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Gossip Part 1: Portrait of a 20th-century Washington Gossip

By Nicholas DiFonzo on October 01, 2011 in Around the Watercooler
"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."

Executing the Innocent? Eyewitness Memory Errors Lead to Injustice

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
I’ve often been a proponent of the death penalty in some cases. Some crimes are so heinous, so horrific, that the death penalty feels like justice. But as a cognitive psychologist, I worry that we create injustice by condoning a system that allows execution. Sometimes we may execute the innocent.

The Meltdown in the Markets Is Leading to a Surge in Addictions among Traders

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Side Effects
Why addiction rates are surging among traders—and why that matters, especially now.

Twins and Non-Twins Switched at Birth: How Rare?

By Nancy L Segal Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Twofold
Switched-at-birth twins: how and when do they occur?

What Is the Intellectual Elite Worth to the American Economy?

What are intellectuals worth to society? A recent study of “human capital” examines the links between IQ and national wealth across 90 countries, and puts a (surprising) dollar value on each additional IQ point amongst the free-thinking intellectual elite.

Russell Banks' New Novel Explores Sex Offender Banishment

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in Witness
The Kid is all alone in the world, hiding in the shadows under the freeway, part of an ever-growing mass of exiles electronically shackled to a society that despises and shuns them.

If Johnny Wore Pink

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on October 01, 2011 in The First Impression
Dance on Chaz Bono, dance on.

10 Awesome Health Tips I Learned From Dr. Andrew Weil

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 30, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Medical doctor and life coach Dr. Susan Biali shares ten favorite wellness tips she learned while presenting alongside her health hero, Integrative Medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What's Love Got to Do With It? Part One

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in Evil Deeds
When it comes to matters of love and intimacy, most people tend to think that all they need to do is identify, meet, and choose the right person. Find the right fit. But what if, as the flamboyant father of Gestalt therapy, psychiatrist Frederick "Fritz" Perls suggested, finding love has at least as much to do with becoming the right person as meeting him or her?

Eleven Year-Old Debunks Therapeutic Touch: The Case of Emily Rosa

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
The scientific method is the best framework available to us when seeking to establish the veracity of a given claim. Emily Rosa, who in 1998 was only eleven years old, published a paper in JAMA that debunked the central claims of Therapeutic Touch. Now that’s a democratic system!

Downsides of Dry Wall

Drywall construction should be familiar to anyone who has watched at least one episode of any of the ubiquitous reality shows featuring remodeling to live in, move in, sell, sell better, or flip. The downsides of drywall are not highlighted in these paeans to the glories of gypsum sandwiched between paper sheets.

6 Signs He's Just Not That Into You

By Jen Kim on September 30, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Do you want to know if he's into you or stringing you along? These 6 behaviors will give you a clue.

What Scares Women vs. What Scares Men: Part 3

Fear is in our heads, not out of our hands; we pick and choose our fears, and polish them up with secret attention.

Improvement in Depression: Now or Never?

We know quite a bit about why and how people fall into depression. From negative thinking to stressful environments to poor ways of coping to gloomy temperaments, falling in is no great mystery. But why and how do people pull out of depression?

Is 100% Recovery from an Eating Disorder Possible?

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2011 in A Hunger Artist
As anorexia recedes further into my past, I often find myself reflecting on the wonderful fact of being free of it, and rarely feel still defined by it. Nonetheless, the question often arises – for me and for people who write to me: is it possible to be 100% recovered from an eating disorder such as anorexia?

5 Reasons I Hate Me

One of the more destructive aspects of our interior life is negative self-talk. Very rarely is it productive or self-motivating and, more often than not, the stories that we tell ourselves are simply not true.

When Life Loses Its Meaning: The Heavy Price of High Achievement

Did you once pursue life with energy, enthusiasm, and optimism, but now feel as if that passion has been suffocated by the never-ending demands of today's world? If so, you're not alone. But it's not hopeless. There are ways to get that spark back.