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Bankruptcy, Default, Debt — and Being a Person

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 02, 2012 in Hidden Motives
In the eyes of the law, a corporation is a person, but when a real person, that is, a person of flesh and blood, declares bankruptcy or defaults on his or her debt it is usually considered a moral failure....

How Did Russell Brand Become an Addiction Expert?

By Stanton Peele on January 02, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Russell Brand, who has described achieving sobriety from drug and sex addiction for a decade now, somehow embarked on a marriage in his mid-thirties that barely lasted a year. What went wrong?

Adolescence and Not Fitting into Family

The less well adolescents fit in at home, the more pressure they can feel to fit in with peers.

Faking Orgasm

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 02, 2012 in Insight Therapy
Women--and men, it turns out--fake orgasms quite frequently. But they don't do so randomly, thoughtlessly, or by accident. As science reveals when, why, and how people fake their orgasms, it sheds light on the intricate and often unconscious system of rules and expectations that guides our sexual interactions.

Using “Small Wins” to Advance Your Work Career

A new program of research has discovered a powerful motivator: the idea that "small wins" at work can increase your motivation, your productivity, and your work engagement and satisfaction. How does this work?

Is All Religion True?

By David Niose on January 02, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Cee Lo Green turns John Lennon's "Imagine" upside down.

Friendship by the Book - "MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend"

You might call Rachel Bertsche a serial dater. But that doesn't quite capture her unique adventure. After relocating to Chicago, bereft of the strong network of friends, colleagues and familial supports she had in New York, the author spent 52 weeks prospecting for girlfriends in her search for a bestie.

Mommy, Do You Love Me as Much as You Love Your Mommy?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 01, 2012 in In the Name of Love
When a child asks his mother whether she loves him as much as she loves her mother, the answer is not obvious. Although claiming that love has different forms which cannot be compared is the more profound answer, the claim that the mother loves her daughter more than her mother seems to better reflect reality in many cases.

Don't Blink! It's Another Hollywood Divorce

16 days of marriage for Sinead O'Connor. 72 days of marriage for Kim Kardashian. Should we be celebrating anniversary milestones in days not years?

Influence vs. Control

I often wish I could snap my fingers and make people do what I want. I wish I could speed up the pace at which I achieve my goals and slow down the pace at which pleasant things fade.

Grieving a Suicide

In the last few weeks we've been inundated with lists: The most fascinating people, the best films, best books. I've never been much of a fan of these subjective directories, especially when compilers remain anonymous, instead I favor going deeper, telling readers about books with the power to create lasting change. Books that teach.

The Thinking Body, The Moving Mind: What I Learned From Merce Cunningham About Psychology

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed for the last time on December 31, 2011. A psychologist reflects on her 20 years taking classes at Merce's school.

How to Make this Year Last Longer

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on January 01, 2012 in Out of the Darkness
If we understand why time seems to speed up with each passing year, then we can use some simple methods to slow it down.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Advocating for Your Gifted Child

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on January 01, 2012 in Gifted-Ed Guru
You know your child best so don't hesitate to speak to his/her strengths--or look for ways to build on weaknesses.

The Catcher In The Rye

By Sandeep Gautam on January 01, 2012 in The Fundamental Four
Steve argues that failures are necessary and overprotecting your child is counter-productive; I argue that exposing your child to failures, without adequate safety nets in place, can lead to great harm and an 'off hands' parenting style is not to be preferred.

The Role of Neuropsychological Assessment

By Karen L. Schiltz Ph.D. on January 01, 2012 in Beyond the Label
A comprehensive evaluation of your child's strengths and weaknesses will help you understand what your child really needs in order to succeed in school.

Jonathan Haidt's Moral-Political Psychology

By Gregg Henriques on January 01, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
Is the key to resolving the current political polarization more empathy for the values that guide the other side?

Lying to Yourself in Your Love Life

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on January 01, 2012 in Love Doc
"She told me it's over just before the New Year. And I have no idea why." Bruce tried to maintain his cool.

Yes, DEA, there's an ADHD Med Shortage

The FDA says there's a shortage of ADHD stimulant medication. The DEA says there isn't a shortage. For the first time since I was prescribed Adderall at 23 years old, I was told my medication was on back order. Sure there's no shortage.

Pills and Skills: What Can We Do While We Wait Out the Stimulant Medication Shortage?

Stimulant therapies are among the best-researched treatments for ADD/ADHD. But with recent shortages of these medications, what else can we offer those who struggle with focus and concentration?

Remembering the Dead, On New Year's Day

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on January 01, 2012 in Am I Right?
Now is the time to express our gratitude

Slow Intelligence

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on January 01, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
Learning skills of slowness may be particularly beneficial, and particularly challenging, for those who think the fastest.