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Did the Grown-Up Fairy Visit You Yet?

You assumed that at some point in your adult life, you'd actually know how to choose a good head of lettuce, recognize a real bargain, and be able to find exactly the right mate. Funny, isn't it?

Let's Talk About Sex

To listen to Rick Santorum’s version of what would happen if Americans were granted affordable access to contraception you would think that America would become some seedy sex-den previously only available in the red-light district of Amsterdam or an obscure Korean horror movie.

The Seductive Trap of Demagogy

While it is easy to point at Limbaugh and call his offense what it is, we tend to like a nice guy saying pleasant words to make us feel good or better, particularly if we feel mistreated or wronged in some way. The President’s apology to this woman also makes other women feel good too, because women identify with Fluke and wished for an apology as well.

Nearly 1000 Sick Cats Seized at the Caboodle Ranch Cat Sanctuary

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 04, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Nearly 1000 sick cats living at the Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary in Lee, Florida were seized by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This is no "feline heaven" as supporters claim. Undercover operations do indeed work and this sort of abuse must never ever be tolerated.

It's the Yoga! No, It's Being a Parent! No, It's...

I am interested in the age-old "blame it on the profession" technique of cognitive distortions that Americans are so good at.

A No-Nonsense Guide to Great Napping

Viewed as a sign of laziness, weakness, or old age, napping has historically gotten a bad rap. Yet, naps are not only part of our physiological programming, they're also good for promoting mental acuity and physical health. See what tips author and nap guru Jennifer Ackerman has to offer on getting the best naps ever.

It's Now a Crime to Film Animal Abuse in Iowa

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on March 04, 2012 in Animal Emotions
In Iowa it's now a misdemeanor to film animal abuse in a fraudulent manner. Other states are also considering similar laws. These laws not only threaten animal well-being but also human health and civil liberties. You can voice your opinion on these laws by contacting state legislators.

Mathilde Schleicher (1862-1890)

How Freud unwittingly killed one of his first patients with a new drug.

New Love: How Do I Tell My Child and My Ex? (By Mark Banschick, M.D.)

My ex and I split three years ago after four years together. We have one daughter. Since the breakup, we've managed to become good friends, and that's important to me.

Improve Your Well-Being Without Spending a Penny

Most researchers agree that compassion is associated with better short and long-term mental and physical health. So, can changing your daily behaviors to include more compassionate acts increase your overall happiness? Yes.

Are You Easily Disgusted? You May Be a Conservative

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on March 04, 2012 in Caveman Politics
I happened upon a TV ad one day last week that I found particularly disturbing. And it wasn't by a sleazy politician slinging mud at my favorite presidential candidate.

Do We Learn While We're Asleep?

In a nation where most people burn the candle at both ends, sleep is a precious and increasingly scarce commodity. But what if there is more to sleep than just rest? What if we actually learn while snoozing? Would that motivate you to put sleep higher on your priority list?

Introverts Need Not Apply--But Why You Should Hire Them

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on March 04, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
Recently, Adam went into a major retailer seeking a job. Little did he know, that even though he was highly qualified, he would not be hired because he didn't fit the company's "preferred personality profile."

Is It Selfish to Want Someone to Appreciate You?

It's natural to want to be appreciated by someone else—but is it selfish? Let's see...

A Lesson in Love

By Jennifer Hamady on March 04, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
We all know what will bring joy to the people in our lives. We know the heart songs of those we love. All we have to do is sing them. What could be more important?

Living in the Moment for Lasting Love

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on March 04, 2012 in Love Doc
"I feel if I move, I'll be happier." Marla said.

I inquired, "What's wrong with where you live now?"

Girl Bully Meets Passive Aggressive Mom: Game On!

When I co-wrote The Angry Smile, I did not intend it to be a How-To book. In fact, I know lots of ways to be assertive, direct, and emotionally honest with others. But let's face it, sometimes a situation calls for a little passive aggressive behavior...

Higher Rate of Narcissism for Those Born After 1982?

A longitudinal study finds that college students born after 1982 have a higher rate of narcissism. But why?

Know Evil Without Evil Knowing You

If evil exists, do you believe "moral insanity" exists?

The Urban Dictionary, Lorena Bobbit, and My Teen

What to do when your teen asks you to explain "Bobbit."