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Personal Growth: Four Obstacles to Positive Life Change

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in The Power of Prime
On the face of it, change doesn’t seem like it should be that difficult. If there is something that you don’t like about yourself, just change it. But the reality is that meaningful change can be slow, frustrating, and painful, filled with struggles, setbacks, and disappointment.

An Epiphany and a Handwriting Summit in Washington, DC

Why do school-age children need handwriting instruction in the 21st century? That question will be addressed on January 23rd, 2012, National Handwriting Day when hundreds of educators, researchers, and citizens concerned about the demise of handwriting convene in Washington, DC.

Food Porn

By Pamela Madsen on January 17, 2012 in Shameless Woman
When we eat consciously, slowly and with great intention —using the same intentions that we can use when having mind blowing, gourmet sex, eating can bring us the same kind of pleasure when done right.

5 Intriguing Facts About Intuitive Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on January 17, 2012 in Comfort Cravings
Learn 5 interesting facts about the classic book, Intuitive Eating. This includes information on the new edition, how intuitive eating relates to mindful eating and the history behind the book.

Three Theories of Depression, Love Addiction, and Obesity

By Stanton Peele on January 17, 2012 in Addiction in Society
As scientists search for modern medical miracles to cure depression, addiction (love and otherwise) and obesity, we are confronted with our age-old enemy -- us.

Is Sex Dead?

By George Michelsen Foy on January 17, 2012 in Shut Up and Listen!
As we learn to "service ourselves," we grow less tolerant of human partners.

What’s the Most Beautiful Explanation?

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in Explananda
Every year John Brockman and the other folks behind Edge.org pose a question to dozens of scientists, writers, artists, inventors, and thinkers of various stripes. The question for 2012: What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? Nearly 200 thinkers weighed in. I share a few of my favorite replies from the psychological and cognitive sciences.

Dr. King and Inner Healing

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on January 17, 2012 in Making Change
As Dr. King said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” This is just as true when that enemy is harbored within.

Are You Really as Far Along as You Think You Are?

For the New Year, in the month of January, we have been discussing recovery and finding your path to emotional wellness from pathological love relationships in 2012. When women get mild relief from the unrelenting symptoms of the aftermath with a pathological, it can be palatable to them.

No Social Life in High School: My Part-Time Friends

I'm a senior in high school and have no social life whatsoever. It's not that I have no friends--I have a group of people that I'm really close with in school. We're always together, talking, laughing, whatever. However, come Friday afternoon, that's it. You wouldn't know we even knew each other over the weekend.

A Therapist Suggests "Getting Closure"

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
A married man wanted "closure" from his lost love obsessions and went to a therapist for help. He was not interested in renewing a relationship, just in trying to get over it. Was his therapist right to tell him to contact her?

Kahneman in Quotes and Questions

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in One Among Many
In this post, I’m having a postmodern conversation with Danny Kahneman. What he says is from his book Thinking, fast and slow. What I say was made to fit after the fact. So it’s probably not fair, but perhaps it will get you to read the book and make up your own mind, fastly or slowly.

It's All Your Fault!

Children are often caught in the middle of nasty divorces. But it is our job to ensure them that it is not their fault you're getting a divorce.

6 Safe Sentence-Starters For Sensitive Discussions

Feeling like your voice does not get taken seriously? It's frustrating to feel ignored and also to receive automatic no's from your associates.

Here's six effective sentence-starters, for use at home or at work. A good start increases the odds that folks will pay attetion to your perspective.


The Importance of Self-Reliance

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2012 in The Athlete's Way
Things are so bad for so many people right now. How can we as a nation keep our individual and collective morale high in such desperate times? I think the key lies in a push for self-reliance, a philosophy made famous in an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1841. In this entry I will share 5 tips that can help you become more resilient and help you create self-reliance.

5 Ways to Tap into Your Intuition

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Have some decisions to make? Want to access more of your creativity? Try inviting the less analytical parts of your mind to contribute.

HM, the Man with No Memory

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Trouble in Mind
Henry Molaison (HM) gave science the ultimate gift: his memory. Over 55 years he became the most studied medical case in history, and on death his brain was dissected into 2000 slices and digitized as a three-dimensional brain map, preserving his tragically unique brain for posterity.

Martin Luther King: Depressed and Creatively Maladjusted

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 16, 2012 in Mood Swings
The psychology of Martin Luther King's leadership... and his depression.

A Plan for Zero Arguments

Exit strategies work best when they have been designed mutually, and when they have been carefully created prior to the emotionally upsetting situation. Plan your exit routines now using this checklist. Then your plan will be ready for action next time you need to avert a clash.

Does Technology Harm Teen Relationships?

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Apologies To Freud
Ask any parent. Stories involving constant texting, silent carpools, and disturbing missives hitting the inbox at 2 a.m., have become commonplace. Teens and their phones are attached at the hip-or palm.

The Structure and Dynamics of Growth Part 2

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 16, 2012 in Innovation You
How we come to know a thing is a curious amalgam of experience, perception, interpretation and its assimilation with what we believe we already understand.

Piss on 'Em

We teach our marines to kill and then wonder why they can’t do it humanely.