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What Mindfulness Can Do For the Nation

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan’s new book, “A Mindful Nation,” makes the radical proposal that by practicing mindfulness, the United States can tackle our most significant challenges from education to the environment. It’s an exciting concept that brings psychology vitally into the mainstream of today’s political dialogue.

Sleepless on Wall Street

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 27, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
Wall Street jobs are coveted and highly competitive: they're also notoriously demanding. It's not a stretch to imagine the long hours, intense pressure and grueling pace of Wall Street work could take its toll on sleep and overall health.

What Will Teens and Young Adults Be Like in 2020?

By Peg Streep on March 27, 2012 in Tech Support
Will a generation that's grown up digital bring new talents and abilities to society's table or will we see a diminution of creativity and analytical thought? No one really knows for sure...

Happiness Now, Or Happiness Later?

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on March 27, 2012 in Sapient Nature
To focus on enhancing present happiness at the cost of future happiness or vice versa? That's the fundamental human dilemma. Conventional solutions to the dilemma involve identifying and then investing in activities that have best potential for enhancing both present and future happiness. However, there's another—less obvious, but more potent—solution to the dilemma.

Is Our Aversion to Pain Killing Us?

This abuse of drugs is a symptom of a larger psychological problem. In our ceaseless search for relief, we have become a pain-averse culture. Why has our society weakened our perceived tolerance and become so determined to avoid feelings?

A Seven-Step Prescription for Self-Love

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on March 27, 2012 in Get Hardy
What is self-love? Is it something you can buy in a makeover or a new set of clothing? Is it something you can get through a job or romantic relationship? Can you get more of it by reading something inspirational? No! Self-love is an action. It comes through a practice of behaviors and attitudes that grow your appreciation for you.

Ideas From Unexpected Places…Like Elephants and Giraffes?

Intriguing ideas can come from unexpected places. Creativity involves finding ideas in one field and applying them to very different one, so what might managers learn from African animals that could help their organizations? Maybe more than they would think.

Crappy First Drafts of Great Books

When I teach freshman writing, my first job is to destroy my students' illusions. TV shows and films give them the dangerous idea that great authors just wait to get inspired, and then genius pours out of their pens in an unstoppable flood.

To Do: Take a Vacation

By Gretchen Rubin on March 27, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Good-bye! I'm off for a week's vacation. Do you ever feel as if it's more work to take a holiday than it would be just to stay home in your usual routine? I'm in that stage right now, but I know I'll be happy once vacation starts.

You Never Know When!

By Steve Sisgold on March 27, 2012 in Life in a Body
Reflecting back on my tour there were many great moments I will always relish but one incident in particular had a big impact on me. It challenged me at the core and brought home how memories, although they may be forgotten at some level, still can surface at any time.

The Psychology of Vintage

In a world of high volume low quality clothing items, the search for something better may lead us to vintage dress.

Humans, Chimps, and the 1 Percent

Though more than 98 percent identical at the level of DNA base pairs, chimps and humans are so very different. Why?

Top Autism Spectrum Books

By Stephen Borgman on March 27, 2012 in Spectrum Solutions
Who has the time to weed through the long list of autism spectrum books to find great reads to help us with our most pressing challenges? I put this list of autism spectrum books together to save you time and effort. This list includes titles on marriage as well as ones for parents and kids.

Dick Diver: A 1920's Narcissist Like Today's Celebrity Narcissists?

I recently reread F. Scott Fitgerald's "Tender is the Night." I'm not writing here as a literary critic but as a clinical psychologist who has spent more than 40 years evaluating and treating people who build themselves up at the expense of others. Like Fitzgerald's character, Dick Diver, they are charming, talented, and successful. They are also morally corrupt.

An Outing for Cigarettes

By Dennis O'Donnell on March 27, 2012 in The Locked Ward
Sometimes, working in the locked ward, one had to perform routine tasks that turned out to have the most spectacular results. Here's one example.

Reeled in by the Romance of Tradition?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on March 26, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
In the modern age of alternatives, not all pets are equal. Nor do all pet relationships fit traditional standards. One frequently mugged New Yorker has developed an unusually commitment-free pet plan.

Sexless Marriage Is Surprisingly Common

By Donna Flagg on March 26, 2012 in Office Diaries
Sexless marriage is no longer a taboo topic or one that lurks in the shadows as it once had. Articles, studies and forums are popping up everywhere and we are learning that it is not an uncommon occurrence at all.

Your Local Library Can Be a Dangerous Place

By Steve Albrecht DBA on March 26, 2012 in The Act of Violence
Criminals, high-risk patrons, and even pedophiles are ruining the library experience for us all. What can we do about it?

Improve Performance: Focus on Maximizing the Middle!

Is there ROI in investing in your middle performers? Absolutely!

Mentalising Helps Us Keep Friends, but What About Lovers?

Today we are learning that to keep friends, we need a certain set of cognitive skills, one of which is mind-reading. This could have dramatic ramifications in terms of friends and lovers or friends with benefits.

Joggers, Turn Your iPods into Jet Fuel for Your Runs

Many joggers load up their iPod and use their favorite music to help throw a little jet fuel into their runs. But are there actual strategies you can tap into to squeeze even more oomph out of the already great effects music can deliver on the road or track?

Explanation Roundup (February/March Edition)

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on March 26, 2012 in Explananda
Human curiosity and its consequences are everywhere. Find out about interesting posts and articles concerning the cognitive science of explanation from across the web, including findings on how children's explanations guide their exploration and inform Artificial Intelligence, and how we do (and don't) understand our own storytelling minds.

Dolphin Confidential: A Woman and the Dolphins she Loves

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 26, 2012 in Animal Emotions
"Dolphin Confidential" is an inspirational book about a woman scientist and the "urban" L. A. dolphins she comes to love. Maddalena Bearzi shows that bonding with animals does not preclude doing solid science and serves as a role model for those who want to become scientists and feel free to display feelings for the animals they study.