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Personal Growth: Five Steps to Positive Life Change (And the Big Payoff!)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 30, 2012 in The Power of Prime
Change can be scary, tiring, and frustrating. And change takes time. How much time? It depends on your ability to remove four obstacles and embrace five building blocks to change. It also relies on your ability to commit to the minute-to-minute process of change.

Keep Walking to Stay Mentally Sharp

By Gary Small M.D. on January 30, 2012 in Brain Bootcamp
Walking may protect your brain from Alzheimer's disease.

Why Does the United States Lock Up So Many People?

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on January 30, 2012 in Witness
The statistics are shocking: One out of every 99 adults is quarantined behind bars in the United States, with larger and larger swaths of the civilian work force deployed as a captor class.

Civil Commitment Petition Against Butner, NC Prisoner Dismissed

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on January 30, 2012 in Witness
Sex offenses are upsetting, and their perpetrators creepy. Understandably, it's easy for jurors and even judges to brush aside legal technicalities and burdens of proof in the interest of keeping women and children safe.

Having a Hip Replacement

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on January 30, 2012 in Hot Thought
Joint replacement surgery is unavoidably scary. Here are some ways
to make it easier.

Post-Dahmer Stress Disorder?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 30, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
Just because we've endured intense stress doesn't mean we now have license to harm others. No matter what an attorney might argue, PTSD does not erase the awareness of right and wrong.

A Plea for Truth in Labeling of Medical Conditions

Labels matter. We quickly form judgments based on them. If we hear someone called lazy, the label “lazy person” attaches in our mind even though we may not have even met the person. The same is true for labels given to many medical conditions.

Self-Acceptance: Are You an "Alchemist" or a "Leopard?"

By Gretchen Rubin on January 30, 2012 in The Happiness Project
As a student of human nature, one of my favorite exercises is to try to divide people into two camps. For instance, I've managed to identify splits like abstainers vs. moderators and under-buyers vs. over-buyers.

Working With a Type A Personality

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 30, 2012 in Digital Leaders
Many personality type assessment models like Carl Jung's Psychology Types, Myers Briggs Personality Types Theory, the DISC model, etc., have been developed over the years but the most commonly known out of these models is Andrew Goldsmith's Theory - Type A and Type B Personality.

Dangers Lurking in Common Chemicals

For years, parents–as well as scientists–have worried that chemicals in common household products may pose a risk to growing children. We are talking about the sorts of things used to make modern amenities—but definitive evidence is hard to come by. Now a new study suggests that a particular chemical may hinder a child's immune system.

5 Most Common Ways People Ruin Their Work Careers

Even the most successful executives, professionals, leaders, and workers can suddenly "go off the track" and ruin their careers. Watch out for these in your own work career.

Adolescents and Bullying Coaches

The question put to me was basically this: "It's bad enough when students bully other students, but when it's an adult who does the bullying, it's even worse. My son has a bully for a coach at school. What should I do?"

Sorrow: A Valuable Emotion

Feeling bad is not so much the problem. Feeling bad about feeling bad: that's the problem!

I Hope People Listen

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on January 30, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
When was the last time you read a book which resonated strongly enough to make you hope to meet the author in person one day? How We Do Harm by Otis Webb Brawley is that kind of book.

Synesthesia and Buddhism

By Maureen Seaberg on January 30, 2012 in Sensorium
Could synesthesia be a form of heightened awareness? A leading medical anthropologist thinks so.

Depersonalization in the ER

By Elena Bezzubova on January 29, 2012 in The Search for Self
The mental disorder of depersonalization could hide itself behind presentations of an alarming medical emergency with seeming physical disturbances that could lead to the ER. This type of depersonalization is known as vital depersonalization and closely connected to anxiety and pain.

Why Did Psammenitus Not Pity His Son?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 29, 2012 in In the Name of Love
What types of emotions are characteristic of close relationships and what types are not typical of such relationships? Why do fathers typically not envy or pity their sons, while people typically do feel jealous of their partners? The relevance to one’s self-image is crucial here.

Keep Your Middle Schooler Organized

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on January 29, 2012 in Thinking About Kids
How to help your middle schooler stay organized so they do the homework assigned and turn in the homework they do.

Why Girls' Body Image Matters to Mothers of Boys

By Dara Chadwick on January 29, 2012 in You'd Be So Pretty If...
Healthy self-esteem and self-respect are the foundation for healthy relationships. Today's girls are likely the future partners of our sons.

Fathers, Daughters and the "Touch Taboo"

By Nancy Matsumoto on January 29, 2012 in Eating Disorders News
Our culture's objectification of women and its high incidence of sexual abuse have given rise to the "touch taboo," the phenomenon of fathers halting all expressions of physical affection toward their physically maturing daughters.

The Problem With Living a Creative Life

Being creative is hard. Thinking up ways to connect disparate elements into a whole that not only hasn't been seen before but also delights us with surprise, meaning, or beauty requires a great deal of energy—"executive function," as psychologists say.

Too Big to Be Liable

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 29, 2012 in Hidden Motives
The accountability banks don’t want to face.