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Too Big To Fail

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 02, 2009 in Hidden Motives
Perhaps the underlying problem with banks that are “too big to fail” is that they are also too big to succeed.
Can I Get Your Number?
Are Men Romantic?
Passion in a Hook-Up Culture
The Orgasmic Quest

Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You Do

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 01, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
One of my all-time favorites among all the scientific papers that I have ever read in my life is “Why your friends have more friends than you do,” published in the American Journal of Sociology in 1991 by my old sociology friend Scott L. Feld, who is now Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.

Aiming Where We Want to Go

By Alison Bonds Shapiro M.B.A. on November 01, 2009 in Healing Into Possibility
Nothing for miles except telephone poles hundreds of yards apart and all the skid marks pointed to the telephone poles

Creative Kids Learn to Flow (Part 1)

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 01, 2009 in Creating in Flow
Watch closely next time your child is deeply involved in play. If she's so focused that she doesn't come when you call her, she's not ignoring you just to be ornery. She's probably in a flow state. You ought to encourage that. Here's why...

The Continuing Stigma of Depression

By Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. on November 01, 2009 in Charting the Depths
Burning Man
Dare To Be Bad


On the evidence of a single photo many people think that chimps think like us—but that’s because they are thinking like people, not like chimps.

Can We Adapt to Big Cities and to Little Nature?

By Peter H Kahn Jr., Ph.D. on October 30, 2009 in Human-Nature
By destroying nature, we're destroying the wellsprings of our life. But some people argue that we can adapt to these changes. I think it's a pernicious argument, and wrong, but grounded in some truth. I'd like to explain what I see going on here.

Mind Reader?

By Jim Silver J.D. on October 30, 2009 in Crimes, Courts, and Cops
"Was the teacher in the second row taking notes when I was talking?" "I'm pretty sure the retired guy in the front was nodding for that part." "Is she just closing her eyes or is she actually sleeping?"These, ladies and gentlemen, are the actual thoughts running through a lawyer's brain when he or she is standing in front of a jury. Trust me, we're not thinking great legal thoughts, ruminating over case law or setting up the decisive Perry Mason moment where "the truth is finally revealed!"

I'll Pay You Ten Dollars to Throw That Apple

By Jonathan Levy on October 30, 2009 in The Interactive World
Mostly, children with autism (and really, most any child) don't care about the seemingly invented concepts of right and wrong. Instead, they care about what is entertaining and what isn't, what gives them power and what doesn't. In that way, they are like pretty much everybody else.

Sports: What Motivates Athletes?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 30, 2009 in The Power of Prime
Motivation is the foundation all athletic effort and accomplishment. Without your desire and determination to improve your sports performances, all of the other mental factors, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions, are meaningless. To become the best athlete you can be, you must be motivated to do what it takes to maximize your ability and achieve your goals.

Demons Come Dance

By Paul Abramson on October 30, 2009 in The Sexpert
People often ask me "What is the story behind the song "Demons Come Dance?" Though a Halloween favorite, it is about psychological demons; not the haunted house variety.

Debunking the myth of the rugged, and resilient, individual

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 30, 2009 in Nurturing Resilience
We love to believe that it is the rugged individual who overcomes adversity, but the truth is that resilience is much more dependent on the quality of our families, neighbourhoods, and political systems than any individual character traits.

Business: Top Ten Qualities of Prime Leaders

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 29, 2009 in The Power of Prime
In my work with CEO's and other business leaders throughout the world, as well as, top coaches and professional and Olympic athletes, I have identified ten qualities that I have found to be woven, without exception, into the very fabric of these highly successful individuals. If you look at the business leaders whom you admire, I'm sure you will also see these attributes in them.

Fight Logical Fallacies -- Eat More Halloween Candy!

By James C Kaufman on October 29, 2009 in And All That Jazz
How many readers have had Halloween candy taken away from them by their parents? Perhaps the candy was unwrapped or homemade. Even worse, entire bags might be confiscated. Why this nightmare? All because of the stupid Argumentum ad Metum.

How Do Ideas Get Generated

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on October 29, 2009 in Raising Grieving Children
Mourners maintain a continuing bond to the deceased.
Keepin' it Clean on Halloween
How Sweet it Is!
Halloween Manners
Halloween and Classification

Giving without Spending a Penny

By Cami Walker on October 28, 2009 in Get Your Give On
So often we live in a place of scarcity (particularly financial scarcity) and allow that to be an excuse for not giving. This only perpetuates our sense of inadequacy, and encourages us to focus on what we do not have, or can not do, which locks us into a self-limiting cycle. It's easy to forget that by giving, we remind ourselves of the abundance in our lives. It is time we take notice of the blessings in our lives, and to build ourselves up with esteemable acts that are gifts to those around us.

Anger Is the Key (Part2)

By Henry Kellerman Ph.D. on October 28, 2009 in Thinking Matters
1. Your wish for something is thwarted;2. You feel disempowered about that and of course angry about it (because anger is a reempowerment, and that's what you need - a reempowerment);3. But, rather than express the anger, you suppress it, or more accurately, you repress it;4. Because of this repression you will necessarily pop a symptom.

The Key to Understanding Body Language

By Joe Navarro M.A. on October 28, 2009 in Spycatcher
The study of Body Language or Nonverbals need not be as difficult as it may seem. Many of our behaviors are reflections of how we feel about something, what we are thinking, or intending. By looking for behvaiors of comfort / discomfort we can often discern what's really going on in the mind.

Regular Flu Shots Decrease Effectiveness of Swine Flu Vaccine

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on October 28, 2009 in Complementary Medicine
This study of over 12 million Canadians suggests that those who recently had the flu vaccine for the regular flu were less likely to be helped by the Swine flu vaccine.

Division III Athletics: Where athletes play to win, play for fun, and are true student-athletes

By John Tauer Ph.D. on October 28, 2009 in Goal Posts
Once again, I was reminded of the passion for excellence possessed by so many Division III athletes. Yes, they want to have fun and yes they want to make friends, but make no mistake they also want to win and to excel at all that they do.
When Your Stepchild Is a Wild Thing
The Best and Worst in Child Custody
My Lover Loves His Ex's Kids

Online gaming creates another self

By Ethan Gilsdorf on October 27, 2009 in Geek Pride
Negative stereotyping of online gaming isn't fair. And if you delve into these games, you soon realize that MMOs and other computer games can offer something more powerful than escapism. They even change lives.