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How the Swiss Do It

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 28, 2008 in Cravings
When it comes to long-term weight loss, researchers have finally found a real solution.

Procrastination: What Role Wisdom?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 27, 2008 in Don't Delay
WisdomWhat can we say about wisdom and procrastination? Can it be sagacious delay?

Exotic culture that never was: Part III

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 26, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The Native American Environmentalism:Is the Native American culture really protective of the environment, or is the Native American environmentalism a (very) modern myth?

How Are You Managing Your Time?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 25, 2008 in Don't Delay
Procrastination is NOT a time management problem. However, if you're procrastinating, chances are you're managing your time very poorly.  

Procrastination Is . . .

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 24, 2008 in Don't Delay
Have you ever procrastinated? Of course you have. So, you've got to watch this YouTube Video - Procrastination. It will make you smile. It will make you think. 

Relax: You're Not Bipolar

I have not known National Public Radio (NPR) to closely follow the annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Maybe I just missed it, but I haven't noticed Carl Kasell roaming around the 15 conventions I've attended. Hence my surprise to hear a report on May 6, 2008 entitled "Study: Doctors overdiagnosing bipolar disorder."

The 'Tragic Fallacy' that the World Revolves Around the Clintons

By Stanton Peele on May 23, 2008 in Addiction in Society
The Clintons suffer from the delusional state known in psychology as "feelings of reference."

What's Your "Ought Self" Like?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 22, 2008 in Don't Delay
Our ideal self is the person we want to be. Our ought self is our understanding of what others want us to be - what we ought to be and do. Then there is our actual self. What happens when our actual self doesn't match the ideal or ought selves?

Exotic culture that never was: Part II

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 22, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The Gentle Tasaday:If the Yanomamö are “the fiercest people on earth,” does cultural determinism require that there necessarily be a “gentlest people on earth”?

The Ultimate Alpha Female: Never Give Up!

By Gabriela Cora M.D., M.B.A. on May 22, 2008 in Alpha Females
Many of us wonder, why would Hillary Clinton continue to compete for what seems to be a lost cause? Ambition? Power? Or maybe a true desire to help others?

The Upside of Coaching

You've just been given an executive coach- time for celebration or concern?

Low Testosterone Is Trouble

By Steven Lamm on May 20, 2008 in
A low testosterone can increase your risk of mortality

I Wasn't Looking for an Affair, It Just Happened

I've lost count of the number of times when a spouse who’s been unfaithful says "it just happened."

Searching for Behavior in Behavior Science

By Roy F Baumeister on May 17, 2008 in Cultural Animal
 A recent conference highlighted the dwindling presence of behavior in psychology, the so-called science of behavior.

Imperfect Love

By Hara Estroff Marano on May 16, 2008 in Brainstorm
I've learned a lot about love by losing it. Most recently, my mother died, midway into her ninety-eighth year. She died with all her marbles and a sharper memory than most 40-year-olds.

Exotic Culture that Never Was: Part I

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 15, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Margaret Mead and the SamoaAt the most abstract level, all human cultures are the same and there is only one human culture. Nothing illustrates this point better than the recent (and somewhat shameful) history of the social sciences.

"But what if I'm THE ONE?" How Intolerance of Uncertainty Makes you Anxious

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on May 14, 2008 in Anxiety Files
You demand absolute certainty. And, if you don't know absolutely FOR SURE, you will continue to worry. What can you do to help yourself?

Do Mercury or Vaccines Cause Autism?

By Lindsay M Oberman Ph.D. on May 13, 2008 in The Autism Spectrum
Very hot and very controversial topic in the autism literature is whether mercury or vaccines or mercury in vaccines cause autism. In my opinion, No. Now a different question is whether mercury or vaccines are harmful to certain children either in utero or later in development. To this, my answer is maybe. Let's first look at the statements commonly used to support the belief that vaccines cause autism.

The Risks of Online Flirting

Flirting is a kind of game in which participants move closer to the borderline—and sometimes even step across it—and then move back. What happens when that line is not clear?

There is only one human culture

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 11, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
People often speak of culture in the plural (“cultures”) because they believe that there are many different cultures in the world. At one level, this is of course true.

Happy Mothers Day! Now Get Out of Here!!

By Hara Estroff Marano on May 11, 2008 in Nation of Wimps
Happy Mothers Day! To all those folks who believe that good parenting is highly involved parenting, take the day off. Let your kids figure out how to manage themselves. You owe it to yourself. And especially to your kids.

ECGs, ADHD, Ritalin...Oh My!

By Lawrence Diller M.D. on May 10, 2008 in The Last Normal Child
On April 21st, the American Heart Association (AHA) shocked families and professionals alike when it recommended that all kids that take or may take Ritalin should have an electrocardiogram (ECG). Stimulant drugs like Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall have been used in children for ADHD for 70 years. Why this recommendation now—and should you get one for your child if he/she takes one of these drugs?

Where There's a Will, There's a . . .

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 08, 2008 in Don't Delay
. . . human being. The recent emphasis about will being merely an illusion is another example of the "baby being thrown out with the bath water." 

Winning the War, Losing the Peace in Iraq: Implications for Psychology

By Roy F Baumeister on May 07, 2008 in Cultural Animal
 The outcome in Iraq presents challenges and opportunities for psychology.

Evaluation Threat and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 07, 2008 in Don't Delay
No surprises here. High evaluation threat makes chronic procrastinators put off their work. 

Is "the Secret" Just a Giant Placebo Effect?

I’ve been traveling so much lately that I’ve started to play a little game by guessing what reading material people tend to bring on airplanes. The most frequently sighted book? The Secret.