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Veterans Day

By Eric Newhouse on November 11, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
It's important to listen to our veterans on Veterans Day, so I'd like to share with you the story of a young Marine who survived the battles in Vietnam – but came home with guilt, grief, anger and the "Demons of War" in his soul.

Tips on How to Fight for Eating Disorders Health Insurance Coverage

By Nancy Matsumoto on November 11, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
Going head to head with health insurers isn't easy, but here are some expert tips that will make you more effective in getting and keeping coverage

Confessions of a Mask: The Temptations of Online Anonymity

By Mark Matousek on November 11, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
Dating is a miserable business. Part popularity contest, part Nuremberg Trial, part aikido (block that rejection!), we meet and greet and hope for the best, sometimes clicking, mostly not, and often wondering: Why do we bother?

Post-Combat Wounds II

By Eric Newhouse on November 11, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
Although one vet in three is seeking help for mental or emotional disorders after returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan, the VA is treating far fewer vets for traumatic brain injury than the 2008 Rand Report had predicted.

Isn't Love the Only Thing We Can Expect to Make Us Happy?

By Gretchen Rubin on November 11, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I've been preoccupied with the subject of home for a long time now, as I've been working away on my next book, Happier At Home.

Turn it Up to 11 and Celebrate National Metal Day

By William Irwin Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Plato on Pop
No other genre of popular music inspires the level of devotion that metal does. And there’s a reason for that. Metal isn’t just music. For many fans it’s a religion, a way of life, a philosophy, if you will.

Is Your Own Happiness Really Irrelevant?

I waste so much of my life being unhappy that I feel like I am running out of time to be happy. Then I remember that the purpose of my life, of any of our lives, is not to be happy but rather to survive, to serve, to breed.... How do I seek comfort in life knowing that my happiness is totally irrelevant?

Let's Play Psychology Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! champs have to know a little about everything. As it turns out, they also need to know a lot about psychology. Test your own psychology knowledge using 20 actual questions from the televised game show. Bonus: find out if Alex Trebek is as smart as you think he is!

Thinking Without Words

Unsymbolized thinking is the experience of an explicit, differentiated thought that does not include the experience of words, images, or any other symbols. Many (perhaps most) people think unsymbolized thinking is impossible, but in fact it is common.

Learning More Than You Teach: The Mark of a True Master

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 11, 2011 in Laugh, Cry, Live
“Who am I to tell a teacher who has dedicated 30 years to educating children in her own community how to run her classroom and, in part, her life? … honestly, I’m no one. So, just what am I a master of? … If anything, I’m a master of I don’t know. I don’t know but I can help you find out. I don’t know but if you will teach me, I can teach you too” .—Jared Jones, Ed.M.

Can Parents Substitute for Friends?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
Over the years my daughter has struggled with social issues and having friends. Like many of the stories I read, our daughter is beautiful, athletic, top grades, straight (no drinking or smoking), good at conversations etc. etc. Yet, her friendships seem to fizzle out.

Brain Freeze

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
Rick Perry’s brain froze on national TV. He was trying to remember the third federal department he would cut and he completely failed. He knew the answer, struggled mightily to remember it, but nonetheless failed. We have all experienced similar moments, but his is a video sensation. Does it tell us anything about Perry's cognitive abilities?

5 Things to Do When You Didn't See The Argument Coming

Often it's not the subject of the argument itself but the sudden, unexpectedness of the occasion that throws you.

Does Compatibility Predict Marriage Success?

Research has made it clear that who shall stay married and who shall divorce depends on skills for staying cooperative. If instead you get argumentative.....

Paterno and Penn State: What the Rest of Us Can Learn

By Michael W Austin on November 10, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
I've always respected Joe Paterno and the Penn State program, and as many people are right now, I'm disappointed in all that has come to light in recent days. Rather than comment on the failures, though, I'd like to consider what moral lesson the rest of us might take away from this scenario.

Rethinking Organizations with the Brain in Mind: The Big Pic

By David Rock on November 10, 2011 in Your Brain at Work
Big ideas from day 1 of the NeuroLeadership Summit

ADHD, Sleep Disorder, Or Both?

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on November 10, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
A reader wrote in questioning whether her son with large tonsils and loud snoring might have a sleep disorder versus early ADHD.