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The Perils of Thanksgiving

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 23, 2011 in The Dolphin Divide
Why holiday habits go against the grain. Holidays may afford us a needed break from survival-related concerns—if we can get into the right mindset. Unfortunately, cautionary memories easily trump recollections of the warmer, fuzzier sort we expect to be building upon when a holiday rolls around.

This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up the Goodness Without the Guilt

By David Rock on November 23, 2011 in Your Brain at Work
Financial turkeys getting you down? Here's a recipe for how to get the most out of thanksgiving, based on what your brain loves to gobble up the most. With no post-gluttony guilt required.

Psychiatric Trouble May Start in the Thyroid, Should We Be Surprised?

Doctors often overlook the underlying hormonal basis of psychiatric disorders.

Time Machines and JFK: A review of Stephen King's "11/22/63"

By Ethan Gilsdorf on November 23, 2011 in Geek Pride
What if you time-trekked back to 1963 and killed the assassin before he got to President Kennedy?

Say Thanks

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
Say Thanks - it's a small moment with big ripples: a confirmation of a wonderful truth - that we are all joined in a web of innumerable acts of giving.

Are The Muppets Obsolete?

By Ethan Gilsdorf on November 23, 2011 in Geek Pride
Whatever happened to the Muppets? The "real" Kermit, Rowlf the Dog, Miss Piggy, and the rest? Have they changed? And how have we changed?

Help for Vulvodynia; Maybe Also Fibromyalgia, Cystitis, IBS

Some years ago a woman came to my office seeking psychotherapy for suicidal thoughts in response to extreme pain in the vulvar area. The pain waxed and waned, but when it was on, any movement or contact with clothes or seating prvoked intolerable stabbing, shooting, fiery pain. "Talking therapy can't do anything for physical agony!" I thought to myself. I was wrong.

Born Decisive: Why It's So Hard To Keep Up with Kim Kardashian

By Nick Tasler on November 23, 2011 in The Impulse Factor
Kim Kardashian—reality TV star, entrepreneur, famous wife, infamous ex-wife—is almost perfectly decisive. No, really.

What's in my Child's Future?

By Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP on November 23, 2011 in Parent Pulse
Predicting your child's future may be a psychological need, but it can negatively impact your well-being and happiness. Be curious about the novel experiences of the present moment and become propelled by an uncertain future of possibilities.

The Multiple Profiles of Aggression

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on November 23, 2011 in Reel Therapy
The literature on aggression distinguishes between two different profiles - reactive or "hot-headed" aggression and proactive or "cold-blooded" aggression.

A Review: A Dangerous Method

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on November 23, 2011 in Reel Therapy
If you are a fan of psychology you should see "A Dangerous Method." If you work in the field you don't have a choice, it's a must-see. After all, throughout the history of cinema rarely has a filmmaker as esteemed as David Cronenberg produced a story as central to the field of psychology as the birth of psychoanalysis.

No Platypuses, Polar Bears, or Cassowaries in the Bible?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
All animals mentioned in the Bible are indigenous to the Bronze Age era of the Middle East. Couldn’t God, ruler of the universe, have extended His zoological treatment to include the platypus (Australia) and Tyrannosaurus rex?

The Spotlight Effect

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in The Big Questions
Do as many people notice the things we do or what we look like as we tend to think? Is that stain on your shirt really noticed by THAT many people?

A Dog, a Cockatoo, and Yes, Spaghetti

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Just when you think you've seen it all, watch a cockatoo feed a dog.

Inception and Philosophy: Life Is But a Dream

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in Plato on Pop
If we can’t tell whether Cobb is dreaming, can we tell whether we are dreaming? How can one deal with the angst raised by the skeptical problem?

To Eat or Not to Eat...

By Jennifer Hamady on November 23, 2011 in Finding Your Voice
Earlier this week, I wrote about Kelly Ripa's transition to the helm of the "Live!" enterprise. In sum, I was impressed with the way she handled the shift; her willingness to share her experience and vulnerability with viewers.

Apparently, others were and are not so impressed. Particularly by her weight.

Why People Become Depressed at Christmas

By Ray Williams on November 23, 2011 in Wired for Success
According to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that many people experience a high incidence of depression.