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How Good Intentions Make Us Dumb and Mean

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Ambigamy
We say "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," without specifying how and why. Here's specifically how and why, a necessary counter-balance to our tendency to think of good intentions as purely virtuous.

Parents, Adolescents, and the Subject of Sex

Once early adolescents reach puberty, sexual maturity and the journey to young womanhood and young manhood begins.

Circuses: Wild Animals Do Not Belong in the Cruelest Show on Earth

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Circuses do nothing for the animals themselves or for other members of their species despite claims to the contrary. Circuses make no contributions to conservation. They serve no purpose other than "entertainment" if you dare to call watching abused and terrorized animals performing stupid and unnatural tricks "entertainment".

Four Building Blocks for Ecstatic Sex: It Starts in the Mind

By Pamela Madsen on November 07, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Let's take apart sexual pleasure. It's by taking it apart and learning it's essential components that we can truly understand how it all works.

The Negative Side of Self-Evolution

The deep structures of a relationship are situated early on. Roles are established, patterns of behavior set and agreements made. Going forward, these elements outline both the context and trajectory of the relationship. Very often when a significant change in these rules is introduced, the relationship destabilizes, sometimes to the point of unraveling.

Sleuthing for Truth in the Information Age

By Marietta McCarty on November 07, 2011 in Life Saving Philosophy
Responsibility for assessing the accuracy of a news report or a candidate's track record falls to each of us. I have work to do. How about you?

Do You Have an Impossible Ex?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on November 07, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
What do we do with an impossible, malignant ex?

Self-Reliance Paradox: Why They Underappreciate Your Generosity

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Ambigamy
We take for granted our most reliable support. Like a little boy running away from home, saying "Who needs parents?" we all tend to underestimate our dependence on the people and things that we depend upon most. The under-employed, set free, feel less independent. The uber-rich over-estimate their independence.

The Psychological Response to Obstacles

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Few important things in life come easy. How do you deal with obstacles?

"Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup!"

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Words To Eat By
There are two types of people in the world: those who like soup for dinner and those who don't.

Why You Should Make Mistakes on Purpose

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
Many of us hold ourselves to unrealistically high standards. We are terribly afraid of making mistakes, somehow believing that perfection is a requirement for being accepted as a worthy member of the human race.

What Counts as Normal?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Living Single
In a wonderful book with a telling title, Sex is Not a Natural Act, psychiatry professor and former sex columnist Leonore Tiefer spelled out five meanings of “normal.”

Our Place in the Zoo

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 07, 2011 in The Dolphin Divide
We can, indeed, talk to the animals. What might be surprising is that they can talk back. Do animals besides ourselves sometimes feel trapped by an inability to say what’s on their minds? It turns out that animals can not only meaningfully express themselves through language when given the chance—but they can do so quite eloquently on occasion.

Go Tigers!

By Michael W Kraus Ph.D. on November 07, 2011 in Under the Influence
How can the Southern USA be the simultaneous location for southern hospitality and smash-mouth football? The answer lies in the Southern Culture of Honor.

Swearing Off (Humorous) Thought Experiments

By Peter McGraw Ph.D. on November 06, 2011 in The Humor Code
Why have humor theories long fallen short? Maybe it's because thinkers have spent too long thinking about them, and not enough time subjecting them to empirical tests.

Is Having an Abortion Likely to Damage a Woman's Mental Health?

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on November 06, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Anti-choice activist used voodoo science to frighten women about the consequences of abortion for their mental health.

Is There A Season for Every Thing?

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on November 06, 2011 in Peacemeal
Does age-old wisdom hold modern truths about our wellbeing and productivity?

How to Grow Up

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on November 06, 2011 in Happiness in this World
How often do you become irrationally angry, and even though you fully recognize you're overreacting, still find yourself unable to stop? Do you find yourself hurt by a careless word or gesture and find yourself acting petulantly in hopes the person who hurt you will recognize the damage they've done without you having to tell them how you feel?

Image and Ego 1: Bruised, Inflated, or Right-sized?

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on November 06, 2011 in The Fallible Mind
How you read yourself influences how you read others. We spend great time and effort creating an image, and then maintainaing it.

Destructive Myths that CEOs Live By

By Ray Williams on November 06, 2011 in Wired for Success
There's some pretty good evidence that Capitalism could be in deep trouble in today's world. And long with it, stereotypical CEO, business model, and workplace practices are in deep trouble.

Fact and Fancy: The Case of Herman Cain

By Gary Alan Fine Ph.D. on November 06, 2011 in The Global Grapevine
Given the charges of sexual harassment aimed at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, coupled with their lack of specific charges, how should the public respond? When do charges merit a response?