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10 Principles for Teaching Ethics (and Lots of Other Stuff)

Here are ten of my guiding principles that I shared with the students in our graduate course: "Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology."
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LINsanity! Observations on the Worship of a New Sports Hero

Linfluenza virus causes Linsanity! The birth of a sports hero, and what he means to the Asian American community and the country as a whole: Jeremy Lin represents our best self, the underdog overcoming long odds to win the heart of the nation—paralleling President Obama's rise.

9 Tips for a Hot and Healthy Marriage

By Lisa Thomas LMFT Licensed Relationship & Sex Therapist on February 16, 2012 in Save Your Sex Life
1. Have boundaries set around your immediate or nuclear family. 2. Touch each other often...

Getting Off Jury Duty, or Getting On?

By Brian Bornstein Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Jury's Trials

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 26 - March 3) is a time to look at the role empathy plays in helping loved ones recover from an eating disorder.

The Power of Absence

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Time Out
What do deadbeat dads, estranged or dead relatives, and birth parents in closed adoptions have in common? What they have in common is the power of absence. That's when what isn't there is what captures attention, and traps it in an emotional embrace. The power of absence; let's look at how it works.

Voting Rick or Mitt Needs to Be a Risk-Management Decision

By Denise K. Shull M.A. on February 16, 2012 in Market Mind Games
The last thing electing Romney or Santorum should be about is anyone's sex life.

How Much Sleep Do Kids Really Need?

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Land of Nod
An extremely heated debate has just arisen in the field of pediatric sleep medicine—a field that is generally not very excitable. In this week's issue of Pediatrics, University of South Australia's Health and Use of Time Group reported that kids' nightly sleep time has reduced by three-quarters of a minute for each year they studied.

Nutritional Approaches for Beating Osteoporosis

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on February 16, 2012 in Complementary Medicine
There are excellent nutritional approaches for safely promoting increased bone density and preventing osteoporosis.

The Long Lasting Effects of Negative Information

By Woodson Merrell M.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Source of Healing
Is it possible for doctors to stop focussing on their legal liabilities, and start focussing on helping patients with healing words? At least one group at the NIH thinks it is.

Animal Talk (and the Need for Quiet)

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
We sometimes assume that animals are mute, unless we hear their barks, screeches, or yowls. A couple of research items this week remind us that animals may communicate in mysterious ways and that among themselves there is a lot of talking going on.

Thinking Too Much in Depression

By Edward R Watkins Ph.D. on February 16, 2012 in Mood for Thought
Can you think your way into depression?

Quitting Self-Injury

Self-Injury is sometimes viewed as addictive, but sociological research shows that people can and do quit.

Seven Tips for Getting Yourself to Go to Bed on Time

By Gretchen Rubin on February 16, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Recently I video-posted about the Pigeon of Discontent, "I can never get to bed on time."

Why Americans Didn't Notice How the British Cut Heart Attack Deaths in Half

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on February 16, 2012 in The Power of Rest
Heart attacks are still the most common single form of death. Heart attack deaths decreased by more than 50% from 2002-2010—in Britain. Did you hear about it? And how well are we doing here?

Conquer the Bugs of Distraction

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 16, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Most creatives struggle with at least three kinds of distracting insects—life's fleas, society's gnats, and the mind's mosquitoes. Tools & resources can help you focus on doing your best work day-in, day-out.

Are Children Harmed Viewing Sexually Explicit Websites?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Nurturing Resilience
It isn’t altogether clear which comes first, our children’s promiscuity, sexual activity following drug use, and other high risk sexual activity, or whether kids who are already interested in these behaviors are looking to the internet for information.

The TAO: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy

By Jenny C. Yip Psy.D. on February 15, 2012 in The OCD Monster
The origins of "mindfulness" have its roots in Eastern thought. The Chinese term it
"Taoism". The Japanese term it "Zen". Some have associated it with the practice of
yoga, and with the religion of Buddhism. However, Tao in its purest sense is not religion or philosophy; nor is it psychology or a type of science. Simply put, Tao is a way and view of life.

Freud's Cognitive Revolution

How Freud rejected the Cartesian approach to the human mind and started his own cognitive revolution.

Want To, Don't Want To: The Psychology of Craving

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in The Flip Side
What does it mean to crave something?

Try This: Willpower Experiment for Making Smarter, Healthier Choices

Given the choice, would you rather eat a can of curried grasshoppers or a bag of potato chips? If you're feeling a little squeamish, what if some scientist had just discovered that grasshoppers are a miracle food? What if they could prevent cancer, burn off excess fat stores, cure depression, and regrow receding hairlines?

It Never Rains, But It Pours

I love blogging for Psychology Today. However, I have been unable to think of a new topic for my next blog. I began to analyze why I was blocked. I realized it was because I was in the midst of multiple transitions and could not focus on anything else. Although I have tried to stay away from personal stories, I think there are some lessons to be learned.

No More Excuses! How to Meditate Every Day

You've arrived home after a long day. Although work is ostensibly done, you still have responsibilities to fulfill: A family to take care of, social obligations to meet, and other items to tick off your to-do list. So finding time to meditate may seem like a luxury that you just can't afford.

7 Things Bonobos Can Teach Us About Love and Sex

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on February 15, 2012 in Sex at Dawn
We've known for some time that bonobos (previously known as "pygmy chimpanzees") are among the most sexual of all living animals—besides, of course, humans.

Are Health Spas a Healthy Choice?

By Sheila Himmel on February 15, 2012 in You Must Be Hungry
Four women friends, two from the East Coast and two from the West Coast, meet for a long weekend every winter. Usually we go to a health spa, for two reasons.

Why They Hook Up

By Peg Streep on February 15, 2012 in Tech Support
While technology facilitates the hookup's emotional disconnect, what Millennials learned from their parents may matter even more.