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Q&A With Author Jean Kwok: Girl in Translation

By Jennifer Haupt on March 13, 2012 in One True Thing
"It was hard re-experiencing the world I had left behind... my parents went from being parents to being people who were even more lost and confused than I was. The physical hardships—the fabric dust in the sweatshop, the bitter cold in our apartment, the rats that ran over our blankets as we slept—were more bearable than feeling unprotected and alone." —Jean Kwok

What Increases Marriage Satisfaction?

Does perfect love result in a perfect marriage of two spouses who “live happily ever after?” Not so says forthright and funny journalist Elizabeth Weil, author of the newly released marriage-upgrade saga No Cheating, No Dying. And according to recent marriage research, that kind of perfection is not even desirable.

Teens, Sex, and Co-ed Sleepovers

By Janell L. Carroll Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Get Psyched!
Would you allow your teenage son or daughter spend the night with his or her steady partner in your home? A study of parents found that while 91% of American parents said no, 93% of Dutch parents said yes (Schalet, 2011). This dramatic difference in opinions is mainly due to cultural differences in attitudes about sexuality.

The Risk of Becoming an Expert Multitasker

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Mental Mishaps
Are you an expert multitasker? Check your email, answer that text, talk with your co-workers, drive your car—how many things can you track at one time? In our busy modern environment, people constantly multitask. But just what are expert multitaskers expert at doing?

Is Autism Becoming More Common?

Last year I participated in the Autism Speaks-CDC workshop on evaluating changes in the prevalence of autism. Now that the CDC has published the meeting summary, I'd like to offer a few thoughts on the discussions and findings that came out of this meeting.

Perceptions on Conception: She Thinks It's All Her Responsibility

By Pamela Madsen on March 13, 2012 in Shameless Woman
A recently released survey shows that women who are trying to get pregnant worry way more than their male partners, despite the fact that half of all fertility problems are due to the male or a combination of both female and male factors.

11 Ways That Active Listening Can Help Your Relationships

The ability to communicate depends as much on listening as on speaking. When others speak you may hear, but do you actually listen? This brief test of active empathic listening will help you discover where you need to develop this vital communication skill.

What I Learned From Watching 'The Bachelor'

I’d always assumed that most women view relationships with a healthy dose of reality—that there is no Prince Charming and that there is no such thing as a perfect love. But watching the finale and the reactions of the women across America, like Sleeping Beauty, I woke up.

Meaningful Busywork: Parsing the Oxymoron

Defining busywork as "relevant" or "useless" begins first with an understanding of its purpose, not how it feels as the person complete it.

Mom Deserves Someone Having Her Back!

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in People Skills
Moms often don't look for the support they deserve.

Stand Up for Mothers Who Can’t or Don’t Breast-feed

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Singletons
Is breast-feeding essential and sacred? Are you a terrible mother if you can't or don't breast-feed?

Friendship: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

I became really close friends with this girl that works in my local community center. We were best friends, always had banter, gossip, and helped each other through our ups and downs. She was working there during another worker's maternity leave. But as the maternity leave came to an end, she had to get a new job.

On the Origin of Cooties: Can Feminine Napkins Contaminate?

In a series of experiments, researchers placed a number of items in a shopping cart, then asked participants how much they would be willing to pay for one of the items. For some participants, a package of feminine napkins was touching the package of cookies. Did the feminine napkins "contaminate" the cookies?

How To Be Happier With Your Decisions

By Heidi Reeder Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in I Can Relate
Being a trade-up kind of person or a good-enough kind of person makes a big difference when it comes to satisfaction with your choices.

Why Do I Have Trouble Reading?

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Eyes on the Brain
When I wrote Fixing My Gaze, I was faced with a Catch-22. I wrote the book for people, like me, who have binocular vision problems, but many people with these conditions don’t like to read.

After the Divorce: Who Takes Custody of Your Friends?

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on March 13, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
Who gets the Joneses? Can you have joint custody of your friends after the divorce?

The Whore, the Slut and the 'Good Girl'

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on March 13, 2012 in Culture in Mind
Why are 'whore' and 'slut' offensive? Can women take them back and make them their own? Are we forever destined to be either a Madonna or a whore? Why is it bad for women to exercise their sexual power as they see fit? This post challenges some common notions about female sexuality and men's power to define it.

The Narcissistic Ex Part IV

He may not be a narcissist, but he's still an a-hole.

US Cities: Sinful and Saintly

"What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness." - Joseph Brodsky. A recent Internet article by Jordan Rane (2012) caught my eye because it resonated with my interest in psychological variations across United States (US) cities.

Behavioral Health Reports Are Depressing Me

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on March 12, 2012 in Beyond Freud
Behavioral health reports are depressing me. This feeling exists only in my mind and doesn't alter my behavior.