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Gullibility (Part 5): Seven More Gullibility Busters

This post will describe some additional ways to develop gullibility resistance. It will discuss such proven techniques as learning just why you got duped in the past...

Female Friendship: Two Pieces of Advice

When I was sixteen my best friend dropped me for another girl because I wasn't "deep" enough for her. I felt devastated, my confidence crushed. Here's my advice about friendship:

The $5 Challenge!

By Tina Seelig Ph.D. on August 05, 2009 in CreativityRulz
What would you do to earn money if all you had was five dollars and two hours? This is the assignment I gave students in one of my classes at Stanford University, as part of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program... Each of fourteen teams received an envelope with five dollars of “seed funding” and was told they could spend as much time as they wanted planning. However, once they cracked open the envelope, they had two hours to generate as much money as possible. I gave them from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday evening to complete the assignment. Then, on Sunday evening, each team had to send me one slide describing what they had done, and on Monday afternoon each team had three minutes to present their project to the class. They were encouraged to be entrepreneurial by identifying opportunities, challenging assumptions, leveraging the limited resources they had, and by being creative.

Empathy Gone Awry In Unique Romance Comedy

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on August 05, 2009 in Reel Therapy
"500 Days of Summer" is one of those stories that's supposed to be a love story but isn't. And although we are warned about this up front, we come to hope that it really is, forget that it isn't, and then get mad that it should be. Finally, we embrace what it is - a romantic comedy that is not particularly romantic or funny, but is instead a rare cinematic gem that is highly honest, emotional and entertaining.

Finally - Over The Counter Psychotherapy!

By Ran Zilca on August 05, 2009 in Confessions of a Techie
The over-the-counter shelf of your psychologist finally has some good evidence-based stuff.

President Obama and the Politics of Dignity

By Robert W. Fuller Ph.D. on August 05, 2009 in Somebodies and Nobodies

Routes Toward Trustful Parenting in Our Time

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on August 05, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
Here are six ways to become a more trustful parent and to grant your children more freedom: (1) Examine your own values and priorities, and think how they relate to your interactions with your children. (2) Let go of the idea that you can determine your child’s future or are responsible for it. (3) ...

Gullibility (Part 4): The Path to Nongullibility

Just as a large variety of factors (internal, as well as external) contribute to your gullibility, so are there multiple remedies to combat it. So I'll now suggest how to . . .

Good Conferencing Habits: Or, How I Learned to Have Fun and Still Get Some Sleep

By Ian Newby-Clark on August 05, 2009 in Creatures of Habit
Follow my simple advice for good conferencing habits and good times await. Don't follow my advice and . . . 

IQ and the sexes: Controversy or fact?

What does the evidence suggest about male versus female intelligence?

Age Makes a Difference

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on August 04, 2009 in Raising Grieving Children

How Words Feel

By Lawrence D Rosenblum on August 04, 2009 in Sensory Superpowers
I just met Rick Joy and he’s already touching my face. His right hand’s thumb is resting vertically on my chin, with its tip brushing against my bottom lip. His index finger is curled under my chin and his remaining three fingers touch my neck and Adam’s apple. This might seem like a particularly awkward interaction for people who’ve just met. But any awkwardness is quickly dispelled by Rick’s warmth and humor. Also, touching my face is the only way he can understand my questions. Rick Joy is deaf and blind.

Thank God—We're All Happy Now!

By Stanton Peele on August 04, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Thank God, all those requiring treatment for their depression are finally receiving it.
Creating Gentlemen

Creating Gentlemen

By Paul Dobransky M.D. on August 04, 2009 in The Urban Scientist
What if this unmet need is a core cause of flagging marriage rates, divorce, and general romantic dissatisfaction between men and women?

Recession-Proof Your Mind

By Carolyn L Rubenstein on August 04, 2009 in Now Is Everything

Time Management For Twitter

By Karen Leland on August 03, 2009 in The Perfect Blend
Revolutions, celebrity passings and political head-scratchers aside, left unchecked, social media can become a big, huge gaping black hole worthy of a scene in the latest "Start Trek" movie. "Step away from the iPhone, Mr. Spock; just step away."

Vilification of Speculators Part II

By David Hirshleifer Ph.D. on August 03, 2009 in What Lies Beneath

5 Steps to Conquer Compulsive Spending

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on August 03, 2009 in The Why Behind the Buy
I was on Good Morning America on Sunday discussing spending disorders. Here are 5 steps to conquer compulsive spending.

Why Anti-Feminism Is Illogical, Unnecessary, Evil, and Incredibly Unsexy

Feminists are not a lonely tribe of women fenced off from the rest of society.
Getting into a Productive Work Zone

Getting into a Productive Work Zone

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on August 03, 2009 in Don't Delay
There may be certain dimensions of tasks that make procrastination more likely. In an achievement-oriented context like school or the workplace, a balance between challenge and skill may be particularly important. Get this balance right, and you may get into your own work zone. Get it wrong, and it could contribute to needless delay.

Daddy, What is Erectile Dysfunction?

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on August 02, 2009 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
What do erectile dysfunction, the FDA, and popular culture have in common?

Why Modern Feminism Is Illogical, Unnecessary, and Evil

By Satoshi Kanazawa on August 02, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Although it is not Susan Pinker’s intention in writing it, reading her excellent book cannot help but further reinforce my view that modern feminism in the 21st century is simultaneously illogical, unnecessary, and evil.

In Praise of Michael Jackson

By Stanton Peele on August 01, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Michael Jackson was a good father, good employer, good musician, and good human being.

Mature Female ISO Mature Male

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on July 31, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Why Don't We Doubt Spider-Man's Existence? (2)

By Norman N Holland Ph.D. on July 31, 2009 in This Is Your Brain on Culture
Transported by a film, tv, or story, we believe or at least we do not disbelieve in what we are perceiving even when it is obviously not true. This is totally unadaptive behavior, almost a miniature psychosis. You cannot explain it evolutionarily. People have been using Coleridge's phrase, willing suspension of disbelief, to describe this phenomenon for more than two centuries. It describes very well the feelings we have in situations that Coleridge could never have imagined, like Spider-Man. But to explain the phenomenon, we need modern psychology and neuroscience. 

Fish Oil Makes Smarter Babies

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on July 31, 2009 in Complementary Medicine
Want your baby to be a genius? How about great at sports? Several studies show that higher levels of fish oil intake will help. As a bonus, the babies also had better visual acuity!

Too-Slim Sorority Sisters: How to Help a Friend with an Eating Disorder.

By Erica Berg Psy.D. on July 30, 2009 in The Best Four Years of Your Life?
Eating disorders run rampant on college campuses, oftentimes among sorority members.  Here is help on how to recognize an eating disorder, and tips on confronting your friend with care and concern.