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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.

8 Must-Read Books on Mindful Eating

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on December 16, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Do you want to learn how to eat more mindfully? This is a summary of eight great books that will teach you the art of savoring your food, managing your weight and enjoying what you eat without dieting.

Motivation and Procrastination: Just Keep Swimming

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
As a college professor, I see differences among students in their amount of procrastination all the time. Some students get things done early, while others wait for the last minute. What causes these differences in procrastination?

Chimpanzees Win a Small Victory

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Animal Emotions
More protection from invasive research has finally been granted to chimpanzees but there's lots more work to do. The current guidelines do not constitute a ban and there is still a lot of wiggle room that means that chimpanzees can still be used in horrific research that causes enduring pain, suffering, and death.

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?

The World's -- and My -- Love Affair with Lisbeth Salander

By Stanton Peele on December 16, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Lisbeth Salander is the driving force in the monumentally popular set of novels (and movies) by Stieg Larsson known as "The Millenium Trilogy." Lisbeth is an antisocial misfit who violates what we believe about the criteria for psychological health -- yet we hold her all the more dear as a result. How come?

Escape The Friend Zone: From Friend to Girlfriend or Boyfriend

How do you motivate a friend to be "more than friends"? How do you turn from friends to girlfriends, boyfriends, partners, or lovers? Read on and learn how to escape the friend zone and get the relationship you want!

Christmas Stress Relief: A Mindful Ten Day Guide

Christmas can be the most stressful time of the year, but it doesn't have to be this way... If you follow this ten step guide to ‘de-stressing' your Christmas then it just might become one of the most relaxing times of the year. What could be better than the Chocolate Meditation?

Oops! Another Flawed, Biased Review Article in British Journal of Psychiatry

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Has British Journal of Psychiatry sunk to being an international dumping ground for junk science?

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.

Losing and Regaining My Sense of Being

When my traumatized states could not find a hospitable relational home or context of human understanding, I became deadened, and my world became dulled. When such a home became once again present, I came alive, and the vividness of my world returned.

A Gift of Time

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 16, 2011 in Laugh, Cry, Live
What would you do if your unborn baby was diagnosed with a fatal condition? Like many people, you may assume the only option is to terminate the pregnancy. But what if there was an alternative that was more compassionate and humane? And what if this alternative gave you the gift of time to lovingly care for your baby to the natural end of his or her precious little life?

What Explains Different Expectations about Pleasure?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on December 15, 2011 in Cui Bono
Terri Conley of the University of Michigan claims that women and men are equally motivated to pursue pleasure in casual sex and that pursuit of pleasure explains sexual behavior better than concepts from evolutionary psychology. I explain why this claim is incorrect.

The End of Solitude, the Eternity of Aloneness

By Stanton Peele on December 15, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Human consciousness is evolving into a a cyborg-like state where we are constantly hooked up to some form of electronic stimulation or communication channel. We do this in order to escape the eternity of the solitude of death. Paradoxically, it makes us lonelier than ever.

The Benefits of Generosity

By Judith Orloff M.D. on December 15, 2011 in Emotional Freedom
In my book on positive energy I describe how generosity is a key element of emotional health and abundance. Generosity accelerates the free flow everything positive in your life. It is an expansive energy. Stinginess sabotages abundance.

Resolved: Find Yourself Some Trouble

I once heard that problems need to be understood in the context of development. Sometimes have to remind myself of this when my kids experience emotional extremes over small things. The other morning, I asked my son to put on his socks and shoes while I dressed his little brother. Five minutes later, he threw the socks across the room and started crying.

Politics as a Video Game

By George Davis on December 15, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
In America, politics and a video game can give similar satisfactions.

Hope for Dyslexics

Read how a world-class editor, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, and a motivational speaker/reading researcher/writer struggled through child- and adulthood dyslexia and rose to the top. Can kids and adults who can’t find words become champions at the very thing that smacked them down? You bet. Read on.

Are You Sure We Prefer Taller Leaders?

By Gregg 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.

What It's Like to Be a Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 15, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Rita Pollak, past president of the International Academy of Professionals, writes her second guest blog. This one talks about the personal experience of being a collaborative lawyer in a world of adversarial law.

Remarriage: Factors for Success

Have an emotional attachment to an ex-spouse? Have kids and stepkids? Support from family and friends? Find out what a study says about what makes remarriage work.