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Diversity and Dignity

By Donna Hicks Ph.D. on March 07, 2012 in Dignity
My friend, Maya McNamara, works with at-risk youth. Having been trained in the dignity model, she had an instant reaction to an event that took place among her students when fights broke out between different ethnic groups.

Sitting on a Volcano

The tragic eruptions of violence we witness and read about in the media may belie a lesser known fact about rage: It's not always visible.

How Do I Avoid Being Dragged Down By Difficult People?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 07, 2012 in The Happiness Project
This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "How do I avoid being dragged down by difficult people?"

Sleep Apnea and the War on Snoring

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 07, 2012 in Sleep Newzzz
The war against snoring has lately gotten very public. A major hotel chain is marketing "snore absorption rooms" in some of its locations in Europe and the Middle East. Meanwhile, there's talk of the snoratorium, a soundproof bedroom designed for the snorer-in-residence to sleep in luxury and comfort.

Elephants Mourn Loss of "Elephant Whisperer" Lawrence Anthony

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 07, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Elephant grief and mourning include the loss of their human friend. Broken-hearted elephants visited the home of Lawrence Anthony, known as the elephant whisperer, to express their sorrow. They had not been seen there for a very long time. Clearly we're not the only animals who possess the cognitive and emotional capacities for suffering the loss of others.

Social Networking Can Nourish or Kill, Like a Knife

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on March 07, 2012 in Am I Right?
Like knives and mirrors, we can either nourish or kill ourselves with social networks.

Dealing With the Pain of Social Exclusion

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on March 07, 2012 in Choke
On the surface, the pain of being excluded seems pretty different from physical pain, but it turns out that these experiences share a common biological basis in the brain.

The Secular Movement Can Save Your Birth Control

By David Niose on March 07, 2012 in Our Humanity, Naturally
If you're worried about the attack on birth control, you should consider where it comes from.

Enriched Environments Build Better Brains

From the womb to the tomb, your environment and life experiences affect the health and structure of your brain. You have the power to make your mind and brain stronger by making the right lifestyle choices everyday. In a very competitive world, staying mentally sharp is paramount. In this blog I share 6 factors that will help you fortify a healthy brain at any age.

The How and Why of 100 Years of Happiness

Want to be happy and healthy for 100 years? A 100-year-old man in a 90-year study shows a way to good health and happiness. It is a unique case of a lifetime study of unparalleled scope, and a physician-participant who lived through it.

More Than 100 Percent

Our lives are not static. We don't stop growing because we are injured or we experience a loss.

Murder Tourism

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 06, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
The recent protest over Dahmer murder tours in Milwaukee raises the question of when it's OK to visit infamous crime scenes. What protocol can we devise to tread the fine line between respectful curiosity and invasive gawking?

Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy

Trauma-informed expressive arts therapy is based on the idea that art expression is helpful in reconnecting implicit (sensory) and explicit (declarative) memories of trauma. Here is a primer to get you started.

Just Breathe: The Experiences of a Reluctant Meditator

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on March 06, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
Research studies show that meditation reduces anxiety, and in just a month of formal practice, I've been amazed at the results. Even a world-class worrier such as I have noticed benefits in a this short time.

Top 10 Tips for Divorcing Parents

Divorce does not have to be damaging to children. Here are the ten most important things parents can do to help their kids navigate the stormy seas of divorcing parents.

The Scale and History of the Universe

I think it is valuable that we teach individuals broad frames to think about the Universe and our place in it. That was why I was so excited to stumble upon the following interactive website called The Scale of the Universe, developed by 14-year-old (!) Cary Huang.

Sensitive Children: Do They Struggle With Depression More?

By Maureen D Healy on March 06, 2012 in Creative Development
Children want to be happy and avoid pain. This is no new news. But highly sensitive children experience their emotional worlds more intensely.

Finding a Good Therapist

So you (or your character) are looking for a therapist. What should you look for? How will you find a good one? (Conversely, if you want to portray a rotten therapist for your character, have her ignore all of what follows!)

One Last Question: Tips for Asking Enough; Not Too Much

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 06, 2012 in Ambigamy
Too much information or not enough? We talk as though we're authorities who know where to objectively draw the line on curiosity, but rarely about how to draw that line. Here's an attempt to say how.

How To Be Emotionally Stable Without Getting Bored

By Max Lugavere on March 06, 2012 in The Optimalist
I was recently introduced to the writing of Nick Cox and became so overwhelmed by one particular piece of his, called "How To Be Emotionally Stable Without Getting Bored," that I took a little creative liberty and turned it into a song. At once beautiful and bleak, the goal was to articulate the hero's journey on a cosmic scale.

Will Our Children Have It Better Than We Do?

By Marc Freedman on March 06, 2012 in The Encore Years
A recent poll by AARP found that Americans in the second half of life worry that they will be the first generation in American history to leave things worse off for the next generation. I know I do.

The Narcissistic Ex, Part II

What is it like to go through a divorce with a narcissist?

Different Degrees of Trauma II

Teaser: A Series of Articles About Trauma: (1) Are We Born Into Trauma? (2) Different Degrees of Trauma: the "trauma" of birth can be soothed in the first days and months of life—or not. How the earliest trauma is managed will effect a person's reaction to later traumatic events for the rest of one's life.

A Partner's Perspective on Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 06, 2012 in A Hunger Artist
Here I talk to my partner about how it was living with someone recovering from anorexia, and about his thoughts on anorexia more generally, including in relation to his own experiences of disordered eating.

Cheaters Always Win—The Paradox of Getting Ahead in America

By Stanton Peele on March 06, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Do cheaters succeed? Are more successful people more likely to cheat? Is empathy rewarded for individuals and for societies? Are we becoming noticeably more empathic and understanding towards others than ourselves, towards less successful people, towards people in other cultures? The answers vary.

Vietnam, Version 2.0?

Not your father's Vietnam...