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Shopping with Darwin

By Carlin Flora on July 19, 2011 in Under a Friendly Spell
A Q and A with Gad Saad about consumer behavior.

Eat Less Salt—and Die?

I'm being sarcastic, right? The official health wisdom--the wisdom everybody knows is right (because all the top health officials repeat it over and over again)--is that if you "restrict" the salt in your diet, you'll live longer. But is this true?

How to Withstand a Parliamentary Inquiry

By Stanton Peele on July 19, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Appearing before a parliamentary investigative hearing on media phone hacking and other potential crimes, the Murdochs (Rupert and James) and Rebekah Brooks show how it's done.

Psychopath Cowboys; Sociopath Herds: A New Theory of How Evil Happens

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 19, 2011 in Ambigamy
If you want a simple but accurate explanation for why civilization so often veers toward evil, here’s a theory worth considering: Psychopaths are overrepresented in positions of power and they make sociopaths out of large numbers of us.

You Zapped Me at Hello: Ten Rules for Safer Cell Phone Use

As cell phone use grows, so does our awareness of potential effects. Here are some tips to reduce exposure and protect your brain.

What Matters?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on July 19, 2011 in Hot Thought
Different philosophical views about what we ought to care about will determine how best to produce a more desirable world in 2050.

From Fantasy to Reality: The Top 6 Ways That People Cheat on Their Partners

There are many complex and intersecting reasons that partners cheat on each other. Some people cheat for thrills, some for money, and some to satisfy unconscious needs. If you're in one of these relationships, where you go for help and how you attempt to resolve the issues will determine whether you're able to emerge with your sense of worth and self-esteem intact.

Things You Can Do from the Bed, Part 2: Ideas from Readers

On June 28th, I wrote a post titled, "Things You Can Do from the Bed." I listed eight possibilities. I’ve had so many creative and inspiring ideas added to that list from different sources (private emails, comments at Psychology Today or on Facebook), that I thought I’d gather them together here. So, here’s a new list for you to consider.

Is the Internet Making Us Dumber?

By Ray Williams on July 19, 2011 in Wired for Success
Has the Internet made us dumber and simply become an external storage device for our brains?

Wisdom and the Search for Happiness

By Michael W Austin on July 19, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
An ancient Hebrew proverb tells us that wisdom is more valuable than gold. Unfortunately, too many of us are willing to give up wisdom for material goods. See almost any reality television show for evidence of this! However, we should be willing to give up material goods in the pursuit of wisdom, if we want to be truly happy.

Transcendental Sound, Space and the Healing Lightness of Being

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on July 19, 2011 in Design on My Mind
"Urban" "Zen": These two words may seem contradictory until you visit fashion designer Donna Karan's serene living room-like setting tucked blissfully above her Greenwich Village Urban Zen Center.

Entrepreneurship For Kids: Is It Ever Too Young?

By Jonathan Fields on July 19, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
At age 7, I was selling lemonade on the corner. A few years later, looking for even higher margin product, I started checking the prices on different beverages around the house and noticed wine sold for more than juice.

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Quarking Ducks, and Me

"Jim is a tough critic. He circled my herd of ideas like a wolf and picked off the weaker ones. You know, sometimes that kind of thing strengthens the health of the remaining herd."

Does Feminism Make Room for Shy or Introverted Girls?

In our efforts to instill confidence in young women, are we promoting an ideal of sassy outspokenness that’s just as confining as the 1950s model of docility?

Four Common Phrases that Let You Know Your Spouse Is Being Passive Aggressive

If you and your partner communicate anger and hostility through undone errands and botched chores, then passive aggression might be the third wheel in your marriage.

Politicians, Crimes and Misdemeanors in Cyberspace

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on July 19, 2011 in The Media Zone
Nobody seems to care now that we've truly become a world of voyeurs and exhibitionists, actors and audiences. For libidinous and escapist politicians, life exposed on the Internet has become one big punchline

Night Shift Workers in a Whole New Light

Night workers are a sex-starved bunch. A new survey released by the Men's Health Network reveals the social, physical, and work-related impact working non-traditional hours has on shift workers.

Self-esteem and Narcissism

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 19, 2011 in Am I Right?
You can't overdose on self-esteem.

What Should I Say to a Friend with Body Odor?

I have a friend who has really let herself go. She hasn't had a job in over a year and doesn't leave her house that much. When she does, she smells so badly that more than five people have said something to me.

Why B-tchy Women and A-hole Men (Initially) Finish First

One of the most unfair truths in the life is that the world will often root for a reformed a-hole more than someone who has been nice all along

Beyond Polyamory

Polyamory can bring you face to face with exactly what you don't want to see. Whether or not this is a good thing depends upon your purpose in choosing it.

Does Racist Humor Promote Racism?

Consider the following joke:

1) Why aren't Jews concerned about the abortion controversy?

Because they don't consider a fetus viable until after it graduates from medical school.

Part II: The Cognitive Enhancement Debate

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on July 18, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Part II of my discussion on Limitless veers into a controversial territory and the debate about cognitive enhancement.

Part I: "Limitless" Intelligence

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on July 18, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Part I of my discussion on the film Limitless relates to the nature of intelligence.