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Due Tomorrow. Do Tomorrow.

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Don't Delay
The problem for some of us is that these mean the same thing. Why do I think I'll feel more like doing it tomorrow? Why do I procrastinate?

Attention All Fathers (and Sons)

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 20, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
In The Way, Martin Sheen learns how to be a Dad — the hard way.

The Psychological Skillset of George Clooney - Part II

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on February 20, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Want to know why George Clooney is as successful as he is? Want to learn the lessons that his life story has to teach us? Please read on for the answers...

Jeremy Lin: Beyond the Numbers

By Michael W Kraus Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Under the Influence
What makes Jeremy Lin a special point guard? One answer might be that his teammates trust him.

Out to Get You

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
Last week I wrote about serial killers who pass as normal. Some readers thought I meant that they give off no signals of their intent. More often, we're vulnerable because we don't know how to read them.

Combatting Asperger's: A Losing Proposition

By David Finch on February 20, 2012 in The Journal of Best Practices
When I realized that my marriage was in trouble largely because of my behaviors and detachment from my wife, Kristen, I initially blamed Asperger’s. I thought the only way to save our marriage was to somehow conquer my disorder. Fortunately, Kristen did what she always does when I lose sight of the big picture: She smiled, knowingly, and then showed me a different way.

Is There a Liberal Bias Among American Professors?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
We often hear about the Leftist bent at American university campuses. Is this true? See the results of a study that explored voter registration data (Democrat versus Republican) across 11 universities.

The Best Friend Fantasy

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
I had a boyfriend for two months that I became madly in love with, and thought he felt the same for me. His friends constantly said they had never seen him like this. I thought of him as someone not only important romantically, but someone that would turn into my best friend.

Principle Number Five: Love Your Enemy

By Izzy Kalman on February 20, 2012 in Resilience to Bullying
The purpose of school anti-bullying policies and campaigns is to promote the development of morality in children. Unfortunately, they tend to promote hatred. To reverse this trend, we need to be teaching "Love your enemy."

My Dog Was Ready To Die—I Couldn't Let Go

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on February 20, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
He celebrated every triumph, grieved every loss, galumphed beside us on every hike through every literal and emotional terrain, and always slept at our feet. He placed himself on bed rest with me at the end of my pregnancy. He bore witness to it all. He outlived our marriage. He was my greatest comfort. How could I let him go?

The Privatization of Highways

I advocate the complete, total, and full privatization of all roads, streets, highways, byways, avenues, and other vehicular thoroughfares. And I am serious about this—deadly serious.

The High Incidence of Post Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Anxiety and Depression

Many patients who are discharged from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) frequently suffer health problems long after they've left the hospital.

Wearing Pain: Canada Goose's Fur Policy Is Lame and Self-Serving

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Animal Emotions
There is no reason to kill animals for clothing. In the process of becoming a coat or trim, the bones of coyotes and many other animals go snap, crackle, and pop as they're tortured unrelentingly. Canada Goose's fur policy is laden with self-serving justifications and errors all in the name of money and the unnecessary slaughter of animals for clothing.

Divorce's Enablers

By Ian R. Dowbiggin Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in PsychoHistory
You thought therapy would save your marriage? And all you got was divorce? Well, feel free to blame your therapist. That's because, for a long time, most therapists have been soft on divorce.

The Two Faces of Convenience

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Acquired Spontaneity
The absence of resources and infrastructure in India is painfully obvious. At the same time, I didn’t see any evidence in India of the crushing isolation so many here experience. I didn’t see people afraid of discomfort. Convenience, the easy access to external resources, makes life comfortable. Yet comfort becomes addictive when we can’t imagine life without it.

Maternal Modes of Leadership

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in The Me in We
We fantasize our government as a caring parent. This election year what kind of parenting do U.S. citizens want? Candidates who contain our aggression over hot-button issues? Or leaders who distort and intensify our emotions in times of crisis?

To Be Happier, Write Your Own Set of Personal Commandments

By Gretchen Rubin on February 20, 2012 in The Happiness Project
One of the most challenging—and most helpful and fun—tasks that I've done as part of my Happiness Project is to write my Twelve Personal Commandments.

What Are the Keys to a Successful Career?

By Ray Williams on February 20, 2012 in Wired for Success
Here are some insights to help shape, advance and revitalize the careers of executives and managers.

Facebook Addiction?

By Michael W Austin on February 20, 2012 in Ethics for Everyone
Those who engage in social media would do well to limit their time, perhaps to 15-30 minutes per day, just as the wise person will limit the number of drinks he or she has on any given day.

Mad Men, a Show for Armchair Psychologists

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Apologies To Freud
Mad Men chronicles life in the 1960s, and has captured the imagination of millions of viewers with its glamour and intricate story lines. But beyond that, it's the richly drawn characters stumbling through their lives that get under our skin and keep us invested.

Happy Family Day!

By Christopher Peterson Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in The Good Life
I love Canadians, and I love Canada. Here is just one of many reasons. On the third Monday of February, Family Day is observed in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Family Day celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

The Art of Waiting in Line

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on February 20, 2012 in Minding the Body
Waiting in line is a common source of impatience and frustration. Here’s how to choose your queues and manage your behavior to reduce your stress.

The Power of Silence

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in Out of the Darkness
The modern world overloads our brains with noise, but we need quietness to keep in contact with ourselves and to be truly happy.

Laughter as Therapy

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on February 20, 2012 in The Fair Society
Traditional medicine and grim political diatribes can do only so much to heal our wounds as a society. Why not try, yes, laughter.

The Shape and Color of Song in Germany

By Maureen Seaberg on February 20, 2012 in Sensorium
Alexandra Kirschner of Stuttgart teaches young synesthetes to sing through the imagery they see while forming sound.

Why Writing Trumps Positive Thinking Alone for Goal-Setting

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 20, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Is there a science or an art to manifesting our dreams and achieving our goals? Is there something beyond wishful thinking and empty truisms that will up the chances that our wondrous best self will flourish in 2012?

Yes. No. Sort of. Not exactly. Apparently. Possibly.

Why Adolescents Don't Care What Parents Think

Consider two common war cries of the adolescent age: "You can't make me or stop me!" "I don't care what you think!" Both are declarations of independence. With the first war cry, the teenager lets parents know that she alone makes her decisions.