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Chancer and Iyal: A Dog, His Boy, and His Dog

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 03, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Chancer, a golden retriever, takes care of a youngster with severe cognitive disabilities. Chancer is one of many dogs who give hope to those who need it. The reciprocal bond, the life line, formed between humans and their canine companions is awe-inspiring and win-win for all. Bless all the dog beings and human beings who work in these wonderful programs.

Relax, You're Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on February 03, 2012 in Mood Swings
We have an allergy to calling anything in psychiatry normal, because we don't want to call things abnormal.

There's Nothing Like the Comfort of My Bed to Restore Happiness

By Gretchen Rubin on February 03, 2012 in The Happiness Project
Through a mutual friend, I e-met Agapi Stassinopoulos. She has a new book that's just hitting the bookstores, Unbinding the Heart. She grapples with the question of how we can "unbind our hearts" better to experience playfulness, connection, self-expression, and joy.

Why Are Men So Violent?

By Jesse Prinz Ph.D. on February 03, 2012 in Experiments in Philosophy
Are men warriors by nature? A new evolutionary account may be wrong about the source of male violence.

The Rational Irrationality of Soccer Deaths and Football Bets

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2012 in Brain Trust
As you know, 74 people were killed this Wednesday when Egyptian soccer fans stampeded into a bottleneck after a 3-1 hometown upset win. While certainly tragic, it's far from irrational: it turns out the behavioral economics were stacked against them.

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: The Healing Power of Clinical Wisdom (Part Three)

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on February 03, 2012 in Evil Deeds
What really happens in psychotherapy? The answer to that question is complex. And depends in part on the type of psychotherapy one seeks. But one thing psychotherapy can convey to patients are certain essential secrets to living a more rich, meaningful, creative, balanced life. What are some of these secrets? Here, in Part Three of this series, are seven more.

Hurry Up! Let's Talk About Anxiety!

By Shawn A. Tassone M.D. on February 03, 2012 in The 90 Minute Checkup
It's a catch phrase: "I'm nervous." My seven-year-old is anxious his basketball team might lose against the orange team this weekend. Anxiety and the anxious lexicon have crept into our society over the past decades and we as a culture have turned into a bundle of nervous.

Ohio Bloodbath Update: Surviving Leopard Euthanized After Accident In Zoo

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Animal Emotions
A zookeeper accidentally struck a surviving spotted leopard with a steel gate at the Columbus Zoo and the leopard had to be euthanized because of pre-existing conditions. A very sad ending to a horrific tragedy that could have been avoided.

Sibling Love Challenges Hurricane Katrina

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Trouble in Mind
Jesmyn Ward's novel, "Salvage the Bones," is a gut-wrenching ride that can teach us much about the power of sibling love.

Dear Student: Don't Ask Me This

If you're going to make a mistake, dear student, own up and don't ask for pre-approval.

Getting Grown

By Steven B. Jackson on February 02, 2012 in Culture Conscious
Nature, nurture, and the global experience of adolescence.

Flap Over Designer Sperm in India

By Marcy Darnovsky Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Genetic Crossroads
An ad for sperm from “tall and fair” technology students sparks a debate in India about designer babies.

Time Magazine: "The Power of (Shyness)" and High Sensitivity

No, we are not necessarily shy and not always introverted, but the book which prompted the article, Susan Cain's "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking," is actually more about HSPs than social introverts, so we're getting there. Perhaps in a year or two the highly sensitive person will be Time's person of the year!

A 7 Step Valentine Love Plan

By Rita Watson MPH on February 02, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
In the hustle and bustle of our overly committed lives, do we ever remember to take time to listen for love? Sometimes we need to clear our heads and hearts so that we can hear love. Perhaps this Valentine's Day, those wishing for love might want to make a promise to themselves to take a stand on clearing the path for love.

How Gender Differences Make Decision-Making Difficulties

Men rush for the finish line. Women explore, communicating about various underlying concerns. And therein lies the struggle.

Diagnosing ADD in College Students

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
A recent blog asked for information about how clinicians might go about diagnosing Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD). Here are the five main points that we assess when making a diagnosis of ADD, listed in order of importance.

Envy Theory: A New Model of the Mind

Envy Theory: A New Model of the Mind

Unconscious envy is the primitive sensation and conflated feeling of privation, powerlessness, inferiority, and hostile distress coupled with the urge to rob and spoil in the face of advantages and their enjoyment existing elsewhere. The healthy maturation of envy into admiration and gratitude is its potential gift!

Countertransference: When Is Yours Mine?

Meeting Lyn and Rob was hard from the start. I knew from her phone message that they had lost their dear son after nine months gestation, during delivery. It never gets any easier even after years of hearing one very sad story after another. "He was perfect," she sat close to her husband in my office and shook her head in disbelief.

Huge Increase of Calories in Cookbook Recipes

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
By comparing cookbook recipes from 1936 and 2006, this helps us shed light (not weight) on one source of the obesity epidemic.

What Are the Safety Concerns for People on the Autism Spectrum?

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 02, 2012 in The Autism Advocate
Children on the autism spectrum are at a higher risk of being hurt, victimized or wandering off, to name a few worries that are high on the list of parental concerns.

Why Facebook Is Failing

By Jeff Wise on February 02, 2012 in Extreme Fear
The company has striven to bind together every aspect of the internet experience, to achieve immortality through intrusiveness. And this, I think, will be their undoing.

The Importance of Planned Parenthood

By Jennifer Hamady on February 02, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
No matter your views on abortion, Planned Parenthood is doing very important–and indeed, lifesaving–work. I encourage everyone to remember that the issue of womens' reproductive health–and rights–is not black and white. In the gray areas, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of lives at stake.

Sleepy Teens

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in The Teenage Mind
Can't get your teen out of bed to go to school? Maybe the problem isn't him. Maybe the problem is his changing body.

New Ways Exercise Works

Moving transforms you—from the inside out.

Making Love: All of the Positions

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 02, 2012 in Ambigamy
A woman I know nearly throws up when anyone calls sex “making love.” You wouldn’t guess it to see her or hear her talk. She’s classy and refined, and a true romantic, too. Still, she much prefers calling sex sex or any of its other rougher names.