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Feeling Smothered by a Friend

It seems my divorce has killed my friendship with a good friend -- simply because my life has changed.

Dust in the Wind?

By Jonathan Fields on August 09, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
There are a lot of elderly folks, many of them widows and widowers, who live in my building.

Every winter, a parade of dumpsters end up alongside the building.

Do Your Genes Respond to Everyday Social Experiences?

We often assume that our genes influenced embryonic development, then lie dormant (till they’re sent out on an erotic recombination mission). But your genes are actually working every day of your life, responding flexibly and dynamically to your social experiences
Communicating with Your Partner

Communicating with Your Partner

By Ditta M. Oliker Ph.D. on August 09, 2011 in The Long Reach of Childhood
The Mystery of the Veil

The Mystery of the Veil

By Jaime Booth Cundy BSW, MAPP on August 08, 2011 in The Beauty in the Beast
We must stand beside women that are struggling against oppression and offer them support and a hand up… not a fine and ‘reeducation classes’. We can do better than this for women. We MUST do better than this for us all.

We Need a Bipolar President

By Tom Wootton on August 08, 2011 in Bipolar Advantage
Those of us who have done the work to change our bipolar condition from disorder to IN order can be tremendous assets to society instead of burdens.

13 Qualities to Look for in an Effective Psychotherapist

How do you know who to trust to help you with life’s challenges when you, or a loved one, is experiencing difficulties. Psychological research provides guidance with these 13 proven qualities to lead to an effective therapeutic experience starting with empathy and trust.

The Scandalous Off-Label use of Antipsychotics in Anxiety Disorders

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 08, 2011 in DSM5 in Distress
DSM 5 plans to introduce two new and untested diagnoses that would offer natural targets for poor drug prescribing—psychosis risk syndrome and temper dysregulation. There is no evidence that antipsychotics would confer any benefit on kids so labeled (and too often mislabeled), but great reason to worry that this would not stop their being used needlessly and recklessly.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Who's at Risk (Part 1)

By Melody T. McCloud M.D. on August 08, 2011 in Black Women's Health and Happiness
Early family dynamics play an important role in children's mental health.

How to Find Joy in a Vacation You Cannot Take

The last time I was in New York City was about 20 years ago—August, 1992. I took my then-teenaged daughter, Mara, to see The Big Apple.
How Much Television is Too Much? Science Weighs in

How Much Television is Too Much? Science Weighs in

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Curious?
Parenting is hard. There is no instruction manual. Television is killing our kids, right? Learn what science has to say.

What Good Is Happiness? Part One

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in The Fair Society
Some modern-day Pollyannas tell us that happiness should be our most important goal in life. A biological perspective puts a very different spin on the matter.

Why Dolphins Wear Sponges, Evolution At Work, and a Seriously Misinformed Curmudgeon

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Spotted dolphins in Shark Bay, Western, Australia, wear sponges to protect their beak so they can hunt nutritious fish among rocks and broken coral, urban animals are strongly influenced by our presence, and some new movies show just how "animal" we are. It's not merely anthropomorphic sentimentality to see us in "them" (other animals), it's solid science.

The APA and Its Emotional Tail

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on August 08, 2011 in Mind Design
The APA thinks whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal is an empirical question. Is it?

Five Steps for Understanding What's Bugging Our Kids

Nothing comes from nothing. This truism, coined by Dr. Nicholas Long of the Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Institute, often inspires me to look beyond a child's surface behavior to understand his thoughts, feelings, and perceptions that trigger intense outbursts.

Pain? What Pain?

By Sam Sommers on August 07, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
Even the experience of physical pain depends on context. I went for a morning run today and it was clear from the start that it was going to be a struggle. Almost immediately, that pesky ache in my left foot announced its off-and-on presence with authority, and I knew it would be a battle of mind over matter to get through my usual distance...

Do Women Have to Act Like Men to Be Successful Leaders?

By Ray Williams on August 07, 2011 in Wired for Success
While more and more women are assuming roles as managers a new study reveals that rather than using what should come more easily to them like empathy and compassion, these women are increasingly turning to the stereotypically more 'male' traits, such as aggression, to get results.
Play and the Child's Sense of Self

Play and the Child's Sense of Self

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on August 07, 2011 in Suffer the Children
The child is the ruler of her tiny kingdom, and in it she feels deliciously free and alive.

Will Your Empty Nest Be Boomeranged?

By Jean Pollack Ph.D. on August 07, 2011 in Creativity as a Way of Life
The term empty nest trivializes the painful passage for many women. The nest is our life, our memories of our lives with our children. We nurtured them and nudged them out to fly. Who is here to nurture us and nudge us toward a new life? It is a very hard time but there are ways to cope and eventually enjoy the process.

Why Dignity Matters

By Donna Hicks Ph.D. on August 07, 2011 in Dignity
In spite of its universal appeal, dignity is a topic that rarely gets discussed.

Happy Friendship Day, 2011!

Bet you didn't know that today, August 7, is Friendship Day?

More Women Are Choosing Career over Motherhood: What’s Leading This Trend?

By Ellen Walker Ph.D. on August 07, 2011 in Complete Without Kids
According to a recent New York Post article, 43 percent of college-educated women between the ages of 33 and 46 are childfree.  And many of these women appear to be bypassing motherhood altogether, as opposed to simply postponing it.

Epigenomics: End of the Beginning for the Imprinted Brain Theory?

Two recent reviews of progress mark the end of the beginning for the imprinted brain theory
Are Your Loved Ones Hazardous to Your Health?

Are Your Loved Ones Hazardous to Your Health?

Social relationships are as important to human survival and wellbeing as food and shelter. Yet some aspects of close relationships may threaten our health. Read on to see whether you are at risk.
Ravi Chandra

Twice Bombed – Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Thoughts on the 66th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
August 6th, 2011
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The ABC's of Assertiveness

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on August 06, 2011 in Romance Redux
Trying to stand up for yourself but worried you'll make things worse? Learn your ABC's. A simple, foolproof guide to standing up without stepping on toes.