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Addicted to Smiling

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on December 27, 2011 in Your Brain on Food
Can forcing yourself to smile produce the same kinds of good feelings as a real smile does?

If, When—and How—to End an "OK-But-Not-Great" Relationship

Are you in a relationship that's OK but not great, one in which you're content staying but, at the same time, not as happy as you think you could be with someone else? How do you know when it's time to leave such a relationship?

The Joys of Retreating from the World (for a while)

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 27, 2011 in Out of the Darkness
It's important for us to retreat from the whirlwind of everyday life every so often, and winter is the ideal time to do this. Quietness helps us to recover stability and wholeness, and triggers the natural creativity of our minds.

Gratitude: An Inspired Year Starts With A Small Spark

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 27, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Whether you talk about Christmas, Chanukah or New Years, the message is about renewal. We are inspired to believe that even in the darkest hour, redemption – either spiritual or secular – will indeed triumph. This is why, in the Northern Hemisphere, our holidays correspond so beautifully with the Winter Solstice and the cold, grey days that have enveloped us.

Presence, the Greatest Gift

Simply being and being simple together

The Circular Nature of Pathological Stereotypes

Pathological stereotypes affect everyone, even those who consider themselves progressive and open-minded. Simply knowing about a pathological stereotype can result in responding in a pathological manner, causing the stereotype to become true.

Accomplish Your New Dreams in the New Year

Inspiration is a quality of leadership and entrepreneurial endeavors; the guiding force that allows us to navigate the stormy seas of life, never taking our eyes off the desired endpoints. Philosophers throughout history have attempted to define what it is to be inspired, committed, and creative in the pursuit of what we value or what is most meaningful to us.

African Americans and Pathological Stereotypes

Although there are many negative stereotypes about African Americans, most people are surprised to learn that stereotypes are wrong. Social status determines the content of stereotypes, not the actual characteristics of the people in the stereotyped group.

Instant Happiness

It had been a long day, and an even more excruciatingly long weekend. It was the end of our annual pilgrimage to the mecca of popular culture and uber-materialism...Orlando, Florida-home of Disney World...need I say more?!

The Art of Saying No

A few simple remedies for overcommitment, and all it takes is a little practice.

Do You Want A Piece of Me? Psychology Blog Comment Boards

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Millennial Media
People love voicing their opinions. While healthy dialogue is always welcome, when do inquiries become attacks? How can we have intelligent debates while leaving the boxing gloves at home? This year, let's practice kindness, respect, and an appreciation for diversity.

The Will and Ways of Hope

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
Hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there.

Giftedness Doesn't Guarantee Creative Achievement

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in The Human Beast
There is a dirty little secret that you will never hear from educators involved in programs for the "gifted." These intellectually precocious youngsters generally go on to lead lives that are, well, boring.

Heartless Hunting: Maiming Then Killing Deer With No Remorse

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Animal Emotions
The writer of a failed attempt at a poetic essay claims "I hate to kill" but nonetheless does it thoroughly irresponsibly. Clearly a poor shooter, he portrays everything that is bad about hunting, and other hunters should be angered by his heartless, dismissive, and pompous attitude with no concern for the deer he first maimed then later killed.

7 Reasons Your Book Lives in a Drawer

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Are your in-boxes and mailboxes flooded with form rejection letters? Here are some of the reasons, including a few you may be able to fix.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the “Root of the Problem”

People with OCD spend too much time wondering what cause their disorder. People often think if they figure out what caused the problem, they will be able to fix it. Not so for OCD.

A New Idea to Combat Workplace Stress: Mental Health Days

By Robert London MD on December 26, 2011 in Two-Minute Shrink
If employers allow for sick days, why not institute "Mental Health Days"? Doing so could minimize workplace depression and help to destigmatize mental health conditions.

A Polymath Physicist On Richard Feynman's "Low" IQ And Finding Another Einstein

A conversation with Steve Hsu, a modern day polymath, on physics and Richard Feynman's supposedly "low" IQ to intelligence, gifted education, and whether we will find another Einstein.

Monotheistic Belief Is Not a Newcomb Problem

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in One Among Many
I respect personal claims of faith because they lie outside the realm of reason. In contrast, attempts to justify religious beliefs with the tools of probability theory of logic tend to run into problems within the first paragraph. Here’s another example of a way of thinking that is more magical than scientific.

Hello, Kim Jong Un

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in The Political Animal
Like his father and grandfather, Kim Jong Un is becoming "a great person born of heaven." There have been other divine kings. Some of them were worshipped in Bethlehem. Others were worshipped in Rome.

The Neuroscience of Perseverance

By Christopher Bergland on December 26, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
Perseverance separates the winners from the losers in both sports and life. Are you someone who perseveres despite difficulties and setbacks, or do you tend to throw in the towel and call it quits when faced with a challenge or adversity? What makes some people able to keep pushing and complete a task while others habitually fizzle and don't follow through?

New Year’s Resolutions the Buddha Might Have Made

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 26, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
In presenting these New Year's resolutions, I've taken the liberty of putting some of the Buddha's words into the first person and adjusting the language in a few places so the text reads as resolutions. The content is true to his discourses.

How Compatible Are You Two?

By Steve Sisgold on December 26, 2011 in Life in a Body
Relationships can work when couples only connect on some levels if they are conscious of why they are together and are content with the areas they do connect.

The Case of James Boswell -- Which Is Better, Happiness or Immortality?

By Stanton Peele on December 26, 2011 in Addiction in Society
James Boswell, an unhappy and insecure man, conceived and executed the greatest biography ever written, about his good friend Samuel Johnson, a work for which acclaim has grown over the centuries. Yet -- although Boswell wanted above all to make a mark on the world -- he died a broken man. What does this tell us?

To Be Your Best, Suck You Must

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on December 26, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
Just two months before winning the 2011 U.S. Open in record-breaking fashion, Rory McIlroy lost the Masters in what some pronounced “a breakdown of historic proportions.” How many of us, after sucking in such a public way, would have picked up our bags and gone home for good?