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Twas the Night Before School

Twas the night before school and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for Jamie who'd just got a text from her BFF Liz on her cell. She reached under the pillow to see what was the matter and texted right back something with a whole lot of characters. Without even knowing what she was doing, she nodded back off until the next morning.

Foolish Connectivity

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Incompetence
Why smartphone addiction can be harmful.

ADHD and High IQ: Still Impaired

Adults with ADHD and a high IQ still have impairment on executive function tasks compared to high-IQ adults without ADHD.

An Interesting Weekend on the Perils of Building Better Humans

Last weekend offered an interesting conversation on past and more modern attempts at building better humans, which might ultimately say something interesting about our human future.

Free Rudy! The Cosby Show and the Genetics of ‘Eating Your Vegetables’

Writing for the UK Guardian, Anna Perman offers an explanation for why some people love Brussels sprouts while others find them despicable.

What Do Banks Add to the Economy?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Hidden Motives
What justifies the bloated expenses of the finance industry, the exorbitant salaries, percentages taken off the top, the finder’s fees, the bonuses? We have to wonder what do bankers do that justifies the added cost of their services?

How to Get a Raise When Budgets Are Tight

By Peter Bregman on December 16, 2011 in How We Work
The idea of immediate results is alluring. Yet instant results are almost always unattainable. But there is a formula for getting more money over time.

Shift Your Parenting Mindset this New Year's

Want to improve your child’s chances for success and happiness? Resolve to shift your mindset — turning beliefs into actions that build resiliency and help kids believe in themselves.

Experts Make the Same Holiday Shopping Mistakes that You Do

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in The Why Behind the Buy
It turns out that even the experts get tripped up by the same shopping mistakes as everyone else: overbuying, procrastination, impulsive purchasing and falling prey to promotions.

Envy, Part of the Definition of Narcissistic Disorder

By Randi Kreger on December 16, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Narcissists must be superior to others in every single way. So when someone else has something they don't have that they want: admiration, status, skills, objects, etc.--the narcissist sees it as a major threat. Like so much else in the narcissistic mind, it is unconscious.

Couples Therapy Made Simple

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 16, 2011 in Just Listen
CBCT is not for everyone. It is not for people who, rather than being committed to making their relationship stronger and better, feel that they have to be right and have to get their way.

Life, Love, and Tebow

By Sam Sommers on December 16, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
We're all amateur psychologists. We spend countless hours pondering those profound yet ethereal mysteries of human nature. Like happiness. Love. The meaning of life. And Tebow.

8 Must-Read Books on Mindful Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on December 16, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Do you want to learn how to eat more mindfully? This is a summary of eight great books that will teach you the art of savoring your food, managing your weight and enjoying what you eat without dieting.

Motivation and Procrastination: Just Keep Swimming

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
As a college professor, I see differences among students in their amount of procrastination all the time. Some students get things done early, while others wait for the last minute. What causes these differences in procrastination?

Chimpanzees Win a Small Victory

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Animal Emotions
More protection from invasive research has finally been granted to chimpanzees but there's lots more work to do. The current guidelines do not constitute a ban and there is still a lot of wiggle room that means that chimpanzees can still be used in horrific research that causes enduring pain, suffering, and death.

Kidnapping Victims and the Psychological Ties that Bind

By Amy J.L. Baker Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Caught Between Parents
Why do kidnapping victims develop attachments to their captors?

The World's -- and My -- Love Affair with Lisbeth Salander

By Stanton Peele on December 16, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Lisbeth Salander is the driving force in the monumentally popular set of novels (and movies) by Stieg Larsson known as "The Millenium Trilogy." Lisbeth is an antisocial misfit who violates what we believe about the criteria for psychological health -- yet we hold her all the more dear as a result. How come?

Escape The Friend Zone: From Friend to Girlfriend or Boyfriend

How do you motivate a friend to be "more than friends"? How do you turn from friends to girlfriends, boyfriends, partners, or lovers? Read on and learn how to escape the friend zone and get the relationship you want!

Christmas Stress Relief: A Mindful Ten Day Guide

Christmas can be the most stressful time of the year, but it doesn't have to be this way... If you follow this ten step guide to ‘de-stressing' your Christmas then it just might become one of the most relaxing times of the year. What could be better than the Chocolate Meditation?

Oops! Another Flawed, Biased Review Article in British Journal of Psychiatry

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Has British Journal of Psychiatry sunk to being an international dumping ground for junk science?

Cowards Can Never Be Moral

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on December 16, 2011 in Am I Right?
We need courage to let go of irrational fears