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Who Do You Love?

Who Do You Love?

By Sam Sommers on July 06, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
There are some human experiences that we fancy as too ethereal to study. Like falling in love. But in the past several decades, behavioral scientists have had a lot to tell us about attraction and love...

Jury Gullibility in Orlando

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Incompetence
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Nature Gave Us Four Kinds of Happiness

The happy chemicals feel so good that we use our big cortex to figure out how to get more. Try as you might, you can't trigger them all the time - they evolved to promote survival.

George Clooney Is Dead?

By Harry Beckwith J.D. on July 06, 2011 in Unthinking
A crowd of independent thinkers acts wisely, as a famous book title once said. A crowd of people listening to others, however, easily becomes a Mob.

Relax, Relapse Is Normal

By Nancy Matsumoto on July 06, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
Relapses happen during recovery from an eating disorder; the important thing is getting back on track

There Are Lots of Dreams on Those Pillows

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Dream Catcher
Why do we accord less reality to dreams than to our waking lives?
How a Person Can Make His or Her Partner Feel Worthless without Even Trying

How a Person Can Make His or Her Partner Feel Worthless without Even Trying

Donna Flagg's fantastically complex and intriguing blog post on break-ups invokes feelings of worthlessness. What makes a person feel worthless in his or her relationship? Let's consider three possibilities...

Are Flame Retardants Making Us Dimmer?

By Jena Pincott on July 06, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Inflammatory new science on a common chemical.

Understanding the Root of Self-Destructive Behaviors: Why?

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on July 06, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Can you be self-destructive but love yourself overall?
The Price of Teen Beauty

The Price of Teen Beauty

By Elizabeth Donovan M.A. on July 06, 2011 in Youth and Tell

Are You Shy, Introverted, Both, or Neither (And Why Does It Matter)?

By Susan Cain on July 06, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Bill Gates is quiet and bookish, but apparently unfazed by others’ opinions of him: he’s an introvert, but not shy. Barbra Streisand has an outgoing, larger than life personality, but a paralyzing case of stage fright. Shyness and introversion are not the same thing.

Caressing Your Brain

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 06, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
It is clear that touch is important to humans. A fascinating new paper explores how the brain processes comforting touches.

The Science Behind the Fiction

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on July 06, 2011 in
When I was a little boy, I loved to read comic books based on science fiction. Indeed, it was the science and the fiction that would always draw me in to these literary sojourns. At once, I could escape my reality and enter a world that did not exist - but perhaps had the scientific "virtue" to exist.
The Verdict of Casey Anthony
Truth, Lies and Self-Deception
The Science of Jury Selection
The Most Hated Person in America?

Do Something Every Day: Counter-Intuitive, But It Works

By Gretchen Rubin on July 06, 2011 in The Happiness Project
This month's theme is Creativity, and this week’s resolution is to Do something every day.

Is It Your Mind or Your Thyroid That’s Got You Down?

By Steve Sisgold on July 06, 2011 in Life in a Body
A thyroid imbalance in any person, diagnosed or not, can cause mental and psychological symptoms.
Sexuality, Shakespeare, and Saying Goodbye

Sexuality, Shakespeare, and Saying Goodbye

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on July 06, 2011 in SexualityToday
Shakespeare, in his Sonnets, famously imagined three strategies for escaping death: creating art, having children, and loving deeply. It's a tribute to sex that it can sometimes be involved in at least two out of those three.
Ambition, Power-Drive, and the Psychology of Calculated Risks: Lessons from DSK

Ambition, Power-Drive, and the Psychology of Calculated Risks: Lessons from DSK

The relationship between financial risk taking and addictive personality traits

How To Be a Dad To Your Aspergers Child

By Stephen Borgman on July 05, 2011 in Spectrum Solutions
There's a lot written about autism spectrum children. But what about those often invisible fathers who give their all day in and day out? This article is dedicated to all fathers who parent children gifted with autism.

Betrayal and Emotional Infidelity

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on July 05, 2011 in Finally Out
Old Fashioned Letters and Ponderosa Pines: Musings on Time and Communication

Old Fashioned Letters and Ponderosa Pines: Musings on Time and Communication

Letters disperse thoughts and emotions through time, as well as space.

Be Prepared: The First Therapy Session

By Edita Ruzgyte Ph.D. on July 05, 2011 in Your Career in Counseling
To feel prepared, we need to give up what we have learned, and connect with the client—bravely and honestly, without knowing exactly what is going to happen.

Love Is Not a Game

By Mari Ruti on July 05, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
I can't think of anything less likely to produce a good love-life than the belief that your partner is an "opponent" to be defeated. It may be fun to watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie try to outwit each other in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but real love is not military-style combat, it's sharing the top-secret dossier of who you truly are.

4 Qualities of Mind that Alleviate Suffering

The four sublime mental states are qualities of mind that we cultivate in order to alleviate the suffering we experience in everyday life and to feel more connected to others.