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The Need for Patience

One reason that patience is a virtue is that it is a means of connecting members of a family and community together in deeper ways.

Catch “March Madness” Fever to Accomplish Your Fitness Goals this Spring!

Watching my favorite team (the Buckeyes) come back from being 15 points down, and then win a share of the Big Ten championship by hitting a last second, dagger of a shot, I thought to myself, spring may be the time of year to renew my commitment to my New Year's resolutions—or to make new ones.

The War of the Addiction Worlds

By Stanton Peele on March 08, 2012 in Addiction in Society
While the "chronic brain disease" meme dominates American views of addiction, there are actually four such world views at war in our collective consciousness. Which one prevails will determine not only American drug policy, but our psychological future and clinical practice.

To Condoms: With Love and No Thanks to Controversy

Contraception in the form of any pill is useful, but pills do not protect against disease. And as we were reminded this week from the Colbert Report, in talking about the politics of contraception, “Chlamydia is not a flower.”

Do You Want Your Doctor to Tell You When You’re Going to Die?

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 08, 2012 in Critical Decisions
Paul Kostick's DNA was under attack and his fate was sealed. Forces beyond his control were hacking large pieces of genetic material off the ends of his chromosomes. Should his doctor tell him how long he has to live?

Do You Make Time to Think About Death?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 08, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Death not only deprives us of life, but also compels us to spend the life that it deprives us from in the mostly unconscious fear of this deprivation.

When It Pays to Fake Attraction

By John Whitfield Ph.D. on March 08, 2012 in People Will Talk
A male's taste in mates can depend on who's watching.

For International Women's Day, Consider Ongoing Misogyny

Manifestations of Bias Against Women are Legion

Being Obnoxious: Apologies in Advance

Can you apologize before you do the deed?

Undeterred, Rush Limbaugh Bashes Another Single Woman

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 07, 2012 in Living Single
I wonder whether women who are single – perhaps especially if they are single and accomplished – are especially likely get under Limbaugh’s skin. Undeterred by the flight of advertisers no longer willing to be associated with his war on women, Rush recently went on to disparage still another successful single woman.

The Anatomy of Melancholy: Can Depression be Good for You?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 07, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Most people think of depression as a mental disorder, that is, a biological illness of the brain. Here I argue that the concept of depression as a mental disorder has been unhelpfully overextended to include all manner of human suffering, and, more controversially, that ‘depression' can even be good for us.

Free Diet Book! Chorotega Diet Part 2

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on March 07, 2012 in Pura Vida
Free guide to Chorotega Diet, and some scientific references...

Social Networks and Inequality

Social networking, which claims to make connections and bring people together, paradoxically exacerbates social divisions and inequalities. Social networks are inherently unfair and exclusionary. They operate on the principle of homophily—a Greek derived word that means "love of same," or, more colloquially, "birds of a feather flock together."

Looking for Leadership?

By Donna Hicks Ph.D. on March 07, 2012 in Dignity
Since the September release of my book, Dignity, I have given many talks to a variety of different groups. When it came time for audience participation, inevitably, someone would raise a question about the quality of political leadership in the US and how undignified the politicians were behaving.

Eat Like an Alien

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on March 07, 2012 in Eating Mindfully
Try this mindful eating exercise to increase your awareness around food.

Relationships: Putting Yourself First

By Isadora Alman MFT on March 07, 2012 in Sex & Sociability
You've heard the dictum that in a good relationship each person must give more than 50%. I've also heard that each must give 100% (which must make for a relationship full to overflowing!).

Deadline Dread

By Dennis Palumbo on March 07, 2012 in Hollywood on the Couch
Someone once said, "The problem with being a writer is that it's like always having homework due." Whether a screenwriter on assignment, a member of a TV series' writing staff, or a struggling writer who's promised his or her agent a terrific new spec pilot, everyone's faced a deadline at some point.

Illegal Surrogacy Operation the "Tip of the Iceberg"

By Emily Smith Beitiks on March 07, 2012 in Genetic Crossroads
The accomplices in the surrogacy scandal have been sentenced. What have we learned about preventing further abuses in the surrogacy industry?
When Is It Right to Get Angry?

When Is It Right to Get Angry?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 07, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Anger is a common and potentially destructive feeling that urgently needs to be given more thought.

Awareness Is an Agent for Change

Our thoughts create our realities. Therefore, if we want to change your behavior, our way of thinking, or our lives, awareness is the first step. Unfortunately, many of us go through life oblivious to our actions and thoughts. The good news is that once we're aware, we can change them.

Battle of the Exes: Clinical Couples and Conflict Galore

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on March 07, 2012 in Reel Therapy
One of MTV's hottest reality shows, Battle of the Exes, showcases clinical couples—partners who fight and are likely to break-up. To understand why this is and what can be done about it please read on...

Domestic Violence by Proxy: Getting It Right and Getting It Wrong

Domestic violence by proxy is not a more accurate diagnosis than PAS—a comment on Silberg's (2009) attempt to explain away parental alienation.

The Chorotega Diet: Two Grains and a Legume

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on March 07, 2012 in Pura Vida
Try the Chorotega Diet, the easiest, cheapest, and most healthy diet in the world.

Why Are People Willing to Let Bad Things Happen?

Which is morally worse: Pushing someone overboard to drown or doing nothing to save someone who is clearly drowning? Recent research suggests that people are more willing to opt for inaction because they know that, in general, others are more lenient toward non-actors than toward actors.

Wanted: Your Answers to These Questions About Life and Death

In the past month I've sadly learned of three Baby Boomers who committed suicide, reportedly including, one, a true socialite, a certified ‘Ms Diva' and very well-to-do. Looking at her life from the outside, it seemed she had everything going for her; but now, she's dead... reportedly at her own hand.