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Judging a Man’s Physical Strength Via His Voice: The Darth Vader Effect

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on September 16, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Do you think that you can gauge the physical strength (formidability) of an individual simply by listening to his/her voice? A recent study suggests that people have an uncanny ability to do so.

Treasuring Memories: Frank Sinatra Breaks the Alzheimer’s Barrier

By Rita Watson MPH on September 16, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
With top hat and veil, they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.Today some 15 million caregivers watch those they love drift into the land of days gone by. If we can find any way to express gratitude, it is in knowing that many retreat to a happy past. For those trapped by sadness, perhaps it is up to us to help create a memory.

The Dirty Truth About Sex, Power, and Extramarital Affairs

By Sam Sommers on September 16, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
When we think about extramarital affairs, we think about men. Powerful men. Rich, famous, powerful men. Why would men of status be more likely to step out on a spouse? The answers we give to this question usually have to do with biology or evolution...

Is this the End of Individual Psychotherapy?

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on September 16, 2011 in The Shrink Tank
A former president of the American Psychological Association calls individual therapy overrated and outdated. Wait, what?

Sex and the Soul

By Michael W Austin on September 16, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Thinking about some findings from the book, Sex and the Soul.

Apologies: How To Do Them Skillfully in 5 Steps

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 16, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Most people don't mean to hurt others feelings, yet from time to time we mistakenly do. When glitches come to your attention, do you get embarrassed? Defensive? Better to repay the emotional debt you incurred. Here's a recipe for apologies that can wipe the debt clean, and even turn your mistake into a nourishing relationship moment.

How Well-Meaning Parents Cheat Their Children of Self-Confidence and Self-Compassion

The difference between idealization and love is not to be taken lightly. Mistaking one for the other can lead even the most well-meaning parent astray and damage the very child her or she is trying to nurture and protect.

Are Firstborns Really Brighter?

By Jena Pincott on September 16, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
How can researchers explain why elder siblings score, on average, three points higher on IQ tests than their younger siblings?

What Do You Do When You Have a Toxic Boss: Part 3

Are you reading this because you have a tyrant of a boss? Send him - or her - a 'thank-you' card. The strategy you are about to learn will solve the 'toxic boss' problem for good. And, as a by product, it will also get rid of many other vexations you have - at work and outside.

Aspie Talk: Perseveration or Conversation?

Perseverating interests can be great conversation pieces.

The Graduate Student Job Search: Welcome to the Chaos

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on September 16, 2011 in Career Transitions
Graduate students need better assistance in finding training-related non-academic careers. Think career lattice instead of career ladder.

Removing the “Jerk” from Knee-Jerk Reactions

By Marietta McCarty on September 16, 2011 in Life Saving Philosophy
Like the attention given to pruning a bonsai or weaving morning glories up a trellis, we are the directors of our lives, cultivating dispositions that will take us on clearly defined paths. Online and wired, we can carve out tendencies that are constructive and thoughtful, willingly owning the results.

The 800-Pound Gorilla

By Christopher Peterson Ph.D. on September 16, 2011 in The Good Life
"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility."
--Peter Drucker

The Danger of Self-identifying as "Stressed"

You literally hurt yourself when you "lose heart." You can break the habit of stressing yourself by managing your expectations. Instead of thinking something is wrong with the world, you can do what animals do when survival challenges trigger their cortisol: keep trying.

September 12

By Abby Sher on September 15, 2011 in Amen, Amen, Amen

What a Cartoon Taught Me about Cognitive Behavior Therapy

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on September 15, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
The best depiction I have ever seen of cognitive behavior therapy was on the children's television show, Rugrats. The simple charm of this cartoon is that it addressed common childhood fears through understanding and humor.

Help! My Man Is a Grump!

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on September 15, 2011 in Ironshrink
Depressed men are prone to irritability, and irritability can be deceiving. We can lose sight of the fact that someone who is acting like a knucklehead might actually be suffering, and it’s tough to be empathetic when we’re on the defensive against churlish behavior. Luckily, there are options.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That Is the Question Part 1 of 2

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 15, 2011 in The First Impression
Can a digital skeptic go against her resistances and allow Twitter into her life?

Sexual Modularity in Sex, Gender, and Orientation

By David P Schmitt Ph.D. on September 15, 2011 in Sexual Personalities
For many people, the wonders of gendered diversity hurt their head.