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Is Serendipity the Answer to Finding Love?

People in romantic relationships often find themselves thinking that they are soulmates, that something "brought them together," and that their love was "meant to be." But romance and love are amazing enough without having to invoke "destiny or "fate" to make them feel magical.

Obama's Dilemma

By George Davis on January 15, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Bill Clinton could be a black president. Barack Obama wouldn't dare.

APA Survey Reveals We're A Nation on the Verge of a Stress-Induced Public Health Crisis

Stress among Americans is so high, says APA, that it's compromising our physical and mental health.

Extra Whipped Cream and Sexual Pursuers

I asked for extra whipped cream when I bought an ice cream sundae with my family last weekend. Piles of whipped cream and mounds of fluff came out positively billowing on top of the melting soft vanilla covered in hot fudge. I was surprised. I've never had floating clouds of it on anything I've ever ordered. I was happy thought it would probably never happen again.

The Tim Tebow Craze: What's the Big Deal About This Guy?

So the guy poses as if he's praying; yeah, and...? Haven't celebrities and athletes been doing this for years, thanking God for this or that? This is nothing new. Just play the darn game.

Is Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Worthwhile?

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on January 14, 2012 in The Skeptical Sleuth
All of the studies were conducted by advocates of long-term psychodynamic therapy and that makes all the more surprising the uniformity of the negative results. After all, investigator allegiance is typically a stronger predictor of the outcome of a clinical trial evaluating a psychotherapy than the therapy being evaluated.

Potential Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on January 14, 2012 in Just Listen
When you hit an obstacle in life and reach inside for inner strength to deal with it,
what do you come up with?

The Crying Game: Male Athletes Shedding Tears

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on January 14, 2012 in The Shrink Tank
Ballers and bawlers: Is it ok for men to cry in sports?

Stressed Women Know It, Stressed Men ... Not so Much

The newly released American Psychological Association's annual "Stress in America" report finds important gender differences when it comes to recognizing and managing stress.

To Cram or Not to Cram? That Is the Question

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 14, 2012 in Memory Medic
There is a hard way to learn and an easier way. Which way do you use?

All AP? Not for Me! Why Gifted Students Shouldn't Take the Highest Level Classes

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on January 14, 2012 in Gifted-Ed Guru
It's a question of what benefits the whole child--mind, body and soul--that needs to be considered at times like this.

Sexual Orientation Compulsions in OCD

What would you do if you thought you were becoming gay? Some people worry that their sex lives may suddenly be replaced with something unappealing and foreign. OCD can cause doubts about sexual orientation and hidden behaviors that don't make sense.

Lessons from Tebow and Elway

Maybe football is more than "just a game." Maybe football reminds us about what is best about American culture.

How to Go From Regret to Reconnection in 4 Simple Steps

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on January 14, 2012 in Peacemeal
Have you ever wished you could 'un-say' something the minute it comes out of your mouth?

Or wished you could rewind an argument to that crucial moment - and respond differently this time?

With this simple technique you can can virtually turn back the clock - while simultaneously teaching your mind to do it differently in the future.

Psychology's Best Movies

25% of all major Academy Awards have gone to movies involving psychological disorders or disturbed family relationships. Find out which disorder was the most popular theme of best actor, actress, and picture and why two Oscar winners have a connection to published psychology research.

Getting Paid What You’re Worth

By Carl Beuke Ph.D. on January 14, 2012 in You're Hired
Around half of people consider themselves underpaid for the work that they do. But what do they mean by ‘underpaid’? Understanding the seven different ways of deciding what a fair pay rate is can help you understand how your boss thinks, and give you an edge when negotiating your salary.

Explanations Everywhere, Even In Improv

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on January 14, 2012 in Explananda
Last week thousands of New Yorkers and others across the globe celebrated the 10th anniversary of Improv Everywhere's 2002 No Pants Subway Ride by hopping on public transport without pants. What can these pantless pranksters teach us about the human mind?

Evolutionary Paradise Lost? Don’t Adam and Eve It!

Evolutionary psychology’s emphasis on our adaptation to the past may have been taken too far where cognition is concerned.

3 Dangers of Love Advice

By Rita Watson MPH on January 13, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
Despite warnings you might receive about a man in your life, keep in mind that each of us can change a man’s attitude – not as in “change the man” but rather his interaction with you in a relationship. Oftentimes it simply involves unconditional love and trust.

How to Get Your Husband to Help More

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on January 13, 2012 in Ironshrink
Most men don’t want to feel like children in their marriages, and most women certainly don’t want to feel like mothers to grown men. Yet many couples fall into precisely that pattern. Here's what to do about it.

Seven Strategies to Inspire and Nurture Creativity in Ourselves

The gift of creativity is not a magical, endless river of ideas, one more inspiring than the next. It takes work. So what can creative people do when their rivers start to run low?

Joran, Casey and Psychopathic Narcissism: A Forensic Commentary

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in Evil Deeds
Having previously posted on both Casey and Joran, it is hard not to note some striking similarities. How can we understand their seeming lack of profoundly human, universal feelings like empathy, guilt, remorse or shame? Though I cannot provide a forensic evaluation without having first formally examined someone myself, there is much to learn from these tragic cases.

Detecting Deception Over the Telephone

Mastering skills to detect deception over the telephone safeguard against people who intend to take advantage of you.

“Weight” Is a Social Identity According to New Research

By Pattie Thomas Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in I Take Up Space
Dr. Asbury states: “…the irony of this whole situation is that by making these ads, Georgia may actually encourage some people to gain weight—the exact opposite of what they desire. … If Georgia wants people to enact healthy behaviors, the answer does not lie in shaming people, for it will only make people rebel against the idea.”