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8 Ways to Say I Love You

By Rita Watson MPH on October 15, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
If we actually make an effort to look for ways to put a smile on someone's face - making that person feel loved or happy - we experience a feeling that can be intoxicating. You may even find yourself trying to outdo yourself in terms of grateful or romantic gestures.

Oral Sex Is the New Bar Mitzvah Present?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 15, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do about teens and oral sex

Whatever Happened to Intensive Mental Health Treatement?

Whatever Happened to Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment?

Can We Stop Binge Drinking on College Campuses?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 15, 2011 in Off the Couch
A secret weapon in the fight against college binge drinking

Enemies Enhance the Meaning of Life

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on October 15, 2011 in The Big Questions
Why do we have enemies? Research suggests that it serves a deep psychological need.

Growing Up Clever

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on October 15, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
What bright children need is an adult who understands the fear of one's own cleverness and who can offer the glimpse of a less lonely future.

A Sexual Frontier

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 15, 2011 in All About Sex
Compared with other types of lovemaking, anal play requires more communication and trust, which deepen intimacy and bring couples closer, a big reason why it appeals to some lovers.

25 Surprising Facts About Psychology

Whether you're a high school student taking psychology for the first time or an experienced clinician, you may not be aware of the surprises that psychology has to offer. If you've ever heard the expression "psychology is all common sense," you'll be glad to know that it's not.

Teaching Cross-eyed People to See in 3D

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on October 15, 2011 in Eyes on the Brain
When I first gained 3D vision despite being cross-eyed and stereoblind since infancy, some claimed that I must be “one in a million.” If I was “one in a million,” it was not for reasons that many scientists and doctors believed.

Occupy Wall Street Revisited

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 15, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Those who took the "carnival" on Wall Street seriously seem to have been right. The protesters camping out in lower Manhattan and other financial sites around the world have struck a deep chord that continues to resonate.

The Secret Lives of Wives

By Pamela Madsen on October 15, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Here is some new advice for staying married: Learn to keep secrets from your spouse, take separate vacations, lower your expectations, get a platonic boyfriend, and make out with your ex!

Conversing with the Dead

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 15, 2011 in Am I Right?
In a real sense, our loved ones never leave us

Helpful Encounters with Death

When sorrow fades, we are left calmer and more cheerful, wiser and more resilient, bolder and more spontaneous. As we let go and our emotions heal, we grow. We cannot help it: we mature.

Urban Legends: Strange, Funny, & Horrible, with a Moral

By Nicholas DiFonzo on October 14, 2011 in Around the Watercooler
Urban legends are narratives about strange, funny, or horrible events that could have happened, the details of which change to fit particular locales and time periods, and which frequently contain a moral lesson. They help people amuse themselves, transmit cultural norms and values, and express commonly held fears.

Multiple Personality Excluded in Twilight Rapist Insanity Case

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in Witness
As the battle over dissociative identity disorder's existence heats up, a serial rapist's attempt to claim insanity based on that condition fell flat in Texas.

Don't Think Pink

It's October, breast cancer awareness month. Let's question the annual onslaught of pink.

Housewives of NJ: Triangulation

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on October 14, 2011 in Reel Therapy
For most of the current season the "Housewives of NJ" a boiling interpersonal feud has taken center stage. It's too bad it has taken the whole season to figure out why the feud happened in the first place.

Creating the Life You Want Step 2: Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs

The discipline in psychology called PNI (psychoneuroimmunology) focuses on studying how specific stressors affect specific areas of the body. Psychological studies have shown that certain emotions have more impact on the heart, for example.

Celebrities and Eating Disorders

Celebrities may have us all star-struck by their seemingly glamorous lives, but what happens when they put the spotlight on their own eating disorder? Here’s a look at how celebrities can help—and hurt—those suffering from eating disorders.

What's Hope Got to Do With It?

By Janine Driver on October 14, 2011 in You Say More Than You Think
What's hope got to do with it? Quite a lot actually.

Freud Had It Right About Leaders

Freud's brilliant insight, "Groups take on the personality of the leader," is worth taking to heart. Policy matters, but so does personality. What Presidential personality traits do Americans seek in these treacherous economic times?

Anger, Rage and Pathological Embitterment: What Motivates Mass Murders?

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in Evil Deeds
During the past two weeks we experienced back-to-back mass shootings here in California. What everyone—including the two radio hosts who briefly interviewed me on the air after each incident—wants to know is: What motivates such individuals to commit mass murder? And how can they be identified and prevented from perpetrating these evil deeds?

Why the American Dream Eludes Americans

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in The Human Beast
In a land of great plenty, such as the U.S., citizens should be happy and healthy, working hard and enjoying social mobility. This is the American Dream. Yet, if a person wanted to realize the American Dream, they might consider doing it in Finland, Sweden, or even Japan. The worst place for the American Dream is America itself.

Hate Speech: Is a Higher Standard Fair for Teachers?

"Homosexuality is a perverted spirit...I know sin and it breeds like a cancer." Should a teacher be reprimanded for expressing such views publicly, but out of school?

Service Providers: Compliment Your Customers, You’ll Receive Larger Tips.

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on October 14, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
When a service provider offers you a compliment, do you accept it as truthful or discount it as Machiavellian in spirit? It turns out that customers react favorably to such compliments via their wallets…compliments translate into larger tips.