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Can fear and grief be pleasurable?

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on February 16, 2010 in Let's Connect
 Happy while crying or shaking with fear?

Saving endangered languages

By Derek Bickerton on February 16, 2010 in Strange Tongue
The Whorfian hypothesis, the search for language universals, and the cultural freight every language carries are good reasons why we shouldn'ty let even the obscurest languages die.


By Gayle Greene PhD on February 16, 2010 in Insomniac
A Matter of Taste
Lessons in Fashion
The Style Imperative

Offering Condolences

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in Raising Grieving Children

Want to Show off Your Wealth and Status? Buy a Hybrid!

What can you do if you want to engage in conspicuous consumption right alongside Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio? Three clever experiments by Vlad Griskevicius and his colleagues suggest that status goals motivate conspicuous displays of environmentalism, and inspire people to go green.

Are Children With Special Needs Favored?

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in The Favorite Child

To Ignore or Confront? Dealing with Racially Stereotyping Comments

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
The man continued to make racially inappropriate remarks. He was a work associate of a friend of mine, we were all having a drink together, and I was getting uncomfortable. I knew that if I said nothing, I would continue to feel bad and awkward. I worried that if I confronted him, that both my friend and his work associate would be mad at me. A classic no win situation.

The Hound of Hell: Helping A Dog To Behave

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in Thinking About Kids
It was a bad cycle.  Zoe would mess on the floor when she was anxious.  When we went out, Zoe was scared that we'd be mad when we got home because she had messed on the floor.  So what happened?  She'd mess on the floor.

You Owe Me! - The Importance of Positive Contributions

By Bakari Akil II Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in Communication Central
Each of us has a meter inside, where we consciously or unconsciously measure the balance of give and take that exists in our relationships. Whether dealing with business or social relationships or with family members or friends, we all gauge the level of positive reciprocity that exists.

Education: Race to the Top?: Part III

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in The Power of Prime
Education reform in America has been a categorical and ongoing failure for decades, and a badge of shame that all of us must wear. And time is running out and opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. Yet there is hope.

It's Not (Just) About Food: Moving Beyond the Religion of Thinness

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on February 15, 2010 in What a Body Knows
I just read a book by a colleague of mine, and fellow PT blogger, Michelle Lelwica. Her book, Religion of Thinness, is brimming with insights on the sources and supports of eating disorders, including one I want to highlight here. You can’t (just) think your way out of an eating disorder.

Are You a Female Chauvinist?

By Karen Salmansohn on February 15, 2010 in Bouncing Back
If you think men are "emotional bimbos," incapable of growing, listening or sharing feelings, then you might just be a Female Chauvinist! Learn the tell-tale signs - and how Female Chauvinistic thinking might be ruining your relationships with men!

Two-Year Anniversary

By Satoshi Kanazawa on February 14, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
It’s Valentine’s Day 2010, which means it’s the second anniversary of The Scientific Fundamentalist blog.

Love Is...Online

How Many of Us Use our Computers to Explore Love and Relationships

Breaking Up On Valentine's Day

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 14, 2010 in Off the Couch
Margo came into my office after Valentine's Day, sobbing. Why had her boyfriend chosen to end their relationship on that specific morning?

Will You Please Just Shut Up?

By Robin Stern Ph.D. on February 13, 2010 in Power in Relationships
What should you do when your partner disrespects you?

4 Ways the Happiest Couples Stay Happy

By Terri Orbuch Ph.D. on February 13, 2010 in The Love Doctor
Happy Relationships Don't Take Hard Work!
Passionate Love
Unfaithful Love
Jealous Love
Second-Time Love

Faith and Possibilities

By Jennifer Haupt on February 13, 2010 in One True Thing
Hope Edeman’s memoir, “The Possibility of Everything,” is about finding faith in things you can’t see or understand in order to rid her three-year-old daughter of a disruptive imaginary friend. Here’s my conversation with her about faith, parenting, marriage, and possibilities.

Our Economic Body

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 13, 2010 in Hidden Motives
"Like a patient etherized upon a table." If we think of the economy as an actual body, we can start to appreciate how difficult it is to assess its over-all state of health - and how misleading to isolate one indicator. 

Thousands Need Teens to Lead Them Back to School

By Jennifer A Leigh Psy.D. on February 12, 2010 in Guide to Teen Girls
According to the U.S. Department of Education, every single day 60,000 students avoid going to school because they are afraid of being bullied.Question: How can we help those 60,000 frightened students go to school?Answer: Teach teens to lead.It's all about optimal emotional and neuronal growth! 

Ideas are easier to love than people.

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on February 12, 2010 in Lifelines
      Most of us would like to feel that we are hitting life's milestones at roughly the same time as our contemporaries. How many weddings in which we have been bridesmaids or groomsmen does it take before we feel the burden of dropping behind? 

Happiness Is…A Great Event at the 92nd Street Y

By Gretchen Rubin on February 12, 2010 in The Happiness Project
I had a great time speaking at the 92nd Street Y last night. It’s an organization that pulls in an extraordinary range of fascinating speakers, so I was thrilled to be asked to give a talk there.

The second-best time to start eating healthily

By Conner Middelmann-Whitney on February 12, 2010 in Nourish