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On Mr. Roboto’s Couch – Will Machines Become Our Counselors? Part I

By Ran Zilca on April 15, 2009 in Confessions of a Techie
It’s a machine suggesting to us what we should buy (Amazon), what we should listen to (Pandora,, and who we should marry (eHarmony, So – is it possible to design a machine to provide life advice and perhaps even therapy? Well – it already is happening.

Twitter: A Giant Feathery Puff of Hype

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 15, 2009 in Don't Delay
Here's the problem with talking about social networks. Everybody wants to make them into something that they're not. At least, that's what Ivor Tossell thinks. If you've got 6 minutes and 20 seconds, you'll enjoy this podcast, "Mystery of the social media expert."

Can yearbook photos predict divorce?

By Matthew Hutson on April 15, 2009 in Psyched!

A Prince Charming Your Bad Boy Is Not

By Marisa Mauro Psy.D. on April 15, 2009 in Take All Prisoners

Psychologist or Filmmaker?

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on April 14, 2009 in Reel Therapy

Sexual Epidemic Sweeps Nation

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on April 13, 2009 in Look At It This Way
The American Medical Association published what is considered by experts to be the most comprehensive sex survey in fifty years. Not since Dr. Alfred Kinsey's landmark studies have researchers gathered so much information on the sexual health of the nation. Their findings, presented by the study's lead author Dr. Edward Laumann (a sociologist at the University of Chicago) represented years of work that included in-depth interviews with 1,749 women and 1,410 men. The results were not good.

My Mother, My Weight

By Suzanne Koven M.D. on April 13, 2009 in Cases and Stories
My patient--I'll call her Amy--was heavy. Her mother, Sybil, also my patient, was thin. At Amy's visits to my office we always discussed her weight. At Sybil's visits Amy's weight also came up frequently.

The Other Woman: Who She Is

She's the nicest woman you could ever meet; in fact, you probably have met her. You might know her fairly well and you might like her a lot without being aware, of course, that she's sleeping with your husband. She's an elementary school teacher, a physical therapist, a pharmacist, a social worker, a bank executive, a swim coach, an engineer, a computer programmer.

Hold Onto Your Power

By Robin Stern Ph.D. on April 12, 2009 in Power in Relationships
How can you stay self-confident when faced with failure?

The Love Bug: A Short Story about a Hormone

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on April 12, 2009 in Side Effects
A promise of greater trust, bonding, love, lust, and attractiveness: One hormone seems to embody our deepest hopes and preoccupations.

Marriage Wars: The Real Fight is Over Moral Superiority

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 12, 2009 in Living Single
That, I think, is the real reason why some (though not all) of the opponents of same-sex marriage are so vehement. It is why they feel so threatened. To open the door of marriage to gays is to let them in on the one resource that opponents are most reluctant to share - their own sense of moral superiority.The dark and scary motif of the gathering-storm ad aptly expresses a genuine sense of foreboding. Even though the arguments in the ad may be bogus, the fear is real.

The Wisdom of Spontaneity (Part 3)

I've talked about the many advantages of acting more spontaneously--and the various disadvantages of behaving impulsively. But what about those who almost never respond either way?

Gender: Equal Not the Same

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on April 10, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Twitter Bashing: Don't Blame the Tools

As a positive psychologist, I spend a lot of my energy trying to understand what's right or positive with something, and how it can add value to our lives, even in small ways. (Hence my post "Ten Things I Like About Twitter", and thank you Tim Pychyl for continuing the conversation.) The behaviors people worry about with Twitter and other social media are not new with these tools. But blaming the tools is like blaming the hammer for hitting your thumb.

Tweeting and the Economics of Attention

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 09, 2009 in Don't Delay
Everyone is all a titter about Twitter at Princeton this Fox News story reports. But the associate director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at the university is reported to have said that he thought Twitter served primarily as a distraction for most of the site's users.

Learning from Porn

By Anneli Rufus on April 08, 2009 in Stuck
 A new survey reveals that increasing numbers of teenagers are learning how to have sex from watching internet porn. 

The Anti-Bully Operation was a Success but the Patient Died

By Izzy Kalman on April 08, 2009 in Resilience to Bullying
We're told that bystanders are the best solution to bullying. Sharif Abdullah paid with his life for being an "upstander." Learn what's wrong with relying on bystanders.

Twitter: A Desultory Behavior

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 08, 2009 in Don't Delay
It took a major economic meltdown for us to recognize the problem with greed in the free market. I wonder what it's going to take for us to recognize the problem with desultory behavior created by social-networking technologies?
Is It Bad to be “Set in Your Ways”?

Is It Bad to be “Set in Your Ways”?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 07, 2009 in Living Single
There is something that is often said of older single men, and it is not meant kindly: They are "set in their ways." Usually I make fun of this by pointing out that younger single men are taunted with the admonition that they need to "settle down." The two jabs at single men amuse me because, as with so many other instances of singlism, they get you coming and going. If your life has a lot of spontaneity, then you need to settle down; if you have a stable routine, then you are "set in your ways." Today, though, I have a different take on the "set in your ways" rebuke: What's wrong with having a routine and liking it? 

Abusing Kids for Fun and Profit

By Stanton Peele on April 06, 2009 in Addiction in Society
A popular TV segment shows misbehaving children being escorted to a prison, where inmates and/or prison guards scream at them. Returning to the studio, the kids vow to behave better. As well as comprising child abuse in itself, such programs have uniformly been shown to have negative effects, leading to more delinquency and violence in their aftermath.

He Said/She Didn't

By Suzanne Koven M.D. on April 05, 2009 in Cases and Stories
I was new in practice. They were young - even younger than I. Yet they seemed as attached to one another as a much older couple.

Being Happy-Go-Lucky

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on April 05, 2009 in Side Effects
Films that reject edginess and irony may be rare these days, but that is what British director Mike Leigh seems to have wanted—and accomplished—in Happy-Go-Lucky.

Tween Time Management: Personality, Gender & School Performance

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 05, 2009 in Don't Delay
Time management: the completion of tasks within an expected timeframe while maintaining quality through planning, organizing, prioritizing or multitasking. A study to be published next month provides insight into what this means for 12 year olds.

Eating Disorders On The Rise, Part I

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on April 04, 2009 in The Shrink Tank
The eating disorders are particularly frightening and complicated forms of mental health distress. The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality has released a report identifying a sharp rise in eating disorder hospitalizations. Can psychotherapy help with these debilitating disorders?