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It's Fight Procrastination Day: Here's Some Ammo

With September 6th (though often delayed until the 7th) being Fight Procrastination Day, we continue the ongoing story of one person's struggle to stop procrastination. Today, Erin P. tries out the strongest of all anti-procrastination techniques: precommitment.

Testing, Testing

By Timothy D. Wilson Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Redirect
Empirical tests of the effectiveness of psychological interventions have long been undervalued by policy makers. Too often, programs are put into place (e.g., to prevent drug use or improve parenting) that are ineffective. Meanwhile, psychological science is discovering approaches that really do work.

The Case Against Watching 9/11 TV Coverage

Why watching television coverage of 9/11 can cause you additional distress, instead of helping you heal.

What's Wrong with Fantasy Football?

By Michael W Austin on September 06, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Fantasy football is good in some ways, and bad in others. What should we make of this recent phenomenon?

A Five Step Guide for Preventing Those Oops Moments

Everyone has awkward moments. Whether you’ve fallen, said the wrong thing, or otherwise brought unwanted attention to yourself, you can overcome these Oops moments and move on. No one is immune to the occasional embarrassing situation but anyone can develop ways to minimize the pain they can cause.

After 9/11: The Mental Health Crisis That Never Came

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Best evidence shows it is a myth that the events of 9/11/2001 inflicted a collective psychological trauma on the American people with long-lasting effects.

On Being a Psychologist in Manhattan on Sept 11, 2001

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
A sick feeling of familiarity gripped me the morning of September 11, 2011. Having grown up in Jerusalem, I was no stranger to terror attacks and I found myself falling into habits I had hoped were safely in my past.

The World of the Borderline Mother--And Her Children

By Randi Kreger on September 06, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Clinician Christine Ann Lawson, Ph.D. developed four distinct types of people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in her book Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship (2000).

A Labor Day Pig-Pickin'

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Words To Eat By
"And we hope y'all can join us for our Annual-Welcome-to-North-Carolina-Labor Day-Pig-Pickin'." A pig-pickin'? Were they kidding? What was a pig-pickin' in the first place and, in the second place, no thank you.

Doctor's Notes: Back to School After the Break-Up

By Mark Banschick M.D. on September 06, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
It's time for your kid to go back to school and you're in the middle of a divorce. Do you know how to keep your child healthy and happy?

Are ADHD Drugs Smart Pills?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
People looking for an edge often turn to medications to make them smart. A new paper explores whether ADHD stimulants can make normal people smarter.

Know Any Takers?

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 06, 2011 in Just Listen
Like almost all human traits, giving and taking exist along a continuum. At the far left and negative end are the Takers and the extreme negative end of those, the Grabbers. Yuck. Grabbers can be very ugly. At the right and positive end are the Reciprocators and at the most positive far end, the pure Givers.

9/11 Dogs: The Devoted Dozen Who Still Bless Our Lives

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Twelve rescue dogs who worked tirelessly and selflessly during the chaos of 9/11 still survive. Say hello, read about them and see wonderful portraits in a collection called "Retrieved", and send your very best wishes to these amazing dog beings.

Can Mastery and Innovation Coexist?

By Jonathan Fields on September 06, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Mastery takes a dogged commitment to becoming extraordinary at a single task or pursuit.

"Few Things Have So Much Effect On the Feeling Inside a Room as the Sun Shining Into It"

By Gretchen Rubin on September 06, 2011 in The Happiness Project
“The fact is that very few things have so much effect on the feeling inside a room as the sun shining into it.”

Does It Pay to Be a Selfish SOB?

We all know people who have gotten quite far in their lives and careers through underhandedness, back-stabbing, dishonesty, and related manner of unethical behavior. But is it worth it in the end?

The Abilities That Count

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 06, 2011 in Am I Right?
The only real disability is to act irresponsibly, indifferent to the fate of others.

Who Lies?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Living Single
Can you predict who lies more? Introverts or extraverts? Men or women? Older or younger people? Other personality types?

Allow Father's Secrets to Die with Him

By Carl Alasko Ph.D. on September 06, 2011 in Beyond Blame
Here's the basic question most of us don't take the time to ask when we're faced with a decision: "What do I want to accomplish?" We need to break that down, too, and ask ourselves: What is my ultimate goal? What are the possible consequences of this action?