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When Friendships Get Too Complicated

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
I'm finding myself in a complicated living situation with a close friend and I'm feeling a little too close to some of these issues to think clearly enough to process it objectively--and could use some perspective.

"Polyglot Dragon": What Languages Does the Chinese Army Learn?

By Michael Erard Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Will to Plasticity
The Chinese are learning more languages than just English. Which ones? And why?

The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents

Parental divorce upsets and resets the terms of family life, and both children and adolescets have adjustments to make.
Alex Korb

Fix Your Sleep Hygiene

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in PreFrontal Nudity
Poor sleep hygiene deprives you of quality sleep, which ultimately affects your mood, lowers your pain threshold, increases your blood pressure, and interferes with your memory. It can also cause weight gain. Here are 14 suggestions to improving your sleep hygiene and getting more quality sleep.

Brilliant, Brazen, Teenage Brains

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on December 18, 2011 in Trouble in Mind
Teenage brains are like adult brains after four glasses of wine. But without the wine effect the teen is less likely to take the risks necessary to move out of home and into adulthood.

Phone Sniffing Dogs: A New Weapon Against High Tech Crime

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on December 18, 2011 in Canine Corner
Dogs can be taught to detect the cell phones and their components which criminals in prison use to continue to coordinate illegal activities and even to plan escapes.

Reflections on Milton Erickson

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on December 17, 2011 in Suffer the Children
Milton Erickson, M.D., is most well known for his brilliance in the art of medical hypnosis. His ability to heal his patients by accessing the their unconscious mind with the use of trance has inspired many generations of therapists.

The Challenges Facing Gen X Couples

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on December 17, 2011 in Face It
As potential grandparents, we are more than just a little ambivalent — or unable — to do much about it.

The Tree of Knowledge System

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 17, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
Overview of the Tree of Knowledge System.

Foolish Connectivity

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

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?

Killing Ego to Kill Evil

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Beyond Good and Evil

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.

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?

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

Warning: Blatant Self-Promotion (I'm Warning You!)

By Gretchen Rubin on December 16, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Have I suggested that The Happiness Project might make a good holiday gift? I have? Oh right, maybe I have.

Are You Sure We Prefer Taller Leaders?

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Caveman Politics
Previously, I discussed a study resulting from a conversation with my 6’7” co-author about whether voters like their presidents to be tall. (Yes, my co-author was pleased to find.) In this post, I take the perspective of potential leaders. Maybe followers are not necessarily looking for taller leaders, maybe taller people are more likely to volunteer to lead.

10 Tips for Making the Most of Dinnertime

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Singletons
The why, how, and essential ingredients for reaping the benefits of family dinner.

Understanding the Dynamics of Workaholism

By Barbara Killinger Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in The Workaholics

The End of Boys

The titles of three recent publications sound almost like they are a joke. There was Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book, Are Men Necessary? And then, in 2010, Hanna Rosin’s article in The Atlantic, “The End of Men.” And, most recently (September 2011), a debate at NYU on the resolution, “Men are finished.”

Hanukkah and Christmas Overlapping: Hallelujah!

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 15, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Hanukkah can start any time from late November to late December. I remember how special it was when one of the eight nights overlapped with Christmas.