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The Courage to Hear the Truth

Years ago, I was having lunch with a friend who'd developed a reputation for being difficult. He complained frequently and bitterly, often about things no one else found bothersome. In general, he was perceived as negative and over-entitled.

Will Getting a Pet Make You Healthier?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 14, 2011 in Animals and Us
Are pet owners happier and healthier? What the science says....

Apology to Dora Wilcken

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on August 14, 2011 in The Political Animal
The bad thing about polygamy is that it tends to dissipate wealth. Households are apt to break up, and nobody gets rich off an inheritance. But polygyny—which is all over the place—is much worse.

Breastmilk Wipes Out Formula: Responses to Critical Comments

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on August 14, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Breast milk vs. infant formula is like comparing the light of the sun with that of a match.

Latest News on Pregnancy and Eating Disorders

By Nancy Matsumoto on August 14, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
A new study discusses the effects of long-term eating disorders on women's fertility

Ill-Fated Interview Part II

By Christopher Ryan on August 14, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
Part 2, of 6, of the most in-depth interview I've given about Sex at Dawn.

Beware: Love Is Blind

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on August 14, 2011 in Love Doc
"You're so irresponsible. I feel like I'm with a child." Kate frowned.

With an impish smile, Brent remarked, "A child who makes a lot of money?"

In a stern voice Kate snapped, "Money's not everything. You're off and running all the time and I'm alone with the kids. I can't depend on you for support."

What Do You Do on Sunday Morning?

By Donna Barstow on August 14, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
A cartoon about church-goers, who might be tempted by one of the seven sins and need spiritual nourishment. Or just pancakes..

Music and the Ties that Bind

A friend of mine used to say, only half joking, that he judged new people he met according to whether or not they appreciated the music of Nina Simone. It turns out that he may have been on to something.

Keep it Simple Stupid

By Carl Beuke Ph.D. on August 13, 2011 in You're Hired
Modern business is in love with the complex and advanced. The ‘strategic' is better than the ‘operational'. Frontline managers want to do courses aimed at company directors, rather than basic management courses. Incomprehensibility is taken as a sign of genius. But are we forgetting something important?

Fat Fear

By Jean A Anspaugh on August 13, 2011 in Fat Like Us
The fear of future fat haunts us.

Need More Time Alone? How to Beg, Borrow and Steal It

By Susan Biali M.D. on August 13, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
In today's crazy world, most of us fantasize about getting more time to ourselves. Time and again, we watch that wish get crowded out by other people and life's demands. Life Coach and Wellness Expert Dr. Susan Biali shares unique time recovery techniques that help her and her clients seize more of this precious rare commodity.

Ex-Gay Therapy: NPR Forgets Infomercials are not Science

The media is glossing over what is harmful and unscientific about so-called "ex-gay therapy." Instead they broadcast infomercials for the ex-gay movement. The message for anyone thinking of buying what the ex-gay movement is selling is the time-honored warning: "Let the buyer beware."

Why is Narcissism Adaptive in Youth?

A new, developmental study of narcissism reveals benefits in youth. But why is narcissism adaptive among young adults?

Binge Eating and Binge Shopping Disorders: Are They Connected?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on August 13, 2011 in Off the Couch
An eating disorder specialist examines possible links between binge eating and binge shopping?
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Somali Pirates and Youth Gangs: Not all that Different

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 13, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
When young people have hope for the future, they are far less likely to become gang members or pirates. There are things we can do as individuals and communities to help.

Sometimes the Best Thing to say is Shut Up!

By Donna Barstow on August 13, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
It's important to figure out who's there to be a real friend, helpful colleague, or equal family member, and who just wants to hear himself talk. A cartoon about poor conversation skills.

Michele Bachmann: Mad Woman or Cool Under Pressure?

By Joan C Williams on August 13, 2011 in Family Friendly
Deeming Michele Bachman the Queen of Rage - particularly in tandem with that admittedly crazy-eyes photo - is bound to trigger certain negative-competence stereotypes. The thing that makes Newsweek's cover a low blow is that Michelle Bachmann does anger well.

Worried About Money? Give Some Away

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on August 12, 2011 in Minding the Body
Three-quarters of Americans are stressed out over money. But donating (even a little bit) to charity can reduce that stress and enhance well-being. Here’s why you should share the wealth, even when you’re feeling poor.