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What Sexy Is

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Insight Therapy
The American concept of sexy is to true sexiness what Hallmark greeting cards are to deep human emotion. Yet it is possible to find sexy moments on the web–mysterious, subtle, original, and alive. Here is a sampling of sexy web finds, clips that capture–for me–the slippery, intoxicating essence of what sexy is.

Emotions and the Body

By Julie Jaffee Nagel Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Music to My Ears
As a psychoanalyst, I listen to people tell their personal stories through the use of words. As an audience member at a concert, I listen to musicians tell their stories through the use of music. This sometimes includes lyrics but often does not In both scenarios, I often find myself affected by strong feelings.

Time to Eat

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 08, 2012 in Eating Mindfully
The clock hits noon—that means its lunchtime. My co-worker brought cookies to work—I might as well eat one (or three). That chips ad on television looks so tempting—I'll go into the kitchen and grab a handful. These are just some examples of eating in response to external cues.

Not to Be Antisocial, But—Why Don’t You Leave Me Alone? Part I

By David Hirshleifer Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in What Lies Beneath
Have you ever felt deluged by invitations, festivities, celebrations, get-togethers, gatherings, blasts, soirees, shindigs, and Super Bowl tail-gates, when all you wanted to do was spend a nice quiet evening with your dog and the Internet?

Life Imitates Class

By Frances Kuffel on February 08, 2012 in What Fat Women Want
I didn’t notice the man weaving in and out of the foot traffic and I was so involved with my doughnut-thingie that I didn’t hear him say, as he stepped off the curb to circumvent all of us mortals, “Keep eating. That’s why you take up too much space.”

Too Posh for Pregnancy?

By Marcy Darnovsky Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Genetic Crossroads
How many women hire surrogates because they are too busy to be pregnant or want to avoid stretch marks?

Are You Under the Influence of Implicit Attitudes?

By Jeffrey S. Nevid Ph.D., ABPP on February 08, 2012 in Get Psyched!
Our automatic responses to people may be based more on their physical features than the content of their character. Although we may think of ourselves as free of prejudices based on skin color, our behavior may belie that belief.

The Science of Love: A Pre-Valentine's Day Live Chat

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Join a live chat on the nature of love on February 9 hosted by Science Live. While some people still debate whether nonhuman animals can "fall in love" there are ample data that show they can and do. And it's real love, not "love". We don't need to use quotation marks when talking about animal emotions as if they're not real or not the same as ours.

Digital Dirt: Managing Your Online Identity

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on February 08, 2012 in Career Transitions
It is no longer an option to monitor your online presence – it's imperative. Does your current online image reflect you at your best and convey the message you would want potential employers, customers, or clients to see?

Banishing Your Heartache on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day can be a challenge if your heart is aching. Here are some creative strategies to add some "zing" to your love life ...

On Meeting Carl Gustav Jung

By Graham Collier on February 08, 2012 in The Consciousness Question
It was at the first Eranos meeting after World War II that I met Carl Gustav Jung. I had accompanied Herbert Read and it was he who introduced me to Jung. Memory has it that this was in 1950 when Jung would have been about 75. It was a fairly brief conversation, yet I found that simply being in the great man's presence was impressive enough.

Why Men Gave Up Polygamy

By David J Ley Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Women Who Stray
Why have men in so many cultures given up the right and tradition to have multiple wives? Historically, polygyny has been one of the most common and prevalent forms of marriage, worldwide. Increasing research suggests that many men are not disposed towards monogamy. But, in modern Western culture, men with multiple wives are seen as sinners and lawbreakers.

Should Pregnant Women Forget About a Good Night's Sleep?

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on February 08, 2012 in The Land of Nod
In my practice, the majority of my patients are women. I'm often asked by patients (and friends!) why insomnia is more common in women. As a result, I'm going to dedicate my first few posts to sleep disorders common to women, discussing problems that can occur throughout her life. Today, we'll discuss what happens during pregnancy and what can be done to sleep better.

In Search of What I Believed Was a Deeper Meaning

By Ethan Gilsdorf on February 08, 2012 in Geek Pride
"The first time I smoked marijuana my mind was awash with Silver Surfer comic books, D&D, and Rush albums. I ached for something more, but whatever that elusive truth was, the suburbs could not contain it."

Children of Divorce: The Kids Aren't Always Alright

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
My formerly popular 11-year old granddaughter is being shunned by her BFFs to the point that she doesn't want to go to school (which she formerly loved). Her parents are going through a divorce, and it's hit her the hardest.

Valentine’s Day at Hogwarts, Part 2

Part Two in a series analyzing love in the world of Harry Potter.

The Psyche of Modern-Day Young Black Men Part 1: In Crisis, Not College?

Education is the ticket out of poverty. Black families need educated Black men; their presence is not only requested, it is required. But with fewer Black males in college, it's time for all hands on deck.

The Psyche of Modern-Day Young Black Men Part 2: Effect on Black Women and Family Structure

With a lack of Black men in college, especially compared to the number of Black women, the social and educational disparity is stark. As more and more Black women pursue college and grad schools, they find themselves with fewer suitable, accomplished, or career-minded, marriage-worthy Black men to have as mates.

Quit: Do It Now

A lot of us suffer from not knowing when, or how, to quit. We take on too many projects and commitments, and end up turning in 10 mediocre jobs instead of one or two stellar performances.

Your Brain on Drugs: Philosophical Implications

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Hot Thought
Studies of the neurochemical effects of drugs support the mind-brain identity theory over its chief rival, dualism, which claims that minds are distinct from bodies.

Fatal Fathers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
When stress builds up in families, overwhelmed fathers might ponder suicide. As with Josh Powell, deadly thoughts can include the children. What makes some men decide to kill their kids?

The Neuroscience of Imagination

By Christopher Bergland on February 08, 2012 in The Athlete's Way
Albert Einstein said of the theory of relativity, "I thought of it while riding my bicycle." New ideas tend to bubble up and crystallize when you are inside the aerobic zone. While walking, jogging, biking ... you are able to problem solve in way that is different than when you are sitting at your desk. Neuroscientists are just beginning to understand this phenomenon.

Food Suddenly Feels Perilous, Here's Comfort for Those With Allergies and Intolerances

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Stepmonster
Six million kids have food allergies–40 percent of them life-threatening–and one in 133 Americans has a diagnosis of celiac disease. Millions more have wheat allergies or gluten intolerance. Now what?

A Greedy Egomaniac's Problem With Today's Robber Barons

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 08, 2012 in Ambigamy
My friends say the problem with today’s robber barons is that they’re greedy egomaniacs, but I don’t think that nails it. What after all is egomania? It’s some extreme on a continuum I ride too.