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Judge to Hear Request to Ban Film About Autism

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on December 07, 2011 in The Autism Advocate
The documentary, The Wall, consists of interviews of 30 French psychoanalysts (many of them lead psychiatrists at treatment centers and department heads of notable French hospitals) who place the blame for autism on mothers who are either too cold or too incestuous towards their children.

Anti-Bullying Laws Punish the Taxpayer

By Izzy Kalman on December 07, 2011 in Resilience to Bullying
If schools end up having no money left for education, we can thank our beloved anti-bullying laws. Even when the bullying lawsuit is dismissed, it costs us hundreds of thousands of dollars. But the schools don't mind because they are paying with Other People's Money.

Plans To Separate Elephant Friends of 30 Years

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 07, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Shaba and Connie have been very close elephant friends for 30 years. There are now plans to separate them and to ship them and other elephants from one zoo to another as if they're mere objects. All the elephants will suffer greatly and this heartless move is thoroughly unnecessary. It's bad biology, unethical, and inhumane.

Is Psychoanalysis "A Dangerous Method"?

I don't usually think of psychoanalysis as "A Dangerous Method". The talking cure works, as David Cronenberg's film shows in Sabina Spielrein's remarkable recovery. But, if there is a danger in psychoanalysis, the complex and disturbing story of Jung and his patient tells us just what that danger might be.

Starting the Future Today

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on December 07, 2011 in Acquired Spontaneity
I know very well about waiting, because it’s one of my coping mechanisms I acquired as a child. What would it mean to shift that habit completely and bring the future into the present? Sometimes living the way I want the future to be means taking enormous risks in relationships. Sometimes it means being willing to take material risks.

Forbidden Foods: Does Loving Pets Make It Easier To Eat Meat?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on December 07, 2011 in Animals and Us
A new theory holds that prohibiting the consumption of a few species makes it possible for us to eat other species. Does loving our pets make it possible for us to eat meat?

20/20 Sexual Vision

"Horsing around" or assault? It is not just a matter of opinion.

Awareness: A Key Piece in the Procrastination Puzzle

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 07, 2011 in Don't Delay
It is well known that mindfulness is an important coping resource. Did you know that there are a number of sub-components to mindfulness? One of these is more highly related to reduced procrastination than the others.

How Panic Doomed an Airliner

By Jeff Wise on December 07, 2011 in Extreme Fear
What doomed the 228 men, women and children aboard Air France 447 was neither weather nor technological failure, but simple human error. Under pressure, human beings can lose their ability to think clearly and to properly execute their training—a well-known failing that has proven all too difficult to eliminate.

Jaycee Dugard: The Lion and the Rabbit

By Amy J.L. Baker Ph.D. on December 07, 2011 in Caught Between Parents
How Jaycee allowed herself to be comforted by her tormentor

7 Happiness Theories I Reject

By Gretchen Rubin on December 07, 2011 in The Happiness Project
As audacious as it may seem to contradict venerable figures such as John Stuart Mill, Flaubert, or Sartre, I disagree with some of their views about the nature of happiness.

To Gossip Is Human: Why We Share Secrets

By Mark Matousek on December 07, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
Gossip is a good thing. It all depends on how you do it.

If You Want To Better Understand Autism and Sleep, Here's Hope!

By Stephen Borgman on December 07, 2011 in Spectrum Solutions
Sleeplessness and insomnia are common challenges for individuals on the autism spectrum. Here are some tips and solutions I learned from my friends on LinkedIn.

When Someone You Love Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

By Nataly Rubinstein L.C.S.W. on December 07, 2011 in Life Interrupted
Should you be the primary caregiver for your loved one recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's?

Facing Empty Chairs: a Season of Grief and Joy

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on December 07, 2011 in Freedom to Grieve
Rosie walked into the house carrying her famous apple pie. Everyone was happy to see her-and the pie-but also cautious. Rosie's husband, Simon, died two years ago, and holiday family gatherings have never been the same.

Visualizing One's Languages

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on December 07, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
The defining factor of bilingualism has shifted over time from language fluency to language use. And yet both factors are important when portraying the languages of a bilingual or a multilingual. A new grid takes into account each factor and is easily filled in.