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What Do You Do When You Have a Toxic Boss: Part 3

Are you reading this because you have a tyrant of a boss? Send him - or her - a 'thank-you' card. The strategy you are about to learn will solve the 'toxic boss' problem for good. And, as a by product, it will also get rid of many other vexations you have - at work and outside.

Aspie Talk: Perseveration or Conversation?

Perseverating interests can be great conversation pieces.

The Graduate Student Job Search: Welcome to the Chaos

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on September 16, 2011 in Career Transitions
Graduate students need better assistance in finding training-related non-academic careers. Think career lattice instead of career ladder.

Removing the “Jerk” from Knee-Jerk Reactions

By Marietta McCarty on September 16, 2011 in Life Saving Philosophy
Like the attention given to pruning a bonsai or weaving morning glories up a trellis, we are the directors of our lives, cultivating dispositions that will take us on clearly defined paths. Online and wired, we can carve out tendencies that are constructive and thoughtful, willingly owning the results.

The 800-Pound Gorilla

By Christopher Peterson Ph.D. on September 16, 2011 in The Good Life
"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility."
--Peter Drucker

The Danger of Self-identifying as "Stressed"

You literally hurt yourself when you "lose heart." You can break the habit of stressing yourself by managing your expectations. Instead of thinking something is wrong with the world, you can do what animals do when survival challenges trigger their cortisol: keep trying.

September 12

By Abby Sher on September 15, 2011 in Amen, Amen, Amen

What a Cartoon Taught Me about Cognitive Behavior Therapy

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on September 15, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
The best depiction I have ever seen of cognitive behavior therapy was on the children's television show, Rugrats. The simple charm of this cartoon is that it addressed common childhood fears through understanding and humor.

Help! My Man Is a Grump!

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on September 15, 2011 in Ironshrink
Depressed men are prone to irritability, and irritability can be deceiving. We can lose sight of the fact that someone who is acting like a knucklehead might actually be suffering, and it’s tough to be empathetic when we’re on the defensive against churlish behavior. Luckily, there are options.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That Is the Question Part 1 of 2

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 15, 2011 in The First Impression
Can a digital skeptic go against her resistances and allow Twitter into her life?

Sexual Modularity in Sex, Gender, and Orientation

By David P Schmitt Ph.D. on September 15, 2011 in Sexual Personalities
For many people, the wonders of gendered diversity hurt their head.

New Study Highlights the Complexity of Transgender Identities

By Brian Mustanski Ph.D. on September 15, 2011 in The Sexual Continuum
This month my graduate student Laura Kuper and I published a new study in the Journal of Sex Research that reports on data we collected from an online sample of transgender individuals.

What Do You Regret Most?

By Susan Cain on September 15, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Recently, I had the chance to participate in an intimate salon for 65 women leaders of different ages, hosted by the inimitable Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of the Acumen Fund, and Batool Hassan, a Business Development Manager at Acumen.

Baby/Toddler Reading: What Neuroscientists and Parents Need to Know

Here's a misleading statement: "Language is acquired quite well before the age of 6, but trying to force your children to read before the age of 4 is an effort that doesn't work very well because the brain is not very well equipped to tell the letter 'b' from the letter 'd' and so on,"

Accusations of Racism: Pointing Fingers Versus Teachable Moments

Two African American men in a Georgia tavern were asked to vacate their seats so that these could be given to two White women. Racial bias or Southern chivalry? While the lawsuit plays out, a chance to reach out and learn about the experiences of others is missed.