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Are You Addicted to Anxiety? Learn How Not to Be

By Judith Orloff M.D. on April 11, 2011 in Emotional Freedom
The world is in a state of high anxiety that results from information overload, smart phones and the panic of feeling disconnected if technology breaks down. Learn how you can break your addiction to feeling stressed out.
Spiritual Growth Through Major Adversity

Spiritual Growth Through Major Adversity

Viktor Frankl, compassionate Viennese doctor and psychologist, sent to Auschwitz by the Nazis, as a result came to say: "I understood how a man who has nothing left in the world still may know bliss."

Do People Think Ethical Is Ineffective?

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on April 11, 2011 in Sapient Nature
Findings show that although consumers voice strong support for the "green movement," they privately harbor misgivings about the effectiveness of green products and hence, are less likely to purchase them. Could the "ethical = less effective" belief generalize to the context of judging people as well, that is, do we assume that ethical people are less effective?

When an Infant Is Dying

In January, at age nine months, Ronan was diagnosed with Tay Sachs disease, a progressive, genetic disease with no cure. Over the next couple of years, Ronan will slowly die. How are we to respond to such devastating news? How can we live in a world where such things happen?

Conversations on Creativity with Darold Treffert, Part I: De

Darold Treffert, M.D. was a technical consultant to the award-winning movie "Rain Man" that made "autistic savant" household terms. In this first part of our wide-ranging series of conversations, we discuss the definition of autism, savantism, and genius.

APEE Vindicated

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on April 11, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable
A reply by Bruce Benson.

When Someone Is In Your Face

By W. Robert Nay Ph.D. on April 11, 2011 in Overcoming Anger
Fight Fatigue with Food
10 Energy Zappers
Rest Up, Slim Down?
Wake Up Now

Who says fantasy isn't reality?

By Ethan Gilsdorf on April 10, 2011 in Geek Pride
In a fantasy role-playing game, you conquer Orcs, grow in power and save the day. How is that any different from beating the Yankees or the Red Sox and winning the divisional championship?
Used with permission of Tony Bernhard

The Stigma of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

When doctors ask what's wrong with me, I can give one of two answers; neither is satisfactory in the context of obtaining quality health care for myself and others with CFS.

Why Liberals and Conservatives Are Both Wrong about Evolution

By Satoshi Kanazawa on April 10, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
A new book explains why conservative policies are more likely to succeed than liberal policies.

Our Brothers' Keepers

By Jennifer Hamady on April 10, 2011 in Finding Your Voice
Our minds, by design, present reasons and excuses why things are ok the way they are. Cognitive dissonance requires us to make a choice: to see the world as generally fine so that we can be fine within it, or to acknowledge that it is not and necessarily be propelled into action. We so often choose the former so as not to have to deal with the latter.

Interacting in Just One Language

Researchers have long been interested in the way bilinguals manage to control the language they are speaking and keep out their other language(s). But how "language tight" is the process?

Reflection on Our Desires: "Free Will" and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 09, 2011 in Don't Delay
I might desire a piece of chocolate cake, but at the same time desire that I didn't desire it. This capacity to reflect on our desires and to have "second-order" desires reflects a notion of free will and raises the issue of weakness of will that helps us understand procrastination.
The Great Mate Search is On
Patterns of Pursuit
Maybe You Need a Dating Buddy
Single At Heart?

An Introduction to Love, Lust, and the Luster of Life

By Mari Ruti on April 09, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
We all know the routine: we get up, eat breakfast, commute to work, make a dozen phone calls, fight rush hour traffic, cook dinner, talk to our kids or cats. But then there are The Juicy Bits: what I’m calling the trinity of love, lust, and the luster of life. And let’s be honest, it’s the Juicy Bits that make life worth living.
The New Scoop on Emotional & Binge Eating

The New Scoop on Emotional & Binge Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on April 09, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
At the Binge Eating Diosrder Conference, I met many people who are working hard on prevention, treatment and research. If you are looking for more information, here are some new books that may help.

Six Mindful Strategies to Recover from the Shock of Loss

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in The Wise Open Mind
I don't believe we ever get over a significant loss, but we do learn to move through it and live with it, and perhaps even learn to use it creatively to find our life's purpose as well as harvest its lessons. Here are 6 strategies to help you recover from loss.

Apocalyptic Allure: Romancing the End

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on April 08, 2011 in Grand Rounds
Why does the apocalypse seem so enticing?

A Bathroom on the Right? Misheard and Misremembered Song Lyrics

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
When we sing along with a song on the radio, sometimes we sing the wrong words. Often the mistakes are funny: “Scuse me while I kiss this guy” or “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Errors, like these funny song lyrics, provide insights about how people construct their perceptions and reconstruct their memories.

TiVo, or Not TiVo? That Is the Question

By William Irwin Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Plato on Pop
I’ll never TiVo a sporting event. The metaphysical fact that the game is finished, that the winner and the score are determined, makes watching the game unappealing to me. But why don’t I TiVo THE OFFICE?

Personal experience and statistical truth

By Earl Hunt Ph.D. on April 08, 2011 in Exploring Intelligence
The question I want to raise is one that is a real puzzler for intelligence researchers. Why don't we get no respect? (Yes, I know that's a double negative. I'm just trying to imitate a TV comic.)

The Meeting Eyes of Love: How Empathy Is Born In Us

By Mark Matousek on April 08, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
From the doting reflection of its mother's eyes, a baby draws its earliest, wordless lessons about connection, care, and love, and about how being ignored--which every child is sooner or later--makes the good feeling disappear.