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Uncovering the Real Gifts of the Holiday Season

While we're busy hauling out our holly and shopping till we drop, many of us forget to stop and appreciate the true gifts in life. Sometimes it takes a life changing incident to get us to stop counting presents and start counting our blessings.

Is Porn Really Destroying 500,000 Marriages Annually?

By Kevin B Skinner Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Inside Porn Addiction
Every year for the past decade there have been roughly 1 million divorces in the United States. If half of the people divorcing claim pornography as the culprit, that means there are 500,000 marriages annually that are failing due to pornography.

Why So Many Teenage Virgins?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Sax on Sex
How come fewer teens are having sex today compared with 20 years ago?

Dealing with an Addicted Teen During the Holidays

By Ugo Uche on December 12, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"We convince ourselves that things are happening the way we want them to be happening. It’s the equivalent of closing our eyes and hoping that the problem will disappear on its own."

Sexual Blind Spots

How do women decide who is a deadbeat? Can they recognize a player when they see one?

Sex Selection Game-Changer? New Fetal Gene Test Reveals Sex at 7 Weeks

By Douglas Pet on December 12, 2011 in The Age of Biotech
New non-invasive prenatal testing will enable parents to know a fetus's sex, Down's status, and possibly other traits dramatically earlier in a pregnancy.

A Banker-Philosopher’s Request for a Second Date

By Michael Bruce on December 12, 2011 in Angst!
Yes, you might say things that hurt me, but my feelings are already hurt. Sending me an email response (instead of talking on the phone) would better than no response at all, but I think it would be better to talk on the phone. Email communication has too much potential for misinterpretation, etc.

Facebook: Your Communication Style Impacts How You Lie

Whether you tell a white lie or an outright lie depends on why you are on Facebook.

Sports/Parenting: Red Flags for Over-Invested Sports Parents

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Perhaps the greatest obstacle to your children gaining ownership of—and enjoyment from—their sport participation occurs when you commandeer their athletic lives to meet your own needs.

Pandering Pandas: Sweetie and Sunshine on Loan in Edinburgh

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Two giant pandas have been rented to the Edinburgh Zoo for money and to make babies. Why do we continue to move and loan animals when it clearly has no benefits other than to make money that does not go back into species conservation or preservation in the wild?

"My Wife Makes Me Feel Like a Zombie"

By Randi Kreger on December 12, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
A reader asks, "I have been struggling with the roller coaster for 32 years. I go from trying to connect to trying to survive, to realizing (very recently) that I've become an emotional zombie where she's concerned. It breaks my heart. What do I do?"

Anxiety Disorder or Hyperthyroidism?

We are often quick to judge a symptom profile, without taking time to consider alternative explanations. A case of hyperthyroidism, long misdiagnosed and treated as an anxiety disorder, reminds us that, when it comes to human behavior and emotions, things are not always as they seem.

What Is Addiction Treatment?

By Stanton Peele on December 12, 2011 in Addiction in Society
What is regarded as addiction treatment in the U.S. is very different from that offered in much of the rest of the world -- which favors community outreach approaches that extend to people where they live and that offer a comprehensive range of services. The consequences of our idea of treatment are that we get less effective coverage at much greater cost.

The Animal Research Paradox

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Animals and Us
The animal research paradox —we need animal research to determine if it is ethical to conduct animal research.

Does My Teen Need Treatment?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 12, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Does your teen need treatment? Here is a good review to help you figure out what to do.

Who's Afraid of Their Inner Wolf?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
One of the ways in which we humans manage our anxiety about death is by denying our animal nature. Could this be one reason we treat other animals like trash?

The United Colors of Rice

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in Words To Eat By
I may have a fixation with rice, but to my defense, so does the rest of the world: it's the staple food for roughly three and a half billion people.

The Test That Changes the Structure of Your Brain

Becoming a licensed London taxi drivers requires studying the map for 3-4 years. A new study shows that all of this studying creates systematic changes in the structure of the posterior hippocampus. This remarkable finding shows the brain remains plastic and adaptable into adulthood.

Why Driving Makes Us So Mad

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on December 12, 2011 in All the Rage
If you were an evil genius and wanted to develop a situation that made people angry, it would look a lot like driving.

The Upside to Boy-Girl Friendships

Here's the good news. You can encourage and support opposite sex friendships between boys and girls without encouraging romantic interest.

Self-Knowledge: Problems and Potential Solutions

By Michael W Austin on December 12, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Self-knowledge can be difficult to acquire, but there are concrete steps that we can take to achieve it.

Juego

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 12, 2011 in SexualityToday
"The one thing that upsets me," she said, "is the statement that female sexuality is narcissistic. I mean, haven't women been through enough with labeling? Now they have to be told that their sex drive is narcissistic?"