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Gay Men and Their Mothers: Is There a Special Closeness?

By Michael C. LaSala Ph.D., LCSW on August 23, 2011 in Gay and Lesbian Well-Being
Perhaps it is not surprising that mothers and their gay sons often describe their relationships as close. Compared to fathers, mothers typically have an advantage whereby they usually interact more with their children. However, being gay might be a factor that makes some mothers and sons even closer.
School’s Back in Session

School’s Back in Session

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on August 23, 2011 in Therapy Matters
College can be an exciting time for students as they embark on their college careers. However, even the most well-adjusted student can experience periods of uncertainty and disillusionment in the course of their college career. Sure, being away from home for the first time can be liberating, but it can also be anxiety provoking.

Why the Law Can't Do Without Compassion

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 23, 2011 in Am I Right?
Every law needs interpretation

The Right to Not Believe

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 22, 2011 in One Among Many
If psi believers were plain gullible, they would believe my skeptical posts too. This proves that there are things they do not believe, which is small consolation to a skeptic but at least not nothing.

I Love You, Wait, Are You Dangerous?

By Liane Holliday Willey Ed.D. on August 22, 2011 in The Pragmatic Aspie
Because we female Aspies aren’t super savvy when it comes to picking would-be mates, I’ve listed a few red flag warning signs to look out for when looking for a partner.
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The Folly of Crowds

By Adam Alter on August 22, 2011 in Alternative Truths
Crowds are often wise, and we're in turn wise for listening to multiple voices when making decisions. For example, crowds are famously skilled when their members guess how many jelly beans fill a jar, or how much a large animal weighs. Sometimes, though, crowds are prone to lead us astray.

At Last, Following Your Heart's Desire

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on August 22, 2011 in Life Gets Better
Putting off what you really want to do can go on for years.

How to Enhance Communication Between the Sexes: The Androgynous Bridge Part II

You might think of gender-flexing as a way to strengthen and tone your nonverbal muscles. After all, nonverbal behaviors are in great part centered in the body. We all have masculine and feminine nonverbal behaviors at our disposal—it’s just a matter of using these oft-ignored “muscles.”

Everything I Say Is False

By Michael Bruce on August 21, 2011 in Angst!
Can nonsense still be meaningful? Can it get the fly out of the bottle?

Body Language Basics

By Joe Navarro M.A. on August 21, 2011 in Spycatcher
We evolved to react to the world because danger has always been all around. In doing so, we developed an eloquent system for communicating to others our fears, concerns, emotions, and desires - the evolution of nonverbal communications.

Dirty Looks

By Nick Luxmoore on August 21, 2011 in Young People Up Close
Our need for recognition is primitive, and never goes away.

What's Your Name, Baby?

By Tricia Striano Ph.D. on August 20, 2011 in Smart Baby
Babies' names serve as a social signal.

Why Do I Clean Out My Fridge?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on August 20, 2011 in Don't Delay
Have you ever wondered why you end up cleaning out your fridge rather than writing a report. You could put off the report and go and have some fun instead. At a recent conference, my colleague proposed an answer.

The Noble Lineage of Indecision

By David DiSalvo on August 19, 2011 in Neuronarrative
William James, polymath and godfather of modern psychology, was known far and wide as fanatically indecisive. Knowing this about himself, yet valuing what he called "risk assuming decisiveness" as a mark of true character, he came up with a solution, which he called "self conscious impulsivity." He would act decisively, and then just as decisively, change his mind.

Putting the “T” in Infidelity

By David J Ley Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in Women Who Stray
Do your partners' levels of testosterone predict their interest in infidelity? There is building evidence that the hormone Testosterone (called "T") is behind a lot of the physiological and neurological processes that increase the likelihood of infidelity.

Ill-Fated Interview Part III

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on August 19, 2011 in Sex at Dawn
Part 3, of 6, of the most in-depth interview I've given about Sex at Dawn.

Tom Brown Hits ADD on the Nail

Having a high IQ may help someone with ADHD create more compensation techniques, but it does not make ADHD any less impairing.

What Are Social Skills?

There are three main processes that children use to navigate the social world: Seeing, Thinking, and Doing.

Should We Dispense With Happiness? A Review of Marty Seligman's New Book, Flourish

By Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D. on August 18, 2011 in How of Happiness
I recently published a review of Marty Seligman's new book, Flourish, in the journal Nature. It had to be significantly abridged, and I provide the original version below.
Us Versus Them: It's Time for "We're All In This Together"

Us Versus Them: It's Time for "We're All In This Together"

We need a nationwide campaign taking a cue from Virgin America's info-cartoon. The use of fear and blame makes people feel afraid and powerless. When they do, one of three things happens: 1) the act of destruction becomes an act of agency 2) they give away more rights to feel “safe” or 3) they seek out a segment of society to blame.

The Tiana Browne Trial Part II

By Cheryl Paradis Psy.D. on August 18, 2011 in The Measure of Madness