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Avoidance Goals Lack Meaning and Manageability

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 03, 2010 in Don't Delay
What would you write here? Would your goals be an expression of your desire to approach success or avoid failure? It turns out that our avoidance goals are typically less enjoyable and goals for which we feel less capable. We also rate these goals higher on procrastination.

Democratic Vs. Republican Women:Sexist Politics or Just No Sense of Humor

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on January 02, 2010 in The Media Zone
About these Democratic and Republican women. Let's have IQ comparisons; or is that off limits because you can't have sex with it?

The Deadly Routine of Airline Security

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 01, 2010 in Hidden Motives
Screening for explosives and weapons at our airports has become too predictable. Clearly, there is a deadly serious problem we need to address, but routine airport screenings are some of the most frustrating and inept links in the chain of national security. 

Use Psychology to Make Your 2010 Resolutions Stick

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on January 01, 2010 in The Why Behind the Buy
It's time for our annual ritual of absolution and control - otherwise known as the New Year's Resolution. If you're like most Americans, your resolution will be the same one you made last year. And again this year it'll last until Valentine's Day. But some resolutions work - about 20% make it to the two-year point. To give your resolution the best possible chance, learn from the winners.
The Joy of New Year's Resolutions
Self-Persuasion for New Year's Resolutions


By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on December 31, 2009 in Imagine That!
It's New Year's, time to pitch unrewarding habits and catch on to new, soul-satisfying behaviors. But how to choose what to toss and what to try? When it comes to the promising hobby or two, it pays to know the difference between wreakreation and recreation.
How to Be Normal
Am I Normal?
Party Quirks
Not So Different After All

What Most People Don't know About Anger

What can you do when you're struck in silence and distance on the one hand, or non-productive fighting and blaming on the other?
The Dark Night
Cold Comfort
The Dark Night
Cold Comfort

Thinking about the Holidays

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on December 29, 2009 in Raising Grieving Children
A Fateful First Act
Phantom Pregnancy
Forty is the New Twenty
Breeding Babies

Easy Promises To Cure Psychopathology Are Not Valid

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on December 28, 2009 in Thinking Matters
Hourly Wages and the Joy Meter
Success, Money, and Bliss
Money and Happiness
The Pursuit of Happiness
Hourly Wages and the Joy Meter
Success, Money, and Bliss
Money and Happiness
The Pursuit of Happiness

Why Is Health Care a Right?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on December 27, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
In the partisan debate on the current health care reform in Congress, nobody on either side seems to question the underlying assumption that basic health care is a right, not a privilege. But why is health care a right?

Keep Your Eye on the Ball!!!

By James Stein Ph.D. on December 27, 2009 in You Are What You Decide
Here's your opportunity to test your decision-making skills with a history-making decision that helped determine why you're reading this blog in English rather than in German.

Relational Models Theory: Business and friendship, and love oh my!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 27, 2009 in Ambigamy
Social psychology's Relational Models Theory suggests that we interact with each other following two distinct sets of social rules. One is business mode, in which you keep track of who owes what. The other is friendship mode, in which you don't keep track.
The Newlyweds Vs. The Singles
The Secret to a Happy Marriage
Extra Marital Advice
Will Your Marriage Last?

Why Justin Duchscherer is a Hero

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. on December 26, 2009 in Charting the Depths
Today I read the news that the Oakland A's decided to resign pitcher Justin Duchscherer. I don't root for the A's, or even like baseball, but boy did this story made me feel hopeful.

Where does the time go?

By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on December 26, 2009 in The Power of Slow
How we spend our time says a lot about who we are. If we spend most of our leisure time outdoors, we have a different take on the world than someone who spends it in front of a screen.