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Everyone's a Criminal

By Jim Silver J.D. on January 20, 2010 in Crimes, Courts, and Cops

Body Language of the Hands

By Joe Navarro M.A. on January 20, 2010 in Spycatcher
Our hands have a lot to say about how we feel and what we think.

Overcoming Procrastination: Four Potential Problems During Goal Pursuit

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 20, 2010 in Don't Delay
Procrastination is not just a failure to get started. We can face a variety of problems and needlessly delay action at many stages of goal striving.
Parenting Through Loss
Close-ups of the Dead
Parental Discretion Advised
13 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Haiti

Memories...A Window to Your Mind

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on January 19, 2010 in Look At It This Way

Sex Addiction Is An Excuse For Not Thinking

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on January 19, 2010 in What Is He Thinking?
Increasing numbers of men are being labeled sex addicts and are seeking help through 12-step programs.  While helpful to some, these programs tend to not be as effective as those aimed at substance addiction.  The reason is that these guys need psychotherapy in order to more deeply understand the meaning of their compulsions and the label "addiction" too often means that such an inquiry is not a priority.  The problem is that sexual desire, including compulsive forms of it, always involve complicated psychological meanings.  Thus, the rise of yet another aspect of life labeled an "addiction" is part of a broader trend in our culture to approach life's difficulties and problems in a superficial way.

How to Make "Lemonade" after a Layoff

By Debra Shigley J.D. on January 19, 2010 in Second Act

Is God Expensive?

By Eliezer Sobel on January 19, 2010 in The 99th Monkey
My friend Randy simply can't believe the kinds of things people will pay for, and keeps insisting that the two of us could easily create a religion with him as the charismatic leader and make a ton of money. He has already begun working on his fundamental teaching concerning the distinction between what he is calling "The Vertical Path" and "The Path Upward," and which one will cost more.

What Makes an Excuse Credible? Does it Matter?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 19, 2010 in Don't Delay
When we're relying on willpower to overcome our desire to procrastinate, what we need is a credible excuse. What are the features of a credible excuse for a sophisticated decision maker? What if our excuse is less than perfect? Can we fix it? 

Haiti and the United States - The Limits of Feel-Good Assistance

By Stanton Peele on January 19, 2010 in Addiction in Society
After decades of providing $billions in assistance to Haiti, and faced with a fresh catastrophe, the United States has rushed in to help. But the results promise to be no better than past efforts - which have been disastrous for our small neighbor.

The Science of How Avatar Is Awesome

By Matthew Hutson on January 19, 2010 in Psyched!

Do Girls Really Love Assholes?

By Jen Kim on January 19, 2010 in Valley Girl With a Brain
My dream date: the asshole or the emotionally unavailable guy?
Suburban Warrior Syndrome
Why Do We Long for Fictional Worlds?
Harry Potter and Human Flourishing

Are Engineers Creative Like We Are?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 18, 2010 in Creating in Flow
Engineers are a specialized breed of scientist. They do not all think alike, nor do any of them think quite like I (and you?) do. But we are occasionally capable of managing cross-species communication. That's why I want to share, in this post, the results of studies ...

Perfect Pontiffs?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 18, 2010 in Hidden Motives
On Being a Pope and a SaintIt looks like former Popes are getting preferential treatment in becoming saints. The religious reporter for The New York Times provided some interesting statistics. Only five popes were canonized in the entire second millennium. Most of the dead popes recognized as saints were martyrs, canonized by acclaim in the first centuries of Christianity. Pius X, who died in 1914 and was canonized in 1954, was the first pope so honored in nearly 400 years."Now nearly every recent pope is on the canonization track. 

Personality, Homework Behavior and Academic Performance

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 18, 2010 in Don't Delay
A study to be published in the upcoming issue of the journal Learning and Individual Differences explored the relation between personality and homework behavior. Yes, of course, procrastination is a key variable here, and personality does make a difference in students' homework behavior and academic achievement.

Tennis and the Menendez Murders, Part II

By David Johnson Ph.D. on January 18, 2010 in Hell's Pavement
On August 26, 2009, Dominick Dunne passed away after a long struggle with bladder cancer. His death occurred almost 20 years to the day after the Menendez brothers had shotgunned their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion. The murder case was just one of numerous glamor trials whose coverage for Vanity Fair made Dunne a celebrity.Three years ago, I had the opportunity to chat with him about the Menendezes. I felt that the tennis angle to the crime had not been properly plumbed. 

The Zen of Watchmen

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on January 17, 2010 in Between the Lines
It is not always immediately evident whether a particular event will have positive or negative consequences, even if it seems obvious.
What's Your Anxiety-Driven Mantra?

What's Your Anxiety-Driven Mantra?

Your mantra might be: "My sister cheated me out of Dad's money," or "I can't stand my brother's drinking" or "My ex is turning the kids against me."

Naked Air

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 17, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
In December 2001, Thomas L. Friedman suggested that we all fly naked to fight terrorism in the air.

The Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions: Introduction

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on January 17, 2010 in In Therapy
Clients talk, therapists listen. That's just the beginning. Most clinicians have a few tricks up their sensitive, rational and insightful sleeves.I hereby launch another big series, this one honoring a vital component of psychotherapy: the therapeutic intervention. I chose the ten coolest then interviewed the leading experts for each one. 

Maddest of the “Mad Men”

By William Poundstone on January 17, 2010 in Priceless
Mad Men presents the advertising world as an exercise in moral ambiguity. That perception has much to do with James Vicary, ad man and con man. He's more relevant than ever in the age of Google.

Wedding Porn Doesn’t Turn Us On: Age at 1st Marriage Has Never Been Higher

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 17, 2010 in Living Single
Ads featuring wedding themes, television shows such as The Bachelor, mate-bait manuals, and all the other wedding porn just keeps coming, but singles aren't buying it. Newly released Census Bureau data show that the age at which Americans first marry has never been higher. 

Raise the Bar on Your Visibility

Staying physically fit requires that you exercise regularly. The same idea applies to self-promotion: it's not as if you can just exchange business cards with one person at a conference and call it quits. Instead, find a few activities you can engage in every week to help build your personal brand. If you're an introvert, choose activities that play to your quiet strengths such as writing and building one-on-one relationships. Also, rather than feeling that you're pushing yourself on others, focus on the benefits you bring them.