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TV and Young Character

Is TV an impediment to children developing virtue? Would we do anything about it, even so?
Should we? The ancient philosopher Seneca and the moral development researcher Thomas Likona each seem to suggest even a young Socrates couldn't resist Sponge Bob on his own.

A Measure of Joy: An Index of Hope Part 2

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on October 05, 2011 in Living It
Using disaster prediction techniques, could we also predict chances of something good happening? For next week's charity fundraiser, I forecast a 60% probability of participation ...

When It's OK to Quit

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
When I googled quitting, there were literally pages of inspirational quotes about why quitting is bad. (You know, quitters never win, and all that stuff.) But I did find a Chinese Proverb that took a different view...

Dare to Believe

By Jeff Bell on October 05, 2011 in Beyond the Doubt
OCD Awareness Week is almost here. And this year, the International OCD Foundation needs our help spreading a powerful new message. Read on to learn how YOU can give hope to countless people struggling with The Doubting Disease.

Learn from the Experts About the Development of Sexual Orientation

Sexuality and gender play a big role in shaping identity, but for much of human history how they are determined has remained unknown. Watch experts explain the science of sexual orientation.

Why Inspiration Matters

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
Inspiration allows us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations and is a strong driver of creativity and well-being. In recent years, fascinating studies on inspiration have emerged, allowing us to take something as seemingly elusive as inspiration and understand its operation and impact on other important psychological outcomes.

Loving Radiohead: Enlightened Musical Taste or Irrationality?

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in Plato on Pop
I have discovered that my love of Radiohead is irrational. But I think it may also be one of the the very few exceptions where irrationality is acceptable.

Bad Habits of Fiction Writers--And the Rest of Us

By Meg Selig on October 05, 2011 in Changepower
People are confused about psychology--and understandably so.

Five Things “Angry Birds” Will Teach You About Life

By David DiSalvo on October 05, 2011 in Neuronarrative
Feeling bad about spending so much time playing "Angry Birds"? Take heart. The game is teaching you lessons about life you may have not even considered.

How to Speak to the Instinct of Your Audience

By Francis P Cholle on October 05, 2011 in The Intuitive Compass
Everyone is waiting for the latest news about the new iPhone ... never ending with Apple ... soon we'll see again long lines of people on Fifth Avenue in NY by the giant glass cube entrance of NY Fifth Avenue Apple store.

Love Is the Drug

By Susan Shapiro on October 05, 2011 in Unhooked
After quitting smoking and drinking, I went into deprivation overload...

Of mouse and human

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in Black Belt Brain
Technology represents modern age tools used by all. Our biology limits how we can use technology. Are we ready to link directly to machines?

Managing a Date's Bad Behavior: Taming a Jersey Shore Snooki

In dating, you occasionally get a partner who is disrespectful or out of control. Fortunately, there are ways to motivate them to treat you better. Read on and learn to do it right.

He and She Wired

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Emoticons are conceived of as nonverbal indicators of emotion. They attempt to substitute what is missing from computer generated communication: the emotional dimension which is primarily communicated through facial expressions. They have the power to soften, add to or intensify the meaning of the message.

Is Greed Ever Good? : Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives on Selfishness

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in Evil Deeds
With unemployment at almost 10% and an economy on the brink of depression, people are directing their frustration and fury against what they see as the cause of our national economic nightmare. They are protesting against one of the oldest and deepest of human evils. And scapegoating the most obvious, symbolic, convenient and concrete embodiment of that evil: Wall Street.

Why You Dislike Multi-Tasking

By Susan Cain on October 05, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Introverts are not as good at extroverts at multi-tasking, research suggests; our brains juggle competing bits of incoming information less efficiently. On the other hand, introverts tend to be better than extroverts at focusing on single tasks. It's thought that this is a major reason why we enjoy focusing and going deep -- and why we don't like social chit-chat.

A Measure of Joy: An Index of Hope Part 1

By Matthew Shanahan M.Sc. on October 05, 2011 in Living It
Using the developed mathematics of disaster prediction, I suggest a conceptual change to approach the measurement of hope and the likelihood of joy

What’s the Big Idea? It’s Fairness!

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on October 05, 2011 in The Fair Society
The Wall Street protesters need a “big idea” if they are to coalesce into an effective reform movement. Fairness is the key, and the vision (and the political agenda) described in “The Fair Society” provides a road map going forward.

Saved or Lost? AA and American Perfectionism

By Stanton Peele on October 05, 2011 in Addiction in Society
AA—rather than comprising some universal theory of wellness—expresses a peculiar kind of American, religious-based perfectionism. This perfectionism writ large led to the disaster of Prohibition. And it leads to disaster for many individuals who are exposed to AA as well.