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Why have Famous Musicians Died at 27?

Are musicians really afflicted with a "27 Curse"? Why? Or why not?

Regret as a moral emotion: Is it worth it?

I continue without success to rationalize regret, but from the perspective of biological and cultural evolution, I conclude we’ll just have to live with it. Yet, some people claim to get on without regret (Piaf, Hess). Do we dare do the same?

How to deal best with failure and stress

By Ray Williams on July 23, 2011 in Wired for Success
People cope with failures and stress in life in a variety of ways ranging from distraction to getting social support. But what are the most effective strategies?

Little White Eyes: Could Your Spouse Tell Whether You're Unfaithful?

Could you tell by looking at his face that Arnold Schwarzenegger had been unfaithful? What about David Beckham? Deceit isn't always sexually motivated: James Murdoch is now accused of misremembering e-mail exchanges in the ongoing phone-hacking scandal.

The Merry Moral Prankster

By Scott M. James Ph.D. on July 23, 2011 in Mind and Morals
For several years now, students in my Introduction to Ethics class have been unwitting participants in a moral experiment. After some six years the results are in. But I do not know how to interpret the results.

Reforming Capitalism

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on July 23, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Can It Be Done?

Capitalism must reform itself writes Dominic Barton, the global managing director of McKinsey & Company. He’s not talking about oversight or imposing regulation. He’s talking about fundamental differences in how it is actually working, changes for the “long term.”

Two Fairly Goodlooking Men in Prison

By Donna Barstow on July 23, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Madoff stole from the poor. Blagojevich had his hand in a lot of pots, and finally got caught for being too uppity. This cartoon points out what they had in common...

What Makes Your Obsession Healthy or Unhealthy Is Your Perso

Productive passion or dangerous obsession? Where do we draw the line?

Why Aren't you Speaking the Right Language?

Monolinguals rarely have to worry that their interlocutor is not speaking the right language. But this can happen to bilinguals who find themselves in a situation where a non optimal language is being used by another bilingual. This may cause puzzlement and even distress.

Beware the Perfect Job Candidate

By Carl Beuke Ph.D. on July 22, 2011 in You're Hired
Some people advise that when asked about your weaknesses in a job interview, you should stick to talking about your strengths (e.g. "I'm a perfectionist"). If you're dealing with an experienced interviewer, this is a Very Bad Idea. Why?

Singles, Let’s Multiply Our Influence and Expand Our Reach

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 22, 2011 in Living Single
Let’s get serious about living single. We need a definitive all-in-one singles web presence that is continuously updated. Help me conceptualize and create this new resource.

Are Schools Preparing Students For the SAT?

The College Board's website says a rigorous curriculum in school is the best way to prepare for the SAT. Are schools doing a good job with preparing our students?

Effects of Trauma: Estrangement From Family

In my psychotherapy practice I've seen how traumatic relationships and serious mental disorders can lead to emotional cutoff or estrangement.

How to Pick a Movie

Can you pick a movie with confidence that you'll enjoy it? Despite the hype, despite the critics? Yes. You can use the popularity ratings from online sites and, if you make some statistical assumptions, you can be 70% sure that you'll enjoy the movie you're considering.

It's Not the Scary Things That Kill You

By Jeff Wise on July 22, 2011 in Extreme Fear
Some things seem innately healthful and good, even though they can kill you. Others seem inherently dangerous and unwholesome, even though they actually improve our quality of life. How do our subconscious minds decide what's good for us, and why do they lead us astray?

How Could I Be Related to These People?

Your happy chemicals turn on in ways that are different from those around you. It's frustrating to feel different, but it feels good to know how we got wired to be the way we are.

You Don't Want to Know

By Anneli Rufus on July 22, 2011 in Stuck
Running into someone last week whom I hadn't seen in decades, I wondered: Why is it that my only memory of anything specific that she ever said or did is so embarrassing that, meeting her again after all these years, I blurted "I remember -- " but could not go on? What does she remember of me?

Why You Need to Know Your Family's Mental Health History

Learn why a family's mental health issues shouldn't be kept secret.

Is There a Military Personality?

Do the personality traits and characteristics of service members differ greatly from the average citizen?