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The End of Boys

The titles of three recent publications sound almost like they are a joke. There was Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book, Are Men Necessary? And then, in 2010, Hanna Rosin’s article in The Atlantic, “The End of Men.” And, most recently (September 2011), a debate at NYU on the resolution, “Men are finished.”

Hanukkah and Christmas Overlapping: Hallelujah!

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 15, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Hanukkah can start any time from late November to late December. I remember how special it was when one of the eight nights overlapped with Christmas—we’d light our Hanukkah candles as our Christmas tree glowed nearby...

Does Waiting In Line Drive You Crazy? 8 Reasons Why.

By Gretchen Rubin on December 15, 2011 in The Happiness Project
It's holiday time, and that means waiting in line: at the grocery store, at the airport, at shops, everywhere. I'm an impatient person, and standing in a slow-moving line is one of those very small, maddening aspects of life that drives me crazy.

Language, and How to Have a Fair Fight with a Chimpanzee

By Mark Changizi on December 15, 2011 in Nature, Brain, and Culture
Could language seem like an instinct without actually being one? Yes, if it culturally evolved to sound just like what our non-language brain already knew how to process.

Sex, Lies And Body Weight

By Susan Carnell Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Bad Appetite
How much do you weigh? Are you sure about that? It turns out that most people - and some more than others - are unspeakably bad at telling the truth about their weight.

This is Your Brain on Christmas: The Psychology of Altruism

What prompts us to give to others? What happens to our brains when we give? And why do we continue to give to those in need?

Why You Should Study Psychology and Why You Should Not

Being a college professor, I often am asked by students (and parents) about the employment possibilities - and salaries - for psychology majors. They are asking the wrong questions.

What's the Big Idea, Donny Deutsch?

By Melanie Notkin on December 15, 2011 in Savvy Auntie
When did voluntarily becoming a single mother become the barometer for one's deep desire to be a mother? And, since when did having a baby on one's own mark a woman's levels of attractiveness to men or rank her bravery?

Should I Let My 17 Year Old Go to Coed Sleepovers?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do about coed teen sleepovers

Murder in the Elevator

In reality, the probability of being the victim of a deadly attack in an elevator is virtually zero. Yet the way people act toward others when they ride together in an elevator suggests that they have serious concerns about their safety. Much of our elevator behavior is not the result of rational thinking.

Organizing an Intelligent Nation

By Earl Hunt Ph.D. on December 14, 2011 in Exploring Intelligence
Suppose that the distribution of intelligence in a nation is fixed. How should that nation be organized to maximize the benefits gained from intelligence?

How to Survive and Thrive When Times are Tough

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on December 14, 2011 in Peacemeal
Weather life's storms more effectively with these 4 tested tips.

Church Attendances Down: A Sign of Spiritual Maturity?

Many religious people say it's their own moral views, not those of church leaders, that matter.

The Moral Molasses of The Walking Dead

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on December 14, 2011 in Grand Rounds
The Moral Molasses of the Walking Dead

An Accidental Kiss Between Friends: Can it be forgiven?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 14, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
Two of my best friends, Charles and Sunny, started dating each other. Sunny went away for about four months, and they broke up just because of how long she would be away. Charles and I accidentally kissed one night when we were very intoxicated.

Whales on the Edge of Non-existence

Whales are magnificent creatures who inspire us with their mass and power, whose continued existence lifts our spirits, and who remind us, in ways that few other living animals can, of our own fragile impermanence.

Why Our Minds Make Us Crazy During the Holidays

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on December 14, 2011 in Ironshrink
Human minds are built to keep us alive, and survival means keeping our relationships in good working order. It is no wonder that good, healthy minds can go a little wobbly this time of year.

Could the Marshmallow Test Be the New Credit Score?

Coming to a loan application or online dating service near you: the question decision-makers should be asking.

The Meaning of Whiteness

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on December 14, 2011 in Between the Lines
Recently, I was invited to contribute a short section for a book on race and ethnicity that defined "whiteness". I couldn't resist, in part because I was quite sure that there would be no similar entries for "blackness" or "Asian-ness". Whiteness, you see, is a unique concept and explaining it poses unique challenges. Here is my attempt, in 500 words.

The Unselfish Gift of Going on a Retreat

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on December 14, 2011 in Compassion Matters
Odd as it may seem, taking real, quality time to "escape" from your everyday routine and reflect on your own life is actually one of the best things you can do for the people who matter in your life.

Take Personal Responsibility, Don't Blame Others

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on December 14, 2011 in Sapient Nature
In response to my earlier post, Gautam provides two dangers associated with taking personal responsibility for your happiness. I discuss reasons why Gautam's counter-arguments are not valid.

Is It Really A Wonderful Life?

It's the holiday season again. Most of us don't know if we love it or hate it. Many people just try to get through it. We shop, we party, we trim the tree. We put up the decorations, mail the packages, write the annual letter, and send the cards. We eat, drink, and spend too much. And all the while, we're not quite sure why we are doing it.

Soothing Holiday Sadness as You Remember Absent Loved Ones

It is natural to remember absent loved ones at holiday time. But it is also emotionally challenging to make sense of sad emotions when others around you are celebrating the holidays. Soothing yourself and making sense of poignant memories are a focus of this blog.

The Great Willpower Debate: The Missing Piece

By Meg Selig on December 14, 2011 in Changepower
To activate your willpower, ask this simple question.