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Behavior Management Coaching: Helping Parents to Step in

By Mitch Abblett Ph.D. on December 13, 2010 in A Special Education
When nannies with supernatural powers are unavailable, behavior management coaching for parents of special needs kids can be crucial.

Procrastination: Is Your Future Self Getting a Bad Deal?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 13, 2010 in Don't Delay
Here's a common scene—a sink full of dirty dishes that I decide can wait until tomorrow, even though the hardened mess will be much more difficult to clean. If I were leaving this for someone else tomorrow, I might understand my procrastination on the task, but it's my future self for whom this task waits.

The Pursuit of Perfect as the Basis for Blaming

Tal Ben-Shahar is an expert on happiness, teaches at Harvard and has written some internationally successful books on the subject. He has identified the major obstacle to achieving happiness; the aspiration to a life that is not just happier, but perfect.
It is also our habitual pursuit of perfect which is one of the leading causes of blaming. How does this happen?...

The Psychology of Facebook OCD

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 13, 2010 in Insight Is 20/20
Facebook OCD is a problem in cyberspace.

Consequential Conversations, Epilogue

By Sam Sommers on December 13, 2010 in Science Of Small Talk
Almost two years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts detailing my experiences as an expert witness on Cape Cod in the post-trial hearing of convicted murderer Christopher McCowen. The series of posts attracted a relatively large number of hits, and some readers commented to suggest that it was "a really gripping series of posts." Well, the story just keeps on going...

The Importance of "Change-iness"

By Moses Ma on December 13, 2010 in The Tao of Innovation
Similar to Stephen Colbert's term "truthiness" many Presidents, from Obama to most CEOs, have not understood the concept of "change-iness." In addition to real, substantive and lasting changes you have to make things "feel" change-y. Here's a guide to mastering the art of change-iness.

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing

By Barry Schwartz on December 13, 2010 in Practical Wisdom
We Americans are growing increasingly disenchanted with the institutions on which we depend.  In our new book, Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, we argue that what philosopher Aristotle called practical wisdom is what's needed to make our instutions run better.

Gen X and Gen Y -- How They're Driving The New "4.0" Career

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on December 13, 2010 in The New Resilience
Members of Gen X and Y are transforming the workplace in ways the older generation doesn't understand

A Route Towards Helping Your Child Attain Better Grades.

By Ugo Uche on December 13, 2010 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"How people go about getting their needs met are influenced by a combination diverse variables, from social-economic status, culture, health, parents and guardians, friends, education and the list could go on." 

"Happiness Does Not Consist in Things Themselves But in the

By Gretchen Rubin on December 13, 2010 in The Happiness Project
“Happiness does not consist in things themselves but in the relish we have of them; and a man has attained it when he enjoys what he loves and desires himself, and not what other people think lovely and desirable.” -- La Rochefoucauld

Basking in Human Goodness

By Marietta McCarty on December 13, 2010 in Life Saving Philosophy
What does your experience of the world teach you? Not the news, twittered or blogged; not movies, magazines, or music - - - what about your own, everyday, very personal experience of humanity?  I hereby take a stand for the abundance of human goodness.

Makeover Madness: Can Women Define Beauty on Their Own Terms

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on December 13, 2010 in Face It
As a psychologist who writes about women's issues, I had a hard enough time watching bodies transformed on "Extreme Makeovers" and faces taken apart and put back together on "I Want a Famous Face." But I figured there was something sacred about weddings that made them off limits to beauty competitions—that is, until I saw "Bridalplasty!"

Adolescence and the Case of Odd Parent Out.

As odd parent out in the family, you must demand equal respect and standing with everybody else.

Beautiful People Really Are More Intelligent

By Satoshi Kanazawa on December 12, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Beautiful people have higher intelligence than ugly people, especially if they are men.

What is the difference between individual and group therapy?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo PhD., MFA, MAPP on December 12, 2010 in The Healing Crowd
In psychodynamically oriented therapy the work revolves around understanding the forces, such as those in the family of origin and other intimate relationships, as a way of determining how to approach the need for change.

Stupid Fights

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on December 12, 2010 in Happiness in this World
I recently wanted to prescribe a medication called Prevacid for a patient. It's a proton pump inhibitor that shuts off acid production in the stomach. It's used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal complaints,

Get Out of the Procrastination Trap: The Role of Will, Choice and Virtue

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 12, 2010 in Don't Delay
If I lock the refrigerator to block my late-night snacking, I might have made a useful predecision to protect myself against my seemingly uncontrollable urges, but there's another route. I could try harder and exert my will. The "will" is an old notion that has resurfaced in an important way in recent writing about how we can resist procrastination.

Crime, Conspiracy, and Wikileaks

The Greatest threat to National Security is Silencing of the Free Press

Moral Mistakes

Can we say that someone's moral judgments are wrong or mistaken—like an incorrect solution to a math problem—without involving a moral judgment of our own? In a new paper in the journal Philosophical Investigations, philosopher Zed Adams of the New School of Social Research asks that very question.

What is Right with My Child?

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on December 12, 2010 in The Gift of ADHD
Why you'll get more cooperation with connection before consequences.

Where Do the Arts Stand in Our Schools?

By Dana Santomenna PsyD. on December 12, 2010 in Creativity and the Classroom
If arts are valued and seen to be so important, than why are they not given their rightful level of integration within the educational system? There seems to be a disconnect between how we feel about the arts and how much we see arts instruction being utilized in schools.

I Am Only Second Best

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 12, 2010 in In the Name of Love
In most circumstances, it is unpleasant to be considered second best; in romantic relationship it is even more devastating. Given that we all know that it is often so hard to attain the ideal, why is it so difficult to be considered second best? Why are we so frustrated by a partner that we consider to be a second best choice?  

Holiday Blues: Single in the City

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on December 12, 2010 in Anxiety Files
You are sitting at home alone, no one to share your Christmas spirit with. All alone, you wonder what is wrong with you. " What can you do to make the Holidays better?

"Building Fences: The Importance of Limit-Setting with Children"

By Mitch Abblett Ph.D. on December 11, 2010 in A Special Education
 Building Fences Around Bad Behavior

Cyber Etiquette for Teens

Computers and modern technology are taking up a lot of teen's time. While there are some perks to technology, there are also serious negatives.

'Tis Better to Have Lost and Regained Than Never to Lose

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on December 11, 2010 in The Gravity of Weight
How safe is yo-yo dieting? Is it better to have lost and regained than never to have lost at all? The issue is controversial