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Why John Edwards Is Not a Sex Addict

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 22, 2012 in Women Who Stray
In the past, John Edwards was accused of being a sex addict, based on the scandals involving a mistress and secret sex tapes. But, calling Edwards a sex addict ignores the real issues of ethics and personal responsibility that we should be demanding from our leaders. It also turns normal, though unacceptable, behaviors into an illness

The Hunger Games' Vision for the Future

By Joan C Williams on March 22, 2012 in Family Friendly
There's not a lot to love about The Hunger Games' Panem—but the upcoming movie provides a hopeful vision for a future of gender equality.

A Legacy Is More Intimidating Than Any Opposition

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 22, 2012 in Innovation You
The virtuous circle is the essential feature of any dynasty. The identity and value of the group is greater than any individual.

Money Doesn't Stink—but Hourly Wages Do

Because placing a price on time decreased our ability to savor the moment and enjoy our leisure time, reminders of the value of money cause people to view their free time as wasted time.

Beware the Entrepreneur's Recoil

By Jonathan Fields on March 22, 2012 in Awake at the Wheel
I was recently giving a keynote before a room full of entrepreneurs and from the audience a voice yelled, "Why are you telling this to us? We're not the people who need to hear this. This is a waste of time."

Overwhelmed? 9 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Home Feeling Serene and Organized

By Gretchen Rubin on March 22, 2012 in The Happiness Project
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about—you guessed it!—how to be happier at home. Here are a few very simple suggestions.

Why More Kids Are Undergoing Adult Dental Procedures

Building new operating suites is again a growth item—for little kids' dental problems. Parents who don't brush and kids who snack on sugar are causing 2-year-olds to get crowns—even root canals. It's just another example of turning to expensive treatment rather than inexpensive prevention. And teeth are really important for health—all through your life.

Ancient Conceptions of Health and Disease

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 22, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Modern science has barely caught up with the wisdom of the Ancients, who were well aware of the strong link between psychological wellbeing and good health—which for them were one and the same thing.

Passion Between the Covers

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on March 22, 2012 in SexualityToday
What makes Fifty Shades of Grey any sexier than thousands of other romance novels? Is it the domination? And, if so, why should a book about domination be so sexy?

When Plasticity Poses a Problem

By Eric Newhouse on March 22, 2012 in Invisible Wounds
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a neuroplastic disorder par excellence because it completely rewires a victim's brain. But there are some therapies that can layer good memories over the bad ones and alleviate many of the symptoms.

Free Will: Weighing Truth and Experience

Philosophers have long debated whether free will exists. Would you change your life if free will turned out to be an illusion? Here I examine the neural assumptions about consciousness that lead us to assume free will cannot exist by definition.

Social Networking For People Who Hate Small Talk

By Susan Harrow on March 22, 2012 in The Body Blog
I don't want to know when you're going to sleep or take a leak. I don't want to hear about your baby's poop habits, or the tiff with the neighbor. Give me nourishment, not trivia.

DSM-5 Controversy Rages On in the Bereavement Community

With normal grief, you can muster your coping skills and still function when necessary. Over time, you adjust and reengage with your life and the people around you. But what happens if you crawl into the cave of grief, and lose sight of the light at its entrance? What if you find yourself giving up in despair, stuck and perhaps falling deeper and deeper into the abyss?

Why Moral Absolutists are Really Moral Relativists

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 22, 2012 in Ambigamy
Moral absolutists say "There is a moral absolute and it's mine. Mine is the only true moral standard so shut up." or they say "Let me persuade you that you should need no persuading." Either way, they're moral relativists in moral absolutists clothing.

Fall Back, Spring Forward

By Sonia Taitz on March 21, 2012 in Trauma and Families
For all the years I had no time to myself, I now had all the time I could want.

What Is Character and How Does It Change?

How might character be understood from a perspective like mine that takes worlds of emotional experiencing as its principal focus? I have long contended that such organizations of emotional experiencing always take form in contexts of human interrelatedness, and it is within such a context that they can change.

3 Mistakes That Invite Anxiety to Undermine Your Performance

Even athletes who are ranked amongst the top in the world sometimes find their level of performance cramped by anxious feelings.

Yet most anxiety episodes occur in response to one of just 3 triggering thoughts. Train yourself to avoid these triggering thoughts and anxiety is far less likely to bubble up.

Manufacturing Someone Perfect

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 21, 2012 in Hide and Seek
The classic example of idealization is that of being infatuated, when love is confounded with the need to love, and the idealized person’s negative attributes are not only underestimated but turned into positive attributes and thought of as endearing.

The People Hurt by Sex Addiction

By David J Ley Ph.D. on March 21, 2012 in Women Who Stray
A woman's son was told he was a sex addict, and it must be because he was sexually abused. But was he? Or is this just more evidence of the unethical and dangerous use of the sex addiction label?

When You Die, Do You Wake Up in the Morning?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on March 21, 2012 in Biocentrism
The world, it turns out, isn’t the hard, cold place we imagine waking up to in the morning. We scientists are only beginning to pierce the surface of reality.

When Does Grief Become Depression?

By Joseph Nowinski Ph.D. on March 21, 2012 in The New Grief
Last week, NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” aired a show that explored the line between grief and depression. Although they are quite different, they look surprisingly alike.

What Is Your Generation Like?

They are shaping a new world, but no one knows what to call them. Americans born between 1982 and 1999 (now ages 13 to 30) have been called Millennials, GenY, NetGen, Generation Me, and iGen. Not only is their name in dispute, but there's disagreement about how they differ from previous generations.

Feeling Blue? You Picked a Great Time!

April is not just for spring showers; it's the time for blue lights. Not the kind of Blue Light Specials you find at Kmart, but the special blue lights that will shine a light on autism. Learn how one mother finds autism something to feel good—and blue—about.

40 Movies Those Under 40 Should (But Probably Don't) Know

Fully two-thirds of my students are writing screenplays. I bet most of the people you know who are under 40 are doing the same. Yet the only thing many of them know about movie history is that The Lion King is really cool and that Pacino's Scarface contains the line, "Say 'hello' to my little friend."

When Teenage Dieting Does and Does Not Lead to Adult Overeating

By Sumati Gupta Ph.D. on March 21, 2012 in Emotional Eating
Binge eating in adulthood is often associated with dieting as a teen. Of course most people who diet do not go on to develop binge eating or other eating disorders. However, for those who do—what sets them apart from the rest?

Air Traffic Controllers Still Asleep on the Job

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 21, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
Video images of air traffic controllers slumped over and sleeping at their stations is truly frightening. But the issue of sleep deprivation among air traffic controllers is a very real one, and means that some instances of falling asleep—however dangerous and wrong—is not entirely the controllers' fault, or even within their control.