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Parenting Is Calling! How Will You Answer?

Parenting and happiness may have a love-hate relationship, but new research suggests that it is possible to have children AND be happy.

Juvenile Sex Offenders and Homosexuality

If a person performs a sexual act with a minor, does it matter if the act was homosexual or heterosexual in people's willingness to punish the person?

Turn Your Hard Time Into a Story That Transforms Your Life

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on March 05, 2012 in Get Hardy
You have a story viewpoint from which you talk about the things that happen to you. It can show you as resilient and keep you evolving, or keep you stuck in the past and doomed to repeat the same mistakes repeatedly.Hardiness leads to resilient actions that open up new story lines that fulfill and keep you growing.

Why Lady Brewster Fainted in 1860

Thomas Henry Huxley, Bishop Wilberforce, and why Lady Brewster fainted in 1860.

A Preoccupation With Modesty or "Sex on the Brain"

When a crowd of ultra-orthodox men insulted and spat on an 8-year-old girl for her alleged "immodesty," they revealed a disturbing attitude toward sex and modesty.

How To Make Museums More Movie-like

By Max Lugavere on March 05, 2012 in The Optimalist
How can one possibly worship at the altar of arguably humanity's greatest contribution to the Universe—art—in a space filled with fluorescent lights and a cacophony of tour guides, bustling crowds, loud school groups?

Eternal Sunshine of Propranolol

Would you want a drug that would wipe out your trauma memories? Like in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in which Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey play a couple whose memories are continually erased.

Keep the Faith: A Response to Eight Keys to Life Hardiness and Resilience

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on March 05, 2012 in Get Hardy
Be extraordinary; exercise good faith in all that you do. Good faith gives you the power to find meaning in the things that happen to you that helps you to grow, deepens self-knowledge, and opens up new possibilities for living.

Of "Dudes" and "Sluts:" The Context of Sexual Aggression

By Peg Streep on March 05, 2012 in Tech Support
If we look closely at what's making Millennial men angry, we get a different bead on what's fueling sexual aggression—and why it's finally time for all of us to stop saying "boys will be boys."

Living Alone Is the New Black

An increasing number of Americans are choosing to live by themselves, according to the latest census figures. In fact, more people in the United States are living alone than any other time in history.

Quixotic Qnexa and Other Non-Quintessential Queries

Having a diet pill for dessert doesn't cancel out the dessert you just had.

Aging, Eyes and Our Circadian Clock: What's the Connection?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 05, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
It's not every day that a news story about circadian rhythms shoots to the top of the "most read" list in a major newspaper. But that's exactly what happened with this story about how the aging of our eyes may affect our circadian clocks and in turn, our overall health.

Fowl Play! Plumped, Pumped, and Massaged

Ever wonder about those plump well-endowed DD cup chickens at the supermarket? Yes, chickens today are bred to be mostly breasts, but that's not all.

Deconstructing Rush: What Really Motivated His Rant about Sluts

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on March 05, 2012 in Stepmonster
What does it really mean when a man calls a woman "slut"? How do we understand the impulse to punish, banish, and humiliate sexual women publicly? Rush Limbaugh's recent rant begs the questions — and our evolutionary prehistory suggests some unexpected answers.

Ellen Degeneres: Why Everyone Loves Her

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on March 05, 2012 in Insight Is 20/20
Ellen's agenda isn't what you might expect.

5 Ways to Ruin a Romantic Relationship

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on March 05, 2012 in Insight Is 20/20
Ruining a relationship is quite easy, so be careful in making good decisions.


Plato wrote about the extrasensory nature of all highly creative achievements in his dialogue Ion: "For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses. When he has not attained to this state he is powerless and is unable to utter his oracles."

The New York Times Is Wrong: Alimony Does Not Work as It Should

By Paul Raeburn on March 05, 2012 in About Fathers
The NY Times is wrong: The alimony system does not usually work the way it should.

Sports: Competitive Lessons from the World’s Best Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 05, 2012 in The Power of Prime
I define Prime Time as the most important game of your life in which you’ll be up against your toughest opponents and competing under the most difficult conditions. Prime Time is what sports are all about. The question is: How can you prepare mentally to perform your best in Prime Time?

Binge Drinking in Young Adults and Older People

Many people binge drink, which is defined as having 5 or more drinks in a short period of time for men and 4 for women. Of major concern is binge drinking by college students, but adults do it, too.

The Edge of Suicide

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on March 05, 2012 in Get Hardy
The comprehensive breakdown in meaning of suicidal people narrows their perspective and understanding, so that cannot see a way out of their problems. Hardicoping opens up perspective and understanding and gives people a healthy, resilient way to solve their problems. It helps to reassert the will to live and make life feel meaningful, once again.

No One Intentionally Tries to Justify Bad-False Things

What happens when someone like Rush Limbaugh realizes he has justified something bad and false?

Scientific Fraud in the Nature Versus Nurture Debate

Biological psychiatrists purposely use misleading statistics.

Celebrate Leap Day, or Any Other Minor Holiday

By Gretchen Rubin on March 05, 2012 in The Happiness Project
One of my resolutions is to Celebrate holiday breakfasts. However, I've realized, that resolution should actually be framed as a subset of more general resolution, something like Celebrate minor holidays or Find occasions for festivity.

Talking Money With Your Doctor

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 05, 2012 in Critical Decisions
In a recent post, I asked whether you think doctors should routinely discuss the costs of medical interventions with their patients before exposing these patients to large out-of-pocket expenses. According to the responses I have gotten on websites and by email, most of you think the answer is "yes."

Adolescence and Aging Out of High School Early

Some students are ready to graduate high school before four years.

I Am So Like Totally Into the Kardashian Babes

They are everywhere. They have big breasts. They tweet. They date sports stars. They are rich as hell and getting richer. What's not to like?

Has Coddling an Entire Generation of Children Set Them Up fo

By David Rock on March 05, 2012 in Your Brain at Work
A helicopter parent is one who hovers over their child's every move in an effort to protect them from pain, disappointment, and failure in the process of achieving success. This type of parent is especially prevelant in western culture because we are so preocuppied with building our children's self esteem.