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Differences That Divide

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 in Love Doc
Why do so many of us find someone we love, only to try changing him? Contrary to what you may think, trying to change someone else to be more like you is not a sign of strength.

4 Tips for Digital Living

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 in The Me in We
Do you get a shot of angst before pressing the SEND button on a text or email? Is there an anxiety app running in your head as you submit your words to cyberspace?

Thumbs on the Wheel, Eyes on the Road

The majority of drivers are worried about texting while driving, yet one in three admits to actually doing it. There are ways to keep your thumbs on the wheel.

ISO: A Blockbuster Story about Single Life that is Not Primarily about Marriage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 in Living Single
So many stories that are supposedly about single people begin with a consideration of the marriage market. But the number of available partners, and their quality, doesn’t matter if you are not interested in marrying.

Forging Steel, Part 2: Soldiers, Superheroes, and Resilience

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on October 22, 2011 in The Superheroes
Military training provides an opportunity for soldiers to do what elite athletes do: direct their attention away from pain.

From Quiet to Queen: Kayla's Story

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on October 22, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
This is the story of a little girl who felt terribly afraid. So afraid that at times she was unable to speak or move. Although this story has its share of sadness, it ultimately ends in triumph, and with a parade.

If At First You Don't Succeed

If you're considering applying to graduate school (or you just like stories of perseverance and triumph), you'll want to read what I'm about to share.

Steve Jobs Leveraged His Intelligence to More Effectively Create

How the life of Steve Jobs might inform the age old creativity and intelligence debate.

What Anti-Evolutionary Psychologists are Really Worried About

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 22, 2011 in Cui Bono
Evolutionary psychologists and behavioral geneticists all agree that both genes and environments are equally important determinants of mind and behavior. Why, then, do a number of psychologists claim that nurture is more important than nature, and why do they falsely accuse evolutionary psychology of claiming the opposite view?

Pirates, Piaget, and the Null Hypothesis

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on October 22, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Pirates, Piaget, and the Null Hypothesis. Can science tell us whether pirates wore eyepatches to help them see better in the dark?

Three Secrets That Women Won't Tell You about How to Make Sex Better

By Pamela Madsen on October 22, 2011 in Shameless Woman
At my latest retreat I was asked what were the three most common secrets and desires of women that they might not tell you. So pull up a chair, sip your coffee, and I will tell you all about them.

Folk Remedies: Curatives or Curiosities?

By E E Smith on October 22, 2011 in Not Born Yesterday
Doctors are taking another look at folk remedies and saying that some cannot be dismissed as mere superstition. Now, I don't know if this one is old or new, but have you heard of the Raisins-Soaked-in-Gin remedy for arthritis? I'm not making this up.

E-books Score a Victory over Printed Books, but Who Cares?

By Jen Kim on October 22, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Can trees can relax for now? Are e-books just as good (and maybe better) than paper books?

Marco Rubio: Say Whatever You Want to Get Elected—It's All Okay!

By Stanton Peele on October 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
When Marco Rubio was discovered reinventing his family's history to make them out as Castro exiles, when they actually fled the reactionary dictator Batista (a Republican emblem) Rubio struck out at any detractors. His fable recalls the fabulous one that JFK created around PT 109 in order to get elected.

Five Ways Friends Help Build Our Self-Confidence

A healthy dose of skepticism and uncertainty about ourselves is a good thing because it helps us make better decisions. No one knows everything or has perfect instincts, and having good friends on whom we can rely for advice helps improve our sense of self-confidence and make better decisions.

The Imperfect Parent

Becoming an Imperfect Parent means reframing the journey.

We the People and Fraud

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 22, 2011 in Hidden Motives
How could anyone object to a campaign against fraud? In a society mesmerized by the presence of fraud everywhere – on Wall Street, in corporate headquarters, in politics and, of course, on street corners – it looks all too plausible for government to mount a campaign against voter fraud as well.

The Essential Guide to Defense Mechanisms

Defense mechanisms are a normal part of our everyday lives. Some can help us and some can make our lives more difficult. Find out what separates regression from repression, displacement from projection, and which defense mechanisms help us cope best with life's stresses.

Is Business Ethics an Oxymoron?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 22, 2011 in Am I Right?
Regulations keep cheaters from gaining an unfair advantage and causing a race to the bottom of the ethical barrel.

Fear of Falling

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Black Belt Brain
Falling to the ground is not a pleasant experience. And it can be serious health hazard with aging. So why not practice what to do when you get there?

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What's Love Got to Do With It? Part Two

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Psychoanalysis has been called both the "talking cure" and, curiously, the "love cure." In fact, Freud himself once said, in a letter to Jung, that "psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love." What did he mean by this strange statement? And what are the implications for modern psychotherapy?

My Boundaries Are...

By Sharon K. Anderson on October 21, 2011 in The Ethical Therapist
The therapist has the professional responsibility to keep the client’s well-being as the primary focus of the relationship. When a psychotherapist loses sight of this responsibility, a boundary lapse is likely to happen

How Passing Mood Can Alter Your Economic Decisions

Could a passing mood influence your financial portfolio for decades to come? Could impulses you inherited from your cave-man ancestors influence your financial decisions in the modern world, in ways that may have lifelong consequences? A series of studies just released online by the APA addresses these questions.