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How to Stop Love From Making You Act Like A Fool

It's not as if you don't at least suspect, when it's happening, that you're being an idiot. But that doesn't help you, because you tackle your idiocy from the wrong end - you try, by sheer force of will, to purge yourself of your idiotic impulses. This never, ever works. A more effective solution to the problem begins with embracing the idea that dating is like dieting.

The Dulins vs. the Bakers

Can grandparents be guilty of parental alienation?

Choosing Sides After a Friendship Breakup

I had a very painful falling out with a really close friend several months ago...My struggle is that my boyfriend, who met this ex-friend through me, still wants to be friends with her.

How "Errors in Thinking" Apply to Pedophiles

I have been asked whether the "errors in thinking" that give rise to numerous forms of criminal conduct apply also to sex offenders, especially pedophiles. The answer is that they do.

Aging with Two or More Languages

Old age has an impact on language perception and production but it is no different in monolinguals and bilinguals. It would even appear that older bilinguals have a few cognitive benefits in their favor.

The Art of Giving and Receiving

Find out how the art giving gets you many more gifts in return.

Male and Female: The Overlapping Curves

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Insight Therapy
In the popular media, and popular opinion, a contest has been waging for some time between two opposing views of the gender landscape. Which one is right?

How Long Will Barack Obama Live? Premature Aging?

Have you seen the lame pictures? Are the stresses of the presidency aging and weakening President Obama? Now that he is 50, what are his chances for a long life?

Main Effect Madness

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in One Among Many
Optimism, confidence, compassion. These are attributes one wants to acquire and cultivate. Doing so should lead to good things. New research shows a complication. Positive attitudes work best when you least need them. In: Realistic psychology; out: Positive psychology.

Amero Dreams: The North American Currency Union

In this moment of economic uncertainty, how does the belief in the North American Currency Union with its coinage, the Amero, reveal uncertainty in the economic position of the United States. Rumors provide a window into beliefs about economic uncertainty.

Amy Winehouse---What We Need to Know Know Know

By Lynn Phillips on August 04, 2011 in Dream On
Because addictions are dangerous and dehumanizing, our unexamined assumptions about them can make them more so.

Remember the Big Things

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
While it's good advice not to sweat the small stuff, we also need to nurture the large stuff.
There are many good reasons to do so. You'll never know when you step over the invisible line and the countdown begins - 365 days left, then . . . - but you can know, before and after you cross it, that you've remembered the big things.

Is it Weird or Is it Wrong?*

By Debbie Stier on August 04, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
Here's how I scored on the SAT in 2011, as an adult.

Don't "Dumb Yourself Down" to Attract Somebody

One especially tragic example of not being yourself when dating is "dumbing yourself down," which some women find necessary to attract men. But just what kind of men are they attracting by doing this?

3 Things Not to Do for Raising a Smart Kid

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Creating in Flow
What comes naturally to a loving parent is not always the optimal way to react to our children's efforts. Here are 3 ways (not) to raise a sharp and creative kid.

Polypharmacy: Some Art, Some Science, Much Alchemy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 04, 2011 in DSM5 in Distress
Polypharmacy has become so ubiquitous that more accidental overdoses are now caused by prescription drugs than by street drugs.

Living Free From Regret

To varying degrees people block out important feelings and emotions, and in so doing, deviate from their true destiny. How is it that so many people spend their lives denying themselves such simple basic gratification? And why, when they are facing death, do they finally have the clarity to know what’s important to them?

Success Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Performing an act intentionally - that is, through conscious choice - has the effect of making ‘success' seem just a bit more successful.

Don't Forget the Brain! Physical Health is Key to Treating Depression

Recent research proves that physical health has a profound effect on the brain, and in turn the health of the brain has a profound impact on the course of psychiatric disorders. Brain health is thus now an essential component of the care of depression and anxiety disorders--and physical health is essential in maintaining a healthy brain!

How Much Sex Do Seniors Really Have?

By Anneli Rufus on August 04, 2011 in Stuck
During last week's public dustup between 85-year-old Hugh Hefner and his hot young runaway bride, I did some research into the actual sex lives of seniors. Among other things, I learned that men aged 70 and up are 20 times more likely to have daily sexual fantasies than are women of that age. And 11 percent of men aged 90 to 95 have had sex at least once in the past year.

5 Things You Thought You Knew about Breastfeeding

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Salma Hayek breastfed a malnourished infant during her UNICEF trip to Sierra Leone. Are you shocked?