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Bill Clinton: A Study in Charisma

Clinton had "It". The thing that drew people to him. The thing that probably earned him the nickname "Slick Willie". Love him or hate him, he had charisma. In spades.

Bringing the Salt March to Wall Street

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on October 11, 2011 in Acquired Spontaneity
In a few days the Occupy Wall Street movement arrives in my town, Oakland, and I am thinking a lot about what I want to do. I feel quite uplifted and so, so relieved. For months I was watching with growing discomfort the absence of action in the US while nonviolent resistance was spreading like wildfire to more and more countries.

Overcoming Jealousy

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on October 11, 2011 in Sapient Nature
Most people won't admit to feeling jealous when a close friend does well, even though research shows that they do. However, admitting to feeling jealous is an important step in overcoming it.

Addicted to Self-Denial: Can We Recover?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 11, 2011 in What a Body Knows
“There is no complete recovery from a fundamentalist childhood” (82).

So writes Margaret Miles in her latest book, Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter. Miles was the first woman to receive tenure at Harvard Divinity School, the president of Graduate Theological Union, and… a fundamentalist?

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?

By Jena Pincott on October 11, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
The surprising science of pregnancy.

Want to Boost Your Job Prospects? Try a Beauty Makeover

Beautiful people are more likely to be perceived as having a myriad of positive attributes. New research shows that a woman wearing makeup is more likely to be deemed a competent, likeable, attractive, and trustworthy, suggesting that your best way to get a job or promotion is to head not to the job training center but to the makeup counter.

Lessons from Ken Burns’ Prohibition for the War on Drugs

In an amazing act of self-restraint, Ken Burns avoids all mention of the War On Drugs during his excellent three-part PBS series Prohibition. The parallels are, however, so exact, so numerous, and so painful that pointing them out feels like belaboring the obvious.

The Benefits of Restraint

We may think of restraint as some desperate force holding back the flood of greed, but no force is necessary, only practice. Restraint is a practice our bodies already know.

Everything You "Know" About Stress Is Just Plain Wrong! Part 1

No, stress is NOT caused by your job or your spouse or the economy or the lack of World peace!

Why Young Children Protest Bedtime: Evolutionary Mismatch

By Peter Gray on October 11, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
A Darwinian, evolutionary perspective helps us understand why young children put up such a fuss about bedtime. Every parent should realize that their child is not just testing their will. The child, for good reasons, is experiencing fear, maybe even terror.

The Lost Art of Self-care

You've heard it said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you..." But in the over-busyness of so many of our lives, I say to you, "Do unto yourself as you would have others do unto you." Sometimes we have to be reminded of the lost art of self-care.

Sex Offenders on the Job: The Megan’s Law Database Loophole

By Steve Albrecht DBA on October 11, 2011 in The Act of Violence
What good is allowing public access to the Megan's Law registered sex offender database if we can't use the information for hiring purposes?

Don’t Waste My Time…

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 11, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
We all know that time flies when you're having fun. The flip side, of course, is that boring events seem to drag on. How does your sense of entitlement affect your perception of the passage of time?

Have a Little Faith (Video)

By Jonathan Fields on October 11, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
About 3 years ago, a set of verses, a poem...a declaration channeled through me.

In Which I'm Embarrassed to Admit How Happy a Certain Clutter-Clearing Move Made Me

By Gretchen Rubin on October 11, 2011 in The Happiness Project
In my study of happiness, one thing that has surprised me is the disproportionate effect of clutter. In the context of a happy life, clutter seems trivial -- yet over and over, I see how drained I am by the presence of clutter, and how cheered I am when I get clutter under control.

Follow Through on What’s Hardest to Do

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on October 11, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Overcome a stressful perfectionism, self-doubt, anxiety, procrastination combination. Get insider information and see how.

Revolutionary Machine Reveals Baby Geniuses

The latest brain-imaging technology reveals scientific evidence of everyday baby geniuses. Scientists at the University of Washington have shown the “first-in-the-world images of a real baby brain” in action and revealed stunning possibilities related to language building and baby/toddler reading.

Brothers and Sisters of Gays and Lesbians

It seems that siblings may share in the stigma of their gay brothers and lesbian sisters whereby they may have to cope with taunts from peers, which include accusations that they too are gay

The Treacherous Fifties: How Turning Fifty Might Turn Your Life Upside Down

By Pamela Madsen on October 11, 2011 in Shameless Woman
When I was in my forties - it felt like everyone was having extramarital affairs. Mid life hormones were running wild and everyone was jumping naked into the pool. It was like one last grab at youthful abandon and recklessness. Now that everyone is turning 50 around me - the stakes have changed.

Is Your Workplace a Stress Factory?

While jobs themselves can be stressful, the climate of the workplace can be a much bigger source of stress for workers. Here are 4 warning signs that your workplace is a stress factory.

National Coming Out Day

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on October 11, 2011 in Therapy Matters
Today across American college campuses, LGBT students will be celebrating National Coming Out Day. While the LGBT community has much to celebrate this year, today's festivities will be tempered as we mourn those young men and women who take their lives each year because their sexual orientation causes them to be the target of peer bullying.