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My Teenager Wants to Be a Housewife

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
What to do if your daughter aspires to be a housewife

Newt Gingrich -- Avatar of the Sexual Future!

By Stanton Peele on January 20, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Newt Gingrich -- instead of being attacked for his marital meanderings -- should be hailed for being the forward-looking sexual avatar and visionary that he is.

"The Grey" Has It All Wrong About Wolves

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Media, this time "The Grey", once again misrepresents and vilifies animals. In this movie wolves are the victims of sensationalism and long-dead myths that can hurt efforts to protect and conserve these endangered animals. Actors also ate two wolves who were brought to the set to get them in the mood for the wild. No joke.

Inviting Sexual Interest: Seeking Pleasure or Exerting Power?

Is titillation about pleasure or about power? It may not surprise you to hear that it is mainly about power. But the real answer to "Whose power?" may be more convoluted than you'd expect.

Army To Investigate Unforgivable Sheep Beating At Last

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Animal Emotions
After much pressure the army will probe the merciless beating of a sheep. Military and non-military people were outraged by this inexcusable and unforgivable act and we need to keep the pressure on to bring those who were responsible to justice.

In memoriam: Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in The Me in We
I heard Elisabeth Young-Bruehl give a paper once called "Where Do We Fall When We Fall in Love?" I was struck by her wit and eloquence, by the poetry she crafted from the follies of human attachment. Afterwards I asked her to be my analyst.

Can Gossip Be Good?

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Millennial Media
Historically, gossip has been understood to damage reputations and even lives. Yet, a new study from Berkeley suggests some forms of gossip to help in restoring the social order. As it turns out, some forms of gossip may be virtuous.

Why Do Some Puppies Go Limp When You Lift Them Up?

Puppies going limp when they are lifted is a fragment of behavior that once could have meant the difference between life and death in wild canines.
Envy This!

Envy This!

Commonly thought of as an emotion, envy may be the most mislabeled attitude that people commonly encounter.

Why Everything Tastes Better in Your Favorite Cafe

I was browsing the latest issue of the journal Nutritional Neuroscience and came across this gem of a study, conducted by researchers at Kanazawa Medical University in Japan. Researchers created two very different virtual reality experiences using something called a "Body Sonic Chair."

A Foolproof Plan for Republicans to Win the Presidency in 2012: Part One

By George Davis on January 20, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
Politics 2012 is a game, and you can win if you have the right game plan.

Don't Try to Reason with Unreasonable People

By Susan Biali M.D. on January 20, 2012 in Prescriptions for Life
Tired of being belittled, misunderstood, or having your words twisted around by a bully? If you're a "normal" nice person, when you encounter someone difficult your natural reaction is to try to reason with them and win them over. Forget it! Medical doctor and life coach Dr. Susan Biali explains simple strategies for dealing with these types once and for all.

Psychology Must Catch Up on Synesthesia Research

By Maureen Seaberg on January 20, 2012 in Sensorium
Though the now-sexy trait of blended senses is enjoying a renaissance in research, popular interest and arts expression, it has not been so for nearly a century. Blame the Behaviorists.

Was Steve Jobs' Narcissism Justified?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
Is it okay to be a bully if you produce brilliant products?

Barry, You're Helping Us Feel Better

President Obama, in less than a minute your smooth vocal riff gave me just a little more hope and certainly put a little soul in my step today (and possibly an earworm that is going to make me hear this song when I want to fall asleep tonight).

Comment on the Paula Deen Controversy

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on January 20, 2012 in Comfort Cravings
Over the past few days the world has been buzzing about Paul Deen's news that she has Type II Diabetes. There has been a mixed response. Here are some thoughts from a psychologist who works with people with eating issues.

50 Quotes on Living Well

Looking for some tips on living the best life possible? Here are 50 quotes showing you the way.

Tips for the Hopeful Romantic

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Emotional Fitness
I will forever believe in and nurture my relationships. Yes, there are rough patches—sometimes it seems like you just jump from one to another. Sex always has its own set of issues and sometimes it's even used as a weapon to garner power with a partner. But a committed couple can work through these problems.

12 Ways to Age—Into Agelessness, Part 3

Of the dozen suggestions in this post for feeling perpetually young, Part 1 took up the first four, and Part 2 elaborated on an additional four. Here I'll expand on four final ways to stay young in mind, regardless of age.

Mindfulness Meditation: Why to Do It and How to Do It

The Buddhist nun Ayya Khema said that meditating is the best way to rest the mind: “We take the mind for granted. It thinks all day, dreams all night. It’s always busy and we expect it to just keep going. But the mind, being the finest tool in the universe, has to be treated like any other delicate tool. If it’s abused and not given rest, it won’t function as well.”

Happiness: You Bring Your Own Weather to the Picnic

By Gretchen Rubin on January 20, 2012 in The Happiness Project
How did I first make the acquaintance of Harlan Coben? His brother and I went to college together, somehow Harlan and I struck up a conversation by's lost in the sands of time.

Why Regret Makes Buying Experiences Better than Buying Stuff

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
Research suggests that people are happier when they buy experiences than when they buy objects. The kinds of regrets you experience after making a choice may explain why.

Are We as Bad as the Worst Thing We’ve Ever Done?

By Christopher Peterson Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in The Good Life
Politicians and everyday people are certainly capable of doing bad things, and most of us do a few of these during our lives. The issue I would like to raise is whether it makes sense to judge a person solely on the basis of the worst thing he or she has ever done.

Betty White: 90, Proud, and Pranking

By Meika Loe Ph.D. on January 20, 2012 in Aging Our Way
Just when we think she fits the "adorable grandmother figure" stereotype, Betty White socks it to us, as she should. In her non-threatening way, she's leading a movement to confront ageism in society, and we'll be all the better for it.