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Is "A Dangerous Method" a Dangerous Movie?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Evil Deeds
After months of anticipation, director David Cronenberg's most recent film, "A Dangerous Method," does not disappoint. For me, it succeeds both as a work of art and as a fascinating, intimate peek into the momentous birth of psychoanalysis, from which just about every form of modern psychotherapy derives.

Don't Dream Big

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Going to college, you are surrounded by platitudinous clichés about how special and smart you are, how you should study hard, follow your passion, and aim for the stars. In other words, you are in dire need of a reality check. For some tips that will actually be helpful, check out the following list.

From Cute Little Girl To Borderline Personality

I have a heretical thought. Maybe borderlines fear abandonment because they do things that motivate people in their lives to want to get rid of them.

Still, what causes them to act in such off-putting ways?

The Violent Sex

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in One Among Many
In TV entertainment, men take it on the chin—and in the crotch. I submit that depictions of violence against men can reinforce the stereotype that men are the violent sex.

Who Cares About Your Weight?

When you're trying to lose weight family and friends can cause you to lose motivation. Learn what to do when they aren't helping.

Uncovering the Real Gifts of the Holiday Season

While we're busy hauling out our holly and shopping till we drop, many of us forget to stop and appreciate the true gifts in life. Sometimes it takes a life changing incident to get us to stop counting presents and start counting our blessings.

Is Porn Really Destroying 500,000 Marriages Annually?

By Kevin B Skinner Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Inside Porn Addiction
Every year for the past decade there have been roughly 1 million divorces in the United States. If half of the people divorcing claim pornography as the culprit, that means there are 500,000 marriages annually that are failing due to pornography.

Why So Many Teenage Virgins?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Sax on Sex
How come fewer teens are having sex today compared with 20 years ago?

Dealing with an Addicted Teen During the Holidays

By Ugo Uche on December 12, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"We convince ourselves that things are happening the way we want them to be happening. It’s the equivalent of closing our eyes and hoping that the problem will disappear on its own."

Sexual Blind Spots

How do women decide who is a deadbeat? Can they recognize a player when they see one?

Sex Selection Game-Changer? New Fetal Gene Test Reveals Sex at 7 Weeks

By Douglas Pet on December 12, 2011 in The Age of Biotech
New non-invasive prenatal testing will enable parents to know a fetus's sex, Down's status, and possibly other traits dramatically earlier in a pregnancy.

A Banker-Philosopher’s Request for a Second Date

By Michael Bruce on December 12, 2011 in Angst!
Yes, you might say things that hurt me, but my feelings are already hurt. Sending me an email response (instead of talking on the phone) would better than no response at all, but I think it would be better to talk on the phone. Email communication has too much potential for misinterpretation, etc.

Facebook: Your Communication Style Impacts How You Lie

Whether you tell a white lie or an outright lie depends on why you are on Facebook.

Sports/Parenting: Red Flags for Over-Invested Sports Parents

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Perhaps the greatest obstacle to your children gaining ownership of—and enjoyment from—their sport participation occurs when you commandeer their athletic lives to meet your own needs.

Pandering Pandas: Sweetie and Sunshine on Loan in Edinburgh

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Two giant pandas have been rented to the Edinburgh Zoo for money and to make babies. Why do we continue to move and loan animals when it clearly has no benefits other than to make money that does not go back into species conservation or preservation in the wild?

"My Wife Makes Me Feel Like a Zombie"

By Randi Kreger on December 12, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
A reader asks, "I have been struggling with the roller coaster for 32 years. I go from trying to connect to trying to survive, to realizing (very recently) that I've become an emotional zombie where she's concerned. It breaks my heart. What do I do?"

Anxiety Disorder or Hyperthyroidism?

We are often quick to judge a symptom profile, without taking time to consider alternative explanations. A case of hyperthyroidism, long misdiagnosed and treated as an anxiety disorder, reminds us that, when it comes to human behavior and emotions, things are not always as they seem.

What Is Addiction Treatment?

By Stanton Peele on December 12, 2011 in Addiction in Society
What is regarded as addiction treatment in the U.S. is very different from that offered in much of the rest of the world -- which favors community outreach approaches that extend to people where they live and that offer a comprehensive range of services. The consequences of our idea of treatment are that we get less effective coverage at much greater cost.

The Animal Research Paradox

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Animals and Us
The animal research paradox —we need animal research to determine if it is ethical to conduct animal research.

Does My Teen Need Treatment?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 12, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Does your teen need treatment? Here is a good review to help you figure out what to do.

Who's Afraid of Their Inner Wolf?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
One of the ways in which we humans manage our anxiety about death is by denying our animal nature. Could this be one reason we treat other animals like trash?

The United Colors of Rice

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Words To Eat By
I may have a fixation with rice, but to my defense, so does the rest of the world: it's the staple food for roughly three and a half billion people.

The Test That Changes the Structure of Your Brain

Becoming a licensed London taxi drivers requires studying the map for 3-4 years. A new study shows that all of this studying creates systematic changes in the structure of the posterior hippocampus. This remarkable finding shows the brain remains plastic and adaptable into adulthood.