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7 Reasons We Can't Turn Down Fast Food

By Joshua Gowin Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in You, Illuminated
Many recent neuroscience discoveries about food's effects on our brains and how we make decisions about food are actually gold-standard trade secrets from super chains such as McDonald's. With billions and billions served, they must be on to something.

Are You a Mac or a Mac User? How the Language of Identity Persuades

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Sold on Language
Do you think of yourself as a beer-drinker, or do you merely drink beer? Are you a Democrat, or do you just vote for Democratic candidates? Wielding the right language to tap into people's sense of identity can make for potent persuasion.

The Cloud Is Here to Set You Free

Distractible and disorganized adults -- the cloud is here to set you free!

Venti Coffees, Super Colossal Olives, and Jumbo Shrimp

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Am I the only person who has a hard time getting the words out of my mouth at Starbucks? It's not that I'm a fan of "skinny venti caramel macchiatos," which, no matter how many times you say it, just doesn't trip off the tongue.

Blogging to Promote Positive Ethics: The Pennsylvania Experience

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association launched a blog in April 2011. The overarching goal is to promote ethics in a way that is positive, and moves beyond the ethical floor to help psychologists strive to do their best work. Check it out!

What Kind of Mindless Eater Are You?

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on August 08, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Read about 8 types of mindless eating. See if any of these sound familar...

We Need a Bipolar President

By Tom Wootton on August 08, 2011 in Bipolar Advantage
Those of us who have done the work to change our bipolar condition from disorder to IN order can be tremendous assets to society instead of burdens.

How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism

If you had a narcissistic parent or if you just live in this narcissistic culture today, you may be wondering a lot about parenting and how to do things differently so you can raise a healthy, emotionally sound child.

On Vacation? Teach Your Children Well

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 08, 2011 in Just Listen
If you give a child a fish, you feed them for a day;
if you teach a child to fish, you feed them for a lifetime;
but if you teach a child to learn, you feed them for a lifetime
and they don’t have to just eat fish.

- Tim Gallwey, creator of the Inner Game series

13 Qualities to Look for in an Effective Psychotherapist

How do you know who to trust to help you with life’s challenges when you, or a loved one, is experiencing difficulties. Psychological research provides guidance with these 13 proven qualities to lead to an effective therapeutic experience starting with empathy and trust.

Another Reason Races Don’t Exist

Logic, the powers of two, and the history of human population growth combine to deliver a surprising message about race.

The Lost Art of Doing Nothing

After reading my last blog, "Are you a member of the RAT race or the HUMAN race?", one of my readers asked me, "So, it seems like what you're saying is that I need to get into therapy to deal with my problem of being over-busy. Is there anything else that I can do in the meantime?" And the answer is...

The Scandalous Off-Label use of Antipsychotics in Anxiety Disorders

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 08, 2011 in DSM5 in Distress
DSM 5 plans to introduce two new and untested diagnoses that would offer natural targets for poor drug prescribing—psychosis risk syndrome and temper dysregulation. There is no evidence that antipsychotics would confer any benefit on kids so labeled (and too often mislabeled), but great reason to worry that this would not stop their being used needlessly and recklessly.

How to Find Joy in a Vacation You Cannot Take

The last time I was in New York City was about 20 years ago—August, 1992. I took my then-teenaged daughter, Mara, to see The Big Apple. In August of 2011, my husband, Tony, took Mara's own daughter—our granddaughter Malia—to see NYC.

Another Viewpoint re: Will Atheism Replace Religion?

The inclination toward religion expresses an impulse that can be born of connection, not fear and uncertainty.

Breaking Free from Your Comfort Zone

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on August 08, 2011 in A Shift of Mind
This blog post suggests that our most influential relationship is with our own thoughts. It furthers this thesis by explaining how old thought gets us stuck in our attempts to change. Disabling habitual thought permits us to embrace our discomfort, enabling us to come out of our comfort zone and empower transformative change.

How Much Television is Too Much? Science Weighs in

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Curious?
Parenting is hard. There is no instruction manual. Television is killing our kids, right? Learn what science has to say.

The American Way of Unemployment

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Hidden Motives
According to a recent report in Newsweek: “In the last decade layoffs have become America's export to the world.” It’s a quick and dirty way for businesses to cut back on expenses, but like many quick fixes it conceals a host of unintended costs.

The Shock Of Betrayal

Is it better to know the truth or pretend?

What Good Is Happiness? Part One

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in The Fair Society
Some modern-day Pollyannas tell us that happiness should be our most important goal in life. A biological perspective puts a very different spin on the matter.

Why Dolphins Wear Sponges, Evolution At Work, and a Seriously Misinformed Curmudgeon

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Spotted dolphins in Shark Bay, Western, Australia, wear sponges to protect their beak so they can hunt nutritious fish among rocks and broken coral, urban animals are strongly influenced by our presence, and some new movies show just how "animal" we are. It's not merely anthropomorphic sentimentality to see us in "them" (other animals), it's solid science.

The APA and Its Emotional Tail

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Mind Design
The APA thinks whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal is an empirical question. Is it?