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Oscar Wilde Slept Here: The Funny Side of Death

By Mark Matousek on January 21, 2012 in Ethical Wisdom
Death has a funny side. You might as well enjoy it.

8 Sticky Friendship Situations and How to Get Out of Them

It's almost as hard to generalize about friendship problems—as it is to figure out how to solve them. Some situations may sound the same or have certain elements in common but when it comes down to the details, every friendship has a different trajectory based on a unique mix of personalities, circumstances and history.

The Seismic Shift on the Jersey Shore

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on January 21, 2012 in Reel Therapy
What is happening at the Jersey Shore? Distress is spreading through the reality television cast like the plague. Well, that's a little melodramatic, but something is definitely up!

Time to Ask Again: Why Aren't You Writing?

The threat of not being good enough can stop you before you write the first word.

Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You Read On The Internet -- Even If It's True

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 21, 2012 in Off the Couch
What's missing from internet information? Knowing this little fact can actually help you protect yourself!

To Drink or Not to Drink: Is That a Moral Question?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on January 21, 2012 in Am I Right?
We live in a morally ambiguous world and that's inevitable

5 Amazing Psychology Magic Tricks

Every magician needs to use a little psychology. The art of illusion is essential even to the simplest disappearing act, but to do so successfully requires skill and practice. Even if you’re not a David Copperfield, you can wow your audience with these 5 simple applications of psychological principles.

Newt Gingrich’s Marital Hypocrisy Goes beyond His Self-Righteous Rant – and the Hypocrisy Is Not Specific to Him

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Living Single
Is it really fair for Newt Gingrich to say, judge me by this one marriage but not those two? Judge me by these family members but not those?

Military Researchers Avoid Looking at War's Role in Veterans' Suffering

Scientists Ignore War as Source of Emotional Suffering

My Teenager Wants to Be a Housewife

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your daughter aspires to be a housewife

Newt Gingrich -- Avatar of the Sexual Future!

By Stanton Peele on January 20, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Newt Gingrich -- instead of being attacked for his marital meanderings -- should be hailed for being the forward-looking sexual avatar and visionary that he is.

"The Grey" Has It All Wrong About Wolves

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Media, this time "The Grey", once again misrepresents and vilifies animals. In this movie wolves are the victims of sensationalism and long-dead myths that can hurt efforts to protect and conserve these endangered animals. Actors also ate two wolves who were brought to the set to get them in the mood for the wild. No joke.

Inviting Sexual Interest: Seeking Pleasure or Exerting Power?

Is titillation about pleasure or about power? It may not surprise you to hear that it is mainly about power. But the real answer to "Whose power?" may be more convoluted than you'd expect.

Army To Investigate Unforgivable Sheep Beating At Last

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Animal Emotions
After much pressure the army will probe the merciless beating of a sheep. Military and non-military people were outraged by this inexcusable and unforgivable act and we need to keep the pressure on to bring those who were responsible to justice.

In memoriam: Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in The Me in We
I heard Elisabeth Young-Bruehl give a paper once called "Where Do We Fall When We Fall in Love?" I was struck by her wit and eloquence, by the poetry she crafted from the follies of human attachment. Afterwards I asked her to be my analyst.

Can Gossip Be Good?

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Millennial Media
Historically, gossip has been understood to damage reputations and even lives. Yet, a new study from Berkeley suggests some forms of gossip to help in restoring the social order. As it turns out, some forms of gossip may be virtuous.

Why Do Some Puppies Go Limp When You Lift Them Up?

Puppies going limp when they are lifted is a fragment of behavior that once could have meant the difference between life and death in wild canines.
Envy This!

Envy This!

Commonly thought of as an emotion, envy may be the most mislabeled attitude that people commonly encounter.

Why Everything Tastes Better in Your Favorite Cafe

I was browsing the latest issue of the journal Nutritional Neuroscience and came across this gem of a study, conducted by researchers at Kanazawa Medical University in Japan. Researchers created two very different virtual reality experiences using something called a "Body Sonic Chair."

A Foolproof Plan for Republicans to Win the Presidency in 2012: Part One

By George Davis on January 20, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Politics 2012 is a game, and you can win if you have the right game plan.

Don't Try to Reason with Unreasonable People

By Susan Biali M.D. on January 20, 2012 in Prescriptions for Life
Tired of being belittled, misunderstood, or having your words twisted around by a bully? If you're a "normal" nice person, when you encounter someone difficult your natural reaction is to try to reason with them and win them over. Forget it! Medical doctor and life coach Dr. Susan Biali explains simple strategies for dealing with these types once and for all.

Psychology Must Catch Up on Synesthesia Research

By Maureen Seaberg on January 20, 2012 in Sensorium
Though the now-sexy trait of blended senses is enjoying a renaissance in research, popular interest and arts expression, it has not been so for nearly a century. Blame the Behaviorists.