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Should Ron Paul Accept Matching Funds?

Should Ron Paul apply for, or accept, matching funds from the government for his political campaign? Would he be justified in doing so? Or, more generally, what is the libertarian position on anyone accepting any monies from the state for whatever reason?

Personal Growth: "Know Thyself" Is the First Step to Life Change

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in The Power of Prime
I disagree with Marcus Buckingham, the co-author of "Now, Discover Your Strengths," who asserts that the way to achieve goals is to focus on your strengths. I believe that it is our weaknesses that prevent us from making substantial changes in our lives.

The Protestant Health Ethic – Clinical Calvinism?

By Pattie Thomas Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in I Take Up Space
Fat people have become the canary in the mine of American public health. No matter what size body you have, you should be paying attention to the economic, political and cultural realities of fatness in America. It will tell you a lot about what is wrong with our medical systems, including our lack of compassion for the sick.

Holiday Inertia: Where Did My Normal Go?

Holidays can be biting and isolating, but you can find your way back to a happy normal.

Spooked by Shakespeare

By Matthew Hutson on January 09, 2012 in Psyched!
A short piece by Tad Friend in the January 9 New Yorker demonstrates no fewer than three forms of magical thinking in one column of text. The subject: John Logan, a playwright and screenwriter (recently: Hugo, Rango, Coriolanus). The scene: Bauman Rare Books on Madison Avenue.

Marijuana, Spice, and Our Youth

Although marijuana may have some medical uses, the rapid surge in the number of people obtaining this drug via prescriptions suggests that recreational users might be taking advantage of the medical system.

Psychology of Celebrity: Celebrities Have Low Self-Esteem

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on January 09, 2012 in Insight Is 20/20
In an interview published in the new February issue of Harper's Bazaar, Demi Moore gets real and openly discusses some personal feelings that most people would only share with a best friend.

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in Beautiful Minds
Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius?

Is Facebook Hurting Your Job Search?

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on January 09, 2012 in Career Transitions
The blurring of personal and professional life online can provide a cautionary tale for job seekers. As Dan Schawbel points out, the Facebook "friend" today could become a "coworker" tomorrow. They might even be your future boss — or someone who has the power to hire you.

Let's Not Get Panicky

By Christopher Bergland on January 09, 2012 in The Athlete's Way
Everybody has the power to create a state of mental and physical calmness on demand. Athletes learn to have grace under pressure by training their minds and bodies to counter-balance physiological changes that trigger the ‘fight-or-flight’ stress response and cause them to fumble or choke. You can do this in your daily life by using THE RELAXATION RESPONSE technique.

Are You Really Doomed to Regain Your Lost Weight?

By Yoni Freedhoff MD on January 09, 2012 in Traumatic Dieting
A recent article by Tara Parker Pope in the New York Times suggests that long term success with weight loss is nearly impossible. I beg to differ.

Declare Something "Finished"

By Gretchen Rubin on January 09, 2012 in The Happiness Project
As a writer, I've learned that one of the most important things I do is to declare a project "finished." This resolution sounds easy, but I find it very, very difficult to do.

The Secret Behind Women's Laughter

Women's humor was shut away, sealed off as tightly as bologna in a Tupperware container, to preserve it for later.

How to Deal with a Difficult or Bullying Boss

We've all had bosses who are difficult to deal with. Bosses who are inconsistent or unprofessional, bosses who put you in a no-win situation, backstabbing bosses, or bosses who are downright bullies. Here are four strategies to use to deal with your difficult boss.

Adolescence and the Myth of Independence

For last stage adolescents, the ideal of achieving independence becomes shattered by all the responsibilities that the reality of the term now requires.

Real vs. "Faux" Lost Love: Part 2

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
My post about faux lost love, my term for a romance that is a reunion but is unconsciously motivated by external issues, caused some confusion. This post will try to clarify.

Choosing the Best Explanation Is Elementary, My Dear Watson

By Tania Lombrozo Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in Explananda
Sherlock Holmes or Occam's Razor? Do you choose the explanation best supported by the evidence, or the one that's satisfyingly simple? Recent findings suggest that even 4- and 5-year olds show a remarkable capacity to evaluate and choose between explanations, taking both the evidence and simplicity into account.

Consumerism Consumes Us All

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on January 08, 2012 in Grand Rounds
Can we ever have enough?

All I Have to Do Is Dream

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal sung the song that implies that lovers need merely to dream in order to sustain their love. Are dreams of any value in a romantic relationship? Apparently dreams were not sufficient to save Andy and Victoria’s love and Andy’s life. External circumstances were greater than their feelings for each other.

Eight Signs a "Friend" Is a Social Climber

Here are some telltale signs of social climbers crowd-sourced by blog posters and "doctored" by me.

Love Is a Four-Letter Word: The Extraordinary Duane Doberman

By Stanton Peele on January 08, 2012 in Addiction in Society
How Sergeant Bilko talked a beautiful blond into falling for Duane Doberman, thus exploring the innermost workings of the human mind, sexuality, and love on late 1950s television.