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What's the First Thing You Should Say to Someone Who Is Sad?

By Donna Barstow on October 06, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Whatever happened to the stiff upper lip? Don't be all touchy-feely when the other person is suffering--remind her what she CAN control. [A cartoon about good grooming.]

God of the Gaps Arguments

By Michael W Austin on October 06, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Theists have made inappropriate arguments based on a God of the gaps strategy. However, there is more to this issue than meets the eye.

Eight Ways to Actively Fight Depression

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in Compassion Matters
For anyone experiencing the "stuckness" of depression, it's important to remember that depression is a very common and highly treatable disorder. By treating it like any other physical disease and taking the actions that will destroy the parasites infecting your mental state, you can conquer your depression.

Mindfulness for Those Who Don’t Meditate

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on October 06, 2011 in Ironshrink
For some of us, the traditional path to mindfulness simply isn’t attractive or effective. Yet mindfulness is a vital skill in overcoming problems like anxiety or depression. Luckily, there are other ways to prevent our minds from taking over our lives.

Smile Like You Mean It at Work

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 06, 2011 in Minding the Body
It’s ironic: A job that requires you to put on a happy face all the time may leave you unhappy, unhealthy, and unproductive.

Jobsian Evolution: The Cultural Rewiring and "Appleing" of Our Brain

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in Animal Emotions
It's possible Steve Jobs had a much more significant influence on our species that anyone ever imagined. Have our brains been rewired ("Appled") by technology? Is there non-random mating among techies? Is "Jobsian evolution" a real phenomenon. Will there be more ibrains in the future? Researchers and sci-fi fanatics will have a field day with these questions.

Steve Jobs: Love of People, iThings and The Four Pillars Par

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on October 06, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
Steve Jobs and the love of iThings and People

Housewives of NJ: Family Therapy for Enmeshed Boundaries

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on October 06, 2011 in Reel Therapy
One of the families on the reality-television show "Housewives of NJ" - the Jacqueline, Chris and Ashley system - exhibit particularly painful family problems. The conflicts are never well-defined and rarely understood despite the fact that they are ongoing and disruptive.

Perhaps a little family therapy can help.

I Am My Ferrari

The new Ferrari’s are sold out … worldwide! So what motivates someone to pay $350,000 for a car? It could be as simple as they think it’s cool and can afford it. It is likely that the answer is more complex. What can those of us who aren’t wealthy learn from the answer to this question?

Sex Differences in Hand Washing Rates After Using a Public Restroom

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
When it comes to hand washing after the use of a public restroom, pray that your restaurant chef is a woman.

Steve Jobs' Death: Why We Care So Much

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in The Media Zone
Last night, when ABC news interrupted regularly scheduled programming for breaking news, that Steve Jobs had died, instantly, my eyes welled up, I gulped and yelled out to a passing wife, "Steve jobs died." She actually dropped what she was carrying and expelled an "Oh my God, no!"

Your Unhappy Brain on Television

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on October 06, 2011 in Inner Source
What is TV's effect on your brain? Find out what TS Eliot already knew....

Protests: Potent or Impotent?

"You have to fight to feel good." In my twenties, when I was living in New York with a group of post-college friends, Bob was a tall handsome young man in our cadre who took this slogan about protests as his raison d'etre. But is it true? When are protests and fights good for you?

Diagnosing Autism in Children with Down Syndrome

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in Brain Sense
Data from a 16-year study confirm that standard methods can be used to identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome.

How to Respond To Insults

By Ugo Uche on October 06, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"This is where the danger lies, when we come to believe and rely upon other people to follow certain rules about what they can and cannot say, we unintentionally teach our children to become emotionally spineless. "

When My Patients Discovered I Did Stand-Up

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
For years I tried keeping the fact that I do stand-up comedy a secret from my patients...until the night I spotted one of them in the audience.

All-Nighter? No Way, I Decided to Do an All-Day-er

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on October 06, 2011 in Living It
All-nighters are done in the dark; All-day-ers are done in the light ...

Why We Don't "Get" Rest

Rest is a supremely fast, active process of human regeneration. But people think of rest as laziness or something even more passive - the "eternal" rest of death.

Sex vs. Food: The Startling Choice Women Are Making

By Pamela Madsen on October 06, 2011 in Shameless Woman
The newest survey just out of the United Kingdom, finds that women put more effort into dieting than into their relationships which leads them to think more about food than sex!

You Brain Works Like a Radio

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in Brain Sense
This week, UCLA neurophysicists report that there is an optimal brain "rhythm," or frequency, for changing synaptic strength. And further, like stations on a radio dial, each synapse is tuned to a different optimal frequency for learning.

iWonder Tracker Steve Jobs, R.I.P.

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on October 06, 2011 in Tracking Wonder
Can one man alone leave behind such a creative legacy?

Steve Jobs: On Using Death to Live

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in The Big Questions
Steve Jobs' approach to death fueled his remarkable life, and it can do the same for you and me.

7 Tips to Know If You're Boring Someone

By Gretchen Rubin on October 06, 2011 in The Happiness Project
In a movie I love, a quirky documentary called Sherman's March, the documentary maker’s former high school teacher tells him, “As people get older, they get more like themselves. And you’re getting more boring.” I’ve never forgotten that.

50 Is the New 40 for Having Babies

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 06, 2011 in Singletons
What do you think about older women, over 50, becoming mothers? Is giving birth in your 50s pushing the envelope too far? An attempt to stay young? Or...?