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Remember the Big Things

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
While it's good advice not to sweat the small stuff, we also need to nurture the large stuff.
There are many good reasons to do so. You'll never know when you step over the invisible line and the countdown begins - 365 days left, then . . . - but you can know, before and after you cross it, that you've remembered the big things.

Is it Weird or Is it Wrong?*

By Debbie Stier on August 04, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
Here's how I scored on the SAT in 2011, as an adult.

Don't "Dumb Yourself Down" to Attract Somebody

One especially tragic example of not being yourself when dating is "dumbing yourself down," which some women find necessary to attract men. But just what kind of men are they attracting by doing this?

3 Things Not to Do for Raising a Smart Kid

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Creating in Flow
What comes naturally to a loving parent is not always the optimal way to react to our children's efforts. Here are 3 ways (not) to raise a sharp and creative kid.

Polypharmacy: Some Art, Some Science, Much Alchemy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 04, 2011 in DSM5 in Distress
Polypharmacy has become so ubiquitous that more accidental overdoses are now caused by prescription drugs than by street drugs.

Living Free From Regret

To varying degrees people block out important feelings and emotions, and in so doing, deviate from their true destiny. How is it that so many people spend their lives denying themselves such simple basic gratification? And why, when they are facing death, do they finally have the clarity to know what’s important to them?

Success Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Performing an act intentionally - that is, through conscious choice - has the effect of making ‘success' seem just a bit more successful.

Don't Forget the Brain! Physical Health is Key to Treating Depression

Recent research proves that physical health has a profound effect on the brain, and in turn the health of the brain has a profound impact on the course of psychiatric disorders. Brain health is thus now an essential component of the care of depression and anxiety disorders--and physical health is essential in maintaining a healthy brain!

How Much Sex Do Seniors Really Have?

By Anneli Rufus on August 04, 2011 in Stuck
During last week's public dustup between 85-year-old Hugh Hefner and his hot young runaway bride, I did some research into the actual sex lives of seniors. Among other things, I learned that men aged 70 and up are 20 times more likely to have daily sexual fantasies than are women of that age. And 11 percent of men aged 90 to 95 have had sex at least once in the past year.

5 Things You Thought You Knew about Breastfeeding

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Salma Hayek breastfed a malnourished infant during her UNICEF trip to Sierra Leone. Are you shocked?

Why You Don't Want to Wake Up - Interrupted Sleep Interrupts Memory

You can sleep 95% of the night and never feel refreshed.

Parenting: Are You Sending Bad Messages to Your Children?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in The Power of Prime
We as parents don't mean to send bad messages, of course; we all want what's best for our children. But whether out of lack of awareness, misguided intentions, self-interest, baggage or just plain unhealthy values, we're all vulnerable to sending messages to our children that can hurt them.

When (and Why) Did We Become Such Food Snobs?

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Stepmonster
Guest blogger Elizabeth Gordon, MSW, asks: Is food snobbery this millennium's answer to flamboyance?

Looking for Some Reading Suggestions in Children's or Young-Adult Literature?

By Gretchen Rubin on August 04, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I've written many times about my love for children's and young-adult literature, and my three kidlit reading groups. A source of great happiness for me! Be Gretchen.

End Road Rage in the GPS Age

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on August 04, 2011 in Science and Sensibility
Don’t whirl out of emotional control while driving among discourteous drivers. Be your own GPS guide and follow the road of confident composure. Guest blogger, psychologist Dr. Irwin Altrows, tells how.

When Sparrows are Beautiful

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 04, 2011 in Am I Right?
Beauty is seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary

A More Perfect Union

By Michelle Au M.D. on August 04, 2011 in This Won't Hurt a Bit
With the incredible power of social media comes great responsibility, particularly for those who see the human condition at its most vulnerable. And we need to start teaching our young medical trainees, from an earlier age, about common sense when it comes to its use.

Study Did Not Show That Brief Therapy Kept Psychotic Patients Out of Hospital

Peer reviewers missed key details, but it didn't help that the authors failed to disclose suicides and incarcerations after release from the hospital.

Six Tips for Finishing What You Start

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Writing a nonfiction book or other project? You'll need a game plan. Emmy-winner Gene Perret (guest blogger) offers 6 tips for a workable schedule.

Is She or Isn’t She? Who is Single at Heart and Why Does It Matter?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 03, 2011 in Living Single
In the 21st century, when more than 100 million Americans are single, a fully grown and thoughtful adult can ask, in all seriousness, whether it is “normal” to have positive feelings about living single.

Religion vs Atheism: Which Side Fights Dirtier?

By David DiSalvo on August 03, 2011 in Neuronarrative
Reasonable people, religious or otherwise, can agree to argue reasonably, without toxic assaults that only add to the rage. At least in theory. But the reality is that wherever these debates are happening, strong feelings overpower restraint. Hate mail, bile-laden comments and death threats are unfortunately not uncommon.