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Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party and National Service

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 29, 2011 in Am I Right?
If civic engagement is increased, then everyone comes out ahead

Lifting the Burden of Potential

"Potential" is a dangerous word.

Sexism in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Hostile Sexism is a clear theme in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." But is the heroine of the story, Lisbeth Salander, the most sexist character of all?

The Bully: Is Your (Ex) Spouse Dangerous?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on November 28, 2011 in The Intelligent Divorce
Dr. Banschick talks about how a childhood bully can turn into a dangerous adult. What can you do you if your (ex)spouse is on that path?

Gender Wars Not Only Create Conflict Among Women, They Create Significant Workplace Stress

While it's true that there are a multitude of non-gender-related issues in the workplace that cause stress, gender-related workplace stress is often the most difficult to cope with, particularly because it's often invisible.

I'm Afraid That I'm One Hot Mess

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 28, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when you are confused about your attraction

A Positive Look at Failure

By Robert Biswas-Diener on November 28, 2011 in Significant Results
If you think making mistakes is bad news then think again! In some instances errors are the best ways of improving performance.

Tom Coburn, Ignorance, and the need for Scientific Communication

By Jamil Zaki Ph.D. on November 28, 2011 in Your Brain On Us
Tom Coburn and others don't recognize the value of psychology, and it is up to psychologists to answer back

Three Recent Studies on Emotional Intelligence (EI)

The impact of emotional intelligence on college, schizophrenia, and training for EI improvement.

The Cost of Vengeance: The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Part 2

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on November 28, 2011 in Between the Lines
Nietzsche observed (about those who fight monsters), "If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Is Lisbeth Salander really safer as a result of taking vengeance? Are the rest of us?

How Can Suicide Be Prevented?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on November 28, 2011 in The Big Questions
Gary Speed had it all, and he killed himself last night. It is time to stop the stigma attached to mental illness.

Holiday Blues Busters: 7 Tips to Bring More Joy into Your Life

Dr. Andrea Corn shares 7 tips to help you leave sadness behind and bring more joy into your life.

Behind the Facade: The "False Self" of the Narcissist

By Randi Kreger on November 28, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Narcissists lack an identity; a sense of self. To compensate, they develop what's called a "false self." The severity and intensity of NPD comes from the desperate pursuit of a sense of self. NPs believe all the lies they tell themselves about who they are: as the quote says, if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the "truth."

A Polite Exchange Between Author and Editor

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on November 28, 2011 in Mind Design
The academic publishing process is mysterious. Here's a little behind the scenes look.

The Art and Science of Naming a Dog

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 28, 2011 in Canine Corner
Dogs live in a sea of human language sounds and their name is the primary way that they have to sort out which of those sounds is directed toward them.

Life Inertia: Like an Asteroid Hurtling through Space

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 28, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Inertia: A body at rest tends to remain at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Taylor's Law of Human Inertia: The tendency of people, having once established a life trajectory, to continue on that course unless acted on by a greater force.

The Race Card

By George Davis on November 28, 2011 in Modern Melting Pot
Banning the race card from the “games we play” as Americans will leave many wonderful prizes impossible to win.

Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions: Teacher/Parent Version

Parents believe their children are special.Their child isn't lazy; she's bored. Their child isn't spoiled; he has high standards.Their child isn't destined for life as a serial killer; she is showing an interestingly non-gender-specific curiosity about blood sport.

Surviving Fear under the Ice

By Jeff Wise on November 28, 2011 in Extreme Fear
"Here I am, under the ice, struggling upside down, and all but blind."

Self-Knowledge: Identify Your Patron Saints

By Gretchen Rubin on November 28, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Self-knowledge is crucial to happiness, but it's challenging to know yourself. Sometimes, I find, I can gain insight by asking myself questions that make me take stock of my interests and values.

When She Woke: Futuristic Twist on The Scarlet Letter

By Jennifer Haupt on November 28, 2011 in One True Thing
When She Woke, a Publishers Weeky Top Ten Literary Pick for fall, begins with a woman who wakes up to find her skin has been turned red by the government because she's had an abortion.

Who Am I? The Conundrum of Both Borderlines and Narcissists

By Randi Kreger on November 28, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
Imagine yourself an amnesia patient, adrift. Sense the paralyzing emptiness that must go with not knowing who you are. People with BPD and NPD have specific—and different—approaches for dealing with their identity crisis. This post is about the BP strategy.