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Can People Have Different Personalities?

By Stanton Peele on November 14, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Is multiple personality disorder real? Or do ordinary people display different personalities as these are elicited in different circumstances?

Are You Predisposed to Procrastinate?

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on November 14, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Procrastination has personal and system causes that you need to navigate if you expect to be successful in a world of schedules, deadlines, and responsibilities. Let’s probe these issues and then see what you can do to improve.

Minding Animals as Persons: Beatrice, My Mother, and Jethro, My Dog

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Animal Emotions
My mother Beatrice and my dog Jethro shared many traits that warrant calling a being a person. When my mother suffered serious physical and psychological decline she was still considered a person as she well should have been. Yet Jethro and other animals do not warrant that status. Nothing is lost by viewing nonhuman animals as persons.

Kids Think Humans Are Special

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
There is no doubt that humans are special among all of the animals on Earth. Although, we are special, we are also members of the animal kingdom. Yet, language distorts the relationship between humans and the rest of the animals.

8 Preemptive “Strikes” for Peaceful Family Holidays

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Singletons
Have a Happy Holiday! Here are 8 Preemptive “Strikes” you can take.

Preparing for Thanksgiving... And a Healthier, Happier You

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Making Change
Both personal experience and science tell you that being truly appreciative of the blessings or good fortune in your life is good for you. Here's exactly how it benefits you, and how you can increase your gratitude.

Munchkins, Gherkins, Napkins . . . and Pumpkins?

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Here's what I don't get. Munchkins are little bites. Gherkins are little pickles. Napkins are little cloths. Manikins are little men. And pumpkins? Little . . . what? Who could ever have looked at a pumpkin and called it little?

Adolescence and the Anger Prone Parent

For parents concerned about how they express anger, they can train themselves to manage it a more constructive way.

Rough-Hewn Autistic Brains: Bigger, but Unfinished

Because brain development is more like sculpture than building, excessive numbers of pre-frontal neurons in autistics may explain their symptomatic mentalistic deficits and endorse key predictions of the imprinted brain theory.

Sometimes a Banana is Just a Banana

By Donna Barstow on November 13, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
If you know what you like, and you know what you want, don't hold back! Plain speaking is not just for the Amish. A cartoon about straight sex.

My Kids Get So Competitive During the Holidays

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when you are about to cancel Christmas

Occupy Wall Street: Just Say No to the Bullies

By Melinda Blau on November 13, 2011 in Consequential Strangers
Don't we all have a little bully in us, even though we may prefer to call it "competitiveness" or "ambition"?

The Exact Date of Your Demise

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on November 13, 2011 in Happiness in this World
Human beings are the only living creatures endowed with a full awareness of their own mortality, a wound so painful that they're driven to pull every cognitive trick in the book to deny it. As with any skill, some of us are far better at this than others

Why Do Runaway Brides Run Away?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in In the Name of Love
A runway bride is a woman who cancels her wedding very close to the time of the ceremony or who even runs away from the ceremony itself. How can this phenomenon be explained? Why don't these women simply say “No” when the marriage is proposed?

For Sound Mental Health, Choose Your Metaphors Wisely

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Your mental health resiliency and sense of yourself are strongly shaped by the metaphors you use and the type of questions you ask.

Blood Pressure Readings Can Vary Widely

Research suggests that, depending on the environment, blood pressure readings can vary widely.

Changing the World One Story at a Time

By Elise Ballard on November 13, 2011 in Epiphany
It's important to share our own personal stories, not just in television, film and book formats but with one another. After Elise Ballard attended a celebration of storytelling, she had an epiphany about why sharing our stories and oral histories are so important.