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Is the Language We Are Using to Describe Our Pets Sending the Wrong Message?

The Journal of Animal Ethics says that words like "pet" or "dog owner" are inappropriate and negatively affect the way we think about our "companion animals."

Your Presence Is Making Us Uncomfortable

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on May 11, 2011 in The Autism Advocate

What Is Zen? Three key aspects help decode the mystery

Zen may be full of impossible contradictions but is based on sound 'breakthrough' psychology. Meditation and 'koan' work under a devoted and respected teacher, hold the key. Letting go of exclusively rational thought allows poetic, holistic, spiritual sensibilities to emerge.

Re-Evaluate Your Mantras

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Time.

Napoleon Pills and the Rationality of Belief

By Scott M. James Ph.D. on May 11, 2011 in Mind and Morals
We think our beliefs extend back to the facts. This is what makes them rational. But if contemporary social psychology has revealed anything, it's that very many of our beliefs (let alone our desires) have very different origins. And this makes a difference in what you ought to believe.
Identity and the Separated Person: How Does Maria Shriver See Herself Now?

Identity and the Separated Person: How Does Maria Shriver See Herself Now?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 11, 2011 in Living Single
Separation can be painful but it can also be an opportunity to reassess your identity and your life. I wonder what Maria Shriver will do, introspectively, with the time she spends in separation limbo.

What Are the Roots of the Psychological Obsession with Culinaria?

I don’t seriously think we should add food porn addiction to the DSM, but I do believe there are serious questions about why people are obsessed with cookbooks, cooks, and other things culinary, and about the links between food and sex…

Seven Tips for Writing a Good Paper

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in Insight Therapy
For teachers, reading bad essays is like living on a diet of junk food: they may feel sick, guilty and angry, and think they may die. Students, too, suffer when they write badly because they get bad grades, which they usually don't enjoy. The writing principles outlined here should, therefore, help both groups feel better.

Is Spatial Intelligence Essential for Innovation and Can We Increase It Through Training?

Do males and females differ in spatial intelligence? What can we do to encourage more women to pursue high level math and science careers?

Puzzle-Solving and the Power of Generalization

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in Brain Workout
One of the most interesting features of the human brain is its ability to extract general principles from specific cases.
The Exhilaration of "Extreme Couponing?"

The Exhilaration of "Extreme Couponing?"

One of TLC's latest shows, "Extreme Couponing," brings entirely new meaning to being a savvy shopper. But are extreme savings healthy?

Who Is the "Animal" on a Date? The Badboy or the Life of the Party?

Are you dating a "good boy" or a "badboy?" Or is your man "The Life of the Party?" We'll look at what makes them the same, what challenges they face, and some new ideas about what masculinity even is...

What Are Noetic Sciences?

By Cassandra Vieten Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in Consciousness Matters
When I introduce myself as director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, also mentioned several times in the book, the invariable response is "That's, what are noetic sciences?"

What Does It Feel Like to Lose Everything on Your Computer?

"It's all gone. Even the amazing tech guy from upstairs couldn't do anything. It was like when the vet explains that a pet just won't make it. There's nothing to say."

"Do you have any versions of it anywhere?" I asked, hopeful.

War-Traumatized People: What to Call Them, How to Help Them

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
Controversies about labeling and helping veterans and other traumatized people.

How to Cultivate Equanimity Regardless of Your Circumstances

Equanimity is a central Buddhist concept that makes it possible to find contentment and happiness in this very life...

When the personal gets political

By Linda Brimm Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in Global Cosmopolitans
Lecturing on Global Cosmopolitans in Bulgaria and Romania brought up many questions from both travelers and people considering the possibility of embarking on a global lifestyle.
Food Porn Addiction: Diagnosis and Warning Signs

Food Porn Addiction: Diagnosis and Warning Signs

I have a psychological problem, and even my wife couldn’t see it, because she suffers the same disorder – a compulsion to read not only about cooking, but even about cooks, and to spend good money on books filled with erotic pictures of naked fruits and vegetables. Spot the warning signs....

Playing with Your Partner

My other half and I have ways of connecting that I think could help make any couple feel closer, so I thought I'd share a few of them.

Signs Your Partner May Not Be as Supportive as You Think

Sorry guys, sex is off the table if your wife is being treated for postpartum depression

79 Commandos and One Dog Teamed Up to Kill Osama Bin Laden

There was a canine soldier on the SEAL team that assaulted Osama bin Laden's compound.