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Myths of Regulation

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Conservatives have embraced the truism that businesses are hurt by government regulation. Ideologically, they argue, rules infringe on individual freedom, but they have also persuaded themselves that they are actually bad for the bottom line.

Depression Dis-ables: Learn to Be Able Again

Many of the smartest, most talented people I have treated in my career were not feeling smart or talented when we met. Gifted, successful people do not see their abilities when they are depressed.

A Letter to My Fifteen Year Old Self

By Priscilla Warner on September 10, 2011 in Learning to Breathe
One Woman's Journey From Panic to Peace

What to Do About Scientific Fraud in Psychology?

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in Naturally Selected
After the high profile case of Marc Hauser, the Harvard psychologist found guilty of serious scientific misconduct there is the recent case of my colleague, Diederik Stapel, a social psychology professor in the Netherlands who has been suspended by his university after admitting to have fabricated experimental data over a prolonged period.


The Mental Doubles of 9/11

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in The Me in We
One day a person is sitting next to you, the next day he or she is gone. But you have an image of this person in your mind that doesn't die. It stays in your mind like a mental double. Mourning is what you do with this mental double.

Lessons from 9/11

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 10, 2011 in Am I Right?
We don't need to love our neighbors as much as respect them

Does Tom Brokaw Think that Only Married Adults Experienced Grievous Losses on 9/11?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 10, 2011 in Living Single
People who became widowed on 9/11 suffered grievous losses. But what about everyone else? They were mostly invisible to Tom Brokaw. What about the other 9/11 specials?

Facebook As Sexually Transmitted Disease: The Dark Side of Tags

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Facebook is like a sexually transmitted disease, in that your risk is proportional to that of your highest risk 'friend'. And just like sexually transmitted diseases, there are things you can do to protect yourself. A 'How To' primer.

Nod Your Head if You Agree with Yourself: How Your Own Body Language Can Persuade You

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Sold on Language
I don’t see the body language gurus dispensing advice about how to interpret your own body language. What if we use our own body language as clues to what we are thinking? And what if these clues can shape our attitudes?

Is Lecturing Always Unethical?

To the extent we are ethically obligated to facilitate positive impacts on our students, and to the extent that we know better ways to educate and don't avail ourselves of them, lecturing too much entails ethical implications, if not ethical violations.

On Trauma and Resilience: 10 Years After 9/11

By David Hellerstein M.D. on September 09, 2011 in Heal Your Brain
All of us are haunted by memories of 9/11...how can we best cope with a fear-filled world?

43 Quotes on Body Language

What do other people say about body language? Enjoy these words of wisdom...

Was There a US Epidemic of Heart Problems After 9/11/2001?

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Given the mental health risk they were supposedly facing, should people have turned off their televisions off on 9/11/2001, and immediately gone to see a professional?

The Futile Search for Motive after a Mass Shooting

By Steve Albrecht DBA on September 09, 2011 in The Act of Violence
After a mass murder event, the media and the public always ask the "why?" question. We need to focus more on interrupting the opportunity to kill rather than trying to determine the reason for it in the aftermath.

Grief Is Not a Mental Illness

How to Deal with Loss in the Narcissistic Family

Manology: The Art and Science

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Rethinking Men
"Men are all the same. They only want one thing!" This was a mantra I heard in my youth. Maybe it is true, but according to Cosmo (April 1999), which I found in my files recently. Maybe it is not, which may be a relief to all of us, or not.

What I Learned from Reading My Alumni Magazine – About College, the World, and Psychology

By Stanton Peele on September 09, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Reading my Penn Alumni magazine causes me to reflect on how the world has changed -- what students see the key to success as being, how topics of interest have shifted and, especially, where psychology has gone and with what result.

Where to Get the Best (Free) Unlicensed Therapy

By Jen Kim on September 09, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Mike Develin isn’t your typical therapist. Mostly, because he isn’t one.

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 09, 2011 in Canine Corner
Dog's whiskers help compensate for their poor near vision and allow them to avoid colliding with things, especially when light levels are low.

Why We Think Monogamy Is Normal

For most of human existence, men and women have regarded polygamy as a normal and often advantageous marriage arrangement. In modern Western societies, however, monogamy is seen as normal and polygamy as an "exotic exception". How and why did this transition occur?

Healthy Miscommunication

By James V. Cordova Ph.D. on September 09, 2011 in Living Intimately
We miscommunicate more commonly than we communicate accurately. Some level of miscommunication is a normal part of any conversation. If you think about it for only a moment, this state of affairs begins to make sense.

What Art Therapy Learned from September 11th

Art theorist and perceptual psychologist Rudolph Arnheim once noted, "Art serves as a helper in times of trouble." The events of September 11th, 2001 opened the door to understanding a lot more about how art serves as a helper in times of profound crises.