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Why You Can’t Just Think Your Way Out Of Depression

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on August 05, 2011 in Think Well
Ironically, despite extensive research and clinical experience that would seem to validate Cognitive Therapy’s effectiveness, simply combating negative thoughts and replacing them with more rational beliefs rarely helps depression. Here's what does.

Find Your Strong: 8 Ways to Perform at Your Best

Manage stress, find balance, and get out of the weeds.

Lovers Who Kill Themselves

By Stanton Peele on August 05, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Rush Limbaugh chose to rag on my views about the addictiveness of the Tea Party by focusing on my views around love and addiction, claiming only a charlatan could hold them. Rush, I think, knows better.

Whitewash

There is only so much you can learn from books and lectures. It is when you have a true experience that knowing occurs. Surrounded by a flurry of paper scraps, Elmer's glue, and scissors, I learned the ugly truth about beauty.

What’s Your Fairness Quotient?

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on August 05, 2011 in The Fair Society
Among our many individual differences, we also vary in our sense of fairness toward others. Here’s an informal quiz about some everyday fairness issues.

How Can We Help When Johnny Can’t Read?

By Timothy D. Wilson Ph.D. on August 05, 2011 in Redirect
What is the best way to help children who have problems with reading comprehension? There are dozens of reading programs out there and you would think we would know the answer to this question by now.

The REAL Truth about Breastfeeding

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on August 05, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Many people think that moms can't breastfeed if they work or are on medication. Once again, these misconceptions are a result of a lack of knowledge about breastfeeding.

Group Membership and Commitment to Goals

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 05, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
When people are part of a group, they often have to work together toward a common goal. How do you motivate everyone in the group to work toward the goal? How does the strength of people's identity as a group member affect their motivation?

How to Stop Love From Making You Act Like A Fool

It's not as if you don't at least suspect, when it's happening, that you're being an idiot. But that doesn't help you, because you tackle your idiocy from the wrong end - you try, by sheer force of will, to purge yourself of your idiotic impulses. This never, ever works. A more effective solution to the problem begins with embracing the idea that dating is like dieting.

The Dulins vs. the Bakers

Can grandparents be guilty of parental alienation?

Choosing Sides After a Friendship Breakup

I had a very painful falling out with a really close friend several months ago...My struggle is that my boyfriend, who met this ex-friend through me, still wants to be friends with her.

How "Errors in Thinking" Apply to Pedophiles

I have been asked whether the "errors in thinking" that give rise to numerous forms of criminal conduct apply also to sex offenders, especially pedophiles. The answer is that they do.

Aging with Two or More Languages

Old age has an impact on language perception and production but it is no different in monolinguals and bilinguals. It would even appear that older bilinguals have a few cognitive benefits in their favor.

The Art of Giving and Receiving

Find out how the art giving gets you many more gifts in return.

Male and Female: The Overlapping Curves

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Insight Therapy
In the popular media, and popular opinion, a contest has been waging for some time between two opposing views of the gender landscape. Which one is right?

How Long Will Barack Obama Live? Premature Aging?

Have you seen the lame pictures? Are the stresses of the presidency aging and weakening President Obama? Now that he is 50, what are his chances for a long life?

Main Effect Madness

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in One Among Many
Optimism, confidence, compassion. These are attributes one wants to acquire and cultivate. Doing so should lead to good things. New research shows a complication. Positive attitudes work best when you least need them. In: Realistic psychology; out: Positive psychology.

Amero Dreams: The North American Currency Union

In this moment of economic uncertainty, how does the belief in the North American Currency Union with its coinage, the Amero, reveal uncertainty in the economic position of the United States. Rumors provide a window into beliefs about economic uncertainty.

Amy Winehouse---What We Need to Know Know Know

By Lynn Phillips on August 04, 2011 in Dream On
Because addictions are dangerous and dehumanizing, our unexamined assumptions about them can make them more so.

Remember the Big Things

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on August 04, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
While it's good advice not to sweat the small stuff, we also need to nurture the large stuff.
There are many good reasons to do so. You'll never know when you step over the invisible line and the countdown begins - 365 days left, then . . . - but you can know, before and after you cross it, that you've remembered the big things.

Is it Weird or Is it Wrong?*

By Debbie Stier on August 04, 2011 in The Perfect Score Project
Here's how I scored on the SAT in 2011, as an adult.

Don't "Dumb Yourself Down" to Attract Somebody

One especially tragic example of not being yourself when dating is "dumbing yourself down," which some women find necessary to attract men. But just what kind of men are they attracting by doing this?