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Not All Friendships Last Forever: I Lost My Contacts in a NYC Taxi Cab

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
Last August, lost my cell phone. I left it in a cab in NYC and to make matters worse had not properly backed up my contacts. In an effort to regain some of those contacts, I sent out messages on Facebook. Some people responded and some did not, which made me feel very sad.

Narrative Empathy

By Keith Oatley Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in The Psychology of Fiction
Empathy has become a subject of much interest. It's of interest in fiction as we feel for characters in stories, in politics as we wonder what to feel for people in different social groups, and in history as we wonder about the emotions of people living in societies of the past.

Car Ad Reveals Troubling Truth

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 27, 2011 in Am I Right?
Without mutual sympathy there are great injustices in the world.

How Crazy AA Nuts Drive American Policy

By Stanton Peele on September 27, 2011 in Addiction in Society
AA nuts regularly blurt out things in treatment and policy discussions that are clearly psychotic. No one, including the biggest drug reformers, objects to them. Yet the AA nuts' psychotic visions drive the policies the reformers yearn, and spend their lives striving, to reform. And they will never succeed because the nuts hold sway.

There's a Rule for That

By Donna Barstow on September 27, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Being courteous to others has a nice side effect - sometimes you get what you want! A cartoon about a better world, but it doesn't involve religion.

Collected Wisdom About Single Life: Your Thoughts

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Living Single
Among the contributions to the wisdom collected here: experiences of internalized singlism, living single at different ages, reactions to people who ask about why you are single, and more.

BMI Checking at School--Another Crazy Idea

Frankly, weight and height checking at school is crazy and could cause eating disorders.

Search for the Genius Gene

By R. Douglas Fields on September 26, 2011 in The New Brain
Intelligence is in part inherited. New study seeks to identify the smart gene.

I Don't Know if My Teenage Son's Masturbating Is a Problem

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if you are worried that your teenage son is becoming a sex addict.

How To Increase Your Harmonious Passion

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
Work brings some people intrinsic joy. These people feel in control of their work, feel good about themselves while working, find their work to be in harmony with their other activities. Psychologists describe these folks as having harmonious passion. But there's another kind of passion...

What Drives Jealousy?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Compassion Matters
What drives us to feel jealous and suffer over this stirring emotion isn't always the "smiling enemies" we formulate in our minds. The "sexy secretary" and "college love" are rarely the threats we think they are, but the overwhelming, possessed state of suspicion we enter because of these characters, can be a real hazard to our closest relationships.

Are Musicians Smarter than You?

By Dr. Kimberly Sena Moore on September 26, 2011 in Your Musical Self
I'm a musician and I'm smarter than you! Okay...that's probably not true. But it is a headline I've seen pop up on occasion. And it's not totally unfounded: research continues to be published that supports the idea that being a musician can have certain non-musical benefits.

What kinds of benefits? Here's a quick run-down...

Who Thinks Pregnant Women Are Sexy?

By Jena Pincott on September 26, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
A surprising number of men are sexually aroused by pregnancy. A new study reveals what makes a guy more likely to fetishize a woman's bump.

Protecting Chimpanzees from Further Abuse

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Animal Emotions
A leading scientific magazine, Scientific American, rightfully calls for a ban on invasive research. As time goes on support for ending the use of chimpanzees in invasive research is growing. Let's keep the pressure on to make this a reality. And let's also remember the millions of other animals who are inadequately protected from invasive research.

Coming Soon to an Entrepreneur Near You: The Cyclothymic Personality

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 26, 2011 in Just Listen
When you’re too ready for prime time, not quite ready for lithium and then pity the poor spouse or COO who tries to keep you on the rails.

Company Parties: Think Before You Drink

Thinking of a drinking party for the company? Think hard.

How to Think Away Those Cold Symptoms

By Prof. Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on September 26, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
Colds are caused by viruses, so how is this even possible?

Teaching Teachers about Autism

By Kymberly Grosso on September 26, 2011 in Autism in Real Life
Our children with autism will spend the majority of their lives as adults with autism. It is in society's best interest to educate our children to the best of our ability and that includes using autism teaching competencies.

Moneyball: It’s Intuition vs. Evidence

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in Plato on Pop
Moneyball tells the story of the conflict between evidence and intuition. Can your gut justify your belief that something is true, or should you instead rely on evidence and proportion your belief accordingly? Whether you want to break the “Curse of the Bambino” or win at the game of life, the answer is the same. Go with the evidence.

The Government's Dysfunctional Marriage

By Mark Banschick M.D. on September 26, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
It is crucial to remember that politics are made up of people, and these people's underlying psychology is analogous to those of divorcing parents. We reprint an article we wrote for Politico here hoping to remind everyone that what we need most is not competition between parties, but collaboration.

Parenting: Message Blockers: Why Your Children Don't Get Your Messages

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 26, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Have you noticed that sometimes your children just need to hear a message once and they get it? And, frustratingly, you can send a message dozens upon dozens of times and it is as if they had never sent the message at all? Well, what is keeping your messages from getting through?

Teletherapy: Breakthrough or Breakdown?

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on September 26, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
An article on teletherapy in the Fashion and Style section of The New York Times made waves this weekend - mojito-toting, poolside waves.