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Marriage Wars: The Real Fight is Over Moral Superiority

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 12, 2009 in Living Single
That, I think, is the real reason why some (though not all) of the opponents of same-sex marriage are so vehement. It is why they feel so threatened. To open the door of marriage to gays is to let them in on the one resource that opponents are most reluctant to share - their own sense of moral superiority.The dark and scary motif of the gathering-storm ad aptly expresses a genuine sense of foreboding. Even though the arguments in the ad may be bogus, the fear is real.

The Wisdom of Spontaneity (Part 3)

I've talked about the many advantages of acting more spontaneously--and the various disadvantages of behaving impulsively. But what about those who almost never respond either way?

Gender: Equal Not the Same

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on April 10, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Twitter Bashing: Don't Blame the Tools

As a positive psychologist, I spend a lot of my energy trying to understand what's right or positive with something, and how it can add value to our lives, even in small ways. (Hence my post "Ten Things I Like About Twitter", and thank you Tim Pychyl for continuing the conversation.) The behaviors people worry about with Twitter and other social media are not new with these tools. But blaming the tools is like blaming the hammer for hitting your thumb.

Tweeting and the Economics of Attention

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 09, 2009 in Don't Delay
Everyone is all a titter about Twitter at Princeton this Fox News story reports. But the associate director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at the university is reported to have said that he thought Twitter served primarily as a distraction for most of the site's users.

Learning from Porn

By Anneli Rufus on April 08, 2009 in Stuck
 A new survey reveals that increasing numbers of teenagers are learning how to have sex from watching internet porn. 

The Anti-Bully Operation was a Success but the Patient Died

By Izzy Kalman on April 08, 2009 in Resilience to Bullying
We're told that bystanders are the best solution to bullying. Sharif Abdullah paid with his life for being an "upstander." Learn what's wrong with relying on bystanders.

Twitter: A Desultory Behavior

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 08, 2009 in Don't Delay
It took a major economic meltdown for us to recognize the problem with greed in the free market. I wonder what it's going to take for us to recognize the problem with desultory behavior created by social-networking technologies?
Is It Bad to be “Set in Your Ways”?

Is It Bad to be “Set in Your Ways”?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 07, 2009 in Living Single
There is something that is often said of older single men, and it is not meant kindly: They are "set in their ways." Usually I make fun of this by pointing out that younger single men are taunted with the admonition that they need to "settle down." The two jabs at single men amuse me because, as with so many other instances of singlism, they get you coming and going. If your life has a lot of spontaneity, then you need to settle down; if you have a stable routine, then you are "set in your ways." Today, though, I have a different take on the "set in your ways" rebuke: What's wrong with having a routine and liking it? 

Abusing Kids for Fun and Profit

By Stanton Peele on April 06, 2009 in Addiction in Society
A popular TV segment shows misbehaving children being escorted to a prison, where inmates and/or prison guards scream at them. Returning to the studio, the kids vow to behave better. As well as comprising child abuse in itself, such programs have uniformly been shown to have negative effects, leading to more delinquency and violence in their aftermath.

He Said/She Didn't

By Suzanne Koven M.D. on April 05, 2009 in Cases and Stories
I was new in practice. They were young - even younger than I. Yet they seemed as attached to one another as a much older couple.

Being Happy-Go-Lucky

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on April 05, 2009 in Side Effects
Films that reject edginess and irony may be rare these days, but that is what British director Mike Leigh seems to have wanted—and accomplished—in Happy-Go-Lucky.

Tween Time Management: Personality, Gender & School Performance

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 05, 2009 in Don't Delay
Time management: the completion of tasks within an expected timeframe while maintaining quality through planning, organizing, prioritizing or multitasking. A study to be published next month provides insight into what this means for 12 year olds.

Eating Disorders On The Rise, Part I

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on April 04, 2009 in The Shrink Tank
The eating disorders are particularly frightening and complicated forms of mental health distress. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality has released a report identifying a sharp rise in eating disorder hospitalizations. Can psychotherapy help with these debilitating disorders?

Why is ADHD Such a Common Diagnosis Among Boys?

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on April 03, 2009 in Side Effects
We used to have a word for ADHD sufferers: "boys."

Let My People Surf the Web - They'll Be More Productive!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 03, 2009 in Don't Delay
Companies worry a lot about lost productivity. Some spend millions on software to block employees from using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or online shopping. A recent study questions this approach. In fact, a little surfing seems to increase productivity.

Procrastination Killer

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 03, 2009 in Don't Delay
Can your iPhone help you procrastinate less?

Procrastination Therapy: The Secret Ingredient for Success

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 01, 2009 in Don't Delay
Finally, the blog entry you've been waiting for, the secret ingredient to ending procrastination.

How to Overcome Obstacles to Goal Pursuit When That Obstacle

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 31, 2009 in Don't Delay
We've all seen it, if only in the movies - a coach detailing the plays for the football team. Deliberate strategies to get around obstacles to the goal. But what happens when the obstacle is you? What's your game plan?

The Latest Personality Disorder?

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on March 30, 2009 in Side Effects
Are we facing an "epidemic" of narcissism?

Creativity and the Aging Brain

By Shelley H Carson Ph.D. on March 30, 2009 in Life as Art
The aging brain resembles the creative brain in several ways. For instance, the aging brain is more distractible and somewhat more disinhibited than the younger brain (so is the creative brain). Aging brains score better on tests of crystallized IQ (and creative brains use crystallized knowledge to make novel and original associations). These changes in the aging brain may make it ideally suited to accomplish work in a number of creative domains. So instead of promoting retirement at age 65, perhaps we as a society should be promoting transition at age 65: transition into a creative field where our growing resource of individuals with aging brains can preserve their wisdom in culturally-valued works of art, music, or writing.

Time Traveling to Reduce Procrastination (and "Tough Love" for Procrastinators)

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 30, 2009 in Don't Delay
We set the best of intentions for tomorrow with the belief that tomorrow will also bring the motivation to act. Some of these are new intentions, some "re-treads" as we procrastinate today. "I'll feel more like it tomorrow." Will you? Here are two strategies to help ensure you'll actually fulfill that intention.
Genius: The Right Mix of Rebel

Genius: The Right Mix of Rebel

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on March 29, 2009 in The Literary Mind
The most rebellious minds aren't the ones who change the world. Utterly submissive ones don't either. The highly rebellious and highly submissive can be equally unoriginal. A true original thinker usually manages some mix of those two styles.