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Joran, Casey and Psychopathic Narcissism: A Forensic Commentary

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in Evil Deeds
Having previously posted on both Casey and Joran, it is hard not to note some striking similarities. How can we understand their seeming lack of profoundly human, universal feelings like empathy, guilt, remorse or shame? Though I cannot provide a forensic evaluation without having first formally examined someone myself, there is much to learn from these tragic cases.

Detecting Deception Over the Telephone

Mastering skills to detect deception over the telephone safeguard against people who intend to take advantage of you.

“Weight” Is a Social Identity According to New Research

By Pattie Thomas Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in I Take Up Space
Dr. Asbury states: “…the irony of this whole situation is that by making these ads, Georgia may actually encourage some people to gain weight—the exact opposite of what they desire. … If Georgia wants people to enact healthy behaviors, the answer does not lie in shaming people, for it will only make people rebel against the idea.”

Is Being Nice a Virtue?

Traditional virtue ethicists did not include simple "niceness" as a virtue. Could there be good reasons for this? Could our most common moral instruction be misleadingly vague?

They Kill Sheep, Don't They? My Deep Apologies

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in Animal Emotions
A video showing a soldier ruthlessly beating a sheep, most likely to death, has surfaced. My deep regrets and apologies for posting it - I admit I sobbed when I saw it - but something has to be done about this horrific event. It is an insult to all human beings, especially those who honorably serve our country. Cruelty can't stand the spotlight.

Do Nice Guys Finish Last…Financially?

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in The Shrink Tank
Easygoing guys and empty bank accounts. Being agreeable just doesn't pay.

I Love You Man: Men and Friendship

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on January 13, 2012 in Grand Rounds
So many stories about so many guys who're celebrating the simple act of being friends...

What To Do When Your Daughter Is the Mean Girl

I knew this day would come. I was, of course, hoping it never would-hoping that my daughter would never be mean to someone else's daughter-but as they say, I wrote the book on girl bullying in elementary school, so I knew that there was a pretty good chance that despite all of my best efforts, one of these days, my girl was gonna act like the mean one.

Men and Women: Still Both From Earth

By Joan C Williams on January 13, 2012 in Family Friendly
A new study purports to show fundamental differences between the sexes. But humans are taught literally from birth what is appropriate behavior for a woman and what is appropriate behavior for a man, and the fact that fully grown men and women have learned to exhibit different behaviors isn't exactly groundbreaking news.

Problems Without Answers

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Our Need for Fictions.

We like to think that all problems have solutions. The reasons may be complex and difficult to grasp, but our faith is that if we understand the causes, we can cure the effects.

Why Does Fat Taste So Good?

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on January 13, 2012 in Your Brain on Food
One of the best things about the taste of milk chocolate, ice cream and brownies is their wonderful creamy smoothness. That feeling is due to the presence of fat. How does this happen?

Why Your Brain’s Wrong About Danger

By Jeff Wise on January 13, 2012 in Extreme Fear
The world is full of potential hazards. Unfortunately, the things that we're afraid of oftentimes aren't the things that are actually mostly likely to hurt us.

Welcome to People Will Talk

By John Whitfield Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in People Will Talk
A new blog looking at the science of reputation.

How Ethics Can Help You Have a Better Sex Life

Aiming at lifelong marriage can seem like a dangerously unrealistic ideal. But used wisely, ideals can serve as compass points in charting the course of our lives.

When You Don't Like (or Trust) Your Parent's New Mate

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in Singletons
Mom has a new boyfriend; dad’s getting married…and you are not convinced that this is the right person for your parent. Your par­ent will probably be torn between wanting to please you and want­ing to move on with his or her life. What is an adult child to do?

Married to Mama's Boys: Make Great Friends, Bad Husbands

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on January 13, 2012 in Insight Is 20/20
A mother-in-law can seriously threaten a marriage.

Lose Ten Pounds by March? Why It's Not a Good Idea

By Will Lassek M.D. on January 13, 2012 in Why Women Need Fat
Why weight loss diets are doomed to fail.

"My Focus? The Overlap Between Things I Can Control and Things That Matter"

By Gretchen Rubin on January 13, 2012 in The Happiness Project
I initially got to know Carl Richards's work because he and I share the same literary agent, which creates a fellow-feeling akin to having gone to the the same high school.

Self-Help Is for Suckers

By Sam Sommers on January 13, 2012 in Science Of Small Talk
Why can it be so hard to make the life changes we seek? Because we think about the idea of self-help in all the wrong ways, and it comes back to haunt us when the going gets tough.

Is the Church Changing the World, or the World Changing the Church?

With all these megachurches, "bishops," and 24-hour access, why is there so much mess going on with God's people, in today's churches? Think: Sex scandals, violence, even texting while in service. Lord, help. Who's changing whom?

Slighting Friends and Family: Do Couples Become Less Couple-y Over Time?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 13, 2012 in Living Single
As of two days ago, we now know the answer to this question: Is the “intensive coupling” that married people sometimes practice limited to the first few years of marriage? Do couples go back to spending more time with family and friends as they settle into their relationship?