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Are Today's Kids Programmed for Boredom?

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Boredom can be a sign that you've never learned what you like to do or how to make that happen. Or a sign of rebellion. Or a symptom of a childhood spent too well entertained. Which is it for your kids?

Happy National “Appreciate This” Month, Part 2

In the US, home care is considered a burden that is not covered by anything but the most expensive of insurance coverage. The profit motive dictates that long-term care be more expensive; there is little profit in supporting home care. Universal healthcare recognizes the great savings and resources home care provides. Family caregivers need a people, not profits, approach.

Solving the Solvent Question

A study on Parkinson Disease has raised disturbing questions about the role that certain common chemical solvents may play in leading to this potentially devastating neurological disease. The chemical solvents, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, are used commonly in a number of workplaces abd are allowed on the market in household consumer products.

Reverse Mentoring Won’t Work

The Wall Street Journal reports that reverse mentoring has finally cracked the workplace. Reverse mentoring won’t work. It violates the very premise of the social media environment that it purports to address, ignoring the importance of a two-way flow of information and respect. What organizations need is collaborative mentoring.

Two Types of Narcissists Pose Somewhat Different Challenges

By Randi Kreger on November 30, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
All narcissists are typically self-absorbed, see themselves as superior, lack empathy, display arrogance and disdain toward others, and experience "narcissistic injuries" when others don't treat them as superior. However, clinical experience and the research literature indicate that there are two or more general subtypes: "vulnerable" and "invulnerable" narcissists.

How Often Do People Lie in Their Daily Lives?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
How frequently did you lie over the past twenty-four hours? Are there huge differences across individuals in terms of their proclivity to lie? Are men and women equally likely to lie? A recent national survey yields some surprising findings.

Not Leaving Recovery 'Til It's Too Late

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 30, 2011 in A Hunger Artist
My father died unexpectedly two weeks ago. The fact that I recovered from anorexia in time to be his daughter again for nearly three years before he died is a great comfort in my grief. I write in order that others may be encouraged to act today rather than tomorrow, and to spare themselves the agony of losing a loved-before before recovering.

The Art of Getting Hubby to Do Half the Work

Trying to get your husband to help more at home? Forget it. Getting him to help you with housework implies that the work belongs to you to begin with.

Change the paradigm to determining division of labor in your shared business of running a family. Deciding who does what at home then becomes a subject for cooperative problem-solving.

Military Suicides

By Eric Newhouse on November 30, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
America's all-volunteer military service may be threatened by the fact that one soldier takes his own life every 36 hours on average, according to an alarming new report.

3 Brain Hacks to Avoid Impulse Purchases You'll Later Regret

Worried you won't be able to hold yourself back from a holiday shopping binge? Setting a New Year's resolution to save more, and spend less? What neuroscience can teach us about spending wisely.

Self-Discipline: Can It Verge on Masochism?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in Evolution of the Self
Examples of self-disciplined behaviors seriously interfering with personal pleasure and excitement are virtually infinite. Comfort, amusement, delight, adventure, entertainment, titillation--you name it--focusing on what, ultimately, will best serve your interests involves all sorts of sacrifices. . . .

By Way of Introductions...

By Michael Erard Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in The Will to Plasticity
In which the author introduces himself

Getting Kinky: How to Share Your Fetish or Fantasy

How should you bring up your fantasy, fetish, or kinky desire with a date or mate? How can you convince your partner to get "creative" in the bedroom? Read on and find out!

The Little Things

By Richard Louv on November 30, 2011 in People in Nature
The little things are what we remember, what we know, of family life. Of life.

Knowing Awe Is Better Than Knowing It All

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on November 30, 2011 in The Gift of ADHD
Living a life with the purpose of outsmarting others is not really that smart. You are selling yourself short if you believe that your purpose is only to be better than others.

What's Your "Pigeon of Discontent"?

By Gretchen Rubin on November 30, 2011 in The Happiness Project
For the past few years, for the weekly video as part of the Happiness Challenge, I've proposed a resolution for your consideration...

Who Was the Buddha?

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on November 30, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
This is the story of how a young man came to be known as The Buddha ("Buddha" means "awakened one"). He was not a god. He was a human being like you and me. As with all ancient tales, we can't know what is to be taken literally and what is to be taken metaphorically. It doesn't matter to me. I'm inspired by his story either way.

8 Ways to Put Off Decisions - and Life

By Susan Biali M.D. on November 30, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Are you truly moving forward in your life, or are you unwittingly deceiving yourself with "decisions" that hold you back? Life coach Dr. Susan Biali shares eye-opening insights from a wildly popular lifestyle guru, The Art of Non-Conformity's Chris Guillebeau

Don’t Speak 'Til You See the Whites of Their Eyes

"What can I help you with?" asked the Apple Store clerk as he kept his eyes focused on what he was entering into his iPhone.

"I'll wait ‘til you're finished," said I.

"No, go ahead," said he. "I can multitask."

"No, you can't!" said I, which finally got him to look at me and listen.

Creativity & Time: 12 Riffs to Show Up & Shape Time

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on November 30, 2011 in Tracking Wonder
Instead of managing time like some begrudged worker, we can shape it. Think of yourself as a potter more than a manager. To show up and shape time as a creative has less to do with calendars and more to do with loving the mind. And the body.