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What is Spirituality (2): Updating ancient wisdom

Nothing in science invalidates ancient wisdom about a pervasive and subtle essence or spirit inhabiting the universe.

Most Talked-About Living Single Posts for 2011

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 24, 2011 in Living Single
Most stumbled upon, “liked,” commented on, and tweeted Living Single posts from the year 2011

How a Cup of Decaf Can Give You a Caffeine Buzz

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 24, 2011 in Minding the Body
Your response to caffeine is shaped in part by your expectations. The more you expect a java jolt, the more likely you are to get one.

Still Christmas Shopping?

Still holiday shopping? You're not alone. The final days before Christmas is the busiest shopping time of the year. Last-minute gift gathering is a perfect time to reflect on why we you put things off -- and how to beat procrastination when it matters.

Getting Through The Holidays After Losing A Loved One???

By Kymberly Grosso on December 23, 2011 in Autism in Real Life
This will be the second Christmas we are celebrating without Mom, and I still find myself asking, "How do you get through the holidays after losing a loved one?"

Are You Emotionally Contagious?

Why is it a more intense experience watching a scary or thriller movie with others than by oneself? Are you a person who can “infect” others with your emotions, or are you highly susceptible to emotional contagion in others?

Why Do People Resort To Violence?

By Kathryn Seifert on December 23, 2011 in Stop The Cycle
It’s a simple, but profound question: Why do people resort to violence? The earliest records show us that brutality and bloodshed belongs to every human era – psychology reveals the eternal spark that ignites our fiery rage.

Baby Boomers Caring for Elderly Parents

By Ann Bettencourt Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in We Can Get Along
Do you have a parent who is, or parents who are, getting up there in years? What are you doing about their health, their care, their finances? What are you supposed to be doing? To find answers to these questions, I went to my local library...

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Holiday Blues: Which Do you have and tips to avoid the Holiday Blues?

By Norman Rosenthal M.D. on December 23, 2011 in Your Mind, Your Body
For many of us, the holidays are a joyful time. But for some people, the expected happiness does not arrive. Lonely people - without family or friends - and those who grew up in dysfunctional families and have unpleasant memories of the holidays, simply can't achieve the ideal that many commercial images of the holidays portray.

Christmas Blues

For some Christmas is a period with at least some kind of disappointment, anxiety, or even sadness, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

The Parent Well-Being Top Ten Tips for the New Year

By Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP on December 23, 2011 in Parent Pulse
Parenting brings extreme highs and extreme lows, but the constant in this parenting paradox is you, the parent. You matter. How you take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically impacts how you take care of your children. Find out the top ten tips for parent well-being in the New Year.

Psychology Defined

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
Psychologists don't know how to define psychology.

Why Atheists and Believers Need Each Other

By Susan Cain on December 23, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Here's the question that comes up every holiday season, sometimes explicitly, often not: "Is there a God?"

You already know the answers. Some say yes, others say no, and then we argue about it ceaselessly. But here's a different way to look at the question.

Both Kinds of Wonder

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Ambigamy
Wonder as satisfied awe, and as unsatisfied curiosity: May you experience both this holiday season.

The Hungry Mind

By Terri Apter Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Domestic Intelligence
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”

Recovery = Abstinence... Or not

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in All About Addiction
Does recovery have to involve abstinence? I don't think so and apparently SAMHSA agrees. Why don't we start measuring what really matters?

Sexy Gifts To Buy Your Mom (Why Not?)

By Pamela Madsen on December 23, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I learn the most amazing things on Facebook. It might not be a scientific journal, or published survey, but it is a way of seeing what is going on in our culture. And apparently, the willingness to see mom as having a sex life is trending!

Something for Everyone, but More for the Most Needy

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
Study after study shows that we can stop children with the most problems, from the most challenging families and communities, from growing up and becoming the next generation of problem kids. But it means giving more of our scarce government resources to the most vulnerable and much less to those who can look after themselves.

Military Suicides III

By Eric Newhouse on December 23, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers returning home from Iraq over the past few months will be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression as the Army tries to reduce the number of military suicides.

Is Being "Half a Partner" to Somebody Enough?

I'm finding this post very difficult to summarize, but it deals with "good-but-not-great" relationships, emotional infidelity, "special friends" (the opposite of "friends with benefits"), and most importantly, self-respect. All wrapped in a tidy bow for your holiday reading pleasure!

Is the Secret to Change All in How You Phrase It?

A simple word change can make people more likely to be the best version of themselves: helping others, conserving energy, saving money, and not cheating. That change? Use a noun, not a verb, to describe the action.

Does Regret Make You More Human(e)?

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in One Among Many
TED talks are used around the world for educational purposes. Some of them do a disservice to the field of psychology. Here, I consider one such talk that tries to make sense of the emotion of regret.