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.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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?
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.
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.