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How to Avoid the Junk Food Trap

By Conner Middelmann-Whitney on January 05, 2012 in Nourish
Have you heard the one about the nutritionist who struggled to follow her own advice?

5 New Work Habits For 2012

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 05, 2012 in Digital Leaders
Now that we are back to the grind, the holidays seem like a distant memory. Most of us will be making New Year's resolutions this week but all know that keeping them will be harder than making them.

What Kind of a Year Has It Been for Single People? Part 1: The Good Stuff

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 05, 2012 in Living Single
Part 1 in a series of posts looking back at 2011 and what it meant for people who are single. This one is about the highlights.

Separately Together: # 1 Relationship Requirement?

By Rita Watson MPH on January 04, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
The beauty of being comfortable in solitude is that when we come together with another, we are not patching up a hole in our hearts, but rather allowing hearts to freely entwine and separate and join together again for laughter and loving in a fluid space of separately together.

Wasted Money on a Mental Health Fad? Bipolar Disorder in Children

How much does the misdiagnosis of child bipolar really cost?

Start Simple: A View of the New Year

I love New Year's. "Regular" New Year's, Chinese New Year's, Jewish New Year's, Indian New Year's, whatever New Year tradition there is, count me in. Any reason to start fresh and be given a second chance.

Honesty Hangover

By Robin Zarel LCSW on January 04, 2012 in Mind Over Matter
Don't Get One: Awareness Protects!

Call to Depart

You but arrive at the city to which you were destin’d — you hardly
settle yourself to satisfaction, before you are call’d by an
irresistible call to depart. [
Leaves of Grass: Song of the Open Road (82:11)

Sexual Orientation Obsessions in OCD

"What if I've been gay all along and don't know it?" Sexual orientation worries are an underrecognized symptom of OCD that can cause distressing obsessions and covert compulsions. This puzzling form of OCD has been known to confuse patients and professionals alike, and sufferers struggle to find answers.

The Real "Fat Trap"

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on January 04, 2012 in What a Body Knows
In her Sunday Magazine article, Tara Parker Pope offers the latest scientific evidence for a "fat trap." People who become overweight, Pope concludes, are likely to stay that way for reasons that are largely biological and genetic. She calls it the fat trap. The real fat trap, however, is not biological or genetic. The real fat trap is the idea that diets work.

The Girl with the Evil Psychiatrist

By Dennis Palumbo on January 04, 2012 in Hollywood on the Couch
Why are male therapists now portrayed as villains in movies and on TV?

The Power of the Mind: Quotes to Get You Thinking

The true power of the mind, its impact on our health, future, outlook, and self-concept, is a mystery, sparking much discussion and debate for centuries. As food for thought, here's what some of the world's most respected figures of the past along with some of today's most recognized inspirational speakers and writers, have to offer on this intriguing subject.

Context, Gender, and Why Riley’s Right to Be Pissed Off About Toys

By Sam Sommers on January 04, 2012 in Science Of Small Talk
By now millions have watched and shared the Youtube video of Riley, the spirited 4-year-old who's sick of pink and wants toy companies everywhere to know that girls can like superheroes too. Why do we like Riley? Because she's right.

At What Age Do Babies Stop Being Irresistibly Adorable?

By Jena Pincott on January 04, 2012 in Love, Sex, and Babies
A new study finds that there's a defined age at which children stop being universally irresistible.

Lessons from a First Rate Madness: Beginning a Cultural Discussion About Stigma

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 04, 2012 in Mood Swings
Mental illness and leadership: if there is a link, why do people intuitively seem for or against?

A Poem In Celebration of the Bad Girl, or Felix Culpa for Women

Sometimes rising up from the fall is the very thing that saves you.

Iowa Speaks: How Should We Choose a President?

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 04, 2012 in Mood Swings
Iowa chose the most normal candidates, psychologically speaking. But this may be just the wrong way to choose a president.

Narrow vs Broad: Apologies for Being a Generalist

By Sandeep Gautam on January 04, 2012 in The Fundamental Four
Jonathan Fields, writes in the defense of the pursuit of Mastery; I reply why generalization may also be equally relevant and why earning livelihood from multiple sources is not a crime, or to be looked down on.

Having Trouble Getting Kids to Eat Fruits and Vegetables?

Healthy eating tops every New Year's Resolution List I have ever seen. And if parents made resolutions for their kids, I'm sure that eating more fruits and vegetables would top those lists too. And I get it: Getting kids to eat right can be quite a struggle.

Clinical Trials and Drug Approval: Why Placebos are Essential

Just the expectation of treatment can change brain activity - an important reason why placebos are used in clinical trials. Is the study drug more effective than the placebo?

Economic Ignoramuses

For zillions of years, the human race lived in small groups of 25-50 people or so. We became hard wired to appreciate explicit cooperation: I scratch your back, you scratch mine; I'll feed you when you're hungry and/or sick; you reciprocate. Those who wouldn't or couldn't do this didn't tend to leave their genes to the next generation.

Good Poker Players Make Good SAT-Takers (And Other Quotable Moments)

By Debbie Stier on January 04, 2012 in The Perfect Score Project
Why are scholars and best-selling authors, winners of the Pulitzer Prize -- people who have had enviable careers by any standard -- afraid to take a short multiple-choice test whose content doesn't stray far beyond a high-school-level vocabulary and simple arithmetic?

10 Tips for a Better Relationship in 2012

By Melissa Orlov on January 04, 2012 in May I Have Your Attention
Making a New Year's resolution to use these simple ideas can help you spruce up your relationship in 2012.