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How True Is Planet of the Apes? Human Resilience and Primate Studies

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 28, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
Planet of the Apes may look like simple entertainment, but Caesar’s behavior is a good example of what we are learning from primate studies about the consequences of early abuse or having a parent die. We can protect children from the consequences.

Silent Victims: Children And Hurricanes

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on August 28, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
For a child, seemingly insignificant hurricane losses can lead to lifelong changes, good or bad, that make up his or her character.

Negative Fortune Telling

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on August 27, 2011 in Love Doc
"You're cheating on me." Emma raised her voice slightly.

Mark looked bemused as she asked "Cheating? Why do you say so?"

"You come home late from work often." Emma responded.

Why Are Grades Highest at the Most Prestigious Schools?

By Ilan Shrira on August 27, 2011 in The Narcissus in All of Us
Student grades have been rising steadily over the past few decades, but only at some schools. What causes this, and how likely is it to continue?

How Media Distorts Scientific Results

How can psychological scientists present their research and not have it distorted by the media? And what happens when professionals misquote research from the popular press distortions? My experience with this has changed the way I will work with the press.

"How Can I Become More Resilient?"

Coping with unprecedented, unpredictable stresses of today's world--is it possible to learn to increase your resilience?

Do I Have To Be Nice To People Who Are Mean To Me?

In the narcissistic family, it's all about image. The focus is usually on "how it looks to others." This can cause troops of people pleasers and encourage behavior that is not authentic.

Veterans Affairs Department Fights Court Order to Improve Treatment

Veterans Denied Due Process In Getting Help for Emotional Trauma

Why a Failed Relationship Isn't a Personal Failure

By Mari Ruti on August 27, 2011 in The Juicy Bits
Heartbreak is never a mistake. Sometimes our biggest breakdowns lead to our biggest breakthroughs. So stop berating yourself for the terrible mistakes you've made in love and give yourself permission to fail. The pain of past loves makes deeper love possible in the present. In this sense, there are few mistakes in love.

Fantasies Our Culture Feeds Us: Education Reform Is Going Great!

By Stanton Peele on August 27, 2011 in Addiction in Society
NBC's "Education Nation," the Obama administration's education secretary Arne Duncan, and films like "Waiting for Superman" highlight supposed educational breakthroughs and reforms. In fact, these are fantasy responses to our rapid decline in education brought on by a national allegiance to irrationality and the accelerating economic causes of educational failure.

We're Talking About Practice

By Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC on August 27, 2011 in Trust the Talent
Allen Iverson was a fantastic NBA basketball player. However, his belief about practice was that it was a trivial matter compared to games. What message did this attitude send to his teammates?

Have We Become Superhero Obsessed?

By Ethan Gilsdorf on August 26, 2011 in Geek Pride
What "Griff the Invisible" and others in the DIY superhero genre suggest is a culture that no longer provides opportunities to feel heroic. Is there an inner alter-ego that wants to fight crime, take matters into our own hands, save the day -- one that has been effectively suppressed by a bureaucratic, civilized society?

Why Aren't You Writing?

The threat of not being good enough can stop you before you write the first word.

Three Steps to a Rich Inner Life—at Work

1. Set daily goals, so you feel that you’re continually making progress. If you’re writing a novel, for example, you should focus not on the day two years from now when you aim to write “The End,” but on the moment, two hours from now, when you complete your daily 500 word quota.

One Week to Live: How Would You Spend It?

By Susan Biali M.D. on August 26, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Inspired by the Joshua Jackson movie "One Week", life and wellness coach Dr. Susan Biali explores how imagining and planning your last week of life can profoundly inform your life choices today.