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A Guilty Verdict and Why Race Still Matters

By Stanton Peele on November 08, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Like the OJ Simpson trial before it, the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, for his responsibility for the singer's drug-induced death reveals deep racial fissures in American society.

Why Introverts Can Be Great Leaders

Extroverts aren't always the best leaders; in fact, they may be least likely to enhance the productivity of their group. By listening, allowing others to take initiative, and being careful in deciding on a course of action, introverts may actually be more capable in bringing out a group's maximum potential.

Gut Bacteria and Your Emotions

It is well known that there are relationships between gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and psychiatric disorders including anxiety disorders.

Lessons from Dying Patients: Darren

I looked around the room at their faces, and saw in each one a picture of grief. Fortunately, my training allowed me to remain hopeful, and the heavy atmosphere gradually began to lighten.

Addiction Treatment for Addicted Doctors

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on November 08, 2011 in All About Addiction
Addiction treatment for doctors has success rates far greater than anything we see in the general population. So what's their secret?

The Moral of the Morbid

By Eric G Wilson Ph.D. on November 08, 2011 in Morbid Curiosities
When is morbid curiosity moral?

Spanking Gone Too Far

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 08, 2011 in Singletons
Preaching use of “the rod” sparks debate. I don't see much to debate. Do you?

In Fairness to Single Men Everywhere

By Donna Flagg on November 08, 2011 in Office Diaries
One stereotype that gets less attention, but is as unforgiving as the rest, is the assumption that something is "wrong" with single men.

What You Do Every Day Matters More Than What You Do Once In a While

By Gretchen Rubin on November 08, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while. I’ve been surprised how often this “secret” comes in handy.

Post-Combat Wounds I

By Eric Newhouse on November 08, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
VA says more than half the returning Iraqi/Afghan vets are seeking health care, which it calls "unprecedented numbers," and nearly one vet in three is reporting mental/emotional problems.

Words That Harm Can Also Heal

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 08, 2011 in Am I Right?
Poems may do a great deal of good, despite (or perhaps because of) the discomfort they cause

Do Some People Sense the Unseen? Part 2

By Michael Jawer on November 07, 2011 in Feeling Too Much
Research shows that highly sensitive individuals are much more likely than the general population to report feeling an unseen presence.

Sexual Harassment in the Animal World

Big-brained animals avoid aggression by exchanging favors. Humans seeking political office are giving and receiving favors most of their waking lives. They get good at asking for things. People often comply because they expect favors in return. How can democracy-loving primates choose a leader who's likely to respect the rule of law?

Children Learn Aggression From Parents

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in The Big Questions
What causes children to be aggressive? Can parents teach their kids to be peaceful?

Can You Be Damned by Strong Praise? Understanding Innuendo

You can still inadvertently send a negative message, even when you say only unambiguously positive things—a kind of "accidental" innuendo. The reason has everything to do with context.

Is Light Keeping You Awake?

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Brain Sense
A lot of people question why they cannot sleep, but for neuroscientists, the more intriguing question may be why we ever wake up.

Was Steve Jobs Smart? Heck Yes!

Steve Jobs was not "the 99 percent" intellectually or financially.

4 Steps to Gratitude in Happy Times or Sad Ones

By Rita Watson MPH on November 07, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Take a chance on finding out how smiling, sending out thank you notes, making gratitude visits, and simply saying the words “thank you” can plant a seed in your heart for a happier day. The challenge is to practice gratitude during sad times as well as happy ones.

The Family that Eats Together Stays Healthy Together

Having family meals can help improve your child's eating habits and reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity or developing an eating disorder. But what do you do when you've got conflicting schedules and your kids won't talk at meals?

How Good Intentions Make Us Dumb and Mean

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Ambigamy
We say "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," without specifying how and why. Here's specifically how and why, a necessary counter-balance to our tendency to think of good intentions as purely virtuous.