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Single-at-Heart Readers, Take a Look at This!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Living Single
A reader in a serious romantic relationship with “an amazing, wonderful man” writes to a Love Letters columnist. She’s worried because sometimes she thinks she’d rather not be in a romantic relationship at all. Offer your advice here!

The Changing Face of Family

By Sonia Arrison on July 28, 2011 in 100 Plus
The era of the 70-year-old mom may not be far off! Today, that sounds strange, but in a world with 150-year life expectancies, it could be commonplace.

The End of Religion? Hardly

By Michael W Austin on July 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Our basic nature as human beings may tend to produce religious belief, which means that claims about religion's demise at the hands of atheism are mistaken.

The Greatest Weakness of Strong Women

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 28, 2011 in Wander Woman
A story of how one woman saved her relationship by breaking down the sturdy wall she had diligently built. Follow these steps for creating interdependencies that make you stronger.

From Mindless to Mindful: Taking Conscious Control of Eating

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
I am a mindless eater. Maybe you are too. Unfortunately, most of us engage in mindless eating – eating without awareness of how much we eat and the factors that really control our eating. If you want to control your weight, you must first take control of your eating. To take control, you must transition from mindless to mindful eating.

Debt-Ceiling Procrastination?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Don't Delay
I just finished a NPR Marketplace Morning Report interview about the apparent procrastination around approving a required rise in the debt ceiling. The thing is, this isn't procrastination.

Watch this Teacher Engage Shy Students Via Twitter

I'm quickly becoming a fan of social media in the classroom, especially for shy or introverted kids. Here's a CNN video of a high school teacher using Twitter to reach his students, especially the shy ones.

The Return of the Repressed: Amy Winehouse and Lucian Freud

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Stepmonster
British artists Lucian Freud and Amy Winehouse, RIP

Is It Fair to Soak the Rich?

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in The Fair Society
Behind the epic debate in Washington about the debt ceiling is a fundamental ideological conflict about what is “fair” when it comes to paying taxes to support our government and our “safety net.” Let’s look at it in terms of the “fair society” model.

Snoring? Guess Who's Watching!

Snoring desynchronizes breathing and circulation, which can easily harm your health. It can also bring you to the attention of the Snore Patrol.

What it Costs You When Politicians Procrastinate?

"Kicking the can down the road" is an example of political procrastination. But congressional inaction is more complicated than that.

Is the Menstrual Cycle Linked to the Timing of Sexual Assaults?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Are women more likely to be sexually assaulted at different points in their menstrual cycles? Read on for a recent study that explored this exact issue using data collected in Northern Ireland over a seven-year period.

7 Books That Changed The Way I See the World

By Gretchen Rubin on July 28, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One of my favorite things: when I read a book that transforms the way I see the world, or the way I see the possibilities of writing. Another one of my favorite things: when I convince someone to read one of those books, and he or she loves it as much I do.

Why So Smart? Why So Dumb?

By Hugo Mercier on July 28, 2011 in Social by Design
We can agree that reasoning is responsible, at least in part, for some of the greatest achievements of humankind. Yet we should also agree that people can reason their way to asinine beliefs and disastrous decisions. How can we explain these widely inconsistent outcomes?

Choosing the Glass Half Full

A clink of the glass half full to teams Rwanda and Japan. Epictetus encourages us as well: "Everything has two handles, one by which it can be carried, and the other by which it cannot." We can deal with everything and choose a life-affirming attitude.

Cactus Mathematics

By Ian Stewart on July 28, 2011 in Math's Eye View
New insights into Fibonacci numbers in plants, based on elasticity theory.

36 Hours in Empathyville

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 27, 2011 in The Empathy Gap
Yikes... Group hugs!

15 Workplace Behaviors That Exclude

By Lynne Soraya on July 27, 2011 in Asperger's Diary
There are a lot of behaviors, some of which people don't even think about, which can make a workplace a very difficult place for those of us on the autism spectrum. As an advocate, and as a person on the autism spectrum who's been in the workplace for many years, I've had ample opportunity to observe these behaviors.

Why the Government Won't Default on Its Debt

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on July 27, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The Politics of Blame

While the media are obsessed with the prospect of a debt default, very few people in America take it seriously. Even financial markets are calm.

Topsy Turvy - the Death of Jeret Peterson

By Stanton Peele on July 27, 2011 in Addiction in Society
While mental health professionals constantly claim they are the last, best hope for the tormented and addicted, as the recent examples of Amy Winehouse and Jeret Peterson indicate, treatment can be the last stage in their despair, disillusionment, and hopelessness.