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Holiday Inertia: Where Did My Normal Go?

By Liane Holliday Willey Ed.D. on January 09, 2012 in The Pragmatic Aspie
Holidays can be biting and isolating, but you can find your way back to a happy normal.

Marijuana, Spice, and Our Youth

Although marijuana may have some medical uses, the rapid surge in the number of people obtaining this drug via prescriptions suggests that recreational users might be taking advantage of the medical system.

The Psychology of Why Celebrities Often Have Low Self-Esteem

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on January 09, 2012 in Insight Is 20/20
In an interview published in the new February issue of Harper's Bazaar, Demi Moore gets real and openly discusses some personal feelings.

Are You Really Doomed to Regain Your Lost Weight?

By Yoni Freedhoff MD on January 09, 2012 in Traumatic Dieting
A recent article by Tara Parker Pope in the New York Times suggests that long term success with weight loss is nearly impossible. I beg to differ.

The Secret Behind Women's Laughter

Women's humor was shut away, sealed off as tightly as bologna in a Tupperware container, to preserve it for later.

Real vs. "Faux" Lost Love: Part 2

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on January 09, 2012 in Sticky Bonds
My post about faux lost love, my term for a romance that is a reunion but is unconsciously motivated by external issues, caused some confusion. This post will try to clarify.
Consumerism Consumes Us All

Consumerism Consumes Us All

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on January 08, 2012 in Grand Rounds
Can we ever have enough?

All I Have to Do Is Dream

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal sung the song that implies that lovers need merely to dream in order to sustain their love. Are dreams of any value in a romantic relationship? Apparently dreams were not sufficient to save Andy and Victoria’s love and Andy’s life. External circumstances were greater than their feelings for each other.

Eight Signs a "Friend" Is a Social Climber

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
Here are some telltale signs of social climbers crowd-sourced by blog posters and "doctored" by me.

The Risks & Potential of Required Community Service

By Alfie Kohn on January 08, 2012 in The Homework Myth
While a service requirement hardly guarantees any benefits—which are contingent, among other things, on the extent to which your staff and the students themselves take the activities seriously—neither does it preclude such benefits. Much depends on how (and by whom) the activities are designed.
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The Psychology of Youth Sports

There’s a good deal of hype about the value of children’s sports. If families understand the benefits and pitfalls, children are more likely to be winners for life.

"Sherlock Holmes" and the Science of Play

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on January 08, 2012 in Reel Therapy
Playfulness is the predisposition to engage in playful activities and interactions. It's an emerging science, and the new Sherlock Holmes sequel provides a vivid illustration of this construct.

How Nature Deals with Good and Evil

By Robert Lanza M.D. on January 08, 2012 in Biocentrism
There are consequences to our actions that transcend our ordinary, classical way of thinking. Evidence suggests nature’s justice may be inescapable and absolute.
Arguing with Mom May Help Teens Resist Peer Pressure

Arguing with Mom May Help Teens Resist Peer Pressure

Any parent of a teen knows that the adolescent years can be bumpy, to say the least. They are filled with mood swings, hormone changes and oftentimes a lot of arguing. But don't be discouraged, it's not all bad. The good thing about arguing is that it provides teachable moments. And that's what the teen years are all about.

Politicians Keep Their Promises More Often Than You Think

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on January 08, 2012 in The Decision Tree
A politician's promise are about as good as Lindsay Lohan's promise to show up in court on time. Right?

Social Media and the Hedgehog's Dilemma

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on January 08, 2012 in Creative Synthesis
To what extent do we use social media as the middle, safe distance to avoid having not only closer, unplugged relationships with others...

Whatever Heaven Sends Is for the Best

My friend Raven Jones developed a good-sized tumor on his knee. Amputation was advised, but Raven thought, "There must be some other way", so he refused both surgery and chemotherapy.

The Linguistic and Cultural Skills of Sleeper Agents

Sleeper agents, that is spies who have been infiltrated into a target country, are very special bicultural bilinguals. They have to develop linguistic and cultural skills that are rarely required of regular bilinguals.

Listening: A Key to Successfully Guiding Adolescents

Who's the expert in your adolescent's life? It's not me or any other person claiming to have expertise in parenting or adolescent development. You know a lot more about your child than any of us do. But you know who knows more about your teen's inner life and environment than you do? He does.

Having Horror Heard Helps Heal Hurt

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on January 07, 2012 in Just Listen
There is no statute of limitations nor training manual to get you over or even beyond the horrors you can inflict on another human being in the name of war that you then have to then live with the rest of your life.

Ramble On

By Jean A Anspaugh on January 07, 2012 in Fat Like Us
I know that food is my mortal enemy and I have few weapons against it. Each year I say that it will be different. I will turn down all invitations to festivities, I will not so much as make sugar cookie dough, and I won't buy any Halloween candy. Yet each year, I find myself in a whirlwind of eating

The Coming of the Reaganites

By George Davis on January 07, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
To some people spiritual freedom is the most dangerous freedom of all.