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Michelle Obama Incognito in Target...where casual is okay

The frequent cardigans. The sleeveless outfits. Some say Michelle Obama's fashion sense is too casual for official FLOTUS appearances; the hi-belted look usually not flattering and her style is "eclectic," which is code for "what the...?" In Target, the casual "common" look is acceptable.

The Boss of Me

By Lynn Phillips on September 30, 2011 in Dream On
There's not much room for debate about addiction's ability to impair in some brains whatever passes for individual autonomy. Emphasis here on the word "some."

The Politics of Weight

By Jean A Anspaugh on September 30, 2011 in Fat Like Us
Can a fat man be president?

My Best Friend: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
I am having a really hard time with my best friend. This whole relationship started out quite differently. She was attracted to me and fell in love with me at the very beginning. I reciprocated these feelings for a while but ultimately realized we weren't a match, and decided we needed to focus on the friendship because she had, in fact, become my best friend.

The Three Pillars of Fairness

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in The Fair Society
Republicans and Democrats have very different views of fairness in the current political debate. So who’s right?

Seven Public Speaking Tips from a Coach For TED Speakers and CEOs

By Susan Cain on September 30, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
My latest step in my Year of Speaking Dangerously was to make an appointment with the lovely Gina Barnett, a respected consultant who works with many TED speakers and C-suite leaders. Recently we had our first session, and it was surprisingly fun. Here’s what I learned:

Underdog Powers: Activate!

By Christopher Bergland on September 30, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
Three years ago today I wrote this. Thank you for your readership.

Finding Meaning in Muppets

By Lynne Soraya on September 30, 2011 in Asperger's Diary
The value of special interests don't always lie in a future career. Sometimes, special interests have different, but equally important purposes. Like learning how to live.

Revitalize Your Love Life with a Three Day Gratitude Plan

By Rita Watson MPH on September 29, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Before discovering the power of "thank you," John Kralik was living in one room, experiencing strained relationships, and watching his law practice fall on hard times. At this low point, something resonated. He found what he was missing - gratitude and love.

What Do Procrastinators Think?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Don't Delay
What we think about matters. The experience of frequent procrastination-related thoughts contributes to increased psychological distress.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personality Testing

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Cui Bono
Do you have a question about personality testing? Chances are good that it is in my FAQ file. If your question does not appear in this blog post, feel free to ask it in a response, and I will do my best to answer it.

Musings on Choice and Children

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Acquired Spontaneity
The experience of having no choice and no say in our lives is acutely painful and traumatic. Children, like the rest of us human beings, want to be able to participate in decisions that affect them. How can any parent in our society find enough inner capacity to navigate it all and in addition learn how to do it in partnership with children?

Propofol and Plastic Surgery: The Chicken or the Egg?

By Donna Flagg on September 29, 2011 in Office Diaries
What if Michael Jackson's addiction wasn't plastic surgery after all?

The Power and Perils of Being Born 'Gifted'

By David DiSalvo on September 29, 2011 in Neuronarrative
We've all seen examples of incredible talent wasted—of the kid who was told from an early age how smart, athletic, artistic, etc. she is, but never develops those abilities beyond a basic level. According to everyone around these kids they were destined for greatness, but eventually they learned—often too late—that destiny is overrated.

Why Women Should Learn to Ask For Help

Can a woman's predisposition toward asking for or not asking for help can actually influence the course of her depression?

It Is Immoral to Stop People from Loving You

By Robert Firestone Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in The Human Experience
Researchers have observed that people tend to commit the most egregious human rights violations in their closest, most intimate associations. We are guilty of such violations when someone's love challenges our negative self-concept, and, in our desperation to defend ourselves, we disrespect their feelings and use means that are hurtful to push them away.

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Islam

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on September 29, 2011 in In Therapy
We continue the VRT series with an interview with Muslim psychologist Hanan Dover from Sydney, Australia.

Navigating the Impossible 5 Percent at Work

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in The Five Percent
Five percent work conflicts are extremely costly and demanding but they are not impossible to solve. Understanding the hidden dynamics at play with these problems and the various strategies available to tip them in constructive directions is the first step to their effective resolution.

Are You Too Shy to Lead?

Daniel Goleman offers steps to develop key leadership abilities - including ways to boost self-confidence.