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How Nobodies Can Be Somebodies (FAQs re The Dignity Movement against Rankism)

By Robert W. Fuller Ph.D. on October 04, 2009 in Somebodies and Nobodies
Following in the footsteps of uppity women, expect to see more uppity nobodies as the dignity movement gains momentum.

A Secret to Happiness? Don't Get Organized.

By Gretchen Rubin on October 04, 2009 in The Happiness Project
One of my favorite things to do is to help my friends clear their clutter. It’s less emotionally taxing than clearing my own clutter, plus I don’t have any delicious, horrible piles left to tackle (okay, maybe I do have one messy pile of shirts in my closet). 

Making Time for Connections--or Not

By Melinda Blau on October 02, 2009 in Consequential Strangers
A psychologist likes the idea of connecting with people, just not with everyone.

Will Pink Cleats Help NFL Players Win the Game?

By Melinda Blau on October 02, 2009 in Consequential Strangers
Many social scientist today look at “the self” as broader concept, an identity shaped not only by our individual experiences but also by our relationships, mostly our consequential strangers. Each of us, of course, has a “personal” self that strives to be unique. But we are also “extended” selves, who seek connection and strive to be part of something bigger--beyond our selves, beyond our loved ones.

Discomfort Intolerance: Why We Might Give in to Feel Good

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 02, 2009 in Don't Delay
Irrational beliefs are central to the theory of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and these beliefs are hypothesized to play a role in procrastination.

Back to School Branding

By Jennifer Baumgartner Psy.D. on October 02, 2009 in The Psychology of Dress
Dr. B examines the importance of school dress and its ability to make or break a strong sense of self; as well as helpful tips to make dressing for school a positive experience for students and parents.

Is This Woman a Sexual Predator?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on October 02, 2009 in Homo Consumericus
Some readers might remember a few years ago when the media proclaimed that there was a national epidemic of female teachers who were preying on their young students. Perhaps no case was as infamous as that of Debbie Lafave. Does she qualify as a sexual predator? 

Please Don't Visit Zoos!

By Peter H Kahn Jr., Ph.D. on October 01, 2009 in Human-Nature
I know many of you don't want to hear this. I know many of you love zoos. You might take your children to zoos on a Sunday afternoon. The human-animal relationship is a beautiful and powerful one in human life. But would you take your children to gape at interesting-looking people in a jail?
Use Your Mating Intelligence
Mating Game as Team Sport

Domestic Violence in Our Lives

By Linda G Mills on October 01, 2009 in Embedded
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this blog entry is an invitation to anyone and everyone who has ever been touched by intimate partner abuse - whether as a victim and/or abuser, as a child or an adult, as a sibling or a friend - to share your stories, your questions, and your desire to find ways of understanding what happened.

Economic Stimulus Spending, an Aging Workforce: Political Procrastination Will Deepen the Debt

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 01, 2009 in Don't Delay
The economic hole of indebtedness that we're creating now will be worsened by the baby boomers departing the workforce and the increasing costs of health care to seniors. The issue is political procrastination or ignorance, or both.

Shakespeare and School Shooters, Part 1

By Peter Langman Ph.D. on October 01, 2009 in Keeping Kids Safe
Why did Eric Harris identify with Caliban?
What's Your Life Ratings Scale?
Second Nature
Happy Hour
When the Obstacle Is You

Social Isolation "Worsens Cancer"

By Melinda Blau on September 30, 2009 in Consequential Strangers

Normal Brains Create Most of Our Psychological Problems

By Timothy B Stokes Ph.D. on September 30, 2009 in What Freud Didn't Know
Evolution did its job to safeguard us, now we have to deal with the result: psychological problems.

Trashing Food

By Judith S. Beck PhD on September 30, 2009 in Thinking Thin
A dieter emailed me recently after she had watched a three-minute TV segment in which I suggested putting food in the trash. She was concerned, and understandably so. For this dieter and for most people, the notion of trashing food, instead of saving and reusing it, is absurd.I explained to the dieter that while the TV segment she watched was three minutes long, I had actually been interviewed for about two hours. So, unfortunately, viewers didn't get to see the whole story about the Beck Diet program or about throwing away food.

Staying Young Forever

By Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D. on September 30, 2009 in 21st Century Aging
A post in response to a recent on-line discussion about aging was, “I hear you doc, but most of the folks here are too young and haven't traveled that route yet.”

Can We Really Read Minds?

By Digby Tantam on September 30, 2009 in Brain, Mind, and Spirit

Developmental Psychology’s Marriage to the School System

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 30, 2009 in Freedom to Learn
Have you ever seen the Handbook of Child Psychology? Amazingly, this 5000 page work, billed as the authoritative summary of all of child psychology, has almost nothing to say about children's playfulness and curiosity. How can that be? Here's my theory.
Stand Up and Lose Weight
Fit to Be Happy
Why We Won't Lick Childhood Obesity

Why We Won't Lick Childhood Obesity

By Stanton Peele on September 29, 2009 in Addiction in Society
While searching for laws to pass to make kids thinner, we avoid the realization that childhood obesity is wooven into the warp of American culture - which we not only cannot change, but which we would never change because we believe our lifestyle is right and necessary.

Does Hypnosis Improve Memory?

By John Ryder Ph.D. on September 29, 2009 in Hypnosis: The Power of Trance
The power of hypnosis can certainly increase focus but, how could it help you remember? The answer to that question rests in the mechanisms of memory, hypnosis and the skill of the hypnotist.
Canine Friends to the End
Pampered Pooch Syndrome
Fido 2.0
In Dog We Trust

Prevention and Health Reform

By David Shern Ph.D. on September 28, 2009 in Minding the Nation's Health

My New Book Has Arrived!

By Michael D Yapko Ph.D. on September 28, 2009 in The Social Side of Depression
 Depression spreads like a social contagion.