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The Real Reason Why the Rhythm Method Doesn't Work?

By Jena Pincott on October 18, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Do we drop our eggs at the whiff of a high-testosterone male?

Vacation Like a Royal: Rent a Bike

By Kristine Hansen on October 18, 2011 in Travel In Mind
Numerous health benefits come with bicycling. Why not rent a bike during your next vacation? With Prince William and Kate Middleton renting bicycles recently in London, and numerous bike-rental stations opening around the world, it's a readily available option.

Projection 101: The Devil Made Me Do It!

Pass the buck. Blame the other guy. We say it was the Republicans, or the Democrats, or some other devil that made me do it. As a culture, we are suffering greatly from a failure to take ownership of our contribution to our problems. Maybe we could use a lesson in basic psychoanalysis: Projection 101.

10 Easy Things You Can Do to Help Women (And Yourself!) Feel Good About Your Body

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on October 18, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Are you interested in helping women improve their body image and changing how women are depicted in the media? If so, here are ten easy things you can do to help! Watch a clip of a brand new movie that may change the way you think about how women are depicted in magazines, TV and movies forever.

Your Smartphone May Be Making You... Not Smart

Millions of people around the world lined up to buy the Apple4S, the smartest of the smartphones. It boasts a feature named “Siri,” a genie in a metal case who responds to your voice commands. However, there may be danger in turning your brain functions over to this latest e-gadget.

Not All Crying Is Depression: Understanding Pseudobulbar Affect

By David DiSalvo on October 18, 2011 in Neuronarrative
You're having a calm discussion with a friend about a topic you don’t find emotional whatsoever, and you notice that tears are welling up in your friend’s eyes. You ask your friend if you inadvertently said something hurtful, and the reply is, “No, I really don’t know why I’m reacting this way, I’m fine.”

Why a Sugar High Leads to a Brain Low

By Teresa Aubele Ph.D. on October 18, 2011 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Excessive glucose in the form of refined sugar can be very detrimental to your brain, ultimately affecting your attention span, your short-term memory, and your mood stability. It also damages cells everywhere in the body, especially those in the brain.

Creative Mindset Audit: Get Your Score

By Jonathan Fields on October 18, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Ever wonder if you're operating at your potential?

This is a question I've grappled with for years, both in my own life and in the context of people in general.

What's Your "Pigeon of Discontent?"

By Gretchen Rubin on October 18, 2011 in The Happiness Project
For the past few years, for the weekly video as part of the Happiness Challenge, I've proposed a resolution for your consideration—a concrete, manageable resolution to boost your happiness (at least, one that has boosted my happiness).

Out of My Shell: Glimpses of the Unselfish

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on October 18, 2011 in Living It
Often, people will say to one another: "You're being selfish." What do they mean by this? I propose a personal reflection herein, as one who has tried, and usually failed, not to think of himself first. The secret to the conundrum is this ... you can't be unselfish on your own.

Feelings of Emptiness: Not Just a Borderline Trait Anymore

By Randi Kreger on October 18, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
I am faced with this excruciating emptiness daily. Is it covering up all of the intense and hot emotions brewing under the surface? I would almost feel better if it were covering up something, because I hate this void! I want to know that there is something other than this horrible black hole inside of me. Am I really just a blank page?

Harness the Power of Temptation

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 18, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
There are two kinds of dieters in this world. Those who see a piece of chocolate cake as a monumental hurdle to be overcome, and those who see that same piece of chocolate cake as a reminder that they are on a diet. How can you turn yourself into the second kind of person?

Spoilers Don't Spoil Stories

A taxi driver drops a couple off at a theater to see a play which is a murder mystery. They pay the fare but don't leave a tip. The driver rolls down the window and shouts: "The butler did it." Did he get his own back?

What is Your Potential for Workplace Happiness and Success?

How happy are you at work? What is your outlook for the future? One way to answer these questions is to measure your psychological capital.

Leave My Prostate Alone: The P.S.A. Test Controversy

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 18, 2011 in Am I Right?
To maintain a self-image as a smart, competent person, many will continue to justify the correctness of past decisions despite the evidence to the contrary

Is Your Child Inviting Rejection?

Some children regularly act in ways that make it hard for other kids to accept them. Here are some common off-putting behaviors and alternatives.

This Country is Being Run Like a Cult

By Donna Flagg on October 17, 2011 in Office Diaries
If intentions are not pure, people infuse their toxic effects into the system. Before you know it, a so-called democracy is operating more like a cult.

The Blues Is Depression. Should You Treat It With Pills?

Diagnosing depression as an illness and treating it with anti-depressant medication may create new difficulties. The risks include dampening your ability to feel happiness and sexual arousal, and causing weight gain, drug dependency and relationship problems. What if you treat depression instead as indicating a problem in your life?

Does a Failed Relationship Mean That You're a Failure Too?

The failure of a romantic relationship is always a difficult experience, but regarding it as a personal failure is even worse. But what does it mean for a relationship to a failure, and does this imply that you have failed personally as well?

Ghost Children: Brothers and Sisters of ADHD Children

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 17, 2011 in The Older Dad
The brothers and sisters of ADHD children become ghosts in the family until they act-out themselves. Here are five tips to prevent the friendly ghost from haunting your family this year.

Revenge of the Kid Sister

So it goes with revenge. We are willing to run the risk of of forfeiting those possessions usually held dear: self-esteem, pride, morality, ethics, love and family. While revenge is purchased most often at the cost of our good impression of ourselves (and others' good impressions of us), somehow it feels worth it.

Do You Ever Long for What Never Existed?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 17, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Immersing oneself in the product of someone else's creativity can give you that odd feeling of nostalgia for what never was and never could have been. I'm thinking of village-o-philia for those quaint villages you see in British films.