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8 Preemptive “Strikes” for Peaceful Family Holidays

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Singletons
Have a Happy Holiday! Here are 8 Preemptive “Strikes” you can take.

Preparing for Thanksgiving... And a Healthier, Happier You

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Making Change
Both personal experience and science tell you that being truly appreciative of the blessings or good fortune in your life is good for you. Here's exactly how it benefits you, and how you can increase your gratitude.

Munchkins, Gherkins, Napkins . . . and Pumpkins?

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on November 14, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Here's what I don't get. Munchkins are little bites. Gherkins are little pickles. Napkins are little cloths. Manikins are little men. And pumpkins? Little . . . what? Who could ever have looked at a pumpkin and called it little?

Adolescence and the Anger Prone Parent

For parents concerned about how they express anger, they can train themselves to manage it a more constructive way.

Rough-Hewn Autistic Brains: Bigger, but Unfinished

Because brain development is more like sculpture than building, excessive numbers of pre-frontal neurons in autistics may explain their symptomatic mentalistic deficits and endorse key predictions of the imprinted brain theory.

Sometimes a Banana is Just a Banana

By Donna Barstow on November 13, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
If you know what you like, and you know what you want, don't hold back! Plain speaking is not just for the Amish. A cartoon about straight sex.

My Kids Get So Competitive During the Holidays

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when you are about to cancel Christmas

Occupy Wall Street: Just Say No to the Bullies

By Melinda Blau on November 13, 2011 in Consequential Strangers
Don't we all have a little bully in us, even though we may prefer to call it "competitiveness" or "ambition"?

The Exact Date of Your Demise

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on November 13, 2011 in Happiness in this World
Human beings are the only living creatures endowed with a full awareness of their own mortality, a wound so painful that they're driven to pull every cognitive trick in the book to deny it. As with any skill, some of us are far better at this than others

Why Do Runaway Brides Run Away?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in In the Name of Love
A runway bride is a woman who cancels her wedding very close to the time of the ceremony or who even runs away from the ceremony itself. How can this phenomenon be explained? Why don't these women simply say “No” when the marriage is proposed?

For Sound Mental Health, Choose Your Metaphors Wisely

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Your mental health resiliency and sense of yourself are strongly shaped by the metaphors you use and the type of questions you ask.

Blood Pressure Readings Can Vary Widely

Research suggests that, depending on the environment, blood pressure readings can vary widely.

Changing the World One Story at a Time

By Elise Ballard on November 13, 2011 in Epiphany
It's important to share our own personal stories, not just in television, film and book formats but with one another. After Elise Ballard attended a celebration of storytelling, she had an epiphany about why sharing our stories and oral histories are so important.

The Dark House: Assumptions and Attitudes Regarding Disability

By Lynne Soraya on November 13, 2011 in Asperger's Diary
A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a coworker about her husband's passion for the television show CSI. "Did you know," I asked, "that the actor who plays the medical examiner, has a disability? His legs were amputated due to an accident." "Really!" she exclaimed, "I wonder if my husband knows that!"

Why Powerful People Break Laws and Misbehave

Why do the rich and powerful, and many of our top-level leaders and the rich and powerful so often seem to screw up, break laws, and engage in outrageous behavior, including sexual escapades?

Humans Are Less Violent Than Ever? Than When? And How?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Steven Pinker tells us that humans are less violent than ever. But in his review he leaves off most of human existence. Hobbesian evolutionary psychology strikes again--confusing data and ignoring the past to feel good about today.

Do You Know What “Straight” Means?

By Brian Mustanski Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in The Sexual Continuum
It may seem obvious that if you want to know someone’s sexual orientation you could simply ask them. For example, “Are you gay?” But in reality it is much more complicated than that.

College Considerations for High-Ability Teens

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on November 13, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
Research points to more effective college options than ever before for our brightest students, especially for families willing to approach the problem with an open and creative mind.

Trauma and Psychosis

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 13, 2011 in What Doesn't Kill Us
It is not only PTSD that results from trauma