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What Does BMI Tell Us?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Fit Femininity
With Christmas approaching the women's magazines sport headlines like ‘10 Easy Tips on How to Control Your Weight Over the Festive Season' or ‘Our Five Minutes a Day Workout Will Keep Your Weight in Check During the Holidays.'

Taking Personal Responsibility for Your Happiness

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Sapient Nature
Taking personal responsbility is a crucial milestone in the quest for happiness. However, willingness to take personal responsibility is alone not sufficient for enhancing happiness--it needs to be combined with mental control, and the ability to surrender.

TEDxFiDiWomen: Speaking Your Truth Is Good For Your Health

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on December 13, 2011 in Owning Pink
I recently got up on the blue backlit stage to deliver my first TEDx talk at TEDxFiDiWomen in San Francisco, and as I stood there in the spotlight, I felt the gravity of what I was about to do.

How Has the Internet Affected Self-Injury?

People want to know what’s going on in secret cyber communities of self-injury and what effects these have! Does Internet addiction increase teen self-harming?

Stress-Busters to Pack in Your Carry-On Bag

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 13, 2011 in Minding the Body
From crowded airports to cramped plane seats, air travel can be an ordeal. Luckily, a few stress-reducing tools in your carry-on bag can salvage your holiday cheer.

Psychotherapy, Medication, or Body Sense for Mental Health?

By Alan Fogel on December 13, 2011 in Body Sense
Exercise, meditation, massage, eating well, being in nature, doing service activities and religion/spirituality—called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs)—can improve mental health, alone or in conjunction with psychotherapy and medication.

Are Psychologists Just Self-Medicating?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Ambigamy
I’ve done it. I’ve invented a two-step sure-fire diet plan, the secret to successful weight loss. Here it is:
1. Pick any existing diet that is low on calories.
2. Write a mega-bestselling book about it with your picture on the cover.
Here's why this is a riskier strategy for those of us offering moral and psychological diets.

If Psychology Had an Indian Heritage

By Sandeep Gautam on December 13, 2011 in The Fundamental Four
Psychology has a Western heritage. The classical mind-body problem is as formulated by Rene Descartes; but is it the right question to ask? It is important to ask the right questions and Indian philosophical traditions may shed unique light on how an alternate framework for psychology can exist that is not rooted in western (mis)conceptions.

The Abuser and His Press Conference

By Donna Flagg on December 13, 2011 in Office Diaries
From Spitzer and Schwarzenegger to the priests, teachers and now Cain, Sandusky and Fine, their speech writers should be fired.

Baba Brinkman's Psychological Profile

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
I had the pleasure of sitting down with rapper, playwright, and science/literature popularizer Baba Brinkman. We chatted about his development as a rapper. I also gave him a battery of psychological tests, and we discussed his results. Have you always wondered whether Baba Brinkman has adaptive forms of narcissism (admit it, you have)? Then check out this video right away!

The Nice Girl's Guide to Asking a Guy Out

By Jen Kim on December 13, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
What all the so-called experts think about whether or not women should ask men out on dates.

Sometimes There's No Friend like an Old Friend

During the holiday season, we're especially reminded of the passing of the years, particularly when it's time to write those yearly letters or emails. As you get in touch with your old (i.e. long-time) friends, it's a good time to reflect on what they mean to us and how they contribute to your sense of fulfillment.

Ten Books That Could Change Your Life

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on December 13, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Looking for a good self-help book? This is a list of ten books I often recommend to my clients.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Big Changes in the DSM-5

Learn the DSM-5's new "Levels of Personality Functioning" and "Proposed Trait System" for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Is the Lowe’s Anti-Muslim Controversy About Cognitive Distortions?

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Millennial Media
There is controversy about whether or not "All-American Muslims" portrays the truth about Islam. The message appears to be "they are not just like us." Now that Lowes, a major corporation, has pulled its ads during the show, it begs the question: Can the issue be about cognitive distortions?

Are Stereotypes Unfairly Stereotyped?

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Between the Lines
Think you know what stereotypes are? If you're relying on definitions from mainstream dictionaries, you're probably, well...guilty of stereotyping. But don't worry. That might not be a bad thing.

Christmas Is for Those Who Are Hurting

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Freedom to Grieve
So who dressed up Christmas as a holiday only for those who can afford it? We steal the joy of Christmas from others—and ourselves—when we put the emphasis on material things and outward appearances. Christmas is not about those who can buy the biggest presents.

Give It to Me, Often: The Surprising Secret to a Happy Marriage

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on December 13, 2011 in Stepmonster
Guess what separates the happily married couples from ones who aren't? A new study shows it probably isn't what you think.

Why Evolutionary Psychology Is Unlikely to Be Wrong

Are evolutionary psychology's core assumptions radical and extraordinary? Many people still think so. From a biological perspective, however, it would actually be far more extraordinary if these assumptions were wrong than if they were right.

Self-Knowledge, Character, and Friendship

By Michael W Austin on December 13, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Some work in contemporary psychology confirms the philosophy of Aristotle, which can also be useful in our quest for self-knowledge. Good character and good friends are conducive to self-knowledge.

Those Lying Apes

Young Dandy was excitedly courting a female by, in the usual way, showing her his inspired erection, when suddenly an older and higher-ranking male appeared on the scene. For Dandy, that meant big trouble.

Psychology versus Magical Thinking

By Stanton Peele on December 13, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Education and health are two fundamental social areas we can never get our heads around in America. And hard-headed but humane researchers—whom I like to think embody psychology—are the people to explain why this is.

Ride the Butterflies

By Jonathan Fields on December 13, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
The ability not only to endure but to invite, amplify, and exalt uncertainty, then reframe it as fuel is paramount to your ability to succeed as a creator. Visionary innovation and creativity cannot happen when every variable, every outcome, every permutation is known and has been tested and validated in advance.