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Reality TV in the Spotlight

The glitz and glamor of reality tv has made this entertainment genre a multi-million dollar enterprise. But when does the stress of falling from grace in the public spotlight become too much for participants to bear?

Supporting Elder Aspies

As we impatiently wait for the community to spread its protective wings over Aspies of all ages, we individuals need to act now to deliver solace to our exceptional elders.

Is Real Educational Reform Possible? If So, How?

By Peter Gray on August 19, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
Our present compulsory school system is like the hulking dinosaurs of the late Mesozoic. Those people and groups who have walked away from the school system—the homeschoolers, unschoolers, Sudbury schoolers, and so on—are like the Mesozoic’s little mouse-like mammals. . . . My money is on the mice.

The Noble Lineage of Indecision

By David DiSalvo on August 19, 2011 in Neuronarrative
William James, polymath and godfather of modern psychology, was known far and wide as fanatically indecisive. Knowing this about himself, yet valuing what he called "risk assuming decisiveness" as a mark of true character, he came up with a solution, which he called "self conscious impulsivity." He would act decisively, and then just as decisively, change his mind.

Learning from a Five-Otter Day

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in The Animal Connection
How deeply connected are we to the wild animals with which we share space?

Putting the “T” in Infidelity

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in Women Who Stray
Do your partners' levels of testosterone predict their interest in infidelity? There is building evidence that the hormone Testosterone (called "T") is behind a lot of the physiological and neurological processes that increase the likelihood of infidelity.

Narcissism and Entitlement: "Do I Have to Stand in Line?

A client once told me a story about how her narcissistic mother would never stand in lines. She was too important and had no patience.

Convert Stress Into Self-Power

Does life seem to be like pushing a huge boulder uphill? Wouldn't you like to just let it go and harness its power as it races down the hill? You don't have to just imagine what having that power would be like as you can possess it.

Advancing on the Spiritual Path 3: Secular Spiritual Practices

Many people intuitively engage in regular activities that fulfil the function of a spiritual practice.

Cooperation, Not Compromise, Builds Relationships

Compromise, within the context of relationships, is troublesome because it implies that someone is giving something up. Cooperation, on the other hand, strengthens the underlying fabric of relationship through balanced interchange, open communication and mutual understanding. Here are some tips, tools and takeaways to help prompt the process.

Reading Ideas for the Weekend: An Intellectual Hero, and More

"By acting as if I was not afraid, I gradually ceased to be afraid." For this weekend's reading and viewing picks, meet Teddy Roosevelt, Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, and Alyssa Pelish...

Is Cohabitation Bad for Our Families?

By Lauren Sandler on August 19, 2011 in One and Only
A new report says unmarried parents are a scourge upon children--but I'm not so sure.

Parenting as Managerial Teamwork for Two

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
Imagine a new company formed with only two employees who divide all tasks and responsibilities between them without making mutual decisions about how the business should run. Sounds like bad management, doesn’t it? Welcome to parenting in the twenty-first century.

Ill-Fated Interview Part III

By Christopher Ryan on August 19, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
Part 3, of 6, of the most in-depth interview I've given about Sex at Dawn.

Teen Survival Smarts

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on August 19, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
"I'm afraid too many gifted young adults will be made to feel that they are 'wasting their talents' unless they conform to a 20th-century view of what success looks like." ~ Jim Delisle

Chimpanzees In the Crossfire: Are They Cleverer Than Us?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in Animal Emotions
We shouldn't be asking who's cleverer than whom. Rather, we should ask what individuals of different species need to do to be card-carrying members of their species. This information will help us learn more about who we are and who "they" are and help us protect them in captivity and in the wild.

Go to Work, Mom, the Kids Will Be Fine

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in Singletons
It pays to work in more ways than simply in dollars. Working doesn't have the negative effect on young children that many believe.

Baboons: Studs and Duds Are Equally Stressed

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in Animal Emotions
There's a cost to being a high-ranking male baboon but they have higher reproductive success than lower ranking guys so it must be worth the hassle. But what about humans?

Why We Care About the People of Syria

We were taught that humans are the result of the "survival of the fittest." If we are driven by self-interest, why should we care about the people of Syria? Perhaps evolution has equipped us with an empathic brain.

Tom Brown Hits ADD on the Nail

Having a high IQ may help someone with ADHD create more compensation techniques, but it does not make ADHD any less impairing.

Going to College? A Short List of Things Students Have to Know

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on August 18, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Finances, housekeeping, and manners. Is your child ready for college? They're walking out the door. A short list of things they really have to know.

What Are Social Skills?

There are three main processes that children use to navigate the social world: Seeing, Thinking, and Doing.

Should We Dispense With Happiness? A Review of Marty Seligman's New Book, Flourish

By Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D. on August 18, 2011 in How of Happiness
I recently published a review of Marty Seligman's new book, Flourish, in the journal Nature. It had to be significantly abridged, and I provide the original version below.

Playing the Blame Game in Relationships: An Exercise in Futility

When in conflict with your relational partner, do you ever find yourself blaming them for your bad behavior?