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Doctors Aren't as Smart as They Think They Are

By Donna Barstow on July 15, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Don't be afraid to offer your own diagnosis to the doctor. What's the worst that could happen, anyway?

Sex and Junk Food Activate the Same Brain Circuits as Drugs: So What?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Don't worry. One square dance won't put you at risk for a lifetime of addiction to do-si-do-ing.

Bulletproof Investments

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Investors today are more alert than ever to the chance of a catastrophic downturn in financial markets, when conventional forms of risk management fail. “Black Swans” Nassim Taleb called such unexpected and unpredictable events that are not supposed to happen – until they do.

How Juicy Gossip Hijacks Your Brain

Regardless of your opinion on the Casey Anthony case, one verdict has been rendered beyond a reasonable doubt: listening to all the gossip changed the way that your brain processed information about her. Your brain automatically zeroes in your attention on people you've heard negative remarks about.

Why the Human Brain Is Designed to Distrust

What kind of person would have so little trust in his fellow man to believe that the U.S. president and the CIA conspired to fake the death of Osama Bin Laden, or that the news media is tightly controlled by a powerful cadre of wealthy extremists? And why you and I may be part of the plot...

Four Myths About Suicide

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Popular and psychotherapeutic myths about suicide are rampant. Here are a few...

"What will happen if mommy dies?"

“When my child said that, I heard she was really saying, ‘what will happen to me if mommy dies,” says Bill Liao

Fourteen Surefire Signs That You're Dealing With A Sleezeball

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in Ambigamy
If they sound like they're working from The Sleazeball Play Book, you're on to them.

Women Are More Likely to Recall Status Products When Maximally Fertile

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Gentlemen: If you are trying to impress the ladies with your expensive sports car, she’s more likely to pay attention when she is maximally fertile.

Musings on Empathy

An astonishing paradox I witness regularly is how, time and again, we long for others’ presence when we are suffering, and yet when others are suffering we do not bring our presence. How can we meet those moments with more presence and be in empathic connection with the other person?

Facebook vs. Face to Face: Why School Reunions Will Endure

By Lee Kravitz on July 15, 2011 in Unfinished Business
There's evidence that, particularly among younger alumni, Facebook is hurting attendance at high school and college reunions. After attending his 40th, the author explains why Facebook is a poor substitute for the perspective-enhancing experiences you get face to face and across a crowded room.

Intuitive Eating: A Plan Can Help You Get There

Eat when you're hungry; stop when you're full. The perfect prescription for weight management. Well, maybe. As with much related to food, it gets complicated.

Are Extroverts Better Looking?

In an article titled "The Origins of Extraversion: Joint Effects of Facultative Calibration and Genetic Polymorphism" researchers Aaron W. Lukaszewski and James R. Roney at the University of California, Santa Barbara posit that extraversion is calibrated according to phenotypic features.

Emotions and Depression

By Thomas Scheff Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in Let's Connect
Finding hidden emotions, facing intense ones.

A Vacation from Infertility?

In today's blog, I'll offer my thoughts on why a vacation from infertility can be such an important and challenging issue to consider.

Betty Ford Isn't a Role Model for My Daughters–Sorry

By Stanton Peele on July 15, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Betty Ford backed into a life where she was celebrated as–if not a victim–then a sufferer. Sorry, not my cup of tea.

What Dialectical Behavior Therapy and HBO's "The Wire" Have In Common

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on July 15, 2011 in Reel Therapy
A complex philosophy about how to view the world represents the underpinnings of one of the most effective psychotherapies in contemporary psychology AND one of the most popular television series of the past decade.

Mean Girls and Media: The Teenage Fists of Feminism

I watched an episode of The Bad Girls Club on the Oxygen Network the other night. It's my job. I work in the field of gender. That's not to say it was easy. I did learn that the F-word can be used as a verb (transitive or intransitive, as well as compound), adverb, adjective, command, interjection and noun -- often in a single sentence.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the Antisocial Personality Disorder -- A Lot in Common

Criteria in the DSMIV for Antisocial Personality Disorder, include "failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest." Arrestability is not a criterion for diagnosing a Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

How to Deal With Chronic Complainers

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
The constant negativity issuing forth from chronic complainers presents a huge challenge for those around them. Trying to remain positive, motivated and productive amid a constant stream of complaints and dissatisfaction can try anyone’s patience.

On Bullying and Limit-Setting

"Countertransference hate" is the infelicitous phrase; the therapist hates the patient. This may not sound right; after all, all professionals should have "compassion" to their patients, shouldn't they; but does that mean they should "like" them?

Devil's Food

By Lynn Phillips on July 15, 2011 in Dream On
So tempting is it to blame biblical literalism for the Bible Belt's defects, that I have found a way to do it. But the truly satanic force behind physical decay and moral perversion in the Bible-thumping states may be less grandiose: fish fingers, say, or chicken nuggets.

Gains and Losses: Helping People Stop Stealing

Terrence Shulman, founder of the Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending, and Hoarding, and Elizabeth Corsale, co-founder of the Pathways Institute for Impulse Control, discuss kleptomania, shoplifting addiction, and stealing.