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Anxiety on the Rise
Dance Yourself Happy
Think Positive
Unquiet Mind

On Being The Asshole Guy

By Robert I. Sutton on September 28, 2010 in Work Matters
New Chapter in The No Asshole Rule

Why change management fails in organizations

By Ray Williams on September 28, 2010 in Wired for Success
Leaders today must understand and apply the knowledge of behavioral psychology and the lessons from brain science to manage organizational change successfully.  In the past, efforts at organizational change which has focused on the structural aspects of organizations have systematically failed because they have neglected the reality that change doesn't happen without individual people changing their thinking, beliefs and behavior.  

Why Men and Women Can't Be 'Just Friends'

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on September 28, 2010 in Think Well
Is the platonic relationship between heterosexual men and women a myth? It seem the answer is "yes" and the reason is deeply rooted in the evolutionary soil of our species.

Angelina: Is Loneliness the Price of Success?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on September 28, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
By outward appearances, 35-year-old Angelina Jolie seems to have it all: beauty, six incredible kids, and a life partner considered one of the most attractive men in the world. Her career success has also been meteoric; she's won an Oscar, two SAG awards and three Golden Globes. Earnings estimated at more than $20 million per year make her one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Yet, in a satellite interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta earlier this month, she said, "I don't have a lot of friends I talk to." 

Ambivalence in Pregnancy and Childbirth

By Barbara Almond M.D. on September 28, 2010 in Maternal Ambivalence
Basic Instinct
The Enforcers
To Tell or Not

Why are “dead” elephants easy to find?

By Jeremy M Wolfe Ph.D. on September 27, 2010 in The Object of Attention
An odd experiment provides clues to visual processing.

Infertility and Recipients of Embryo Donation

By Connie Shapiro PhD on September 27, 2010 in When You're Not Expecting
Today's blog will focus on the recipients of embryo donation.  With the large number of cryopreserved (frozen) embryos available in the U.S., only a small percentage are designated for donation to other individuals and couples.  Who might be the recipients of these embryos? Why might this option be more appealing than egg (oocyte) donation or adoption? What psychological issues will recipients face as they pursue parenthood via embryo donation? 

Feeling Powerful Leads People to Dehumanize Others

By Robert I. Sutton on September 27, 2010 in Work Matters
More Evidence That Wielding Power Turns You Into a Jerk

Infertility: Pain, Blame, and Shame

By Gigi Vorgan on September 27, 2010 in The Simple Life

Acupuncture Works--Sort of

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on September 27, 2010 in The New Brain
The belief that a treatment will work can have a powerful effect on the outcome--especially an outcome involving the mind.

The Dark Side of Self-Control

While behaviors like smoking, drinking and eating too much, taking drugs, or sleeping with strangers, can have many root causes, they all seem to have one obvious thing in common: they are all examples of failures of self-control. But if you really think about it, something about that simple answer doesn't quite make sense. In fact, it turns out that sometimes it's having willpower that really gets you into trouble.
Dumped But Not Down
Letting Go of Being Let Go
At Last—A Rejection Detector!

We Are NOT at War

By Satoshi Kanazawa on September 26, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Contrary to what you hear on the news, we are currently not at war.  But then again, there is no other way to describe the current situation of conflict.  There are no names that we can use for it, because the situation had never existed in the history of human civilization.

Music Video: The Super-Tough School Anti-Bully Law

By Izzy Kalman on September 26, 2010 in Resilience to Bullying
Schools have been eagerly supporting anti-bullying laws, not realizing these laws are their greatest enemy. They cannot possibly make bullying disappear, but they do have the potential of making schools disappear by bankrupting them financially.

Are You or Your Child on a (Touch) Starvation Diet?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 26, 2010 in Moral Landscapes
Real, natural joy. Where does it come from? Here is one source: affectionate touch.

Have It Your Way, Jackass!

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on September 26, 2010 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
A Nimble Mind
Subtracting Math from Schools
Job Security
So You Want To Be a Surgeon?

Will income inequality cause class warfare?

By Ray Williams on September 25, 2010 in Wired for Success
Income inequality, which is fuelling other kinds of social inequality, has the potential to create class warfare in America. 

Smokers deserve better than Chantix. Much better.

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 24, 2010 in Side Effects
Smokers taking Chantix may find their "complication" develops a complication.

The Five Most Common Ways Bosses Screw Up

If you want to know what leaders should NOT do, just ask their employees. I know, I tried this in my class as an exercise, and a short discussion of how bosses screw up, turned into a long one, and verified the most common reasons why leaders fail.
Love at the Margins
Typically Twisted
The Saddest Science
Gender Renegade

Rehab in Rewrite

By Lynn Phillips on September 23, 2010 in Dream On
Today's drug addict as depicted in popular media - once a committed outsider - a terrifying degenerate or brilliant outlaw, often some semi-aristocrat like William Burroughs or Dr. Gregory House -- is now competing, not always successfully, with a bunch of nobodies who want to rejoin society, like the overweight hoarder and the washed-up semi-celeb. In my last column I ruled out a few possible causes. This time out, I'm looking for what's driving the shift. 

Can You and Your Partner Agree to Disagree?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 23, 2010 in Evolution of the Self
No doubt you've heard the phrase before But the fact is that in a long-term, committed relationship, when you need to confront significant differences with your partner. . .