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Confessions of a Reformed Night Owl: Phase Shift into Peace and Productivity

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 19, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Are you a lifelong night owl? Do you make fun of people who are up jogging or write book chapters before the sun comes up, but secretly envy them? Dr. Susan Biali shares a phenomenon that unexpectedly shifted her out of 40 years of late nights, into mornings of peaceful productivity previously known only to those "morning lark" types.

Traps and Pitfalls of All Is In The Mind

By Sandeep Gautam on December 19, 2011 in The Fundamental Four
What are the dangers of being enamored by a philosophy that happiness-is-entirely-in-the-mind? Can it lead to passivity? Can it lead to apathy towards those who are unhappy and suffering due to their circumstances? This is a response to Raj's post that believed these threats to be not real.

Holidays With A Loved One With Alzheimer's

By Nataly Rubinstein L.C.S.W. on December 19, 2011 in Life Interrupted
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, your instinct might be to cling to beloved traditions this holiday season. But according to Nataly Rubinstein, you—and your loved one—might experience the most holiday joy by adapting your plans and expectations.

Exploring the Duality of the Gifted Teen

By Elizabeth Donovan M.A. on December 19, 2011 in Youth and Tell
Gifted teens are as likely to be plagued by low self esteem as other teens—perhaps more so.

Who Will Protest Against the DSM Harm?

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
The forces keeping the psychiatric diagnosis juggernaut rolling and misleading the public are more powerful than ever.

New Educational Documentary Film and Curriculum on Eating Disorders

By Nancy Matsumoto on December 19, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
A new documentary-style educational film and curriculum are now available for free from the non-profit organization NORMAL

Mary & Joseph Divorced?

By Rachel Clark on December 19, 2011 in Marry, Divorce, Reconcile
A holiday prayer for children who go between worlds.

Do You Play to an Inner or Outer Audience?

By Susan Cain on December 19, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Do you march to your own drummer, or do as the Romans do? The answer to this question says a lot about you.

The Magic Word that Helps Kids In School

My mom, a third-grade teacher, has been talking to her students about willpower. One of the main tidbits she's passed on is that willpower is like a muscle that can be strengthened. The more you practice using it, the better you get and the more willpower you have.

If a Job Is Worth Doing, . . .

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Don't Delay
You probably filled in the rest of this sentence. Here's a new twist on an old expression that may just help you make more of the opportunities in your life.

How Worthy Are You? 10 Measures of Self-Esteem Take the Quiz

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 19, 2011 in Just Listen
Self-esteem should not be confused with self-confidence. Self-confidence is believing in your competence and your ability to do something, whereas self-esteem is believing in your goodness.

The 5 Most Read Articles on The Squeaky Wheel Blog in 2011

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
Five articles were read by more readers than any of the other thirty-something posts of 2011. Following are the articles, their intros and my thoughts about why they struck a chord. Also, my thoughts on my least read article of the year.

Goodbye 30-Year Retirements, Hello Encore Years

By Marc Freedman on December 19, 2011 in The Encore Years
We've been remarkably adept at extending lives, but our imagination and innovation in remaking the shape of those longer lives have been struggling to keep pace. Why not create the encore years?

The Musical Family

Exposure to music has always enhanced how a child thinks and learns. It's an effective stress reliever and allows everyone in the family a creative way to deal with feelings, handle stress, and connect with each other.

Dropping The "F" Bomb: FAT

By Pamela Madsen on December 19, 2011 in Shameless Woman
When did fat become such a dirty word that the use of the word "fat" was more alarming to some of my readers than the practice of "hogging"?

Loss and Eating Disorders During the Holidays

Holidays are such an emotional time for everyone, and with so much focus on family and togetherness, many people deal with feelings of separation and disappointment during these times. But for someone suffering from an eating disorder, feelings of separation and loss can sometimes be a catalyst for damaging eating behaviors.

Rewilding Our Hearts: Maintaining Hope and Faith in Trying Times

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Animal Emotions
In troubled times it's difficult to remain hopeful and positive. Here I offer some practical guidelines for a new positive and personal social movement that is based on rewilding our hearts. Not only will nonhuman animals and their homes benefit, but so will we as we make a major paradigm shift in how we interact with (M)other nature.

Respond To the Spirit of a Gift

By Gretchen Rubin on December 19, 2011 in The Happiness Project
December is the month of gift-giving, and my birthday falls in December, so I get practically all my gifts during this month.

Fostering a "Growth Mindset:" 7 Ways to Nurture Your Gifted Child

How can parents and teachers counter the fixed mindset of a gifted child and replace it with a growth mindset?

Women Suffer from Multitasking More than Men

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on December 19, 2011 in The Power of Slow
Mutlitasking is bad for you, especially if you're a woman.

My Daughter Is Asking Me About My Sexual History

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your kids ask about your sex history

Scratching Beneath the Surface: Recognizing Common Defenses Used By Children in Stress

Children, teens, and adults alike often go to great lengths to mask inner pain with defensive words and behaviors. How can you see beyond the mask?

Time for Nonbelievers to Emphasize Equality

By David Niose on December 19, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Nonbelievers have rarely emphasized identity and discrimination in their activism. Could this be why they have had little success in gaining public acceptance?

When Friendships Get Too Complicated

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
I'm finding myself in a complicated living situation with a close friend and I'm feeling a little too close to some of these issues to think clearly enough to process it objectively--and could use some perspective.