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4 Techniques to Help with Physical Pain

In this piece, I want to focus on the physical sensation of pain, although the techniques I’ll describe can help with any physical discomfort (I know because I use them for my achy flu-like symptoms).

How Much Homework Is Too Much?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 19, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
Timothy, a fifth grader, spends up to thirteen hours a day hunched over a desk at school or at home, studying and doing homework. Should his parents feel proud? Now imagine, for comparison’s sake, Timothy spending thirteen hours a day hunched over a sewing machine instead of a desk.

Cultivate Good Smells

By Gretchen Rubin on October 19, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year—and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge—welcome! This month’s theme is the Five Senses, and last week's resolution was to Listen to your favorite song. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Compromise? Consider the Alternatives

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on October 19, 2011 in The Fair Society
With growing street protests and another test of the political gridlock in Washington just ahead, it may be time to reconsider the conventional wisdom. Compromises may have both practical and moral consequences.

Freedom of the Will and Moral Responsibility

By Michael W Austin on October 19, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
As an advocate of freedom of the will, I don't believe that we perform all of our actions freely. Some of them may be determined by forces external or internal to us.

Is "Scale Seduction" Responsible for Your Struggle with Weight?

By Yoni Freedhoff MD on October 19, 2011 in Traumatic Dieting
For someone trying to lose weight, are there any sweet nothings sweeter than the sweet something the scale just told you that you've lost? Those sweet somethings, while certainly seductive, might also be dangerous to your likelihood of lifelong success. Make sure you're not letting your scale push you around.

How to Get a Man or Woman Attracted with Color

Get a date and keep them attracted with the right color choice! Use the color of love...

How to Really Listen

By Peter Bregman on October 19, 2011 in How We Work
How do you listen in a way that transforms conversations and relationships?

The First Step to Meeting Your Personal Goal

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on October 19, 2011 in Making Change
No matter your goal, personal change must include being able to manage your feelings; something psychologists often call affect regulation. Learn to manage your feelings, and you can achieve the "new you" that you strive for.

7 Skills for Teaching Your Child to Stand-Up to Bullies

Our kids can change their own world by developing a set of skills that makes bullying unrewarding.

Space Invaders At The Republican Debate

By Jeff Thompson on October 19, 2011 in Beyond Words
The highlight of tonight’s debate was by far the heated exchanges between Perry and Romney. The animosity between the two candidates was not only apparent in their verbal exchanges but equally in their facial expressions and overall body language including invading the other's space and touch.

How Do High Achievers Really Think?

By Carl Beuke Ph.D. on October 19, 2011 in You're Hired
Positive affirmations are a staple of the self-help industry, but there is a problem with standing in front of the mirror every morning and saying something like: "I will be king of the world in just five days, I just know it." What does research show about how high achievers really think?

Promoting High-Tech Sex Selection

By Marcy Darnovsky Ph.D. on October 18, 2011 in Genetic Crossroads
High-tech sex selection methods legitimize the practice, and serve as a rhetorical door-opener for the prospect of selecting other traits.

Spoiler Alerts: The Necessity of Uncertainty

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on October 18, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
But if you're like me, it's so much harder in real life to deal with uncertainty. The stakes seem so much higher. I often hear myself saying, "If only I knew this would turn out okay..."

Trauma and the Hourglass of Time

If you, or someone you care about, ever experience a traumatic loss, never think or utter the words, “You have to let it go and move on.” Time does not heal the wounds of trauma.

The Real Reason Why the Rhythm Method Doesn't Work?

By Jena Pincott on October 18, 2011 in Love, Sex, and Babies
Do we drop our eggs at the whiff of a high-testosterone male?

Vacation Like a Royal: Rent a Bike

By Kristine Hansen on October 18, 2011 in Travel In Mind
Numerous health benefits come with bicycling. Why not rent a bike during your next vacation? With Prince William and Kate Middleton renting bicycles recently in London, and numerous bike-rental stations opening around the world, it's a readily available option.

Projection 101: The Devil Made Me Do It!

Pass the buck. Blame the other guy. We say it was the Republicans, or the Democrats, or some other devil that made me do it. As a culture, we are suffering greatly from a failure to take ownership of our contribution to our problems. Maybe we could use a lesson in basic psychoanalysis: Projection 101.

10 Easy Things You Can Do to Help Women (And Yourself!) Feel Good About Your Body

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on October 18, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
Are you interested in helping women improve their body image and changing how women are depicted in the media? If so, here are ten easy things you can do to help! Watch a clip of a brand new movie that may change the way you think about how women are depicted in magazines, TV and movies forever.

Your Smartphone May Be Making You... Not Smart

Millions of people around the world lined up to buy the Apple4S, the smartest of the smartphones. It boasts a feature named “Siri,” a genie in a metal case who responds to your voice commands. However, there may be danger in turning your brain functions over to this latest e-gadget.

Not All Crying Is Depression: Understanding Pseudobulbar Affect

By David DiSalvo on October 18, 2011 in Neuronarrative
You're having a calm discussion with a friend about a topic you don’t find emotional whatsoever, and you notice that tears are welling up in your friend’s eyes. You ask your friend if you inadvertently said something hurtful, and the reply is, “No, I really don’t know why I’m reacting this way, I’m fine.”