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Inception and Philosophy: It Was All Just a Dream

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Plato on Pop
After Inception, everyone wondered, “Did the top fall.” They should have been wondering whether the entire movie was a dream…because it probably was.

How Childhood Defenses Hurt Us as Adults

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Compassion Matters
When we internalize destructive attitudes during hurtful or traumatic experiences in our past, we strengthen our "anti-self." As we grow up, our anti-self resides within us and encourages us to take actions that replicate our past but that are damaging to us in the present.

Get Your Own Life, Parents

By Michael W Austin on November 14, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Having a more personally fulfilling life is good for you and your kids. As you avoid living vicariously through them, it will take the pressure off and allow your kids to explore and enjoy sports, music, art, or whatever it is that they choose to pursue in their quest for a good and fulfilling life.

J. Edgar Hoover: Pathology and the FBI

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on November 14, 2011 in Reel Therapy
We all know of J. Edgar Hoover—founder and first director of the FBI. With "J. Edgar," the well-reviewed, Oscar-buzzing film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, audiences can start to get a better sense of the man behind the institution.

A Time for Every Purpose: The Science of Chronopharmacology

By Sylvia R Karasu M.D. on November 14, 2011 in The Gravity of Weight
How much does it matter when you take your medication? The new science of chronopharmacology reveals that both effects and side effects may be affected by timing

Help Your Teen Conserve Neural Resources During Homework

Your teen requires more neural resources than you to maintain attention. Interruptions by texts, email, or visits to Facebook drain away available neural resources and make homework less efficient. Here is a structure which helps teens modulate their communication during homework time and conserve neural resources.

Taking Back Your Power in a Bad Divorce

By Mark Banschick M.D. on November 14, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
This article is part of our Malignant Divorce series. Divorces can be like a cancer, and they must be treated with care. This installment looks at why it is so important to turn to professionals when dealing with an ex who is trying to destroy your morale.

When Did Smart Become So Dumb?

By Donna Flagg on November 14, 2011 in Office Diaries
It's time to pause for a minute and think about how we define "smart" in this country.

The Contradictions of Inequality

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Though Americans pay lip service to the idea that “all men are created equal,” as Jefferson put it in the Declaration of Independence, we have always taken huge inequalities for granted.

All about Brain Scans

Find out all about brain scans. Or almost all. This site is useful for learning about neurology or if your doctor has prescribed one of these neuroimages. Check them out, and note that two of the commonest pose risks—slight risks, but you want to know about them.

Reduce Holiday Stress by Educating Others About Your Health

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on November 14, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Suffering from a chronic condition can be an ongoing crisis—for you and for those you’re close to. That crisis can come to a head during the holidays when people’s expectations of one another are high and when stress levels for everyone are likely to be off the charts for any number of reasons—health, financial, relationship-issues...

Can People Have Different Personalities?

By Stanton Peele on November 14, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Is multiple personality disorder real? Or do ordinary people display different personalities as these are elicited in different circumstances?

Are You Predisposed to Procrastinate?

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on November 14, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Procrastination has personal and system causes that you need to navigate if you expect to be successful in a world of schedules, deadlines, and responsibilities. Let’s probe these issues and then see what you can do to improve.

Minding Animals as Persons: Beatrice, My Mother, and Jethro, My Dog

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Animal Emotions
My mother Beatrice and my dog Jethro shared many traits that warrant calling a being a person. When my mother suffered serious physical and psychological decline she was still considered a person as she well should have been. Yet Jethro and other animals do not warrant that status. Nothing is lost by viewing nonhuman animals as persons.

Kids Think Humans Are Special

By Art Markman Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
There is no doubt that humans are special among all of the animals on Earth. Although, we are special, we are also members of the animal kingdom. Yet, language distorts the relationship between humans and the rest of the animals.

8 Preemptive “Strikes” for Peaceful Family Holidays

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Singletons
Have a Happy Holiday! Here are 8 Preemptive “Strikes” you can take.

Preparing for Thanksgiving... And a Healthier, Happier You

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Making Change
Both personal experience and science tell you that being truly appreciative of the blessings or good fortune in your life is good for you. Here's exactly how it benefits you, and how you can increase your gratitude.

Munchkins, Gherkins, Napkins . . . and Pumpkins?

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Here's what I don't get. Munchkins are little bites. Gherkins are little pickles. Napkins are little cloths. Manikins are little men. And pumpkins? Little . . . what? Who could ever have looked at a pumpkin and called it little?

Adolescence and the Anger Prone Parent

For parents concerned about how they express anger, they can train themselves to manage it a more constructive way.

Rough-Hewn Autistic Brains: Bigger, but Unfinished

Because brain development is more like sculpture than building, excessive numbers of pre-frontal neurons in autistics may explain their symptomatic mentalistic deficits and endorse key predictions of the imprinted brain theory.