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Osama bin Laden's Death: What It Means to Kids

By Jenny Lind Schmitt on May 02, 2011 in Lifestyle Design
The kids were waking up by then, so I told them there was Big News. They could tell by my tone that this was important, but they couldn't quite place him. "The leader of Al Quaeda. Remember the Towers in New York? Him." Oh. Yes.

What? Psychiatrists Now Define “Openness"? (Part 1)

Diagnostic manual authors claim openness but reject transparency
On the Violent Life and Death of Osama bin Laden: A Psychological Post-Mortem

On the Violent Life and Death of Osama bin Laden: A Psychological Post-Mortem

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on May 02, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Tonight the world learned from President Obama that notorious Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces during a firefight in northwest Pakistan. Bin Laden wanted to die as a martyr. In this sense, his wish has been obliged. But does his death make him even more dangerous?
Bin Laden and the Psychology of Closure

Bin Laden and the Psychology of Closure

By Sam Sommers on May 02, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
It's been just an hour since the news broke of the death of Osama bin Laden. Too soon to know all the details of how he was killed, to grasp the full scope of how the world will react, to find out how long it will be before Donald Trump takes credit. But one thing's certain: it sure *feels* like a momentous occasion...

How Is Steven Pinker NOT Like Michael Jordan?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 01, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The three men I admire most [are] Paul Shaffer, Robin Williams, and Dave Barry. To this short list must now be added Steven Pinker.

Great Tits Can Be a Serious Topic

If you think Big Important Ideas can and should be entertaining, you should check out Rob Kurzban’s blog for Evolutionary Psychology. He wins the Oscar for the category: Most Engaging Titles in a Serious Documentary

The Narcissistic Family Tree

By Karyl McBride Ph.D. on May 01, 2011 in The Legacy of Distorted Love
Clinical experience and research show that adult children of narcissists have a difficult time putting their finger on what is wrong. Denial is rampant in the narcissistic family system.

Are College Final Exams Disappearing?

By Alan Reifman Ph.D. on May 01, 2011 in On the Campus
Visit a college campus at the right time in May (or December) and you're likely to see throngs of students converging on the library.

Female Hitchhikers Wearing Red Are More Likely To Be Picked Up (By Men)

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on May 01, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
In some contexts, men display a visual penchant for women wearing a red accoutrement (e.g., red lipstick, red lingerie, red stilettos). Read about the manifestation of this “red effect” in the context of hitchhiking.

The Dance of Attunement

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on April 30, 2011 in Aristotle's Child
7 Tips to help a Distracted Child

7 Tips to help a Distracted Child

These simple tips will help a child who is distracted, inattentive, or having problems focusing on his school work. The tips are also useful for any child, and can even prevent inattentiveness in an ever more distracting world.
Reality Check: Superwoman Is a Fictional Character

Reality Check: Superwoman Is a Fictional Character

By Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. on April 30, 2011 in High Octane Women
You are super at just about everything you do. Except being so super oftentimes creates problems for high-achieving women. You see, when you're a super woman, it's pretty easy to start thinking of yourself as Superwoman, and that's not such a good thing.
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Birth Certificates: For Many, Obama CAN'T Be American

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Birth Certificates: For Many, Obama CAN'T Be American

By Stanton Peele on April 30, 2011 in Addiction in Society
People see the world in terms of their internal landscapes -- it is worth trying to establish objective reality, but that has no impact on how people perceive and experience the world.

The ordeal of the one-tailed test

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 29, 2011 in One Among Many
Experimentation and statistical analysis are hard work. On top of that, the investigator risks negative emotions: Fear that the experiment might not work, shame when it does not work, and guilt when it is made to look as if it worked. A rational perspective on some of the decision-making processes involved may calm those waters.
Prince William’s Bald Spot Shines at the Royal Wedding

Prince William’s Bald Spot Shines at the Royal Wedding

By William Irwin Ph.D. on April 29, 2011 in Plato on Pop
It’s time for a revolution. Bald-spotters of the world unite! We have nothing to lose but our hair!

"I Focused on Who I Wasn't By My Mid-Thirties, Instead of Focusing on Who I Am"

By Gretchen Rubin on April 29, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One reason that this blog has brought me so much happiness is that blogging has widened my circle of friends so much. I met Melanie Notkin because we're both interested in using social media to engage with readers, and I'm very excited for her this week...

How to Have a Mid-Life Crisis

The classic answers to the question of the meaning of life

Are Your Friends Trying To Ruin Your Love Life?

After you establish a new love relationship, your friends can become just as jealous as a scorned lover. S/he might be completely unsupportive, fault finding, create chaos and soap opera drama by saying things that will lead you to fight with your partner.
Do you know what to do?

I've Got Royal Wedding Fever

By Jessica Pryce-Jones on April 29, 2011 in Happiness at Work

Science and the NFL Draft

The experts get it wrong a lot, so surely, drafting cannot be a science, can it?

True Confessions of an Adulterer... Who Happens to Be a Shrink!

By Jay Kent-Ferraro Ph.D., MBA on April 28, 2011 in Surprised by Love
I am an adulterer who happens to be a licensed clinician and is willing to tell the truth about why I did. I chose to have an affair that ended in a devastating divorce, left my wife and children, landed me in a jail cell, damaged my business and many important relationships and almost cost me my life. Welcome to my story...