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Where Is the Love?

By Ian R. Dowbiggin Ph.D. on April 22, 2012 in PsychoHistory
Whatever happened to Masters and Johnson? If you replied “who?” you just answered my question.

5 Tips for Boosting Your Willpower

Who among us has not made a plan to get up in the morning and exercise, but then hit snooze one time too many, sleeping through our morning jog?

Easing the Pressure: 4 Strategies to Sidestep Stress

How many times do you pause during a stressful day and think, “Wouldn’t it be nice to be sitting on a tropical island, drink in hand, without a care in the world?” That at least is my version of stress-free living.

Neurons Mirror the Diametric Mind

A new study confirms the diametric model of mental illness where mirror neurons are concerned, contradicting expectations and reversing previous findings.

Cycling Before Dawn: Notes on Crossfit, Consciousness, and Comparisons

Home for a month before setting out on a new adventure, I resolve to make some changes in my life. It starts with exercise. I’m a committed runner, a casual yogi, a beginning swimmer, and every week or so I head to the gym for an unfocused session of strength training. In other words, it’s too random—so I resolve to change it up.

What Predators' Wives Really Know

In this world, there are untouchable individuals who actually get sympathy for their atrocious behavior. Like skilled actors, they use their sad eyes as shields from pointed questions when dark deeds come to light.

The Extraordinary Life of St. Anthony of the Desert

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 21, 2012 in Hide and Seek
A beacon of the ascetic life is St. Anthony of the Desert, the ‘Father of All Monks’, who has the rare distinction of having lent his name both to an Oxford college and to a skin disease (St. Anthony’s fire or erysipelas).

Are You Moving Forward or Just Running in Place?

Have you been feeling run down and exhausted? Are your days filled with busywork: endless e-mails, reports, and meetings where everyone’s eyes glaze over?

Don’t Just Tell Kids What Not to Do: Show Them What to Do

Resilience requires a wide repertoire of skills to cope with stress. Here’s the bottom line—life is stressful, so we need to prepare our children to handle challenges effectively.

Norwegian Mass Murderer Anders Breivik: I'm No Psychopath

By Jim Silver J.D. on April 21, 2012 in Almost a Psychopath
When far right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik decided to protest what he calls the “Islamic colonization” of Norway by going on a bombing and shooting rampage last year, killing 77 people, many of them teenagers attending a youth summer camp, he says that he didn’t expect to survive his carefully planned attack.

Are CEO Salaries Out of Control?

By Ray Williams on April 21, 2012 in Wired for Success
Today, American CEOs of large corporations are paid outrageously large amounts of money compared to foreign CEOs, and the gap between those salaries and that of the average worker is widening dramatically.

Why I Stopped Drinking Wine

I love wine as much as you do (and maybe more), but I've reluctantly decided to kick the habit. Sadly, this lovely liquid — and alcohol in general — can actually increase stress and lower immunity, among a list of other evidence-based reasons presented here.

Being Outdoors and Exercising Can Help ADHD Symptoms

Taking a nature walk can help reduce the impact of ADHD symptoms, according to a recent study.

Childfree Travel: A Growing Trend?

Last year I wrote about my own personal experience on a flight from Paris to Seattle seated across the aisle from a food-throwing, wailing 18-month-old whose mother did little to manage him.

40 Quotes on Nonconformists

Nonconformists make the world go 'round. Learn what people have to say about those that go against the grain.

Food Prohibitions: God’s Will or “Earthly” Cultural Adaptations?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on April 21, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Thou shall not eat crustaceans and mollusks. Is this God’s Will or a cultural adaptation to the threat of toxins?

5 Powerful Strategies to Lower Your Child/Teen's Defiance

If your child or teen is defiant, here are five powerful strategies to lower his or her defiant behavior.

What Makes a Terrific Parent

By Alfie Kohn on April 21, 2012 in The Homework Myth
If you decided to have a child, presumably it was because you wanted to be a parent and anticipated that the experience would be fulfilling. You did it for you.

Did Cesar Millan Have to Hang the Husky?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 21, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Hanging a dog by a noose to "train" or discipline them is animal abuse. There's never a reason to string up our best friends to show them who's boss. It's a dirty double-cross to intentionally abuse them and a betrayal of their trust in us. Let's not break their fragile hearts.

People who Do not Dream

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on April 21, 2012 in Dream Catcher
We all know someone who claims never to dream. Although the question has never to my knowledge been definitely answered by science, it appears that there are some people who rarely or never dream or never recall the dreams they have. At least this is what they tell us.

Shotgunnings and Clawhammerings

LR was an average looking young man. There was nothing menacing in his eyes or the set of his jaw or the way he held his hands. But one day, quite without prompting, he confessed to a horrendous crime. He described it with cold panache, without the slightest twinge of regret in his voice.

Rethinking Psychology: Time for a Reality Check

Psychology’s popularity rests on its potential to give us insight into our behavior. It’s time to rethink what you thought you knew and open your mind to the field’s most important insights.

Killing Elephants and Unemployment: The King Goes Hunting

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on April 21, 2012 in Am I Right?
I would be honored to be in the presence of a king but not more so than having been amongst elephants.

Soy: Good or Bad?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on April 20, 2012 in Inner Source
Once the undisputed health food champ, now we are left wondering whether soy is really our friend. Find out the soy truth.

Stranger Danger—A Heartbreaking Reminder

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 20, 2012 in Singletons
In the news again: 33-year-old missing child case awakens parents’ fears and reminds us that if one child is missing and he or she is yours, the number is too high.

Cannabis and Creativity

Results that suggest creative processes can be facilitated by drugs might be construed to imply that an inability to be creative is a “brain deficit” issue to be remedied by drugs.

Class Notes and Epiphanies From Oprah's LifeClass with Deepak Chopra

By Elise Ballard on April 20, 2012 in Epiphany
Elise Ballard shares her Video and "Class Notes" from the taping of Oprah's LifeClass with Deepak Chopra in New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Stand Your Ground - A Psychological Inquiry

"Do not ... put a stumbling block in front of a blind person." A closer look at Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

Magic and the Mind

Training the imagination changes what the mind experiences