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Endless Sorrow
Stages of Grief - Time for a New Model
A Complicated Grief

Parenting: Fear of Failure: A Childhood Epidemic

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 17, 2009 in The Power of Prime
Fear of failure among children in America today is at epidemic proportions. Fear of failure causes children to experience debilitating anxiety before they take a test, compete in a sport, or perform in a recital. It causes them to give less than their best effort, not take risks, and, ultimately, never achieve complete success.
Scents and Sensibility
The Truth About Pheromones
A Sniff of Your Sweetie
Dollars and Scents

Seven Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs With ADHD

By Shane Perrault Ph.D. on September 16, 2009 in Entrepreneurs with ADHD
So, you just found out that you (or an employee) have ADHD, or are ADHDish (that is, you have a few symptoms of ADHD). What do you do now?

Our Social Obligation: Educational Opportunity, not Coercion

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 16, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
Children educate themselves. Children are biologically built for self-education. Their instincts to explore; to observe; to eavesdrop on the conversations of their elders; to ask countless questions; and to play with the artifacts, ideas, and skills of the culture all serve ...
Make a Great Impression
The First Impression
In a Handshake
Socialize With Finesse

Mindless Eating at Work

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on September 15, 2009 in Comfort Cravings
People who eat a pretty healthy diet at home sometimes find it a bit more of a challenge at work. Temptation comes in all sizes such as candy or soft drinks in vending machines, candy dishes, takeout or convenient fast food, snacks in desk drawers. You may also follow bad habits of co-workers.

Was Serena's Outburst Genetic?

By Stanton Peele on September 15, 2009 in Addiction in Society
When people persistently misbehave and claim that they have uncontrollable impulses, are driven by their natures, or that they can't help themselves, they are implying that they can't change because their behavior is genetically rooted.

Is religion bad for your health?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 15, 2009 in More Than Mortal
In my last post, I considered the numerous ways that religion may be advantageous for psychological and physical health. This poses the question: Is it possible for religion to be bad for your health? The short answer is yes.

Child Entitlement Abuse (Part 1 of 5)

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 15, 2009 in Evolution of the Self
Doubtless, serious child abuse undermines a child's healthy development. But only rarely are parenting practices inadvertently teaching a child to feel entitled seen in this light.
Marked for Mayhem
When My Child Was Murdered
What Is a Psychopath?
Dancing With Devils

Understanding Codependence: How to Help an Addict, Tips

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on September 14, 2009 in Insight Is 20/20
Codependence is a serious problem.

Are You Hearing Voices?

By Jerome Litt M.D. on September 14, 2009 in Odd, Curious, and Rare

Outflank Your Own Resistances to Change

By Robert Wicks Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 in The Resilient Life

What makes people want to play Rock Band and Guitar Hero?

By Gary Marcus Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 in Kluge
In some ways, Guitar Hero™ and Rock Band™ seem like the stupidest games on earth. What makes people want to play them?

Harnessing spirituality

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 13, 2009 in One Among Many
Vaillant (2008) makes the case for positive emotions as a the basis of spirituality. He may be onto something. 

Why Hollywood marriages don’t last

By Satoshi Kanazawa on September 13, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Douglas T. Kenrick of the Arizona State University is one of the leading evolutionary psychologists in the world. He's also widely regarded as the funniest evolutionary psychologist alive. 

Anomalistic psychology: What is it and why bother?

By Chris French Ph.D. on September 13, 2009 in Weird Science

Sexy Women Wanted

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on September 13, 2009 in Love Doc
Where have all the sexy women gone? Early in the relationship, sex was on her mind and in her body so much of the time. Remember how she desired you sexually and passionately? That was when your partner and you were madly in love. A shiny path of anticipated romance, pleasure, emotional attunement, love and lust, stretched out before the two of you.  
Happily Ever Laughter
Laughter Is the Best Medicine
The Laughing Stock
Laugh, or Just Fake It

The Toolbox of Self-Deception, Part III

By Sam Sommers on September 12, 2009 in Science Of Small Talk
When you stop to think about it (and that's what we psychologists are trained to do), we enlist an impressive array of cognitive tactics and behavioral gambits in the daily effort to feel good about ourselves. We carry around a veritable toolbox of self-deception, including well more individual tools than I can catalog here. What follows is but a sampling of the more common strategies we employ in the daily pursuit of positive self-regard...

I Hope Nobody Finds Out: Imposter Syndrome, Survivor Guilt, and the Bane of Progressive Political Organizations

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on September 10, 2009 in What Is He Thinking?
Most people in leadership positions suffer from feelings of fraudulence.  Leaders of labor unions and progressive organizations suffering from a special type because of their discomfort with having power and their identification with the powerless an the victim.  This conflict takes lots of forms that hold these organizations back.  Fortunately, there's a cure!
Your Dog Loves You
Animal Emotions
Beastly Passions
Ambassadors of Hope