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The Problem-Solution Paradox of Creativity

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on July 24, 2012 in Tracking Wonder
To thrive as a creative means you must be an agile problem-solver. Consultant Jeffrey Davis explains how it's necessary to willingly track problems yet not over-focus when solving them.

The Cracked Vessel

By Sandra L. Brown M.A. on July 24, 2012 in Pathological Relationships
Many women emerge from pathological love relationships either diagnosed, or not yet diagnosed, with PTSD—an anxiety disorder so extreme that the core concept of self is often fragmented.

What Are Ethical Facts

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 24, 2012 in Am I Right?
Ethical opinions must be grounded in facts and governed by values

Saving Dionysus: How Dolphins Rescued Me From the Bottle

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on July 24, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
First in a series about addiction and recovery. Can emotional stability be passed from one species to another? Dolphins may well have the ability to model crucial behaviors addicts require to undergo the psychic changes demanded by recovery. There may even be a biological basis for character-building transformations depicted in dolphins of mythology.

Women’s Gait and Dancing Attractiveness Across the Menstrual Cycle

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Women engage in greater sexual signaling when ovulating. Read about a forthcoming study that highlights this effect as relating to the attractiveness of women’s dancing and gait (as judged by men).

What's The Connection Between Deafness and SETI?

By Michael Chorost Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in World Wide Mind
I think of our planet swimming in the starry blackness, studded with radio telescopes peering anxiously into the void—and hearing nothing. To me, that feels a lot like being deaf.

Recovery from Boredom (Part 2)

By McWelling Todman Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in Seeking Equilibrium
The most effective way that a social network can help someone stay sober is to become interested in their boredom.

The Batman Shooter: Can We Blame the Lack of Social Media?

Senseless acts of violence, like the recent Colorado Massacre, make the world a very scary place. Like Batman, we want to restore order to an uncertain world by finding an explanation. New media often gets the blame, but this one is confusing. The shooter had no social media profiles, no web presence. How weird is that?
Bernard Luskin

Casting the NET Over Global MOOCs

By Bernard J. Luskin, Ed.D., LMFT on July 23, 2012 in The Media Psychology Effect
MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses is a metaphor for a number of large scale approaches. MOOC is a neologism explaining large scale courses and seminars.

Aging Truths

By Thea Singer on July 23, 2012 in Stress Less, Age Less

Twin Olympics!

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in Twofold
Why are some people great athletes? Just ask twins

Deciding to Go or Stay When Infidelity Tarnishes Marriage

For many couples when infidelity is suspected, realization happens during an unsuspecting moment—the way he glances at another woman, the hushed phone call. What can you do next?

Five Traits That Could Get You "Abducted by Aliens"

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in Why We Worry
Many of those people who claim to be alien abductees are seemingly sincere, psychologically healthy, nonpsychotic people—so are their experiences real and their claims to have been abducted true? Psychological research has identified 5 traits that could get you “abducted by aliens”
Kari Peterson, used with permission

Transforming Envy into Joy

My desire to go to Hawaii was so strong that I linked going there to my very ability to be happy again.

Did the NIH Fund the Aurora Killer?

James Holmes, the Aurora, CO shooter, was a student of the neuroscience of mental illness. Indeed, he funded his rampage with money provided by the National Institutes of Health for a grant in the neurosciences, and he was intrigued by the role of genetics and DNA in mental illness. Ironic.

What Resolution (Successfully Kept) Would Make You Happiest?

By Gretchen Rubin on July 23, 2012 in The Happiness Project
On Fridays, I usually suggest a resolution for you to consider for your own happiness project–something like Make your bed or Imitate a spiritual master or Cultivate good smells.

Holding on to a Personal Philosophy

Most of us have a tendency to become natural philosophers of one stripe or another.

Children Should Eavesdrop

By Susan Engel Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in Young Minds
Not only do children learn about complex and invisible phenomena through what other people say, they also use overheard conversations to learn how their community views the world, and different ways to think about objects, people and events.

Motives for a Massacre

Why would a bright college student kill people, mostly his own age cohort, probably not known to him personally, for no apparent reason? The suspect, James Holmes, conforms to some of the features frequently found in U.S. mass murderers.

Electronic Screen Syndrome: An Unrecognized Disorder?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on July 23, 2012 in Mental Wealth
It's not just tech addiction and violent gaming that are triggering mental health issues in children, it's a shape-shifting entity called Electronic Screen Syndrome.

Aurora Aftermath: Trying to Understand Dastardly Acts

By Allen R McConnell Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in The Social Self
Last week's shootings in Aurora have people asking "Why?" Although normal, this can be futile because people try to restore control to a chaotic world and focus on what makes a person "evil." Knee-jerk responses can result from "asking the why question," resulting in bad policy decisions that reflect impetuous responses to horrible human tragedies.

The Dirty Dancing of Slow Walking

By Mark Borigini M.D. on July 23, 2012 in Overcoming Pain
Habitual walking speed is an excellent predictor of future hospitalization, all-cause disability, and death.

The Dark Side of Movies as Equipment for Living

By Skip Dine Young Ph.D. on July 23, 2012 in Movies and the Mind
The complete explanation for the shootings in Aurora during The Dark Knight Rises will likely remain a mystery, but the images from the movie itself are at least part of the picture.

Compassion In Colorado

By Russell Razzaque M.D. on July 23, 2012 in Political Intelligence
For all the cruelty and violence a mass killer rains upon his innocents victims, it is always the kindness shown by people on the scene that strikes us most powerfully and moves us most deeply.

Why I Am Not My Brain

The book, The Believing Brain, has many good insights, but carries a greedy reductionistic error that claims the mind is fully reducible to the brain.

Extreme Behaviours Defend Against Extreme Anxieties

By Nick Luxmoore on July 23, 2012 in Young People Up Close
Bewilderingly anti-social or frighteningly self-destructive though it may be, young people’s behaviour always makes a kind of sense.