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Amanda Knox and the Power of Projection

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 05, 2009 in Side Effects
Guileless purity or craven evil? The extremes in two national media tell us much about their stereotypes.

Strategies for Thesis Completion: Not Synthetic Happiness

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 05, 2009 in Don't Delay
As Clay Shirky has said about Web 2.0, "here comes everybody," and with that we get great conversation, with real listening. My blog entry today includes 2 readers' responses to my entry about "a downside to synthetic happiness" and my attempt to clarify the concept further. I begin with the shortest entry written by a reader who beat thesis procrastination!

What Makes Tigers Jump?

By Harvey Milkman Ph.D. on December 04, 2009 in Better than Dope
Whether Tiger Woods did or did not cheat on his wife is irrelevant. In the wake of l'affaire hydrant and his subsequent admission, "... I regret those transgressions with all of my heart..." our natural focus turns to understanding the nature of extra-marital affairs, promiscuity, sexual addiction, and infidelity.

Right Brain, Left Brain; Left Brain, Right Brain...yadda, yadda, yadda

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 04, 2009 in Just Listen
It's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you.—Batman (from Batman Returns)

Kansas City Jammers and old rock and roll friends

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on December 04, 2009 in Buddy System
Old rock and roll bandmates can still be friends.

Got CFS? Dr. Oz Tackles the XMRV Virus

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on December 04, 2009 in Complementary Medicine
The Dr. Oz Show recently did a great job introducing the new research showing the presence of XMRV viral infections in CFS. As the earlier show I appeared on focused on general fatigue, I have been encouraging Dr. Oz to do a segment focusing on CFS, and on XMRV in particular, and I think he did an excellent and compassionate job! 

Do you KNOW how to have feelings?

By Charles Sophy on December 04, 2009 in Side by Side

Harvard Reflections - Part IV

By Margaret Moore on December 04, 2009 in Life Changes
I am co-director of a new Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and in September we held our second Harvard Medical School Coaching in Medicine and Leadership Conference. We brought together international coaching leaders to share the theory, research, and science-based practices of coaching

Why the World Will End in 2012

By Howard Bloom on December 03, 2009 in The Genius of the Beast
Why is the vision of apocalypse so compelling? Why does it work as a hook for the human spirit over and over again?

Handing Down Family Traditions in the Kitchen

By Jennifer Haupt on December 03, 2009 in One True Thing
Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice, talks about food, cooking and creating a legacy of cultural traditions in the kitchen. 

Why Selective Colleges (and Outstanding Students) Should Be Less Selective

By Barry Schwartz on December 03, 2009 in The Choices Worth Having
Does it really matter if you get into Harvard? Students who stress about where they go to college might be wasting their time.

Creating Good Memories (Part I)

By Cloe Madanes on December 03, 2009 in Relationship Breakthrough
All Relationships are messy. It's how we deal with the messiness that makes the difference.

Eight Tips to Know If You're Being Boring.

By Gretchen Rubin on December 03, 2009 in The Happiness Project
‘Tis the season of merry-making, which means you’re probably more likely than usual to find yourself making polite and perhaps awkward chit-chat. One of the challenges of the holidays! If you have trouble talking to a stranger in those situations, here are some tips to consider.

Social Treatment of Mental Illness

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on December 03, 2009 in Let's Connect
 Does it take a village to care for the mentally ill?

Three Ways that Modern-Day Conveniences Can Make You Less Happy

By AJ LeVan, MAPP on December 03, 2009 in Flourish!
Most of us will do anything to avoid challenge, discomfort or even the slightest bit of inconvenience (hence, the Clapper, remote controls and Velcro). But by doing so, are we doing more harm than good when it comes to our well-being?

Seeing Is Believing: The Power of Visualization

By AJ LeVan, MAPP on December 03, 2009 in Flourish!
Despite the great case for getting off our duffs, there are some amazingly cool and effective practices we can do from the comfort of our own recliners – without even budging a finger. 

A Quick Reminder: This is YOUR Career

"You're lucky to have a job."This phrase has been a fixture in corporate America since employment began plummeting at the start of the recession. Today, jobholders are often reminded not to complain about their workplace "issues" when unemployment is at a 26-year high.Regardless of macro conditions, however, this is still YOUR career - not your boss's, the company's or anyone else's. When you remember that, you'll begin to realize your own intrinsic value. It helps you to become more assertive in your job, appreciate your self-worth, and helps you to better mitigate stress. While this is a tough time, our only limit is really ourselves.
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Tempt Luck Your Way

By Tina Seelig Ph.D. on December 02, 2009 in CreativityRulz
Lucky people share traits that tend to make them luckier than others. They are observant, open-minded, friendly, and optimistic. By cultivating these attributes, you will surely tempt luck your way.

A Downside to Manufacturing Our Own Happiness

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 02, 2009 in Don't Delay
Research by Dan Gilbert (Harvard), his students and colleagues clearly indicates that we can synthesize our own happiness despite what would seem like dire circumstances or poor choices. The thing is, this powerful innate coping mechanism or psychological immune system can be a liability as well, because it can undermine our motivation for action. 

Four Myths About Mindfulness Meditation

By Ronald Alexander Ph.D. on December 02, 2009 in The Wise Open Mind
Many people resist doing meditation for various reasons such as lack of time but the payoffs for taking even five to ten minutes a day can be enormous. In addition to helping with anxiety and stress, meditation allows you to hear even the subtlest messages from the unconscious. You can be awakened with a gentle nudge instead of a splash of icy water. Typically, those who resist doing it are buying in to one of four common myths that create hindrances to a regular mindfulness meditation practice.  Learn what these resistances are so that you can cultivate your own mindfulness meditation practice. 

Sports: What Makes the Great Ones Great?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 02, 2009 in The Power of Prime
So what do Tom Brady, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt, Annika Sorenstam, Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, and Lisa Leslie have that you don't? This question has been on the minds of many people of late with the recent publication of Malclom Gladwell's Outliers and Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code.

Choosing Greater Good

By Jeff Bell on December 02, 2009 in Beyond the Doubt
I'm feeling exceptionally motivated at this moment, exhausted from a long day, anxious about having to come up with just the right words to convey what I hope to here, and yet ready to stay up all night at my computer if necessary to share with you a simple but profound motivation technique--the very same one that has me typing these words right now. I call this technique the Greater Good Perspective Shift, and I think it can change your life. It did mine.

The Gender Surcharge

By William Poundstone on December 02, 2009 in Priceless
Markets offer men's and women's versions of Excedrin, Schick razor blades, Degree antiperspirant, and dozens of other popular items. The women's price is almost always higher than the men's. Why?