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Who Is Worse Off than I Am? There, I Feel Better Now

If comparing ourselves favorably to others brings about happiness, is this OK?

Should Obesity Be Called a Mental Illness?

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on May 16, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
Relationships between obesity and emotion

Uncovering Family: Aunts & Uncles

By Robert M. Milardo Ph.D. on May 16, 2011 in Next to Kin
I was raised in a typical Italian-American family. It was large and sociable. Family gatherings were frequent, offered occasions for parents to visit, children to play, and always centered on food and talk. Our home was near town and within a short drive were the homes of my parent's seven sisters and five brothers.

The Four Types of Female Friends to Avoid

By Jen Kim on May 16, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Not all friendships are meant to last a lifetime. Avoid these toxic female friends, who may do more harm than good.

Sick and Stuck in a Small Town

The first few years of being stuck in Davis, I longed to get away—to spend a day in San Francisco, to walk the cliffs of the Mendocino Coast, to breathe Hawaii’s fragrant air.

How the drug companies are controlling our lives Part 3

By Ray Williams on May 16, 2011 in Wired for Success
Part 3 presents evidence that questions the effectiveness claims of psychotropic drugs.
Can You Be Your Own Source of Comfort and Security? A Bold Question About Attachment

Can You Be Your Own Source of Comfort and Security? A Bold Question About Attachment

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 16, 2011 in Living Single
If you talk to lifelong single people in depth about how they deal with stress and worry, what will they tell you? What can attachment researchers learn from them?

5 Ways to Change Someone's Mind

An expert recently made the case that a few simple rules can help anyone change the minds of other people.

Why Are We So "Obsessed" With OCD?

By Allen H. Weg on May 15, 2011 in Living with OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is relatively simple and easy to describe in clinical terms, but it is extremely difficult to fully understand. Once presented with information about this psychiatric disorder, many are left with questions.

Real Law and Order: SVU Dealing with DSK of the IMF

Can you just imagine the thousands of screenwriters doing scripts whereby Det. Olivia Benson gets to clobber the head of the International Monetary Fund as he chases her down a Sofitel hallway?

Graduation as Gratitude

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 15, 2011 in Head of the Class
Graduation can be a time for reflection and gratitude.
Heather Lende: Finding Faith in Everyday Life

Heather Lende: Finding Faith in Everyday Life

By Jennifer Haupt on May 15, 2011 in One True Thing
About a year after I was hit by a truck while riding a bicycle, my friend Doris asked if I had found God that day. When I said "no," I think we were both surprised.

Watch the CBS Sunday Morning Segment on Happiness

CBS Sunday Morning did a segment on happiness -- and included me! It was a lot of fun.

How the drug companies control our lives Part 2

By Ray Williams on May 14, 2011 in Wired for Success
In Part 1 of this article I described how the drug companies are making huge amounts of money marketing drugs, particularly psychotropic drugs. Part Two will examine how the profession of psychiatry is driven if not controlled by pharmaceutical companies

A Good Boss Is a Good Leader, Quotes

A good boss does more than just manage people - he is a leader - a role model and inspiration to his employees.

The Art of Diagnosing

By Wanda Behrens-Horrell L.C.S.W., N.C.P on May 14, 2011 in In the Trenches

A Mother Knows

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on May 14, 2011 in Aristotle's Child

Gene of the Week: Attack on the "Warrior Gene"

By on May 13, 2011 in Techno-Cogitations
In an effort to expose the “blame-it-on-our-genes-craze,” John Horgan at Scientific American takes a closer look at the so-called warrior gene.

Creationists Have An Unfair Advantage But They're Still Wrong

By Hank Davis on May 13, 2011 in Caveman Logic
Whether it's about baseball, music or human origins, we all seem to be suckers for a
good Creation Myth.

He Had a Year to Do It in

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 13, 2011 in Don't Delay
If you have ever put a task off—particularly a task that just never seemed to go away, or one that never got done—you'll enjoy this poem, "He Had a Year to Do It in." Some laughter for this Friday the 13th!

Sexy at Any Age: What Makes Someone Appealing?

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on May 13, 2011 in Insight Is 20/20
Sex appeal comes in all shapes and sizes.