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Can perfectionism lead you to overeat?

It might seem counterintuitive to think that striving for perfection would be related to overeating. Shouldn't perfectionism, after all, be related to a desire to have the "perfect" figure? The answer, as it turns out, is yes. Recent research shows us how the feeling of constantly feeling like you can never meet others' standards and binge eating may be related.

6-Year-Old Thinks She Is Fat

It looks as if younger and younger girls are professing a concern about body image. Which comes first, their concern or our concern about their concern- today's ABC news story certainly does nothing to answer that question. But what would classical ethics have to say about body image and our desire for physical perfection?

Free Won't: It May Be All That We Have (or Need)

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 in Don't Delay
There's lots of research evidence demonstrating that many of our actions are not initiated consciously. Perhaps it's not a matter of free will, but "free won't," and this matters in terms of procrastination.

What Was Happening in Anthony Weiner’s Brain?

By Susan Reynolds on June 20, 2011 in Prime Your Gray Cells
While there’s no way to know what former Congressman Anthony Weiner was thinking—or if he was thinking—it is possible to understand how his brain contributed to his demise. Basically, the man had an electrochemical itch, one that he compulsively sought to scratch.

Work Day Stress Relief: 5 Senses in 5 Mindful Minutes

By Brad Waters on June 20, 2011 in Design Your Path
Try taking 5 minutes during your workday to get grounded in your environment. You'll be amazed at what just 5 minutes of mindfulness can do.

Toward a More Holistic Definition of "Risk"

Risk perception is subjective. Sometimes what feels right is wrong, and dangerous. We need to consider a new definition of risk, in order to make more thoughtful, healthier choices, as individuals and as a society.

Technology: Bad Decision Making 2.0

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 in The Power of Prime
How do you explain what is so obvious to everyone but themselves that what they did, in foresight or hindsight, is beyond-belief bad decision making? Narcissism? Plenty of that. entitlement? Oh yeah. Delusion and denial? For sure.

Testing Others Can Sabotage Your Relationships

When you test your partner he/she may be failing an examination and not know that a quiz has been given. It's better to be able to be explicit and direct about your wants and desires, no matter how unromantic this may seem.

Summer Lovin'

It's time for some summer lovin' - are you ready?

Are great apes "ultraviolent"?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Sensationalist media often misrepresents other primates as violent beings, but available data show this is not the case. Across the board, great apes and other animals are predominantly cooperative. Of course, there are very rare examples of what could be called evil violence, but we should not use nonhumans to justify our evil ways.

Groveling Girl

By Anneli Rufus on June 20, 2011 in Stuck
I am a master at the art of begging for forgiveness, pleading for permission to exist. I know the words. I know the tones. I know the poses, the slack physiognomy of self-abasement. Sloping shoulders, wobbly jaw. I know. My easy grace at groveling evokes that of champion athletes who are born to pole-vault, born to bat.

Talking to Kids About Teen Smoking: How to Do It Right

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on June 20, 2011 in All About Addiction
Talking to kids about problem behaviors is important but it has to be done right to avoid resistance that can lead to more persistent problems

Why So Many Politicians Get Caught up in Sex Scandals

By Shankar Vedantam on June 20, 2011 in The Hidden Brain
Powerful Men Behaving Badly: Is it Being a Guy, or Being Powerful?

"Wilderness Became a Dream of Privacy, Safety, Control, and Freedom"

By Gretchen Rubin on June 20, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I highly recommend Wilson's memoir, Naturalist -- the fascinating story of how he found his life's work. I'll never see ants the same way again.

Sad times call for soft textures

By Ingrid Fetell on June 20, 2011 in Design and the Mind
If you've ever wondered why children reach for a teddy bear or security blanket when they're upset, new research may give a clue. A study just published in The Journal of Consumer Research suggests that people are more attentive to tactile stimuli when they're in a negative frame of mind,

5 Ways to Find the Perfect Candidate through Social Media

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on June 20, 2011 in Digital Leaders
Many people have psychologically separated social networking sites such as, LinkedIn is for business, Facebook is for home, and Twitter is for Gen Y.

What people don't realize is that the separations of these sites are becoming blurred because hiring managers are looking at the entire candidate, and not just what's on a resume.

Spiritual Leadership: The Case of Barack Obama Part 1

At nineteen, Barack Obama shows a prophetic grasp of humanity’s interconnected universality. Although he tried denying what was already clear to others, his leadership journey had already begun.