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Nature-Deficit Disorder Redux: Kids Need To Get Off Their Butts

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Animal Emotions
A recent survey of children's books shows a large decline in the presence of natural environments and animals. Combined with the absence of "wild" play by youngsters there are serious concerns about the lack of connection of youngsters with nature and increases in nature-deficit disorder. It's pretty simple, kids need to get off their butts and enjoy our magnificent world.

Does a Woman’s Company Always Cost More Than a Man’s?

Men will often pay surprisingly large sums for women’s company, whether for a single evening of a lifetime. This phenomenon makes evolutionary sense, but why is it sometimes reversed, with women paying more for a man’s company?

Babies Aren't Persons

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Benign Neglect
Persons aren't born, they are socially constructed.

Mental Hygiene: Preventative Care for Mental Illness

By Julie K Hersh on February 28, 2012 in Struck By Living
Is some mental illness preventable with preventative action and early detection? Hersh says mental hygiene can make a difference.

The (Un-Erotic) Glories of Nudity

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on February 28, 2012 in A Million Meals
For the last two years I've been indulging in nudist behavior. With my daughters. In public. And it's been wonderful.

Kids and Floor Time

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 28, 2012 in Fixing Families
Six-year-old Andy and his father Tom are always getting into it. Tom yells, Andy whines, sulks or slams something night after night. This pattern is not all that unusual.

Homework Help Hurts Learning

By Garth Sundem on February 28, 2012 in Brain Trust
Last Friday was my son's lower elementary invention fair. And his project was resplendent. The thing is, I built it.

Do Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Are blonde women more likely to be approached at a nightclub? Are they judged differently (by men) on a broad range of traits (e.g., intelligence, promiscuity, neuroticism)? Read on for the findings from two studies conducted in England.

Do You Ever Wish You Could Hire a Boss?

By Gretchen Rubin on February 28, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Assay: I’m not a huge fan of Andy Warhol’s visual art, but I’m a devoted fan of his writing. (Sidenote: it’s striking how many visual artists are brilliant writers, for instance, I love Eugene Delacroix’s Journal and Edward Weston’s Daybooks).

How Emotionally Attached Are You to Your Pet?

Pets can offer a safe haven and a secure base for our emotional lives. Psychology is discovering just how vital they are to our well-being by investigating the deep emotional bonds that can exist between humans and animals. Rate yourself on these 10 items test to see what role pets play, or have played, in your life.

Five Ways Children Overcome Tragedy

By Kathryn Seifert on February 28, 2012 in Stop The Cycle
Traumatic events are often shocking to deal with, but for young children, they may not even make sense. As adults, what can we do to help children overcome their earliest tragedies so that they do not come back to haunt them later on in life?

The Narcissistic Ex, Part I

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 28, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
I am introducing a series on the Narcissistic Ex. This is an expositional piece on how to identify a narcissist.

Men and Women: Different When It Comes to Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
Gender differences in sleep are a fascinating and important area of study. We all know that men and women have different sleep tendencies—think of all those early bird/night owl partnerships out there—but we're now beginning to understand more about why gender matters when it comes to sleep.

How to Be an Aging Parent

You'd be best off following the advice of an older friend of mine, a grandfather of six, who said to me when I was about to become a grandfather for the first time, "Remember this: Zip your lip."

The Relationship Bucket LIst

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Marriage 3.0
Here's my list of some human encounters that we should try to have before we die. I bet that any of these relationship experiences would be as sweetly-recalled at life's end as having seen the pyramids, or that time you tried bungee-jumping in a parking lot....

Parenting, Guns, Shooters, and Suicide

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Thinking About Kids
Kids shouldn't have the responsibility for deciding whether their schoolmates' threats are serious.

How to Be More Effective at Work: Develop Your Soft Skills

Do you want to improve your image and effectiveness at work? There is a straightforward strategy to increase your success at work (and in social life), and it involves developing your "soft skills." What are soft skills, and how do you improve them?

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About White Privilege Today

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Between the Lines
Thinking about privilege — the unearned benefits that we enjoy in society as a result of being White or male or Christian — may not seem crucial, but the potential payoff is the ability to make sense of our relationships, connect across differences, and make the world better in the process.

Sexism on Mad Men? It's Not Just a Guy Thing

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on February 28, 2012 in Apologies To Freud
Peggy Olson, the only female copywriter at the fictional agency—Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce—identifies with the hostility of her male co-workers.

The Benefits of Unschooling: Report I from a Large Survey

By Peter Gray on February 28, 2012 in Freedom to Learn
This past fall I surveyed unschooling families, primarily to learn why they chose not to send their children to school or to school them at home. Two hundred and thirty one families responded to the survey. In this, the first report of the results, I focus on the families’ definitions of unschooling and the advantages they perceive unschooling to have for their families.

The Attraction Cocktail

You might be asking yourself "Why me?" Why did you get to be the one to end up in this crazy relationship? What did you do wrong to land THIS guy? The answer begins with what could be called the "Attraction Cocktail".