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Creative Mindset Audit: Get Your Score

By Jonathan Fields on October 18, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Ever wonder if you're operating at your potential?

This is a question I've grappled with for years, both in my own life and in the context of people in general.

What's Your "Pigeon of Discontent?"

By Gretchen Rubin on October 18, 2011 in The Happiness Project
For the past few years, for the weekly video as part of the Happiness Challenge, I've proposed a resolution for your consideration—a concrete, manageable resolution to boost your happiness (at least, one that has boosted my happiness).

Out of My Shell: Glimpses of the Unselfish

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on October 18, 2011 in Living It
Often, people will say to one another: "You're being selfish." What do they mean by this? I propose a personal reflection herein, as one who has tried, and usually failed, not to think of himself first. The secret to the conundrum is this ... you can't be unselfish on your own.

Feelings of Emptiness: Not Just a Borderline Trait Anymore

By Randi Kreger on October 18, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
I am faced with this excruciating emptiness daily. Is it covering up all of the intense and hot emotions brewing under the surface? I would almost feel better if it were covering up something, because I hate this void! I want to know that there is something other than this horrible black hole inside of me. Am I really just a blank page?

Harness the Power of Temptation

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 18, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
There are two kinds of dieters in this world. Those who see a piece of chocolate cake as a monumental hurdle to be overcome, and those who see that same piece of chocolate cake as a reminder that they are on a diet. How can you turn yourself into the second kind of person?

Spoilers Don't Spoil Stories

A taxi driver drops a couple off at a theater to see a play which is a murder mystery. They pay the fare but don't leave a tip. The driver rolls down the window and shouts: "The butler did it." Did he get his own back?

What is Your Potential for Workplace Happiness and Success?

How happy are you at work? What is your outlook for the future? One way to answer these questions is to measure your psychological capital.

Leave My Prostate Alone: The P.S.A. Test Controversy

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 18, 2011 in Am I Right?
To maintain a self-image as a smart, competent person, many will continue to justify the correctness of past decisions despite the evidence to the contrary

Is Your Child Inviting Rejection?

Some children regularly act in ways that make it hard for other kids to accept them. Here are some common off-putting behaviors and alternatives.

This Country is Being Run Like a Cult

By Donna Flagg on October 17, 2011 in Office Diaries
If intentions are not pure, people infuse their toxic effects into the system. Before you know it, a so-called democracy is operating more like a cult.

The Blues Is Depression. Should You Treat It With Pills?

Diagnosing depression as an illness and treating it with anti-depressant medication may create new difficulties. The risks include dampening your ability to feel happiness and sexual arousal, and causing weight gain, drug dependency and relationship problems. What if you treat depression instead as indicating a problem in your life?

Does a Failed Relationship Mean That You're a Failure Too?

The failure of a romantic relationship is always a difficult experience, but regarding it as a personal failure is even worse. But what does it mean for a relationship to a failure, and does this imply that you have failed personally as well?

Ghost Children: Brothers and Sisters of ADHD Children

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 17, 2011 in The Older Dad
The brothers and sisters of ADHD children become ghosts in the family until they act-out themselves. Here are five tips to prevent the friendly ghost from haunting your family this year.

Revenge of the Kid Sister

So it goes with revenge. We are willing to run the risk of of forfeiting those possessions usually held dear: self-esteem, pride, morality, ethics, love and family. While revenge is purchased most often at the cost of our good impression of ourselves (and others' good impressions of us), somehow it feels worth it.

Do You Ever Long for What Never Existed?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 17, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Immersing oneself in the product of someone else's creativity can give you that odd feeling of nostalgia for what never was and never could have been. I'm thinking of village-o-philia for those quaint villages you see in British films.

Ph.D. Applications: Go the Extra Mile

By Laura E. Buffardi Ph.D. on October 17, 2011 in Grad School Guru
A lesser-known way to stand out in Ph.D. program applications.

Procrastination Rewards

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on October 17, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Procrastination rewards reinforce inefficiency. Reverse this. Reward yourself for progress.

Language Immersion Delays Dementia

By Kristine Hansen on October 17, 2011 in Travel In Mind
Learning a new language has more benefits than your next overseas vacation. Researchers have found that bilingualism delays the onset of Alzeimer's disease.

NBA Star Jerry West Reveals Lifelong Depression

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 17, 2011 in Just Listen
When you hit an obstacle or wall or defeat and reach inside yourself, what do you come up with?

What’s in a Number? One Donor and 150+ OffSpring

By Emily Smith Beitiks on October 17, 2011 in Genetic Crossroads
Large numbers of children born from one sperm donor raise troubling concerns, but there are bigger issues at stake that the numbers alone do not capture.

Food for (Almost) Everyone

By Michael W Austin on October 17, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
When someone is unable to provide food for themselves, assisting them is not a matter of charity, it is a matter of justice.

The Forgiveness Cure

By Ethan Gilsdorf on October 17, 2011 in Geek Pride
Surely, as adults, don't we want to stop thinking about our childhoods so much? Don't we want to stop being ambushed by them? Don't we want to be grown-ups?

It's Not Fair! But Why Should It Be?

Divorce isn't fair. Neither is life. What does it mean for something to be fair in a relationship?

Selling the Myth of a National Mental Health Crisis After 9/11/2001

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on October 17, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Millions of dollars became available from federal, state, and local sources for mental health services and wild claims about widespread posttraumatic stress helped keep the money coming.