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"Empathy Leads You to Very Bad Decisions" What?

By Marsha Lucas Ph.D. on March 26, 2010 in Rewire Your Brain For Love
We seem to have some misconceptions about empathy floating around. Clearing them up may clear the way for more empathy, and better relationships at all levels.

Dennis Rodman's Angry Smile: Passive Aggressive Behavior on Sober House with Dr. Drew

Whoever said Reality TV was a waste of time never tried to demonstrate the concept of passive aggression! Watch former NBA star Dennis Rodman engage Sober House's Jennifer Jimenez in a passive aggressive showdown. It's intentional inefficiency in action!
Plugged In, Turned On, Tuned Out
Sweet Tweet
Constantly Connected

Is Marriage Toxic to Women? Part I

By Diana Kirschner Ph.D. on March 25, 2010 in Finding True Love
 Is marriage in the 21st century toxic to women? Yes, say many. My friends (especially women) from around the world on www.youtube.com/lovein90days/ are constantly posting comments like "marriage is dying," and that living together is "so much better." Sure it's true that around the world more people are living together than are married. It's also true that in her recent bestseller, Elizabeth Gilbert claims that her research shows that married women are less successful, more depressed, less healthy and more likely to die a violent death than single women. Nonetheless, she winds up, like many other women, getting married herself by the end of her book. Hmm.

Hiding Things From Myself: Lost Car Keys and Misplaced Tickets

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 25, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
My car keys have gone into hiding again. I'll be searching in all the usual places and probably in some unusual ones as well. In offering an explanation of everyday errors, Freud suggested that all errors, including hiding the car keys from myself, reflect a motivated cause.  Was he right? 

Connecting in a Sea of Alienation

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on March 25, 2010 in Let's Connect

Challenging Scientific Consensus

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on March 25, 2010 in Hot Thought
Psychology, medicine, and even philosophy should be evidence-based, which requires looking to scientific experts for reviews of current beliefs. But it is part of the nature of science that sometimes the experts are wrong. When is it legitimate to challenge scientific consensus?

Nine Ways to Lose an Argument (Even if You're Right)

If you're uncomfortable with conflict, as many of us are, it can be hard to muster the courage to tackle a difficult topic. This can result in a vicious cycle; our discomfort leads us to communicate in a way that guarantees we'll fail, confirming our worst fears about interpersonal conflict. We'll talk about ways to resolve an argument in future posts; here's a tongue-in-cheek look at ways to guarantee you won't.

To Catch a Serial Criminal

By Marisa Mauro Psy.D. on March 25, 2010 in Take All Prisoners
Love Lost and Found
Rosy Reminiscences
A Dose of Nostalgia
Back to the Past

Bullying: A Reason to Homeschool?

By Laura Brodie Ph.D. on March 24, 2010 in Love in a Time of Homeschooling
Your child is being bullied. Should you homeschool for a little while?

Everyday 'Awakenings'

By Larry Davidson Ph.D. on March 24, 2010 in Everyday Recovery

What the Last Supper Painting Reveals about Mindless Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on March 24, 2010 in Comfort Cravings
Brian Wansink, a food behavior scientist at Cornell University, recently teamed up with his brother, Craig Wansink, professor of religious studies at the Virginia Wesleyan College and ordained Presbyterian minister to study the food depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Last Supper.
Manual Manipulation
Epidemic Autism
That's Crazy!
Am I an Addict?

Time Management, Willpower, Success: A Source for Really Busy People

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 23, 2010 in Don't Delay
Have you ever wanted to read all of the self-help books you've seen on airport bookstore shelves, but lacked the time? Then this series of books may be just the thing for you. It's the "Coles Notes" of the self-help and motivational literature.

Are Younger Looking Twins Healthier?

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on March 23, 2010 in Twofold

How to Walk Against the Wind

By Carolyn L Rubenstein on March 23, 2010 in Now Is Everything

Are You Single at Heart?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 23, 2010 in Living Single
To be single at heart, I think, means that you see yourself as single. Your life may or may not include the occasional romantic relationship, and you may or may not live alone or want to live alone, but you don't aspire to live as part of a couple (married or otherwise) for the long term.

You Know That You're Ignorant? Lucky!

By Robert Wicks Ph.D. on March 23, 2010 in The Resilient Life

“Happiness is a Choice.” True or False? Plus the Weekly video.

By Gretchen Rubin on March 23, 2010 in The Happiness Project
People often tell me is that “Happiness is a choice.” They say this with such emphasis, and such conviction, that I can tell that this is a very meaningful insight for them; it’s also one of the most widespread observations about happiness. I understand what this means. But for me – and I’m just speaking for myself – it’s very hard to put that observation into practice. “I wake up every morning and decide to be happy,” one person said to me. I can’t really do that. It’s too…huge.

Cash and Calories

By William Poundstone on March 23, 2010 in Priceless
Obama's health care bill says restaurants must post calories on the menu. "Nanny state" intrusion? Not according to the restaurant industry, which supports the new regulation. The reason may have less to do with waistlnes than the bottom line.