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Why Children Protest Going to School: More Evo. Mismatch

By Peter Gray on November 10, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
A Darwinian, evolutionary perspective helps us understand why children do not readily submit to schooling. Every bone in their body, every neuron, every muscle, resists coercion. Our hunter-gatherer past endowed children with educative drives that are rooted in freedom.

Overcoming Childhood Tragedy

By Kathryn Seifert on November 10, 2011 in Stop The Cycle
Why is it that some kids have the ability to overcome tragedy and trauma while others don't? Is it the severity of the tragedy that counts or the resiliency of the child? Are there other factors that determine the outcome?

Paterno Surprise Reflects Ignoring the Power of the Situation

By Allen R McConnell Ph.D. on November 10, 2011 in The Social Self
How could Joe Paterno, viewed as one of the few shining examples of a man who "did things right" get it so wrong and not respond better to sexual assault allegations by his own assistant coach? Repeatedly, social psychology has shown the importance of the power of the situation. In short, good people can do bad things when placed in particular circumstances.

On Paterno and Sports Fan Myopia

By Sam Sommers on November 10, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
There's no shortage of disturbing aspects to the Joe Paterno story. Take yesterday's impromptu rally in which Penn State students camped on the coach's lawn, cheering. How on earth, you might ask, could people support a man who, at the very least, failed to do more than pass the buck to university administrators upon learning that his assistant had assaulted a child?

Are You Confident About Your Best Quality?

By Donna Barstow on November 09, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
What's your best quality? And how much money is it worth? This owl is about to find out.

I Caught My Teen Daughter Sexting

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 09, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your teen daughter is sexting

The Varieties of Religious Therapy: Twelve Step Spirituality

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on November 09, 2011 in In Therapy
Most twelve step groups acknowledge a "Higher Power" as a central component of recovery. The outspoken Rabbi Rami Shapiro shares one perspective on this form of spirituality.

Unexpected Variables in Standardized Testing

By Debbie Stier on November 09, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
Given that this was my 6th SAT in 2011, and the first one I can say was a truly bad experience, I guess my odds aren't so bad (I'm trying to look on the bright side). And, I'm trying to find the lessons to impart from my bad experience, so others can hopefully avoid the pitfalls.

Relationship Violence in “Twilight”

While some vampire stories are rich with sexual and cultural lessons, the “Twilight” series, in my opinion, can be used as a display of behaviors that put people at risk for abuse in dating relationships.

Depression: The Dream of a Single Episode

The existence of SLEDs are a ray of hope in the dark world of depression.

If You Could Talk to a Dead Poet...

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 09, 2011 in Creating in Flow
"If you could meet one deceased literary figure, who would that be, what would you ask, what would you say. . . " That's the prompt for some imaginary time travel that was offered to 17 living writers.

How Gratitude Helps You Sleep at Night

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 09, 2011 in Minding the Body
Grateful thoughts can help you get a great night’s sleep. Recent research shows that gratitude may help you worry less at bedtime and sleep longer and better afterward.

Top NFL Quarterbacks Have More Attractive Faces

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 09, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Are top male athletes better looking than their less talented counterparts? Data using NFL quarterbacks suggests that this is indeed the case.

Ten Commandments for Dealing with Infertility

By Helen Adrienne L.C.S.W. on November 09, 2011 in On Fertile Ground
This is a sound bite world. But once digested, the advice in this brand new book, Ten Commandments for Couples for Every Aspect of Your Relationship Journey, will enrich your primary relationships.

Trauma and Families: Moving Beyond a Difficult Past

By Sonia Taitz on November 09, 2011 in Trauma and Families
My mission was to make the world better. Then, we could all be happy.

Let the Small Steps Count

Change is daunting. You step on the scale and you think, "Forty pounds to lose. I'll never do it." You open the door to the guest room and you think, "There's so much clutter in there. I'll never even make a dent." You look at your life and you say, "There's so much unhappiness. I'll never feel better." The only way to change is to let the small steps count.

LIVE - from SHRM's Work-Life Focus Conference

By Michele Woodward on November 09, 2011 in Getting Unstuck
What's the latest in the work-life field? Read live blogs from today's SHRM Work-Life Focus Conference in Washington, DC from blogger Michele Woodward.

Are You a Born Genius? Being a Learner Is Smarter

By David Rock on November 09, 2011 in Your Brain at Work
We all like to feel smart and talented. Turns out that whether we attribute it to natural ability or to hard work is a strong predictor of how successful we'll be.

Make the Positive Argument

By Gretchen Rubin on November 09, 2011 in The Happiness Project
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 Gratitude, and last week’s resolution was to Follow a threshold ritual. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

When Goddess Sex Erupts

By Rachel Clark on November 09, 2011 in Marry, Divorce, Reconcile
Are we deprived of healthy sex and stable child-rearing?

The Paterno Effect: Keep Your Job or Lose Your Manhood?

By Mark Matousek on November 09, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
There's no such thing as an innocent bystander. Paterno is guilty.