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Your Guide to a Great Divorce

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on February 18, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
Where are you on the Divorce Spectrum? Are you an SBD type, Silent But Deadly, no emotion, just a smoldering silence? Or the Stick-it-Outters where something turned the screw just over the edge? Are you the MIW (Make It Work) type who love and (gasp) like each other deeply, just couldn't Make It Work?

Waiting for Results: What to Do... Eat? Pray? Google?

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on February 18, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
However you get there—and we all get there—you're in The Waiting. Now, you may choose: How will I wait? To Google or not to Google. To share or not to share. To avoid, plan, grieve, freak, prepare, meditate, deny, indulge... How do YOU Wait? Eat, Pray, Google?

The Self-Education of Oscar Micheaux

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on February 18, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
Whether his achievements were the result of talent or practice or something else entirely, one trait stands out as allowing Oscar Micheaux to pursue his successive dreams: He was willing to be the oddball and to appear foolish in others’ eyes.

Is Your Child Being Teased About His Weight?

It's hard being an overweight child or teen. There are the obvious health risks, but for most overweight children the actual consequences won't come until later in life. Although the medical consequences of childhood obesity may not emerge until adulthood, the psychological effects are immediately present.

Thinking About Craving

By Marc Lewis Ph.D. on February 18, 2012 in Addicted Brains
I have been thinking a lot about craving lately. What is craving, really? What's it all about?Craving seems to amount to a fundamental sense of being incomplete. When we crave, we want something to fill us up.

The Psychology Behind a Good Hair Day

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on February 18, 2012 in Face It
Are you having a good hair day? Seems like a simple, even silly, question coming from a psychologist whose work is about getting underneath the surface. Having recently been asked to consult for a company about their new line of hair care products, I began thinking about the psychology behind "a good hair day."

Honoring Whitney Houston

By Jennifer Hamady on February 18, 2012 in Finding Your Voice
For me, the passing of Whitney Houston is certainly an opportunity to remember and say farewell to a true musical icon. Yet it is also—and more importantly—a reminder to cherish and love the people in our lives while they are still alive.

Finding Meaning in Doing

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 18, 2012 in Am I Right?
When others are unhappy, it is difficult for us to flourish.

The Case for Having (or Pretending to Have) a Hot Ex

By Jena Pincott on February 18, 2012 in Love, Sex, and Babies
A study finds that people appear much hotter when standing next to a very attractive ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend.

Our Epistemological Nightmare

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 18, 2012 in One Among Many
To get around our daily business, we need not ask big questions. Sometimes, however, these questions invade our slumber, as when science and religion get stir-fried together by well-meaning scholars such as Dr. Justin Barrett.

A Bill of Rights for the Grieving

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on February 18, 2012 in Because I'm the Mom
Grief is the loneliest journey we take together. Monday it feels like a tsunami of unendurable pain. Tuesday it's a low-grade despair you can’t shake. It makes you hyper productive to avoid the pain or puts you in a sleep-filled coma to avoid the pain. It can blow all the feeling right out of you like a gust of numbness and you feel nothing at all.

Dear Reverend Santorum: I'm 66, Is Sex Okay?

By Stanton Peele on February 18, 2012 in Addiction in Society
Leading Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has indicated that sex is meant solely for married couples and for the purpose of procreation. I'm no longer in those categories—so I wonder if I can have sex if the Republicans are elected (in my favor for that party is that I'm not gay and my partner and I don't use contraception).

Are Therapists Really Nonjudgmental?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 18, 2012 in Off the Couch
Is it okay for a therapist to reject a client on religious or moral grounds?

America No Longer Works for Half Its People (Or More)

By Stanton Peele on February 18, 2012 in Addiction in Society
The inequality discussion has devolved into the lost generation—and beyond—of working class children. The question isn't "What remains of the American dream?" It is, "Can a nation continue to exist on this basis?"

DSM 5 to the Barricades on Grief

By Allen J Frances M.D. on February 18, 2012 in DSM5 in Distress
The storm of opposition to DSM 5 is now focused on its silly and unnecessary proposal to medicalize grief. To paraphrase Voltaire, normal grief is not 'Major', is not 'Depressive,' and is not 'Disorder.' Grief is the normal and necessary human reaction to love and loss, not some phony disease.
"Unconscious Origins," oil, 2014, Frank John Ninivaggi

How Is It Possible to Be Conscious of Unconscious?

In response to the comments about Envy and conscious awareness, the following considerations might shed some light.

Psychology's Best-Kept Secrets

How much do you really know about how much psychology knows? These 10 well-established facts will give you insight into some of the field’s most significant (and cool) findings.

Creativity and Intelligence: The Underlying BVSR Process

By Sandeep Gautam on February 18, 2012 in The Fundamental Four
This post continues the previous discussion of opposition between creativity and intelligence and does this time by looking at one of the theories of creativity: Blind variation and selective retention, proposed by Campbell about 50 years ago .

9 Proven Public Speaking Tips You Can Use Now

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on February 18, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
Comedian Jerry Seinfield talks about a survey where people were asked about their greatest fears. Death came in at number two, while public speaking was number one. As Jerry put it: "So, if you're at a funeral, you're better off being in the casket than giving the eulogy." How do you feel when you step up to speak or perform?

Serving Up Bebe: The Real Tiger Moms

By David Hirshleifer Ph.D. on February 18, 2012 in What Lies Beneath
The provocative ideas about discipline and child-rearing in Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, have stimulated a smorgasbord of competitors, such as Pamela Druckerman's Bringing Up Bebe about virtues of French moms. But it's mothers from the ancient Greek tradition who beat them all.

Battling Away the Fear of Failure

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on February 17, 2012 in The Dolphin Divide
Mission impossible for Navy dolphin? Like a lot of high achievers, Flip believed failure just wasn't an option. Ever. What he didn't know was that it was the fear and not the failure that was getting in his way.

Man in the Mirror

By G.A. Bradshaw Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Bear in Mind
We may have grown accustomed to, if not sanguine about, the landslide of today's devastating truths. Drowning polar bears, birds falling from the sky, and blistering out-of-season temperatures are hard to shrug off, but humanity plugs along obsessing on celebrities' crises and Wall Street's temperamental cycles.

Bill Will Allow Using Dogs to Lure Wolves to Be Killed: You Wanna What?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 17, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Idaho is getting ready to consider legislation that would allow ranchers to use "live-bait", aka dogs, to lure wolves in to be shot. You can do something about this sick idea, but time is short. Contact information is contained in this short note.

65 Quotes on Dancing

Dancing. You may love it or you may hate it, but it is universal. Learn what famous authors, dancers, and choreographers have to say about this worldwide activity. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."