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A Marital Therapist on The Marriage Ref: My Worst Nightmare

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on March 10, 2010 in Stepmonster
Want to stay married? Don't do what they're doing on The Marriage Ref.

When Is a Country a Country? A State a State?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 10, 2010 in Hidden Motives
Re-imagining SovereigntyCitizens of Greece are demonstrating against the austerity plans demanded by the European Union. Citizens of Iceland have actually rejected an agreement to pay their debts. California teeters on the edge of bankruptcy - but can a sovereign state actually declare bankruptcy?According to an article on Slate posted Monday, the answer is "no." We are in the presence of an anomaly, stressful to government officials, worrisome to bankers, confusing to citizens - and sometimes enraging to them as well. Our conventional categories of thought about sovereignty no longer work.

Ethical Professors: Fact or Fiction?

Sometimes we're a little embarrassed to be college professors. Other times we're downright ashamed. But we're always hopeful. We happen to like being professors even though we realize that professors-like most professionals these days-are not basking in the glory and public worship of ethical perfection.

My Experience Having ADHD/ADD

A first-hand account of the challenges of having ADHD/ADD.
Dance Your Experiment
Music to My Mind
Spin Control

Authentic Inauthenticity

By Katie Gilbert on March 09, 2010 in Insight Is 20/20

Does happiness come from lots of quick conversations or a few deep ones?

By Shankar Vedantam on March 09, 2010 in The Hidden Brain
Do happy people have deeper conversations with their friends?

Optimism, Pessimism, Possumism: What Precious, Hurt Locker, Avatar, climate crisis and overflowing toilets have in common.

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 09, 2010 in Ambigamy
What do Precious, Hurt Locker, Avatar, Food Inc. climate crisis and, overflowing toilets have in common?  They each present us with three options for how to respond:  Mobilize to correct the problem, accept the problem as uncorrectable, or assume the problem doesn't exist.  In other words, optimism that we can solve a problem, pessimism that we can, and possumism (playing possum), hoping that the problem isn't real.  Each has its place.

Ethical Therapist: Fact or Fiction?

By Sharon K. Anderson on March 09, 2010 in The Ethical Therapist
I love stories. I love ethics. And I especially love good stories about ethics and ethical issues.

Parenting: Create a Family-value Culture

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 09, 2010 in The Power of Prime
Everyone needs and wants to be part of a culture. Belonging to a culture offers people a sense of identity, feelings of connectedness, shared values, and support when faced with the challenges of life. Children will seek out a culture that is most present in their lives and that provides the most rewards. You can protect your children from popular culture by creating a "family-value culture" that has an equally powerful-but positive-influence on your children. 

"The Office," Pam and Jim, and the Mystery of Love. Plus the Weekly Video.

By Gretchen Rubin on March 09, 2010 in The Happiness Project
My husband and I record The Office and watch it together, so I felt a little guilty for catching this scene on live television the other night, until I realized it was a re-run. But I couldn’t turn the channel – the scene featured my two favorite characters, Pam and Jim, and I’d never seen it before.

The Science of Changing Cultural Habits – Money, Food, Alcohol

By Stanton Peele on March 09, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Efforts to change behavior culture-wide usually involve admonitions and warnings. These are ineffective.  Instead, we must pursue the science of cultural change.
Making Sense of Your World
Taste the Rainbow
You Drink What You Think

Why Money Can Buy You Happiness

By Debra Shigley J.D. on March 08, 2010 in Second Act

The Classy Break-Up: Conversational Templates for Saying Good-Bye

By LisaMarie Luccioni M.A., AICI, CIP on March 08, 2010 in The Image Professor
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn did it in a movie. Jen and Brad Pitt did it in real life. I may not be Jen and you may not be Brad, but "breaking up" with people is a normal life event.Here follow suggestions for disconnecting from categories of select people when you've determined it's the appropriate time to do so. All cost-reward ratios have been thoroughly determined, and it's simply time to take action. 

Keeping Consumers in Mind

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on March 08, 2010 in Hidden Motives
Another Role for ConsciousnessIf we don't have to do something, it drops out of our minds. We forget. Consciousness needs incentives to work, and this is true as much in paying our bills as it is in guarding national borders - or protecting consumers. 

Go Home and Put on Some Clothes: Has Casual Friday Gone Over the Top?

There is no dress rehearsal for a first impression. You hate to admit it, but don't underestimate it: we judge a book by its cover. Not fair? Nope. But it's human nature. We look at people and size them up. And women are judged more harshly and by a different yardstick than men. A woman's credibility can be on the line with her hemline. What a woman wears to work reflects and can be constructed as an indicator of her judgment.
Bad Boys
Do Jerks Finish First?
Revenge of the Nerds

Sex in the Old Testament: God is a Darwinist.

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on March 07, 2010 in Homo Consumericus
In the Old Testament, men of high-status (patriarchs, kings, judges) had a lot more sex than their lower ranked counterparts, as evidenced by the fact that they had more wives, more concubines, and they took the liberty to have sex with greater frequency with the men of other women, as well as having a lot more sex with their slaves and servants. It pays to be a King!

Rich People Are Greedy

Rich people are greedy and shallow. They get rich by taking advantage of others. They are miserly and selfish.