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A New Beginning

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on March 10, 2009 in Raising Grieving Children

Chaos and Your Career: Sunny Days or Storm Warnings Ahead?

If you stop and think about it career planning is a lot like weather prediction.

Dog Has Always Been Man’s (And Woman’s) Best Friend

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on March 10, 2009 in

Finding Bliss: Expecting Blisters or Baconnaise?

By Allison Aboud Holzer M.A.T., M.F.A., on March 10, 2009 in
On a recent Daily Show episode, John Stewart responded to President Obama's statement that "this is America: we don't do what's easy, we do what's necessary" by holding up a jar of Baconnaise. Stewart sarcastically retorted that Americans LOVE doing what's easy; so much that products exist like Baconnaise - for people who love bacon but don't actually want to exert the effort of cooking it! With the "happiness industry" rapidly on the rise, and the science of happiness rushing to keep up, do we expect that bliss-products and gurus will provide happiness to us with the same kind of ease? If so, I think we need to check our expectations.

Doing Dumb Stuff

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

Feelings Trump Reasons: Irrationality and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 10, 2009 in Don't Delay
The alarm goes off at 5 a.m. Why? Because you set it last night with the intention of an early-morning run. Instead, you shut off the alarm, choosing the pleasures of sleep over the benefits of exercise. Peter Ubel writes, "No one could call this choice irrational." Not so. I can, and it's an irrationality that we know as procrastination.

The Kiddy Shield

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on March 09, 2009 in Look At It This Way

NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg: No Food for Singles

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 09, 2009 in Living Single
The economic stimulus package would allow poor and out-of-work singles to continue to have access to food stamps while they are actively looking for work. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg refuses to accept the money. The Mayor doesn't have to find the money; he is getting the money. That money will create even more money. The food stamps will go to eligible singles who want to work and are trying to find work. Those singles aren't going to get Bernie Madoff-like penthouse accommodations. They are going to get to eat, just barely enough.

Why Kids Procrastinate

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 09, 2009 in Don't Delay
What do we know about parenting and procrastination? 

Why Do Smart Teens Love Twilight? Part I

I love vampires (witness the fact that I teach Bram Stoker whenever possible, am devoted to HBO's TRUE BLOOD, and once wrote a play titled "Dracula's Wives" which-any Jung fans here?-was produced in Brooklyn about three blocks from where Rebecca goes to school) and of course I am a cheap date for all thoroughly readable books.What happened? I loathed TWILIGHT.

A Mixture of Frailties (Part 2): How the Pendulum Swings

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 08, 2009 in Don't Delay
I'm reading Dr. Peter Ubel's new book, Free Market Madness: Why human nature is at odds with economics and why it matters. It is excellent. It does for behavioral economics what Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink did for other aspects of social psychology. 

How to Spring Forward Without Falling Back

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on March 07, 2009 in Sleeping Angels
While adults generally grumble about the lost hour and feel sleep deprived for a day or two, many children seem to have a much tougher time with it.

Why Conservatives Spend More on Pornography

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 07, 2009 in The Human Beast
As far as online adult entertainment is concerned, the Red states are also the red light states.

Optimism and Perceived Competence: Resilience Resources

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 07, 2009 in Don't Delay
The psychology of self-regulation includes a focus on personal attributes that make us less vulnerable to stress and its adverse effects. This includes notions of optimism and competence. To what extent are optimism and competence the same thing? When does competence trump optimism or vice versa as we cope in life?

Darling, Will You Wait for Me Till the Sun Don’t Shine?

The attitude toward time in love is ambiguous. On the one hand, temporal aspects may be dismissed and lovers might be prepared to wait for their beloved till the end of time. On the other hand, every moment with the beloved is so precious that lovers are ready to sacrifice a great deal in order to be with their beloved.

Late-adolescence (15–18) = Acting More Grown Up

As older adolescent wants to engage in more adult-like activities, parents must help the young person become adequately informed about managing the risks involved.

Talya Meets her Mission. Or – How Daniel Craig and I are not Alike

By Talya Miron-Shatz Ph.D. on March 05, 2009 in Baffled by Numbers
Unlike Craig's omnipotent James Bond, the deaf mother, albino father, and dark rooted blond interpreter needed every bit of help they could get understanding what the genetic counselor was saying. I would not have fared any better.  

Perseveration: The Deep Rut of Change Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 05, 2009 in Don't Delay
Although we often think of procrastination as putting off a necessary task, procrastination can reveal itself in perseveration - sticking to a task long after we should have stopped. We stick to a well worn path even when we know this path doesn't lead to our desired destination. We make a deep rut in our lives and lack the courage to change.

American Idol Is a Mind Game

By Anneli Rufus on March 04, 2009 in Stuck
American Idol, whose eighth season I am currently watching as I have watched every season for the last six years, is a dazzling exercise in psychological revelation and manipulation, played out right before our eyes to the beat of snaredrums and the shudder of electric bass. Don't be so quick to dismiss Idol as corporate/populist puffery. That's the first bit of mind-gaminess about it: In intellectual circles, Idol does not merit conversation. People laugh when I say I watch it. It's below contempt, belonging to the netherworld of trailer parks, novelty welcome mats and Cheetos.

Our Economic Crisis Is An Emotional Problem

By Raphael Cushnir on March 04, 2009 in Emotional Connection
At such a crucial time in our nation's history, it seems relevant to ask: If America were a person, with its recent cycles of destructive boom and bust, and its almost slavish dependence upon consumption, what kind of person would the country be? The answer, inescapably, is an addict.

Follow the Leader

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on March 04, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Seeing Is Believing?

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on March 04, 2009 in Look At It This Way

Plugging In?

By Stephen Mason Ph.D. on March 03, 2009 in Look At It This Way