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The Republican Party is in a meltdown over its values

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 13, 2010 in Side Effects
Consider Newt Gingrich's latest slander against our President a foretaste of what's to come.

Traumatic Memories

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 13, 2010 in Memory Medic
We all have things we wish we could forget. Traumas, emotional upset, grief — all can be more than we can wish to bear. But new coping strategies are being developed.

Burning books in a digital age: fire and futility

By Nando Pelusi Ph.D. on September 13, 2010 in Locus of Control
Reification of an item or word into something real is a transmutation our species of mammal does well and easily.  We conflate a gesture with real aggression. If someone gives me the finger while driving I can choose to enrage myself or not.  

Peggy and Joan in Madmen: Women vs. Women vs. Men vs. Joke

Tonight's episode of Madmen dealt with the issue of humor, power, and sex in a way that very television programs have managed to approach the subject. I would love to hear from you about how you think women respond the "sexist" or "sex" humor. What do you think about the Joan/Peggy/"jokes" business?
All A-Twitter
The Psychic Cost of Constant Connection
Virtually Naked
Psychotic Websites

Everything You Know About Studying Is Wrong

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on September 12, 2010 in What Makes Us Human
Forget what you think you know about studying. This fall, don't establish a regular study space, forget about drill and rote memorization, and above all, don't cram.
Getting Over 9/11
On Emotional Ground Zero
When Events Overwhelm Us

Going Through Hell? Keep Going

By Harriet Brown on September 11, 2010 in Brave Girl Eating
I thought my daughter might hate me forever after going through family-based treatment for anorexia. Instead, she thanked me for it.

How to Hold a Business Card

By David B. Givens Ph.D. on September 10, 2010 in Your Body at Work

Letting Go of College Kids II

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on September 10, 2010 in The Teenage Mind
Fall is here. Your son or daughter is leaving for college. For them it is a new beginning, a time of excitement and exploration - new friends, new studies, new adventures. For you, it is an end.

“We Gonna Make Bonobo Love”

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on September 10, 2010 in What Makes Us Human
Parents meddling in their sons' sex lives? Wingman mom helping the boys get laid? Moms as matchmakers and, sometimes, bodyguards: It's time to project human reactions onto non-human primates again.

Building a Legacy: A Man Named Teddy

By Lee Kravitz on September 10, 2010 in Unfinished Business
All of us have a Teddy Kaplan in our family's history, a person who survived great odds and lived with quiet, awe-inspiring dignity. It is our obligation to future generations to tell their stories well. 

Inception Part III: A Filmmaker Disguised As a Psychologist

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on September 10, 2010 in Reel Therapy
Critical and financial success has become a pattern for Christopher Nolan films, from his first mainstream movie, the fascinating "Memento," to his more recent work, a sophisticated revitalization of the Batman series. This pattern, I believe, is predominately due to one simple fact: Nolan is a psychologist disguised as a filmmaker.

Self-Monitoring Made Easy

By Frederick Muench Ph.D. on September 10, 2010 in
Why Everyone Loves Betty White
When I'm Sixty-Four
How to Age-Proof Your Mind
Act Two

Chasing Meaningless Tokens

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on September 09, 2010 in Peace of Mind
Slow down to notice what you are living for

Variety Really Is the Spice of Life

By Conner Middelmann-Whitney on September 09, 2010 in Nourish
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Experiences of ADHD-Labeled Kids Who Leave Typical Schooling

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 09, 2010 in Freedom to Learn
Parents reports indicate that most ADHD-diagnosed kids do fine without drugs if they are not in a conventional school). ADHD-diagnosed kids seem to do especially well when they are allowed to take charge of their own education.
Time Magazine

What Parents Should Know: Adolescents Are Like Lawyers

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 09, 2010 in Thinking About Kids
In many ways, middle schoolers think like stereotypical lawyers. They like to argue. They fit facts to their theories instead of theories to facts. They anticipate your arguments and twist them in ways you never thought they could. And they build arguments that just defy common sense.

The Whodunit Heuristic: Why 9/11 was Immoral

By Wray Herbert on September 09, 2010 in On Second Thought
 The heuristic mind has an automatic and rigid sense of right and wrong.

In Sports, Thinking Like a Kid Has Its Advantages

By Sian Beilock Ph.D. on September 09, 2010 in Choke

On Roles and Respect: Answering a Reader's Comment

Please indulge me this lengthy comment from an anonymous reader to my recent post on expectations in relationships; there's a lot here, so I wanted to devote an entire post to it rather than try to handle it in the comments.
The Power of Secrets
Blunt Truths
When Selflessness Is a Lie
To Conceal or Reveal

Measuring Happiness One Nation at a Time

By Carol Graham on September 08, 2010 in Happiness Around the World
That there is a flood of interest in the study of happiness may be a sign of the times-- the recent financial crisis and uncertain economic future. Many people are questioning the role of income relative to other factors as they assess their well being, not least because many have lost a great deal of income. It seems a good time to raise the question: Is money is indeed the key to happiness?

Depression and Logical Fallacies, Part 3

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 08, 2010 in Ethics for Everyone
Depressed thinking involves magnification or minimization, labeling and mislabeling, and personalization. Identifying these patterns of thought and their corresponding logical fallacies may be of help to some who are dealing with depression.