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You Only Need One New Year’s Resolution

This is the time of year that we make New Year's resolutions. For many of us, keeping those resolutions is something of a challenge. In truth, for all of those resolutions to stick, you only need one.

Tricking Your Brain to Avoid Jet Lag

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on January 02, 2012 in PreFrontal Nudity
Jet lag happens when you travel across multiple time zones, because your brain's internal clock is no longer synchronized to the clock on the wall. In this post I'll explain exactly what is going on in your brain, and how to trick your brain to avoid the worst effects of jet lag.

Commitment Phobics

Some commitment phobic adults are playing a dysfunctional family role

Becoming A Great Observer

By Joe Navarro M.A. on January 02, 2012 in Spycatcher
Study after study has demonstrated that we humans are terrible observers - often distracted and not very discerning. Has it always been this way and can we become better observers? The answer is no and yes.

A Dozen Psychology Do's and Don'ts

Psychology is a source of an almost infinite amount of practical advice but to be effective, this advice should have a solid empirical basis. These dozen “do’s” and “don’ts” contain 12 top empirically-validated tips that can help your life, from disciplining children (and yourself) to finding a therapist.

Finding a Framework for Failure

By Steve Baskin on January 02, 2012 in S'mores and More
As response to my blog entitle "The Gift of Failure" made me realize that I may have failed in articulating my thoughts. I am a huge believer in support, love, and attachment. I, however, think the parenting pendulum has swung to over-protection versus resilience. Parents that understand this balance with provide their children with a critical gift.

Embodied Memory

Bodies remember. High-quality, committed sex is lovemaking that explores not just one another’s bodies at particular times, but one another’s embodied selves as they reach from remembered times to anticipated times.

Darwin’s Psychology

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on January 02, 2012 in The Fair Society
Darwin’s name has long been used to justify an every-man-for-himself, “survival of the fittest” ideology. But the Social Darwinists are wrong. Darwin’s Darwinism was radically different, and the emergent science of human nature supports his model.

OWS is a Tougher Revolution than ours in the 60s

By George Davis on January 02, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
The only way to win your revolution (OWS) is to take it into cyberspace.

Bankruptcy, Default, Debt — and Being a Person

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 02, 2012 in Hidden Motives
In the eyes of the law, a corporation is a person, but when a real person, that is, a person of flesh and blood, declares bankruptcy or defaults on his or her debt it is usually considered a moral failure....

How Did Russell Brand Become an Addiction Expert?

By Stanton Peele on January 02, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Russell Brand, who has described achieving sobriety from drug and sex addiction for a decade now, somehow embarked on a marriage in his mid-thirties that barely lasted a year. What went wrong?

Adolescence and Not Fitting into Family

The less well adolescents fit in at home, the more pressure they can feel to fit in with peers.

Faking Orgasm

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 02, 2012 in Insight Therapy
Women--and men, it turns out--fake orgasms quite frequently. But they don't do so randomly, thoughtlessly, or by accident. As science reveals when, why, and how people fake their orgasms, it sheds light on the intricate and often unconscious system of rules and expectations that guides our sexual interactions.

Using “Small Wins” to Advance Your Work Career

A new program of research has discovered a powerful motivator: the idea that "small wins" at work can increase your motivation, your productivity, and your work engagement and satisfaction. How does this work?

Is All Religion True?

By David Niose on January 02, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Cee Lo Green turns John Lennon's "Imagine" upside down.

Friendship by the Book - "MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend"

You might call Rachel Bertsche a serial dater. But that doesn't quite capture her unique adventure. After relocating to Chicago, bereft of the strong network of friends, colleagues and familial supports she had in New York, the author spent 52 weeks prospecting for girlfriends in her search for a bestie.

Mommy, Do You Love Me as Much as You Love Your Mommy?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 01, 2012 in In the Name of Love
When a child asks his mother whether she loves him as much as she loves her mother, the answer is not obvious. Although claiming that love has different forms which cannot be compared is the more profound answer, the claim that the mother loves her daughter more than her mother seems to better reflect reality in many cases.

Don't Blink! It's Another Hollywood Divorce

16 days of marriage for Sinead O'Connor. 72 days of marriage for Kim Kardashian. Should we be celebrating anniversary milestones in days not years?

Influence vs. Control

I often wish I could snap my fingers and make people do what I want. I wish I could speed up the pace at which I achieve my goals and slow down the pace at which pleasant things fade.

Grieving a Suicide

In the last few weeks we've been inundated with lists: The most fascinating people, the best films, best books. I've never been much of a fan of these subjective directories, especially when compilers remain anonymous, instead I favor going deeper, telling readers about books with the power to create lasting change. Books that teach.

The Thinking Body, The Moving Mind: What I Learned From Merce Cunningham About Psychology

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company performed for the last time on December 31, 2011. A psychologist reflects on her 20 years taking classes at Merce's school.

How to Make this Year Last Longer

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on January 01, 2012 in Out of the Darkness
If we understand why time seems to speed up with each passing year, then we can use some simple methods to slow it down.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Advocating for Your Gifted Child

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on January 01, 2012 in Gifted-Ed Guru
You know your child best so don't hesitate to speak to his/her strengths--or look for ways to build on weaknesses.

The Catcher In The Rye

By Sandeep Gautam on January 01, 2012 in The Fundamental Four
Steve argues that failures are necessary and overprotecting your child is counter-productive; I argue that exposing your child to failures, without adequate safety nets in place, can lead to great harm and an 'off hands' parenting style is not to be preferred.