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I Will Have What She's Having: Feeling Left Out and Buying

Imagine you are participating in a few studies. The experimenter tells you that you are going to record a short video, which is going to be shown to another participant. After your video is viewed by the other participant, they decide not to participate. Next, you are asked to review a number of consumer items the bookstore is considering stocking. So, what do you buy?

10 Quotations and Reflections on Loneliness

I get asked about loneliness a lot. When I wrote about it in "How to Be Sick," I admitted that it was the chapter I put off composing until I was done with the rest of the book. Learning to be alone without being lonely can be a challenge. It has been for me. So, I thought I’d see what others have said about loneliness.

50 Quotes on Consequences

You can't escape consequences. You know it, and these famous people had something to say about it.

Bound Together by a Common Problem: the Economy

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on April 22, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Two radically different solutions to a common problem are being proposed in Europe and America – or so it seems. All our economies are in trouble: massive indebtedness and credit shortages, on the one hand, while housing, employment, and growth are stalled. In America the answer is, by and large, stimulus. In Europe it’s austerity. How to make sense of this?

5 Steps for Dealing With People Who Talk Too Much

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 22, 2012 in Off the Couch
One day recently Jean*, a young professional woman, started her session with a rant about one of her co-workers. “The man does not stop talking,” she said. “Today he asked me how my weekend went, and before I could utter a word he started telling me about everything he had done.”

Evidence Childhood Trauma Leads To Brain Damage

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on April 22, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
A fascinating study showing altered brainwave patterns during sleep in adults with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was published by a Canadian group earlier this month.

Are You a “Childist?"

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 22, 2012 in Moral Landscapes
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl says that the USA is anti-child. Are you?

Social Media and Social Loneliness

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on April 22, 2012 in Side Effects
Is Facebook increasing social isolation or merely helping to expose it?

Blurred Moral Vision (The Psychology of Killing – Part 2)

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 22, 2012 in Moral Landscapes
Have you noticed how situations and systems influence your morality?

Is Personal Growth a Danger to Your Relationship?

Personal change can happen on different levels. Trivial changes (such as a new haircut) don’t affect who you are inside, but more significant changes (such as new dreams) may reflect a different you—and perhaps not the same you that your partner loved and appreciated originally. How can you change within a relationship without endangering it—and should it matter at all?

Who's Infertile? Us? Stop Ignoring Infertility

By Pamela Madsen on April 22, 2012 in Shameless Woman
People can survive infertility, but it's time for them to thrive through infertility. This can only happen when all of us stop ignoring infertility. So let's raise our collective voices and speak the truth about infertility. Infertility is not a sign. A curse or a punishment. It's a disease that can be prevented, treated and cured.

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.