earn good grades, and set the stage for a winning career in our chosen field. Excellence in the classroom comes from dedication and hard work. Remember, every student wants to succeed, but not every student wants to pay the full price it takes to succeed.

Politics: When Did America Start Hating Its Children?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on August 30, 2011 in The Power of Prime
America seems to really hate its children these days. How else to explain all of the efforts in both federal and state government to take away so much that is essential for children's health and welfare. And whatever happened to the motto, "Children are Our Future?" A lot of people out there aren't acting like that's the case any more.

R.E.A.D to Develop Baby-Toddler Reading and Writing Brains

The acronym R.E.A.D sums up four easy-to-remember actions for parents to take for teaching babies and toddlers to read: repetition, enthusiasm, attention, and drawing. Adding appropriate soft-ware driven technology to these time-tested behaviors leads to happy early readers.

Can I Get an Eyewitness?

By Sam Sommers on August 30, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
Few moments in a courtroom are as persuasive to a jury as seeing a confident witness point at a defendant and say, "that's the man I saw at the crime scene." That's what makes the fallibility of eyewitness memory so surprising to most people when they learn about it...

Everyone Wants Better, No One Wants Change

By Jonathan Fields on August 30, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
People want a better economy, but nobody's willing to share in the financial hit it'll take to get us back on track.

Why a Hurricane Filled Me With Gratitude

By Gretchen Rubin on August 30, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Like much of the East Coast, New York City was hit by Hurricane Irene. On Saturday, we checked our flashlights, loaded up on food, filled the bathtub, and hoped for the best.

Four Reasons Why Your Boss Is So Clueless

Your boss doesn’t seem to know what’s REALLY going on in the workplace. Is it your boss's fault? What you should do about it.

Compassion in Action: Ways of Giving

Work, especially where teamwork and devotion are involved, counts as spiritual practice.

Soul-Sustaining Happiness

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 30, 2011 in Am I Right?
Fun isn't all there is to happiness, nor is it the major part of it.

Scaffolding Is Good, Hovering Is Bad: A Guide For Parents

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on August 29, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Are you a supportive, concerned parent or a smothering, hovering helicopter one? Three telltale signs that signal the difference.

The Happy Meal Goes on a Diet, or Does It?

McDonald's cut 110 calories from their Happy Meals. This is good news, isn't it?

Twin Research: Misperceptions

By Nancy L Segal Ph.D. on August 29, 2011 in Twofold
Twin research is fraught with misperceptions that need correcting.

From Thin-Skin to Win-Win: How Couples Counseling Helps

Are you and your loved one living the opposite of happily ever after? If your partnership is yielding fear, resentment or anger, maybe it's time to reverse the trend. Couples counseling can help. How do therapists convert a relationship that generates fear and frustration to one that feels safe, supportive and enriching?

Why Are Some Litter Pups Uniform in Appearance While Others Are Mismatched?

Normally a litter of purebred puppies will appear to be quite similar, however quirks in the way the canine reproductive system works, and in dog behavior, may lead to puppies in the same litter having different fathers.

Post New Warnings: "Objecting to Rudeness Not Accepted Here!"

By Stanton Peele on August 29, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Rudenesses like talking on cell phones in libraries are no longer disapproved -- they're accepted social conduct. I and those "Silence" signs in libraries are relics from the past.

The “Cute Dog Effect” On Sex, Money, and Justice

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 29, 2011 in Animals and Us
Cute dogs make men sexier and boost the income of beggars. But do they also unfairly tip the scales of justice?

Recovery Support on College Campuses: Good Work or Useless Junk?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on August 29, 2011 in All About Addiction
College programs offering support for students in recovery are few and far between. Part of the reason may be that they have essentially no data to support their effectiveness. Hopefully, that's about to change, but the question about the utility of on-campus recovery help is still left unanswered for now.

Family-School Partnerships for the 21st Century

While education reformers argue about teacher accountability and test scores, many parents and teachers are not waiting for mandates from above. They know that successful educational partnerships begin at the grassroots, where parents, teachers, and students learn and problem-solve together.

Comfort Foods

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on August 29, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Food is not simply what we buy at the store, but the very stuff of our lives—personal, physical, spiritual, and sociable.

Big Sexy: The Struggle Between Fat Acceptance and Health

By Pamela Madsen on August 29, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I almost fell over when the author of “Life Doesn't Begin Five Pounds From Now”, Jess Weiner appeared on the Today Show talking weight loss. Topping out at 250 pounds Jess, found herself pre-diabetic with a host of health problems looming on the horizon. She was outing herself as now dieting – a huge career risk for a woman who has made her name on fat acceptance.

Dr. Doom and Risk Aversion

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on August 29, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The Wrong Rebound

Armies are notorious for fighting the last war. Struggling to prepare for new threats, they are blinded by the former threats they faced, the last war they finished learning to fight.

We all tend to have the same problem. It is the other side of learning from experience....