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Adolescence and the Loss of Athletic Participation

As sports get more competively serious in secondary, more students are denied the fun of sports as nourishing play.

Reflections on Exercise and Depression

By Steve Baskin on January 23, 2012 in S'mores and More
My travels in Asia have driven home the point that our bodies are designed to be active and outside. Our modern lifestyles, however, find us indoors and idle, resulting in increased depression.

Use of Vibrators Among American Women

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
How many American women use vibrators within their sexual repertoire? Furthermore, are there differences between users and non-users when it comes to health conscious behaviors and sexual functioning?

Arguments Against the Villainization of Childfree Women

It seems unfair to generalize about women who are childfree, but just go online, and you'll come across myriad examples of this very topic. Sadly, many of these generalizations are negative and hurtful, and the comments are popping up worldwide. Let's take a look at a few that I've run across lately.

Loving You Is Breaking My Heart

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Love, is "a many splendored thing"; but love also involves a lot of suffering—especially in the case of unrequited love. Love can feel like being in paradise as well as being in hell. In both cases, the best suggestion is to keep on going. Why is it that love is so ambivalent, and why do we keep on loving even when it leads to heartbreak?

Close Encounters of the Gorilla Kind

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Animal Emotions
A video well-worth watching to see friendly and inquisitive gorillas pet and groom a human. The portrayal of animals as being mean and violent is simply wrong. It's a misrepresentation of who they really are. Sit back and enjoy this amazing encounter between a human ape and one of our close relatives.

The Earthquake in Haiti, Two Years Later

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on January 22, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
This month marks the second anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Port au Prince, killing more than a quarter million, injuring over 350,000, and leaving an estimated one million without shelter.

Problems? I Have a NAC for That

In the chemical soup that comprises our bodies and biochemistry, oxidants and antioxidants are at constant war. A supplement called N-acetylcysteine (we'll shorten that to NAC) has the potential to make a huge difference in how we process toxins.

The True Meaning of Freedom

America is a symbol of freedom all over the world, enjoying as we do freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. Our ancestors prized these political freedoms so much that many of them were willing to die defending them.

Single? To Seek Or Not To Seek Lost Love Closure, Part 2

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
Several of my research participants confided to me that the night before their wedding, they were in a hotel room with their lost loves, having sex, crying and "saying goodbye." And next day, they got married to an unsuspecting new spouse!

Newt Gingrich and "The Art of Fiction"

By George Davis on January 22, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
A successful author of alternative history fiction can be a formidable Presidential candidate

When Siblings Attack

Siblings will fight, what is important is how you respond

Putting Paula Deen's Diabetes in Perspective

This week celebrity chef Paula Deen announced that she has had Type II diabetes for the past 3 years. Ms. Deen is noted for her "comfort food" recipes that are rich in butter and sugar and are consequently high in calories. Many have chided the 65-year old cook promoting an unhealthy diet... but is this fair?

How Parenting Makes You a Superhero

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 22, 2012 in A Million Meals
I've always been highly attuned to the presence of danger; becoming a parent has magnified this trait tenfold.

How To Spot A Verbal Virtuoso

Are you quietly brilliant?

Is Your Way of Sharing Leadership Hurting Your Relationship?

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Peacemeal
The hidden dangers of lopsided leadership at home - and one surprising strategy that may help re-balance yours.

Two Old Buddies Sending the Same Christmas Card Back and Forth

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Buddy System
Every so often I get an email that is important to share with other readers about how men construct friendships across the life span. This came in from Sande who gave me permission to use it. I have removed the full name of her father's friend and another buddy that is referenced. It is sweet and speaks for itself.

Love and Suffering

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on January 22, 2012 in Lifelines
And yet the questions of why we are here, how best to live, and the meaning of human suffering remain answerable only by the bargains with life that each of us choose to strike.

Borderline Personality: The Promiscuous Diagnosis

Promiscuous Borderline Personality hangs out with many other diagnoses.

Newt Gingrich: Sex, Lies, and Politics

Is infidelity ok, if we ask politely?

"What Were Wars?" Don't Blame Other Animals For Human Violence

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Human war is a choice and non-human animals should not be blamed for our violent leanings. Scientific data show clearly that other animals are predominantly peaceful beings and we must factor this into our attempts to justify war-mongering, but more importantly to stop it. We need to develop a science of peace and build a culture of empathy.

Elephants Shaba and Connie To Be Moved Together: Public Concern Works

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Plans to separate two long-time elephant friends have been changed. Arizona zoo residents Shaba and Connie will now both be shipped to San Diego but may not be housed together. Activism and widespread public concern does indeed work. Sadly, other elephants will also be moved in this heartless profit-motivated game of "musical elephants."

An Interview With Marianne Williamson

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on January 22, 2012 in Finding Love
I’m honored to have Marianne Williamson share her wise insights about the path to romantic love. Marianne is one of America’s most beloved spiritual teachers, and the New York Times bestselling author of numerous spiritual classics. In this interview, she shares some invaluable--and unexpected--insights about how to find and keep true love.

Are Men’s Contributions to Childcare Equal to Women’s?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 22, 2012 in Nurturing Resilience
Men are four times more likely than women to say they provide equal amounts of care for their children. They may not be entirely wrong if we redefine what caregiving means and acknowledge what men provide. But is it enough?

"Open Marriage" Hits the Mainstream

By Christopher Ryan on January 22, 2012 in Sex at Dawn
The New York Times asked us to chime in on the "open marriage" discussion provoked by Newt's ex.

When Someone You Love Has A Chronic Illness

The topic of illness makes most of us feel anxious and helpless. Because of the fear and anxiety associated with the topic of illness, many people avoid conversations about the all-too-present reality of how physically vulnerable we are.

My Two Cents (About My 2 or 3 Autistic Children)

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on January 21, 2012 in The Empathy Gap
There is a lot of recent press about autism diagnostics. There is a recent movement to tighten criteria--thereby lessening the number of people placed on the autism spectrum. This post is written by guest blogger Alice Oakes.