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Are You Hearing Voices?

By Jerome Litt M.D. on September 14, 2009 in Odd, Curious, and Rare

Outflank Your Own Resistances to Change

By Robert Wicks Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 in The Resilient Life

What makes people want to play Rock Band and Guitar Hero?

By Gary Marcus Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 in Kluge
In some ways, Guitar Hero™ and Rock Band™ seem like the stupidest games on earth. What makes people want to play them?

Harnessing spirituality

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 13, 2009 in One Among Many
Vaillant (2008) makes the case for positive emotions as a the basis of spirituality. He may be onto something. 

Why Hollywood marriages don’t last

By Satoshi Kanazawa on September 13, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Douglas T. Kenrick of the Arizona State University is one of the leading evolutionary psychologists in the world. He's also widely regarded as the funniest evolutionary psychologist alive. 

Anomalistic psychology: What is it and why bother?

By Chris French Ph.D. on September 13, 2009 in Weird Science

Sexy Women Wanted

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on September 13, 2009 in Love Doc
Where have all the sexy women gone? Early in the relationship, sex was on her mind and in her body so much of the time. Remember how she desired you sexually and passionately? That was when your partner and you were madly in love. A shiny path of anticipated romance, pleasure, emotional attunement, love and lust, stretched out before the two of you.  
Happily Ever Laughter
Laughter Is the Best Medicine
The Laughing Stock
Laugh, or Just Fake It

The Toolbox of Self-Deception, Part III

By Sam Sommers on September 12, 2009 in Science Of Small Talk
When you stop to think about it (and that's what we psychologists are trained to do), we enlist an impressive array of cognitive tactics and behavioral gambits in the daily effort to feel good about ourselves. We carry around a veritable toolbox of self-deception, including well more individual tools than I can catalog here. What follows is but a sampling of the more common strategies we employ in the daily pursuit of positive self-regard...

Too Old To Be A Mom--Not

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on September 11, 2009 in Adoption Stories

I Hope Nobody Finds Out: Imposter Syndrome, Survivor Guilt, and the Bane of Progressive Political Organizations

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on September 10, 2009 in What Is He Thinking?
Most people in leadership positions suffer from feelings of fraudulence.  Leaders of labor unions and progressive organizations suffering from a special type because of their discomfort with having power and their identification with the powerless an the victim.  This conflict takes lots of forms that hold these organizations back.  Fortunately, there's a cure!
Your Dog Loves You
Animal Emotions
Beastly Passions
Ambassadors of Hope

Unanswered Prayers

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on September 09, 2009 in Lifelines
     As my 6 year-old son, afflicted with leukemia, fought for his life through chemotherapy and ultimately a bone marrow transplant many prayers were offered on his behalf. Was his death a commentary on my skepticism? Was he, in his innocence, somehow less deserving than children who survived?

Emotional Dysregulation, Pseudo-Borderline Behavior and the Original Wound

In the first article of this suite, we considered how we often choose a relational system because, in part, that relationship activates a memory map that leads back to an Original Wound, or because we are attempting to revisit, re-shape or fix a relationship associated with that wound. These habit patterns left unexamined and without revision because of a failure to recognize the source of the choice, can lead us to emotional states that range from passive resignation to pathological mourning.
Gut Almighty
Trusting Instinct
The Power of Intuition
A Woman's Intuition

Why Are You Not Like Me? The Generational Gap In The Workplace

By Ray Williams on September 08, 2009 in Wired for Success
The workplace is facing a generational adjustment of values, learning and working styles that will have a huge impact on how leaders think and act. Generation X and Generation Y will transform the nature of the workplace.


By Tim Page on September 08, 2009 in Parallel Play
This is a big day for me -- the publication date of my book "Parallel Play" (Doubleday) and my first attempt at writing a blog. I have a lot of friends who have been doing this for years -- the music critic Alex Ross at, the omniverous Terry Teachout at, and my new friend, the brilliant and generous John Elder Robison at -- but I have always resisted.

Distracted Boss? Break the Attention Gap!

By Lynn Taylor on September 08, 2009 in Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant
Your boss was about to give you a new assignment, but took "just a sec" to dust off her keyboard, finish a call, send an e-mail, and check stock quotes. Then she asks, "Did you say something?" while staring blankly as if she's forgotten your name. What works with small children you are minding, overwhelmed with the world's possibilities - can also work with your esteemed, but often overwhelmed boss, who's supposed to be alert and "in charge." Without being patronizing, you can help your boss manage you, so you're not driven to distraction!
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Kicking Back

Recurring Final Exam Dream

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 07, 2009 in Radical Teaching
If you've had 'the dream' related to school, you know exactly what it is. You forgot you were taking the course and you are certainly are not prepared for today's final exam.

America's Best Cities for Nature-Deficit Disorder

By Richard Louv on September 07, 2009 in People in Nature
In August, CBS’ “The Early Show” recognized the danger of what we’re now informally calling “nature-deficit disorder.” The show featured the 25 best cities in America for raising kids so they live healthy young lives that are connected to – not cut off – from the natural world. As coiner of the “nature deficit disorder” phrase, I couldn’t have been more pleased. But what about the rest of us, who aren’t able or willing to relocate?

Oniomaniacs Unite!

By Jerome Litt M.D. on September 07, 2009 in Odd, Curious, and Rare
Between 80 and 95 percent of shopaholics are women.

Are women always more selective in mate choice than men? A postscript

By Satoshi Kanazawa on September 06, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
In an earlier post, I discuss Finkel and Eastwick's fascinating finding that, under some circumstances, women can be just as indiscriminate in mate choice as men are.
Good Morning, Heartache
The Rumination Rut
Secondhand Blues
Mass Therapy for Depression