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Why Men Are More Intelligent Than Women

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 18, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The answer is:  They aren’t.

The Primacy of Anger Problems

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 18, 2009 in Evil Deeds
Anger is perhaps the most troublesome and challenging emotion to tackle therapeutically. Since most therapists today see anger or rage as symptoms of underlying fear, hurt or shame, there is a tendency to de-emphasize the importance and primacy of anger in favor of focusing on that which secondarily fuels it. This is a serious therapeutic mistake in my opinion. A monumental and costly failure of contemporary psychotherapy. 

PTSD in the Military: An Interview With a Military Wife

By John A Call Ph.D., J.D., A. on January 17, 2009 in Crisis Center
In order to better understand what soldiers are going through, I interviewed the wife of a veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD.

Caregiver—and Care Receiver

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on January 17, 2009 in Adventures in Old Age

Dogs as Therapists: The Case of Actor Mickey Rourke

 Mickey Rourke, winner of the 2009 Golden Globe award for best actor for his role in "The Wrestler", was saved from  suicidal depression by his dog Beau Jack.

Children of Single Mothers: How Do They Really Fare?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 16, 2009 in Living Single
The studies you never hear about are the ones in which the children of single parents do about the same, or even better, than the children of married parents. But if 2-parent households have twice of everything that adults have to offer children, then why don't those children do far better than the children in single-parent households? Why do they sometimes do worse?

On the Science of Goal-Orientation

By Tad Waddington Ph.D. on January 15, 2009 in Smarts
If you apply to med school to become a doctor, then is the future (your becoming a doctor) causing something in its past (your applying to med school)?

Ritalin on First, Dexedrine on Second

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on January 13, 2009 in Mood Swings
Apparently 8% of all baseball players have medical permission to take amphetamine stimulants, presumably for adult ADHD.

Remarriage Is More Fragile Than First Marriage

By Maggie Scarf on January 12, 2009 in The Remarriage Blueprint
Are later marriages generally more successful and stable than first-time marriages? And, given that most remarriages (some 90 percent) follow upon divorce rather than death, do the disaffected ex-partners tend to make smarter, more mutually satisfying choices in a second or higher-order relationship?

Protecting Your Health

By Stephen T Sinatra M.D., F.A.C.C. on January 11, 2009 in Heart Health

Avoid boring people

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 11, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Someone once asked me, right before we parted the very last time I ever saw her, who my hero was.  I had to think long and hard before answering. I racked my brain, as we walked across a foot bridge over the Thames.  The answer I finally came up with when we reached the end of the bridge was “Jim Watson.”
When Parents Play Favorites

When Parents Play Favorites

By Ilan Shrira on January 10, 2009 in The Narcissus in All of Us
A large proportion of parents display consistent favoritism toward one child over another. This favoritism can manifest in different ways: more time spent with one child, more affection given, more privileges, less discipline, or less abuse. We discuss some of the causes and consequences of parental favoritism, which occurs in 1/3 to 2/3 of American families. 

Trauma, Once Upon a Time

By Anneli Rufus on January 08, 2009 in Stuck
Memoirs recounting horrific traumas have become one of the most popular literary genres of the past decade. 

Surprise—Families Matter

A new study reports that young gay people whose parents or guardians responded negatively when they revealed their sexual orientation were more likely to attempt suicide, experience severe depression and use drugs than those whose families accepted the news. What's surprising about these findings is that they are surprising to people.  
Art and Mental Illness: Stop the Insanity!

Art and Mental Illness: Stop the Insanity!

Martin Ramirez is one of many creative individuals defined as an "outsider artist," someone who is self-taught and making art outside the mainstream art world. He also was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent much of his adult life in an institution.

I’m a Mac, and I Pursue the Scientific Truth at Any Cost

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 04, 2009 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Use a PC, and be a douche bag like Deepak Chopra.

George Washington: President, General and Dog Breeder

 George Washington's love of dogs may have helped him become the first President of the United States.

Bad Science

By Phil Newton on December 31, 2008 in From Mouse to Man
Learn how to spot bad science, how to tease out the truth from the hyperbole, and where to go for good science. 

Time to End the Bully Witch-Hunt

By Izzy Kalman on December 29, 2008 in Resilience to Bullying
The world has been fighting a war against bullying, based on a psychological paradigm that is contrary to the teachings of all major schools of psychology. It has become the most massive witch hunt in human history, having been embraced by all modern countries. However, it is bound to fail because it is founded on irrational beliefs.