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Is It Fair to Soak the Poor?

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on September 02, 2011 in The Fair Society
Warren Buffet, among many others, thinks the rich should pay more taxes. Some Robin Hoods in reverse claim the poor should be paying more taxes instead. How come?

Stereotypes Are Tools to Justify Intergroup Competition

A common belief is that stereotypes flow from some kind of experience: personal encounters that are generalized, impressions from various sources, even lessons from parents. Yet sometimes, stereotypes develop solely from a need to justify the negative attitudes that come with adversarial positions.

Getting Rejected or Excluded: Can It Make You Smarter?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 02, 2011 in Living Single
Getting rejected, excluded, ostracized, or discriminated against can be so very painful. However, not all of the consequences of these awful experiences are bad.

The Gorilla In Times Square

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Our expectations shape what we see in profound - and pretty funny - ways. What are you missing because you're not paying attention?

Seeing CEOs Without Halos

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The idealized glow of a halo makes it hard to see clearly – and to think straight. We are reminded about this now as Steve Jobs has stepped down as Apple’s CEO, and the press is full of dire warnings about the company’s future.

We're All ADHD Now

The challenge of deciding how to invest our energy and time and attentional resources - and resisting everything else - is not specific to ADHD

Top Ten Things College Students Need To Know About Sex

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in The New Teen Age
Heading off to college this fall? Here are ten things you need to know about sex before stepping foot on campus.

Novelist Alma Katsu on Love, Obsession, and Immortality

By Jennifer Haupt on September 01, 2011 in One True Thing
The Taker, compared with Interview with the Vampire, is part thriller and part historical romance. Novel asks: What price are we willing to pay to possess another?

A New Viking Invasion?

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in Words To Eat By
From Julius Caesar to Julia Child, French and Italian food has reigned supreme—but no longer.

The Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll of Back to School Shopping

In a world of designer fashion for infants, lingerie ads for children, and drug and alcohol promotion on clothing for teens finding appropriate pieces for your child may become much more than just back to school shopping.

Abuse of the Nuremberg Principle

A dangerous free-rider problem is created when resistance to authority is glorified. Any time you find it convenient to break the law, you can call yourself a courageous ethicist who’s resisting an unjust authority.

Don't Touch My Junk: Media and The Cliché Epidemic

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in The Media Zone
Seriously though, can people who fly their planes into symbolic U.S. landmarks really be called cowards? Terrorists? Yes. Martyrs? I suppose. But cowards? Not on your life. Or theirs.

Changing Your Definition of "Bad"

How changing your idea of "bad" behavior can make you feel good.

Are You Meditating, or Repressing?

The core intention of meditation is the release of thoughts and feelings that keep us stuck in our self-absorption. Repression is a way to avoid thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable for us. If in releasing our thoughts and feelings we fail to be totally honest with ourselves, our practice of meditation can easily become a vehicle of avoidance.

The September Rush: When Is A “Flag" A True Warning Sign?

By Karen L. Schiltz Ph.D. on September 01, 2011 in Beyond the Label
"Mom...I do not want to take Chinese. Do I have to? It's too hard."
"Grandma...my stomach is hurting and I don't know why."
"He has quite the sense of humor that boy! He just keeps on laughing and giggling. That's my grandson."
"My daughter is not eating much these days. I don't know what's wrong."

How To Make Friends – or At Least Think About It More Clearly

By Gretchen Rubin on September 01, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I’m a huge fan of Michael Thompson’s book, Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children...

Serving Others' Interests While Neglecting Your Own

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on September 01, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
When you cave in too much to other's demands, this rarely turns out well. Learn to change course and feel in charge of yourself.

If You've Died From This Drug, Call This Number

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 01, 2011 in The Power of Rest
We love drugs, we hate drugs, and don't always recognize how to best use them.

Trust Me, Most of the Time, But Not Always

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 01, 2011 in Am I Right?
Without trust our world would fall apart.