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Threesomes Are Every Man's Fantasy

By Steven Lamm on June 23, 2008 in
Threesomes may be more than you can handle emotionally.

Delayed Ejaculation

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on June 21, 2008 in As You Like It
This is when a guy can usually get a rock hard erection and have intercourse for a really long time, but can't ejaculate.

Meeting Deadlines in Work Groups: Implications for the Workplace

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 20, 2008 in Don't Delay
Does your team meet its deadlines? What helps bring a group together to succeed?

The Attentive Father

By Paul Raeburn on June 20, 2008 in About Fathers
A newly published review of 24 studies finds that fathers have an important positive influence on their kids: When fathers are engaged with their children, boys have fewer behavior problems, girls have fewer psychological problems, and both show enhanced cognitive development.

Keeping the Seat of One's Pants on the Seat of the Chair

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 18, 2008 in Don't Delay
When it comes to many of our tasks, keeping the seat of our pants on the seat of our chair is a necessary first step to getting the job done. Once we get up and leave that chair, we leave our work too. 

Why Does Money Matter? The Psychological Meaning of Money

By Roy F Baumeister on June 18, 2008 in Cultural Animal
Money enables the owner to move the social system, to give him what he wants.
Grace Under Fire

Grace Under Fire

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 18, 2008 in Ulterior Motives
In this entry, I want to get out some of the basic theories of why people choke and excel under pressure to give us a grounding for future discussions.

Uncertainty, Emotion & Task Delay: I May Have Fear, but I Need Not be My Fear

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 18, 2008 in Don't Delay
In a recent discussion with a friend about procrastination, he said, "I find I always procrastinate when I don't know what to do next." The research literature reflects his personal experience, uncertainty is related to procrastination, but it's more than just not knowing what to do next. As I said in response to him, "It may also be about how the uncertainty makes you feel."

Bicycle Seats and Erection Problems

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on June 18, 2008 in As You Like It
There is a disturbing correlation between competitive bike riding and erection problems in young men. Competitive female cyclists are showing increased numbness in the clitoris. An easy and effective solution is to switch to a no-nose or noseless bicycle saddle.

Are All Memoirs Fiction?

By Nicole Dudukovic Ph.D. on June 17, 2008 in Remember the Alamo
A few years ago Oprah Winfrey famously criticized James Frey for fabricating large parts of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, the story of his recovery from drug addiction. Since then, calling into question how truthful any memoir really is.

Can Insomnia Be Fatal?

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 17, 2008 in Sleepless in America
"I just don't understand it. According to the history given by her friend, she hasn't slept in 8 days and there have been no behavioral indications that she has slept since being admitted. We'll need to get an EEG as part of the work up. ""Hard to believe, how long can this go on?""Well, 10 days without sleep and death ensues..." 

Unplug that Plasma Screen, Take Two Doses of Nature, and Call Me in the Morning

Do our senses really know the difference between a high-density image of nature on a television screen and the real thing? And which one is better at reducing minor stress—the beach on Maui on your HD plasma TV or nature itself?

Justice and Honor

By Tamler Sommers Ph.D. on June 16, 2008 in Experiments in Philosophy
A 2006 Washington Post article profiles a big-time Washington D.C. gang leader known as "A.J." The author reveals that A.J.'s half-brother was recently murdered. The killer then turned himself in and was charged with first degree murder. Here's A.J.'s reaction:"I would have rather him stayed on the street -- and get some street justice . . . I'm very upset that I can't do nothing about it. I'm very upset that this dude took the sucker way out and turned himself in. I'm mad and angry."(From "In or Out of the Game" by Kevin Merida. Washington Post, December 31, 2006)A.J. was upset, mad, angry, and yet it seems like justice was served. The murderer was charged for his crime and is going to be punished according to the gravity of his offense. He will receive his "just-deserts." So why is A.J. so angry and upset?

Teens don't "do drugs" they "smoke joints"

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 16, 2008 in Ulterior Motives
The middle-school where one of my kids goes finally sent around the dreaded email that every parent fears. A couple of kids had been caught with drugs at school and the appropriate authorities had been notified. I much preferred the notifications we got when the kids were in elementary school telling us that a child had lice or strep.
Mataleone br./

Afraid to Rage: The Origins of Passive-Aggressive Behavior

At one pole of communication stands passivity. At the other end, aggressiveness. Strangely,The combination of passivity and aggressiveness gives us the worst of both worlds. . . .

Paul's Sex Term of the Day--Gonzo Porn

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on June 15, 2008 in As You Like It
The term gonzo is associated with Hunter S. Thompson, not that Mr. Thompson ever directed porn.

I am Procrastinating By Reading these Blogs: The Survey Results

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 14, 2008 in Don't Delay
A couple of weeks ago, I asked a simple question in an online survey here on my blog: To what extent are you procrastinating right now by reading these blogs?

Why Good Feelings May Not Last as Long as We Want

Singapore Airlines announced recently that it will begin flying all-business-class flights across the Pacific – Newark to Singapore started in May and Los Angeles to Singapore will start in September.

The use and misuse of personality tests for coaching and development

Are some personality tests no better than horoscopes?

Procrastination: Talk of the Nation

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 12, 2008 in Don't Delay
 If you're interested in hearing more about procrastination, tune into NPR Talk of the Nation today at 3 p.m. ET. 

Worry Helps me Cope: A Metacognitive Belief Linked to Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 11, 2008 in Don't Delay
There's more than one type of procrastination. We can needlessly delay tasks - behavioral procrastination. We can also needlessly delay making decisions - decisional procrastination.

New York Times Is Wrong about Hymens--But They Are Not Alone

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on June 11, 2008 in As You Like It
The New York Times shouldn't feel bad that it's wrong about the hymen. A large number of healthcare providers can't even correctly locate it.

How to Eliminate Racism Part I

By Edouard Machery on June 11, 2008 in Experiments in Philosophy
No doubt, racism is one of the most important evils in our pluralistic, open societies need to confront. And various programs are meant to do so. But what are the odds that these programs will work? Psychology can help us answer this question.

So you want to be an executive coach?

Using your psychology degree to get into executive coaching

Avoiding What Might Have Been

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 05, 2008 in Don't Delay
Avoiding thoughts about how things could have been better - an interesting strategy for self-enhancement. "It could have been worst" vs. "I could have done it better." What do procrastinators say?