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Same Bed, Different Dreams

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on December 07, 2011 in SexualityToday
Much of what's written about sexual psychology is still "unisex." This diminishes its value for clinicians in the office. And for patients in the bedroom.

8 Ways to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on December 07, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Here are 8 easy ways to eat mindfully during the holidays. Learn how to "Eat, Drink & Be Mindful" this season.

Being President Doesn't Hasten Death? Not So Fast!

By Matthew Hutson on December 07, 2011 in Psyched!
I must say I am disappointed with what the New York Times has placed front and center on their home page. We have no way of knowing whether the Oval Office shortens life spans.

Learning to Think Like an Optimist

Disappointments and challenges are an inevitable part of life. So instead of viewing them as failures, why not view them as opportunities to learn, grow, and improve? If you do, you're on the road to resilience, and research says that's exactly where you want to be during tough times.

From Reactive to Reflective Parenting

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 06, 2011 in Just Listen
Interview with one of the pioneers in reflective parenting.

I Resent My Dad's New Family

By Carl Alasko Ph.D. on December 06, 2011 in Beyond Blame
It's no longer all that unusual for a parent to remarry in later years (frequently to someone a bit younger) and have at least one child. Likewise it's not unusual for children of the previous family to resent the new family.

Violence in Divorce: Towards Safety

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 06, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Continuing the discussion on the malignant divorce, and touching upon the seriousness of domestic violence.

A Brief History of Holiday Music: The 1800s and the Re-Invention of Christmas

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on December 06, 2011 in Your Musical Self
A brief history of holiday songs and hymns. The second installment of a 3-part series, covering the re-invention of Christmas in the 1800s.

Sunny, Anal, and Balanced: Puzzling Over Personalities

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on December 06, 2011 in Rethinking Men
How do we know how to know ourselves? From our parents and friends? But they are biased. So are our enemies, though they may be less tactful and more truthful. From our therapists? By introspection? Perhaps from personality tests?

What Does the Brazilian Census Tell Us About Race?

The 2010 Brazilian census says that, for the first time, the country is majority non-white. To Americans, Brazil has always had a non-white majority. How is this possible?

Are Fat Women Sexual Targets? Exposing the Practice of "Hogging"

By Pamela Madsen on December 06, 2011 in Shameless Woman
How many fat women allow sexual touch because they feel that they should feel grateful for the attention of any man, even if it is a man that they don't desire? How many men go "hogging?" This little known practice of seeking out fat women they view as "easy targets?"

Spirituality, Reality, and Politics

By George Davis on December 06, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
If reality has material and non-material aspects then spirituality and politics must mix.

Suffering, Meaning, Hope

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2011 in The Flip Side
In his famous memory study, Frederic Bartlett found that memory was an act of reconstruction: subjects unconsciously changed the material, for example, by supplying missing rationalizations for the characters' behavior, changing causal connections and imposing a more western order on the material.

Sex Addiction: The Null Hypothesis

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 06, 2011 in Women Who Stray
Science is a human enterprise, like any other. Good science thus works in ways that try to minimize the effects of politics and human convictions. If sex addiction cannot be proven to exist, then scientists must accept the null hypothesis, that it most likely does not.

Drowsy Driving: An Added Risk for Travelers During the Holiday Season

Late nights at the office, holiday parties, staying up to watch holiday specials, late night shopping--these are all things that can add up, or rather subtract from safe driving, especially for busy professionals whose plates only get fuller with the added commitments brought on by the holidays. And the consequences can be quite steep.

Why You Need Circuit-Breakers

By Jonathan Fields on December 06, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
If you've ever created anything that was focused around some kind of big launch, show, debut or reveal, you know the deal.

Don't Fall Into "Decision Quicksand"

By Gretchen Rubin on December 06, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm always gratified when I learn that one of my Secrets of Adulthood reflects not merely my idiosyncratic experience, but also has some science behind it.

Think of Yourself in the Third Person

By Gretchen Rubin on December 06, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I remember reading somewhere that writer Anne Lamott thinks about herself in the third person, to take better care of herself: “I’m sorry, Anne Lamott can’t accept that invitation to speak; she’s finishing a book so needs to keep her schedule clear.”

How to Bully-Proof Your Children by Building Their Resilience

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on December 06, 2011 in Compassion Matters
The primary step in helping our children persevere when being bullied or facing other sources of trauma, is equipping them with a solid foundation of emotional resilience.

What's the Deal with the Republican Presidential Race?

We are now only a few weeks away from the first Republican caucuses and primaries. The volatility in the race for the Republican nomination has been amazing—polls have shown the lead shifting from Romney to Perry to Cain and now to Gingrich.

The Neuroscience of Rejection

No one likes being left out. Using a simple technique known as “Cyberball,” social psychology and neuroscience researchers are demonstrating that ostracism can have widespread emotional reactions reflected in your brain's activity.