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Women, Want to Be Promoted? Talk About Yourself

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 25, 2012 in Wander Woman
You don't advance into top positions just because you work harder and give up your life for the company. If you want power, you have to take it. You have to speak up, acknowledge your value and love your power. This post shows you how.

Is There a Unified Theory of Biology?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 25, 2012 in Theory of Knowledge
If, by unified theory, we mean conceptual unification, the answer is yes.

Seven Ways to Say “No” and Keep Good Relations

Do you have trouble saying “no”? Many women and men are traditionally taught to avoid saying “no,” especially when facing authority figures. Some of us are told from a young age that we’re not supposed to say “no” to our parents, relatives, teachers, bosses, and others.

Striving Toward True Liberation: Women’s Roles and Influences in the Life of the Buddha

When we contemplate truly great figures in the course of human history, two names often come to mind: Jesus and Buddha. Both are historical figures shrouded in legend. Both possessed such love, consciousness, and universal wisdom that they are worshiped as divinity.

Forgotten Victory of Asian American Civil Rights Pioneers – Leadership Lessons for the Long Run

Scott Lankford's new book “Tahoe Beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake” includes a chapter that chronicles the consequential, and yet almost completely forgotten struggle of Asian Americans for equal rights in the late 19th century. A battle that was won, and foreshadowed the civil rights victories of the 20th century.

And the Oscar for Best Decision Goes to...

By Nick Tasler on February 25, 2012 in The Impulse Factor
Decision making lessons from Brad Pitt and Moneyball.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 3

By Michael Jawer on February 25, 2012 in Feeling Too Much
New ways of looking at personality differences - such as the concept of "orchids" and "dandelions" - have much in common with thin and thick boundaries.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 2

By Michael Jawer on February 25, 2012 in Feeling Too Much
The Boundaries concept offers a fresh and unique way to examine personality differences.

Sensitivity on a Spectrum - Part 1

By Michael Jawer on February 25, 2012 in Feeling Too Much
Anyone who is highly sensitive must often wonder: why am I the way I am? Is it nature, nurture, or both?

How to Survive a Bad Mood

By Shawn T. Smith Psy.D. on February 24, 2012 in Ironshrink
Bad moods shape perception and make us vulnerable to poor decisions. Here are a few tips for managing crabbiness.

Lessons from A First Rate Madness: Historical Documentation and the 50 Year Rule

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on February 24, 2012 in Mood Swings
To find mental illness in historical leaders one must have reasonable historical documentation. How can it be done?

A Pint of Racism: Ben and Jerry’s Scoops Up Stereotypes

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on February 24, 2012 in The Pacific Heart
Ben and Jerry's introduces a "Taste the Lin-sanity" flavor at Harvard Square. The ingredients? Fortune cookie chunks and lychee. Faulty superegos and greed combine to insult Asian Americans and anyone else interested in the new paradigm of race and individuality.

What Men Want from Us: 5 Wishes

By Rita Watson MPH on February 24, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
The study of long-term committed couples shows that within the phases of life there are ups and downs. Starting out with a positive attitude and trying to negotiate the differences is a good way to find relationship balance and give him what he wants while acknowledging your own needs as well.

Why Are Girls Getting Their Periods So Young?

By Rebecca Searles on February 24, 2012 in The Stone Age Mind
Today, girls are hitting puberty earlier than ever. The national average age for a girl to get her first period is 12, and girls can start as early as age 8. Why so young? Some theories point the finger at fatty foods and preservatives, but research suggests a cultural shift in parenting strategies could be to blame.

The Trouble With Team Players

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 24, 2012 in Ambigamy
There is an "I" in "Team." We can be selfish on behalf of our group, saying to outsiders "I deserve more than you but if you think that means I'm selfish you're wrong, because I think my fellow teammates deserve more than you too." Team Player and elitist are two sides of the same coin.

Is It Time to Ban Emails Because They Reduce Productivity?

By Ray Williams on February 24, 2012 in Wired for Success
Not a day goes by when I’m working with organizations about how to improve communication and relationships than a complaint about emails comes up as a constant frustration and obstacle to productivity.

We Need a Slow Domesticity Movement

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on February 24, 2012 in Marriage 3.0
If you have enough small, pleasant moments in each day, where appreciation triumphs over annoyance, it must add up...

Fear Insults Hope in the Political Arena

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on February 24, 2012 in Grand Rounds
Is it possible to avoid fear mongering in our political discourse?

Beware: Individual Therapy Can Harm Your Marriage

Looking for help from a therapist? Ask for help from the right kind of pro! Ask for help from the wrong kind of therapy professional and your problems may get worse.

"Why Does Johnny Continue to Act This Way?"

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on February 24, 2012 in Pride and Joy
Parents often ask, "Why does he continue to act this way—to tease or hit his sister, to refuse to do his homework or clean up his room, to lie when we know that he is lying and he knows that he will be punished?"

The Top 10 Relationship Words that Aren't Translatable into English

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on February 24, 2012 in Marriage 3.0
As I discovered these non-English, untranslatable words to describe nuances of relationships, love, and desire, I'd have the occasional epiphany: "Oh yeah! That's what I was feeling..."

The Conflicting Messages on Parenting and Food

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on February 24, 2012 in A Million Meals
Why are parents, however well-educated and well-intentioned, so often frustrated and confused when it comes to feeding their children these days? Let's start with the mixed messages about diet bombarding us daily.

Nonviolence as a Way to Address Injustice and Group Conflict

Nonviolence has been effectively used to achieve great social ends: through mass protests and people's movements, but also through diplomacy and other means. It can be used to address inequality, repression or the threat of violence against groups, as well as conflict between nations, as now between Iran and the U.S. and other countries.

Premenstrual Syndrome—the Storm Before the Storm

By Shawn A. Tassone M.D. on February 24, 2012 in The 90 Minute Checkup
What could we discuss in 90 minutes about PMS?

Hug an Old Dog Today

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on February 24, 2012 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
I absolutely love puppies. Whenever I see one, I feel a kind of magnetic attraction pulling me toward it, making me want to touch it and cuddle it. I want to smell Puppy Breath. But I have to confess that my heart really goes out to old dogs.