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How Do You Know You're Getting Better?

It’s been three days since The Operation. How do I know I’m getting better?
1. I made lasagna today: 3 big ones, two little ones—with sausage, full-fat ricotta, the whole deal. Okay, so I couldn’t lift them (not even the little ones) because the stitches still pinch, but cooking them was a pleasure.

Single Men Have Good Hearts

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 22, 2009 in Living Single
Over the course of an eight-year study, the risk of heart disease INCREASED for every year participants were married. The study was based on a nationally representative sample of more than 9,000 people in late middle-life.

Psychiatry for the American soul: Nonviolent resistance

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on February 20, 2009 in Mood Swings
I understand now, Bevel said in one of those basement meetings: our movement is not just a political program, with political goals; the movement is a kind of psychiatry for America, trying to cure it of the disease of racism; the cure has to be so applied that it does not kill the patient.

Is Your Body Your Life's Work?

By Dara Chadwick on February 20, 2009 in You'd Be So Pretty If...

Being single ain't all it's cracked up to be

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on February 20, 2009 in The Shrink Tank
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Higher levels of loneliness, depression, anxiety, sexual dissatisfaction?? It's enough to make a guy want to sign up for right away.  

Got Seat? 8 Easy Steps to Meditate on the Subway

By Jonathan S. Kaplan Ph.D. on February 20, 2009 in Urban Mindfulness

A Problem America Won't Solve in Our Lifetime: Education

By Stanton Peele on February 19, 2009 in Addiction in Society
Okay, that title's too pessimistic - let's instead call this, "A Call to Action for America." However, the reason I know these issues can't be solved is because they re-appear front and center every election campaign, only to worsen in time for the next one.Education: Have you heard anybody say lately, "Our only hope for the future is improving our education system?" Or did you hear that four years ago, or eight years ago (remember the bipartisan - or was it bipolar - "No child left behind") or was that during the Carter or Kennedy-Johnson presidencies (remember Sputnik and the rush to improve education under JFK)?

USA Today's Big New Story on Marriage Peddles Same Old Fallacies

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 18, 2009 in Living Single
A featured story in USA Today made this claim: "Research suggests a bevy of benefits for those who marry, including better health, greater wealth and more happiness for the couple, and improved well-being for children." Actually, it doesn't. This is more mindless perpetuation of conventional wisdom - except for the part about getting married and getting more money. That IS true, because of discriminatory policies toward singles.

Website Saves Victims of Bullying

By Izzy Kalman on February 17, 2009 in Resilience to Bullying
School anti-bullying laws cannot make bullying disappear. Fortunately, the solution to bullying has been known for thousands of years, and it is remarkably simple. It just needs to be taught correctly. It can save lives--and has!

Why Winning Matters: Part 2

By Jeffrey Spencer on February 17, 2009 in
If you don't win you can't succeed. Despite all the focus placed on drawing abudance to us with strong intention the only way abundance manifests is through completing the action steps required to convert opportunities into tangible successes. Unless we transition our thoughts to action and actions to goals achieved our hopes and dreams never make it from concept to reality. And, without that reality our lives never reflect our highest capacity.

Science, Free Will and Determinism: I Think We're Coloring Outside the Lines.

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on February 16, 2009 in Don't Delay
I suppose if there truly were free will I wouldn't be writing this. I certainly feel compelled to add to this discussion. My point, we're coloring outside the lines.

People with Pet Allergies Refuse to Give Up Their Pets

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 13, 2009 in Canine Corner
 When doctors recommend that people with pet allergies get rid of their dog or cat only 1 in 5 patients comply. Furthermore, should their pet die, 2 out of 3 patients will ignore their doctor's instructions and despite their allergies they get a replacement pet.

Everybody Lies Differently

By Dan Hill Ph.D. on February 13, 2009 in Emotionomics

The Bell Tolls: Military Suicide in Iraq

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on February 13, 2009 in Mood Swings
Soldier-suicides might be teaching us is that the conventional wisdom we all learned is wrong.

Subway Meditation: No Cushion Required

By Jonathan S. Kaplan Ph.D. on February 13, 2009 in Urban Mindfulness

No Exit: Antidepressants and Suicide

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on February 13, 2009 in Mood Swings
As always, it is not a matter of simply saying one or the other extreme is correct, but rather one of holding two opposite views in our heads at the same time.