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Review Essay on "The Work of Mourning" by Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida’s "The Work of Mourning" is a haunting book, consisting of a series of 14 texts, each memorializing one of his deceased friends. Interspersed throughout these texts are profound philosophical insights concerning the interrelationships among friendship, fidelity, human finitude, and mourning.

Are Seniors Enjoying Sex More Than the Rest of Us?

By Rita Watson MPH on February 05, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
Sexually active Americans aged 57-85 are having sex as often as those aged 18-59. But here is the surprise (or not so surprising) finding. Those enjoying sex are happier with their lives and their marriage regardless of health status and financial situation.

Classroom Sexual Predators: A Perfect Storm of Trust and Betrayal

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2012 in The Act of Violence
Recent cases of sexual abuse by educators point to a continuing and disturbing trend.

Nika and Her Animal Friends: A Most Inspirational Rescue

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Meet Nika and her animal friends who rescued her from a life of hell. After years of abuse and neglect Nika has made a remarkable recovery in the company of some wonderful nonhuman animal "therapists" and loving human animals.

The Two Faces of Facebook

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Who doesn't know that Facebook is about to go public, with a projected market capitalization of one hundred billion dollars? That's the new face of Facebook, an economic blockbuster. But where is all that money going to come from? And why?

Kids Making Too Much Noise?

Try reading this story to your children if they sometimes make too much noise. Your discussion afterwards should be interesting. The story was written by a five-year-old boy who was trying to learn to tame his volume.

Register Now for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

By Nancy Matsumoto on February 05, 2012 in Eating Disorders News
Incidence of eating disorders rises; we all know someone affected.

Bem in Quantum Space

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in One Among Many
In a profile on him, his life, and his work at the frayed edge of science, Daryl Bem knows the difference between testing nil or null hypotheses and what it means in the grand scheme. Much is at stake. Can quantum theory help?

Self-Diagnosing Your Marriage Problems? Beware!

Eric Clapton's famed song suggests "Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself." To diagnose and fix problems that come up in your marriage, sit down and look inward instead of pointing fingers at your spouse's errors.

Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Nurturing Resilience
Speaking with 300 Camp Directors, I discovered that camps offer children 7 important things that make them more resilient.

Heartbroken: My Friend Told Me She "Needs Space"

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
I am struggling with a friend that said she needs "space." I realize she is in a trying time in her life. Her mother is dying of cancer and she's currently finishing up her master's degree. I am trying to give her the space she needs, but at the same time I am totally heartbroken in thinking that maybe she is pulling away from our friendship.

Lessons From the Court: What Basketball Can Teach Us About Overcoming Social Anxiety

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on February 05, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
Sports represent the ultimate in reality television. In addition to the competition, there are the personal stories behind the events. This background adds a mythical subtext that exemplifies why athletes are sometimes seen as heroes.

5 Reflections for Women Who Do Too Much

Five reflections from Anne Wilson Schaef, addressing everything from meaningful dialogue to the profoundness of silence, for those who do too much.

The Many Complicated Reasons We Have Sex

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Pity sex happens when people have sex with other people because they feel sorry for them. Is it worth the effort? Do people on both sides feel good during such sex, and how they feel afterward? And what is the difference between pity sex and charity sex?

Aging: A Universal but Personal Experience

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Face It
Despite what the advertisers and surgeons may tell us, no one has figured out how to stop the clock. And as our clocks tick longer and longer—nowadays, 80 or more years—we all face physical and emotional challenges.

You're a Whore

By Annette Hanson M.D. on February 05, 2012 in Shrink Rap Today
A reader recently sent me this comment: "Frankly, I have little respect for Forensic Psychiatry these days. It is a whore subspecialty until proven otherwise, as it is doing what is financially convenient for the MD and just making general psychiatrists pick up the messes."

Smiling at Strangers

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on February 05, 2012 in Happiness in this World
When I was a first-year medical student, my classmates and I used to go down to the hospital cafeteria between lectures to buy snacks. The women from whom we bought them at the check-out counters were all young and sullen, rarely even glancing up at their customers as they rang up purchases.

Help a Self-Centered, Bad Boss Change His Tune

If you have a bad boss who acts as if the universe was created solely for his own gratification, you may have to deploy some managing up techniques. And the sooner the better.

Return of the Repressed: Is a Mysterious Outbreak of Mass Hysteria Proving Freud Right?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Evil Deeds
In a tiny, unknown New York town, something remarkable is happening. It could turn out to be a crucial wake up call to contemporary psychology and psychiatry not to forget or stray too far from its Freudian roots in the "unconscious." Which is sadly exactly what has happened in recent decades.

Getting Your Lying Teen to Level with You

"I'm infuriated, all she does is lie to me!" exclaimed Joan, about Allison, her not-so-angelic fifteen-year-old daughter.

Why Are Sports Important?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 05, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
A nail-biter is compelling, but in ways that you may not imagine. Let's take a look at what makes sports so magical.

Why Ethics Is Hard

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 05, 2012 in Am I Right?
Without informed judgment, there is no ethics.

Authenticity Unplugged

By Ingrid Mathieu Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Emotional Sobriety
Can you remember a distinct, personal and private moment from your past? One where you felt connected to yourself, your purpose, or your essential nature?

David Beckham's at the Super Bowl in His Underwear, But Something's Missing

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on February 04, 2012 in As You Like It
One of the hottest male-body ads in Super Bowl history breaks a few of the traditional male underwear ad rules.

Find Your Sweet Spot–and Stay There

By Peter Bregman on February 04, 2012 in How We Work
There’s a simple way to assess an opportunity. Next time you’re given an “offer you can’t refuse,” ask yourself if it will place you squarely in your sweet spot.

Body-Esteem in the AARP Years

Body dissatisfaction does not discriminate on the basis of age.