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Do Your Parents Dream About Your Wedding Day? The Highbrow Media Dreams Small, Too

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in Living Single
The first time I ever gave a talk about singles to a big audience, a man came up to me afterwards and told me that he has a happily single sister, but his mother still prays every night that she will find a husband.

Could a Parasite Take Over Our Minds?

By Jena Pincott on July 15, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
When a common single-celled protozoa infects our bodies, it may also affect our brains and behavior

How Teenagers Become Passionate About Giving

Have you ever wondered why some teenagers find purpose through community service while others find it difficult to stay engaged? Learn the common ways young people traverse the route from volunteering to true engagement.

Scared to Move Forward or Change? A Surprising Revelation About Fear

According to life coach Dr. Susan Biali (and Seth Godin), fear may be much more than just something you need to push past to get to your dreams. And if you expect it ever to go away, you may be in for a surprise...

Stood Up by Your Therapist

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on July 14, 2011 in In Therapy
3:11pm - How lame. What does this say about her? About me? About our relationship? This is taking a serious chunk out of my time, now I might not get my whole session. This is inconsiderate! Unprofessional! I pay for this time! Did I do something wrong?!

On Dads, Daughters, and Raising a Sports Fan

By Sam Sommers on July 14, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
Make sure to plop your kids in front of the TV for a good 2 hours straight this Sunday. It's important. You see, over the past few years, it's become increasingly important to me to give my daughters the chance to become sports fans...

Freud on Obama

If Freud were alive today, he would have something to say about the Obama presidency. He said it in 1926 in an essay, "Those Wrecked by Success." He would find an oedipal clue to the predicament President Obama finds himself in with his adamant opponents cheerily threatening financial disaster for America.

Doing Your Best Work When You're Not "Working"

Here's the good news about our digital devices: We have convenient access to virtually limitless information. No matter how much we know, we can always get more information on any topic with another press of a button. But the good news is also the bad news: More is not always better.

Is Your Brain Asleep on the Job?

By Susan Reynolds on July 14, 2011 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Your brain is capable of neuroplasticity, the ability to change itself, throughout your lifetime. You are not stuck with the brain you were born with and have the ability to consciously cultivate (by using your mind) which parts of your brain you wish to strengthen, rewire, or even regenerate.

Nostalgia

By Sophia Moskalenko Ph.D. on July 14, 2011 in Friction
Why do we feel nostalgic?

Play On - It's a Beautiful Game

By Sheila Himmel on July 14, 2011 in You Must Be Hungry
The whole world is watching healthy women play hard. Not celebrities. Not stick figures in designer dresses.

True Tolerance

By Michael W Austin on July 14, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Some people who claim to know the truth about politics, ethics, or religion are arrogant and intolerant. But the answer to this is not to abandon the notion of truth in these realms.

Introverts in the Church

If you have a religious or spiritual practice, do you find your introversion to be an asset? A barrier? Valued? Misunderstood? Here is Reverend Adam McHugh on "Introverts in the Church."

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion: New Evidence

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 14, 2011 in The Human Beast
Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries, particularly the social democracies of Europe. In underdeveloped countries, there are virtually no atheists. Atheism is a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Why do modern conditions produce atheism? In a new study, I provide compelling evidence that atheism increases along with the quality of life.

The Crucial Importance of Treating Depression to 'Remission'

It is important not only to get a patient's depression to 'respond' to treatment (symptoms about half-way better) but to get the person so much better that their symptoms are basically no different from a person without depression.

Depression and Anxiety Disorders Damage Your Brain, Especially When Untreated

Study after study shows that clinical depression and anxiety disorders--not to mention severe conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and drug abuse--cause measurable changes in key areas of the brain.