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Forging a Soul of Iron

By Jeff Wise on November 10, 2011 in Extreme Fear
Gerry Duffy, a rangy, chiseled 43-year-old from Ireland, ranks one of the most formidible endurance athletes in the world. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about him is that he used to be just like the rest of us.

Late-Life Moral Collapses Are Rocking Our Worlds

By Stanton Peele on November 10, 2011 in Addiction in Society
People live and are productive far longer than ever before in human history—but with results that can be catastrophic. Four legendary leaders have recently hit the skids in their seniority,and the implications are frightening for all of us.

Joe Paterno, Psychology, and Positive Ethics

Paterno, Penn State students, the graduate assistant who reported the abuse, the Board of Trustees, all faced ethical choices and dilemmas. Making choices involves weighing competing principles, feelings, and values.

Judgment and Decision Making in the Age of Conquest

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in One Among Many
450 years ago, a German conquistador came to grief on the shores of South America. He left invaluable texts, however, and thus a window into what he was thinking. I attempt here to answer the question of why he did not cut his losses when he had the opportunity.

The Promise of Eternal Youth?

Eternal youth may not be around the corner—but the theories to make it possible are advancing.

Not Taking Responsibility Makes Us Responsible

Whether it is leaving a two-year-old to bleed to death in the street, failing to report an incidence of child abuse, neglecting to report the ethical transgressions of a colleague or the flat out denial of sexual impropriety, when we are faced with certain knowledge and do not act, we are making a choice that indirectly condones the transgression.

Managers Need to Listen Too

Listening to employees is more than just good manners. It can increase production and profit, too.

Who Are You to Judge?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 10, 2011 in Am I Right?
We want others to prefer some things to other things; we want people to act in certain ways

Why Parenting Books Often Don’t Work

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
The biggest mistakes couples make when consulting parenting books is that more often than not, only one member of the couple reads them. No matter how sage the advice, unless parents are unified on the approach they take, their efforts to create change will likely fail.

Lest We Forget

Five years ago I was self-righteous and ill-informed. I would loudly criticize the war (it didn't matter what war...they were all the same to me), and I would question the reason why anyone would choose to join the military. I was always polite about it, so as not to cross any 'politically-correct' line...

8 Mental Tips for Coping with Cancer Treatment

By Christopher Bergland on November 10, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
Applying the athletic mindset to battling cancer

8 Writing Tips from Flannery O'Connor

By Gretchen Rubin on November 10, 2011 in The Happiness Project
November is National Novel Writing Month. I've never participated in the official month, but I did follow the excellent system proposed by Chris Baty in his book No Plot? No Problem! to write a novel in a month.

Why Children Protest Going to School: More Evo. Mismatch

By Peter Gray on November 10, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
A Darwinian, evolutionary perspective helps us understand why children do not readily submit to schooling. Every bone in their body, every neuron, every muscle, resists coercion. Our hunter-gatherer past endowed children with educative drives that are rooted in freedom.

Overcoming Childhood Tragedy

By Kathryn Seifert on November 10, 2011 in Stop The Cycle
Why is it that some kids have the ability to overcome tragedy and trauma while others don't? Is it the severity of the tragedy that counts or the resiliency of the child? Are there other factors that determine the outcome?

Paterno Surprise Reflects Ignoring the Power of the Situation

By Allen R McConnell Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in The Social Self
How could Joe Paterno, viewed as one of the few shining examples of a man who "did things right" get it so wrong and not respond better to sexual assault allegations by his own assistant coach? Repeatedly, social psychology has shown the importance of the power of the situation. In short, good people can do bad things when placed in particular circumstances.

On Paterno and Sports Fan Myopia

By Sam Sommers on November 10, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
There's no shortage of disturbing aspects to the Joe Paterno story. Take yesterday's impromptu rally in which Penn State students camped on the coach's lawn, cheering. How on earth, you might ask, could people support a man who, at the very least, failed to do more than pass the buck to university administrators upon learning that his assistant had assaulted a child?

Are You Confident About Your Best Quality?

By Donna Barstow on November 09, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
What's your best quality? And how much money is it worth? This owl is about to find out.

I Caught My Teen Daughter Sexting

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 09, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your teen daughter is sexting

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Twelve Step Spirituality

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on November 09, 2011 in In Therapy
Most twelve step groups acknowledge a "Higher Power" as a central component of recovery. The outspoken Rabbi Rami Shapiro shares one perspective on this form of spirituality.

Unexpected Variables in Standardized Testing

By Debbie Stier on November 09, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
Given that this was my 6th SAT in 2011, and the first one I can say was a truly bad experience, I guess my odds aren't so bad (I'm trying to look on the bright side). And, I'm trying to find the lessons to impart from my bad experience, so others can hopefully avoid the pitfalls.

Relationship Violence in “Twilight”

While some vampire stories are rich with sexual and cultural lessons, the “Twilight” series, in my opinion, can be used as a display of behaviors that put people at risk for abuse in dating relationships.

Depression: The Dream of a Single Episode

The existence of SLEDs are a ray of hope in the dark world of depression.

If You Could Talk to a Dead Poet...

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 09, 2011 in Creating in Flow
"If you could meet one deceased literary figure, who would that be, what would you ask, what would you say. . . " That's the prompt for some imaginary time travel that was offered to 17 living writers.