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Freedom = Criticism of ALL Religions Is a Fundamental Right

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on March 23, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Either all religions should be fully protected from any criticism (welcome to the Dark Ages) or else ALL religions are equally open to full criticism. No one has an inalienable right from having his/her religions feelings hurt. Such is the price for living in a free society.

Why People Are So Often the Opposite of What They Appear

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 23, 2012 in Hide and Seek
An important method of transforming uncomfortable feelings into something more manageable is 'reaction formation,' which is the superficial adoption and exaggeration of ideas and impulses that are diametrically opposed to one's own.

A Babysitter's Worst Nightmare

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on March 23, 2012 in Reel Therapy
"The Sitter" uses a familiar plot line—the goofy babysitter who gets overwhelmed by the kids from hell—to achieve fresh comedic commentary and even provide a few lessons in family therapy.

Walking While Black

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on March 23, 2012 in More Than Mortal
The recent killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black male teen, in Florida has reignited discussions regarding the problem of racism in modern America. Though all the facts of the incident are not yet clear, a few are.

Myfanwy Collins: Giving my Son the Tools of Faith

By Jennifer Haupt on March 23, 2012 in One True Thing
"There are questions my son asks which often leave me breathless and fumbling. The most difficult to answer is what happens to us after we die." —Myfanwy Collins

Jessica Tuccelli: Are Dreams Real?

By Jennifer Haupt on March 23, 2012 in One True Thing
"When I was a child, I imagined I could open a portal inside my head where my best friend would enter, and together we would adventure. She liked this idea, and so we agreed that I would concentrate before I went to sleep and send her a link, a telepathic conduit to dreamland." —Jessica Tuccelli

Chronic Stress Can Shrink Your Brain

By David Ropeik on March 23, 2012 in How Risky Is It, Really?
Want something else to worry about? Worry about worrying too much. The evidence is building that chronically elevated stress shrinks your brain!

I Feel Thankful for Trials That Give Me Perspective

By Gretchen Rubin on March 23, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Years ago, when I started out out as a blogger, I heard about a popular blog by Stephanie Nielson called the "The NieNie Dialogues."

Myths of Right-Brained Creativity

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
Let me be audacious enough to try to dispel a big myth of creativity: the right-brain creativity myth.

How to Change the World: Lessons From Nonprofit Leaders

Unknown to most of us, there are nonprofit organizations and leaders throughout the world who are working tirelessly to attack social problems and change the world. They engage in common practices that make them successful. Lessons from these social entrepreneurs are also useful for personal success in work careers and in life.

Can We Thank Hand Sanitizer for the Rise of Conservative Politics?

Reading Heidt's new book on the psychological underpinnings of the liberal/conservative divide, I was reminded of one of my most effective classroom exercises: "Spit into a cup. Now drink it."

Feels Like My Friends Are Dropping Like Flies

Over the last few months, my best friend, whom I'll call "L," has grown close to another of my friends, "S." They have done several things together without including me.

Group Marriage and the Future of the Family

With the traditional nuclear family well on its way to extinction, we are faced with a question of critical importance: who will mind the children?

The Happiness Chronicles I: The Dark Side to Happiness?

Are there hidden costs to pursuing happiness? New research suggests that happiness might have a darker side that actually hinders health and wellness.

The Question You Need to Ask on Your First or Second Date

Dating is never easy and trying to figure out if this is the one can be daunting. But by asking at least one particular pointed question during the first few dates, you can improve your ability to assess relationship potential and avoid what I refer to as "relationship doom."

Do Men Strike Out So Much Because It Helps Them Score?

Why do guys mistake women's friendliness for sexual interest?

Getting Over the Demise of an Online Friendship

Long story short: My best online friend and I broke up. Actually, it was me who broke up with her over something she had done (something that involved lying to me and not caring about my feelings in general). The thing is I feel like I was the one who was dumped.

Discovering New Frontiers on My Path

In the past few weeks, I was exposed to quite a number of statements about me that took some effort to digest. For the most part, I felt enormous tenderness toward the person who expressed these statements. Except for this one paragraph that kept spinning inside me. Every time I thought of it, I felt an inner cringe.

Addiction and Gender: Recovery for Women

By Brenda Iliff on March 22, 2012 in A Remarkable Recovery
Women are the fastest-growing segment for substance abuse in the United States. In fact, according to the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, about 2.7 million women in the United States abuse drugs or alcohol. Even more frightening is that the majority who need treatment do not receive it.

Church and State in Superspace

By George Davis on March 22, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Science is creating a place in the public square where atheists, Muslims, conservative Catholics, Buddhists, Christian evangelicals, Hindus, Jews, and everyone in between can bring more religious discussions.

Are Religious People More Moral than Atheists?

Whether people are religious or not, cuing religious concepts elicits more generous conduct, but so does cuing legal concepts or concerns for reputation.
The (Only) 5 Fears We All Share

The (Only) 5 Fears We All Share

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on March 22, 2012 in BrainSnacks
There are only five basic fears, out of which almost all of our other so-called fears are manufactured.