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The Facebook Fix

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on December 29, 2011 in Friendship 2.0
This year, why not make small New Year's resolutions with big impact-- and curb some of the most annoying Facebook behaviors.

Mobile Devices and Meetings

By Karen Leland on December 29, 2011 in The Perfect Blend

Why DID or MPD is a Bogus Diagnosis

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on December 29, 2011 in Think Well
Despite many therapists claiming to treat numerous people suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder or, formerly, Multiple Personality Disorder, here is why the condition is actually a dangerous myth.

Writing Rituals: Spiritual or Simply Habits?

By Jennifer Haupt on December 29, 2011 in One True Thing
For some authors, there's something spiritual about starting each day the same way. Others simply look at these habits as a way to turn on the creative part of their brain. Here's more from Alice Hoffman, Jenna Blum, Pam Houston and other authors.

Shame and Pariah: Sex and Identity at the movies

SHAME and PARIAH are two of the most powerful psychological films I've seen in some time.

Why Your Boss Doesn’t Realize He’s a Jerk

People often mention that their bosses are jerks, but that they are completely unaware of how awfully they treat others. How can that be? How do the jerks get into the system? Why doesn't the company get rid of jerks?

What You Don’t Know About People

By Sam Sommers on December 29, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
You've been lied to. Or, at the very least, misled. Because it's simply not true that everything you need to know about life you learned in Kindergarten. And you don't know people as well as you think you do...

The Year in Sex 2011

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 29, 2011 in SexualityToday
The most interesting sex article of the year, in my opinion, was Jonathan Franzen's New York Times article about the sensual charms of his new Blackberry device.

Money, Happiness, and Sustainability

You can use this moment of transition to start the new year with a fresh attitude and a doable plan about the spending, saving, and sharing of your money—to live your priorities with greater satisfaction and happiness. But how to get there? What will make this year different from all the rest?

A Simple Trick for Sticking to Your Resolutions - For Good

Learn how to stick to your resolutions for good this time. It's free, it's easy, it's effective. Use the concepts of consistency and commitment to your advantage.

Why New Year's Resolutions Fail

By Ray Williams on December 28, 2011 in Wired for Success
The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year's resolutions. But why do so many resolutions fail?

Searching for the Magic Wand

By Lauren Grunebaum L.C.S.W. on December 28, 2011 in Starving at the Banquet
Ambivalence about recovery from anorexia comes in many forms and has many voices. One way the ambivalence gets expressed is through what I call searching for the magic wand.

What Exactly is "Dead"?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
What exactly does it mean to be dead? And do people view human and animal death as fundamentally different?

What Role Does Empathy Play in Intelligence?

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in The Animal Connection
"No intelligent life here, Captain"—Part II: How did the domestication of dogs ensure our survival?

Listening or Football?

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on December 28, 2011 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Consider this scenario: It's football season, and games are now on television four nights a week. Stacy is sick and tired of being ignored because of football decides to vacuum during an important game. Josh jumps up, annoyed at the noise. "What are you doing?" he demands. "I am trying to watch the game for Pete's sakes!"

New Year's Resolutions: 20 Ways to Win Friends and Influence People at Work

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 28, 2011 in Just Listen
1. Be on time and prepared for meetings. That alone will make you shine like a star.
2. Turn in work ahead of schedule. Forget procrastination, get things done early
plus 18 more

Stress, Strained Relationships, and Burnout: Hottest Topics in 2011

By Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D. on December 28, 2011 in High Octane Women
Is it a sign of the times? Stress, interpersonal conflict, and burnout were high interest topics for readers this year, with energy zappers stealing the High Octane top spot for 2011.
Lessons from the World's Largest Sex Experiment

Lessons from the World's Largest Sex Experiment

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 28, 2011 in SexualityToday
A Billion Wicked Thoughts discusses its author's independent analysis of 55 million sex-related Google searches. I agree with critics who say the project is flawed. But I believe it would be foolish to ignore the author's ambitious theory of sexual motivation, or the huge and unique data set that supports it.
What's in a Number? Pondering the "Big" Birthdays

What's in a Number? Pondering the "Big" Birthdays

Today I turn 40. And naturally, I have to talk about it.

Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism

The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about people of color that we shouldn’t see or talk about.

Reality TV Star As Case Study for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on December 27, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Frank, from the Real World San Diego (2011), is an interesting case, clinically speaking. It's striking how miserable he is, and it's clear that his misery is, to a large extent, psychological or self-imposed in nature. How can he be helped by therapy, and which form of therapy might be must helpful?

Is There Such a Thing as "Shame" Power?

Why shame can both help and hurt self-control