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Psycho surgery the future of an illusion

By Joseph Juhász on November 28, 2009 in
Do you know what is the most insane and irrational idea yet? I will tell you. It is that human beings are capable of decoding the fundamental laws of the universe. A flea with an erection ordering the drawbridge to open... Oh yeah-we have proven that God does not exist. Wow!

Self-Injury: Does It Matter What It's Called?

By Tracy Alderman Ph.D. on November 28, 2009 in The Scarred Soul
Self-injury, self-harm, cutting, parasuicide: What should it be called?
Making Repairs
Garbage Mansions
Trash as Treasure

Make Sure the “Fun” is Fun for YOU.

By Gretchen Rubin on November 28, 2009 in The Happiness Project
I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. One of my Secrets of Adulthood is "What's fun for other people may not be fun for you -- and vice versa." This sounds simple, but it actually was a huge breakthrough for me.
Love Online
Facebooking at Work
When Blogging Goes Bad

Teaching Innovation as a Martial Art

By Moses Ma on November 27, 2009 in The Tao of Innovation
Someone recently asked me... is innovation really something you can teach? My answer... of course it is! However, teaching innovation isn't really like teaching anything else. There's really no set textbook or curriculum, and there's no established and recommended pedagogical method. This is because the core of innovation is really a dynamic way of thinking, rather than a static body of knowledge. The best example of a teacher teaching a way of thinking, from my personal experience, was the physicist Richard Feynman.

The Holiday Role You Play

By Ethan Gilsdorf on November 26, 2009 in Geek Pride
Perhaps no other time of year is as highly anticipated, and secretly dreaded, as that festive family time known collectively as "the holidays." The clash of fake gaiety and togetherness around Thanksgiving time plus Christmas's unrealistic expectations of "perfection" can lead to a train wreck of emotions. We cope the best we can. Both poles of our Jekyll-Hyde personalities can be released. Sometimes we slip behind familiar masks.  

How To Survive Heartbreak as an Adult

The hurt is unfathomable. No one survives this. It would not be possible.Somewhere people are waking up, going to work, having lunch and dinner, sleeping through the night. You think of such a life the way a child thinks about castles and dragons; you can imagine it but you know, somehow, that it isn't real. Such a life does not exist except in imagination. Maybe it did once. But not anymore.

Thinking INSIDE the Box!

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on November 25, 2009 in Imagine That!
Creativity is often equated with "thinking outside the box," but we think that's topsy-turvy. By playing with our open-ended puzzle, you can discover why. 

"A Non-Addictive Form of Vicodin, Non-Fattening Cheese Fries...or Writing."

By Gretchen Rubin on November 25, 2009 in The Happiness Project
I love it when I get to meet blog friends face to face, and I had a great coffee the other day with my friends who run the Drinking Diaries. They told me to check out Mommy Wants Vodka (note: her writing is a bit profane and explicit, just so you know), and I immediately wanted to ask “Aunt Becky,” a/k/a Becky Sherrick Harks, about her views about happiness.

God, the Government and Feelings of Control

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on November 25, 2009 in The Big Questions
Belief in God and the controlling power of the government makes people feel more in control themselves.

Managing stress during the holidays: Psychologist, heal thyself

By Allen R McConnell Ph.D. on November 25, 2009 in The Social Self
I found myself stressed, increasingly irritable, and becoming more and more unhappy as my life felt like a rickety wagon being held together by duct tape stretched to the breaking point. How did things get so crazy? Suddenly, I accepted the call of "psychologist, heal thyself."

Do Dogs Know Death?

By Steven Kotler on November 25, 2009 in The Playing Field
Animals in Mourning—the stuff they don't tell you in books.
Ten Things to Be Thankful For
Helping Others
Holiday Willpower

How to Choose a Mate

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on November 25, 2009 in Thinking Matters

Monday Morning Quarterbacking: The Case of the Hindsight Bias

By John Tauer Ph.D. on November 25, 2009 in Goal Posts
The hindsight bias is pervasive – it is certainly not limited to the world of sports. Whether it is gamblers saying after the fact they knew what would happen, or the media after a tragedy explaining how we should have known it would happen, we all fall prey to the hindsight bias.

Rehabbing "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew"

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on November 24, 2009 in Reel Therapy
"Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew," is a reality television show that tracks a group of celebrities whom enter psychiatric treatment for sex addiction. Enticing, right? Unfortunately this show breaks few barriers in following the traditional reality TV recipe: one part spontaneous behavior, one part rehearsed behavior, and a dash of structure. It is an entertaining show that does many things well, and in the service of being effectively persuasive I am going to list those pros before diving into the cons.

Growing the Habit of Gratitude

By Jenny Lind Schmitt on November 24, 2009 in Lifestyle Design
"Fostering gratitude" is easy to say and harder to do. How do we practice on the little things, so that our mindset is one of thankfulness even when the stakes are higher? Is it possible to develop a habit of gratitude strong enough to endure even when there's no longer the money for cell phones and delivery pizza or when the medical procedure didn't go as planned?

The Holidays: Survival Guide for Sober Alcoholics

The holidays can be a triggering and challenging time for sober alcoholics, particularly for those in early sobriety. But why? There are a variety of reasons and this time of year can prove to be emotionally charged even for non-alcoholics.

Cheapskate Heroes

By Anneli Rufus on November 24, 2009 in Stuck
The Great Depression transformed ordinary consumers into resourceful hunters and gatherers who learned how to salvage, recycle, and re-use clothes, food, building materials and other things that in a more prosperous era would have been shunned or discarded as trash. Shame and embarrassment fell away as this new mindset spread. Now I'm wondering whether we will see a similar societywide psychological transformation during the New Depression, or whatever we're going to call a crisis that currently finds over 17 percent of Americans unemployed. As money grows surrealistically scarce, will our values change? And will scavengers -- thrift-shoppers, Dumpster divers, Freecyclers, and barterers -- become role models admired by millions?

Death, Taxes . . . and DNA?

By Jim Silver J.D. on November 24, 2009 in Crimes, Courts, and Cops

When Cigarette Warnings Backfire

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 24, 2009 in Ulterior Motives
Warnings may not work as intended.
Savoring the Moment
Seasonal Mindfulness
The Art of Now

Homicide and Envy

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 23, 2009 in Hidden Motives
The Roots of Killing in America"Nearly 1 of every 200 children born today will be murdered," writes Randolph Roth in his new book, American Homicide. He adds that, ever since the early 19th century, we have been the most homicidal country in the West. The statistics are not in dispute, but what about the reasons? 
Acting Up
Fleeing Responsibility
Hello Inner Child