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How Parents and Children Can Finally Come to Love Each Other

Adult children and their aging parents have a unique opportunity to relinquish control, to see, for once and for all, whether love is possible after all.

The Meaning of Life

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on October 27, 2011 in Rethinking Men
Meanings are not given to most of us, though we are socialized into some by our parents or significant others, but still we tend to construct our own eventually. So here are my Top 12. Pick yours, or add it to the list if it is not there, or mix and match.

5 Things Your Staff Wants You to Know

A new survey says employees still distrust their leaders. There's no surprise there. But if you're a leader, what you can do right now to impact trust-building might surprise you.

Sleep and Beauty

Beauty is more than skin deep.

Using the Body Scan to Help with Chronic Pain and Illness

Your body is so much more than just your pain or your illness. Making friends with this remarkable organism is emotionally calming and healing. It can release tension in your body which, in itself, can reduce symptoms.

Is Apologizing, Like Good Pensmanship, Outdated?

Our culture keeps providing us with ways to escape responsibility (saying "I'm sorry you feel that way" instead of saying "I'm sorry"); it will be a loss for us all if the art of the apology goes the way of cursive.

World Population Hits 7 Billion: Feeling Overcrowded Yet?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 27, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
Overcrowding is not just something that happens in distant countries or third world refugee camps. It is a growing problem that is already touching our lives.

Quiz: Are You an "Energizer" or a "De-Energizer" at Work?

By Gretchen Rubin on October 27, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm reading Cross and Perker's The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations, and I was riveted by their discussion of energy.

The Benefits of Addiction: Why Alcoholics Drink

By Stanton Peele on October 27, 2011 in Addiction in Society
The disease theory short circuits the thinking needed to understand alcoholism by instead fantasizing that alcoholics are driven to drink by some as-yet-to-be-discovered micro-mechanism. Ahh, too bad, since this fallacy prevents us from helping alcoholics and addressing problem drinking society-wide.

A Five-Minute Guide to Effective Time Management

Feel like you’re never accomplishing what you want to? Do the days seem to fly by without your finishing anything? Here is a simple and quick guide to taking control over time so that it doesn’t control you.

How Much Should the Wealthy Give?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 27, 2011 in Am I Right?
Taxes are a good way to get people, all people, to do the right thing, sometimes despite themselves

Looking Under the Hood of Research

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 27, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Psychology research has the power to change the world. But the quality of the recommendations we draw from the research is only as good as the data on which those recommendations are based. So, it is worth looking under the hood on research a bit and thinking about some of the weaknesses in the way that data are collected.

Rita Pollak: How to Evaluate Your Options When Contemplating a Divorce

Our first guest blog is by Rita Pollak, past-president of the International Academy of Professionals and co-founder of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. She explores the different options you may have when considering divorce.

Truth, Faith, and Evangelical Truth

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 26, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The line between religion and science seems to be increasingly sharp and abrasive these days, which is bit of a puzzle if you know something about history. Scientists have not been atheists, by and large, and believers have not always been so certain of their beliefs.

My Teenage Daughter Acts Way Too Sexy

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 26, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your teen daughter is too sexy.

A Visualization Strategy for Rapid Treatment of Depression

Conflict resolution therapy eliminates depression by resolving the conflict that has triggered it. Here's a conflict-resolution visualization technique for lifting depression. Try it on your own or ask your therapist or a friend to help out.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Heartbreak

By Rita Watson MPH on October 26, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
When we feel happy, safe, protected, and loved—we are grateful. But it is a challenge when we are hurt or disappointed. Those we love oftentimes disappoint us, and we disappoint them. Life is not always rosy, but we can still look for sunshine hiding behind the clouds.

Whales in Captivity: Are They Legally Slaves?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 26, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Does keeping whales (and perhaps other animals) in captivity violate the 13th Amendment ban on slavery? A pending lawsuit can change how we perceive and use other animals. It surely will lead to much needed discussion about the ways in which humans wantonly and routinely use and abuse animals in entertainment and in other venues.