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A Scientific Explanation for the Emergence of Mattering from Matter

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Ambigamy
Why would we think a physicist insane if he said "the moon pulls on the tides because it wants to" but don't think a psychologist insane for saying that you do things because you want to? Terry Deacon's new book bridges the gap between matter and mattering providing the first fully scientific material explanation for how matter could become conscious.

Linking Early Attachments to Eating Disorders Later on

The nature of someone's early attachments and familial relationships can often be a determining factor in the development of eating disorders later in life.

Polyamory without Tears

By Deborah Anapol Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Love Without Limits
Early on, I realized that in order to really understand what jealousy is, how it operates, and to what end, I would have to examine my own inner process. If you too want to understand jealousy, I invite you to do the same. The next time the opportunity arises, instead of pushing it away, welcome the chance to investigate the nature of jealousy.

The Bookkeeping Secret to Stable Loving Relationships

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Ambigamy
How do we settle into cozy relationship, minimizing resentment and negotiation? Paradoxically, in part by expressing resentment and negotiating over it. A surprising amount of that negotiation goes on between the lines, through an interesting use of etiquette (please, sorry, thank you, don't mention it) and an intuitive kind of double entry bookkeeping.

Wanted: Happy People!

By Raj Raghunathan Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Sapient Nature
One reason why many of us aren't as happy as we could be is because we feel we don't deserve to be happy. But findings show that we are more selfless and less selfish when we are happy than when are unhappy. So, at least for everyone else's sake, don't stop yourself from being as happy as you can be!

Why Are Some Dogs So Anxious and Fearful?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 01, 2011 in Canine Corner
Whether a dog's fearfulness was caused by his genes or his life history there are right and wrong ways to deal with his anxieties.

DSM 5 Against Everyone Else

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 01, 2011 in DSM5 in Distress
An editorial by the Society Of Biological Psychiatry wondered whether DSM 5 was necessary at all.

Teens, Autism and Work: Build on Passions and Find Mentors

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on November 01, 2011 in The Autism Advocate
Mentors can help figure out how to turn an interest into a job, or into a means to earn money. Another important area to consider is what your teen or student likes or is passionate (ie obsessed) about. For most on the spectrum, a job will be their one connection to the community, and their main activity.

Best Phone Apps for Shedding Pounds

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 01, 2011 in Minding the Body
Can your phone help you lose weight? Yes, says psychologist Joyce Nash, PhD, who recommends apps that help you eat smarter, exercise harder, and stress less.

November: Trust Your Gut

By Karen L. Schiltz Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Beyond the Label
"Well, the fact really is that I do not know what I'm really in search of. I know that my son, Jack, may have problems but then I don't know. It just seems that he is fine in most situations and in others something is terribly wrong. I'm always questioning my judgment. I know that something is amiss when I look at his entire life."

Lou Reed and Metallica: Existentialist Brothers in Black

By William Irwin Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Plato on Pop
Existentialism may be difficult to define, but LULU lets you hear it loud and clear.

My Home: Exciting and Peaceful

By Gretchen Rubin on November 01, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Assay: The first line in Gertrude Stein's Paris France is “Paris, France is exciting and peaceful.” For a moment, I was surprised by this pairing of words—but then I realized, it's not really surprising. Paris is exciting and peaceful.

Les Misérables: Thank God, There Are No Social-Class Differences in America

By Stanton Peele on November 01, 2011 in Addiction in Society
You don't believe people who who don't go to college are worse than you—do you? So what if they smoke more, are more likely to be obese, are less likely to get—and stay—married, and that they pass along these disadvantages to their offspring? They're still just as good as the rest of us—other than the disadvantaged, hopeless lives they lead, that is.

Are You Smarter than a 3rd Grader?

We like to think of ourselves as rational individuals. However, many of us use reasoning that, according to psychologist Jean Piaget, is more like that of a 3rd grader. Our illogical thinking can lead us to spending more than we should on everything from groceries to perfume. Take a short quiz to see if you are smarter than a 3rd grader (or not!).

How to Make Happiness Endure

By Michael W Austin on November 01, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
"Fate" can take away some pursuit, interest, or passion that contributes to our happiness. However, if we have diverse interests, and are able to cultivate new ones, we are not at its mercy. Resilience is key to lifelong happiness.

Therapy for posttraumatic growth: Car Mechanics and Gardener

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Therapists choose to be either car mechanics or gardeners of the mind

Religious Expressions Are Rooted in Fear-Based Politics

By David Niose on November 01, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Religious political agendas gain traction during times of fear.

Wounded Souls II

By Eric Newhouse on November 01, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
Even though justified in combat, killing crosses a moral boundary that separates one from society and ultimately from God. No wonder one vet in three is seeking mental health treatment after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

NYPD Breaks the Law and Cheers

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 01, 2011 in Am I Right?
You cannot be partial to family and friends and carry out the duties of the profession at the same time

Change of Language, Change of Personality?

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on November 01, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
There is a Czech proverb that says, "Learn a new language and get a new soul", and it is true that many bilinguals do indeed report being different in each of their languages. How can one explain this?

10 Fabulous Nutrition Tips I Learned from Dr. Andrew Weil

By Susan Biali M.D. on October 31, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Ten favorite nutrition tips I learned from time spent with wellness legend Dr. Andrew Weil.

The Decisions of the Powerful: When Confidence Leads to Sloppy Thinking

By Julie Sedivy Ph.D. on October 31, 2011 in Sold on Language
Corner offices. Tall and plush leather chairs. The swaggering gait and confident postures. Walk into an office environment, and it's usually not hard to guess which people hold the positions of power. But do all these trimmings and reminders of the power hierarchy really make for the best decision-making among those who are in charge?

Solve Tough Dilemmas With the Win-Win Waltz

Differences are inevitable within any partnership, at work or at home. To settle conflicts with resolutions you both feel really good about, use this worksheet to guide you through the three steps of the win-win waltz. Then you can always be a winner.