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Eleven Year-Old Debunks Therapeutic Touch: The Case of Emily Rosa

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
The scientific method is the best framework available to us when seeking to establish the veracity of a given claim. Emily Rosa, who in 1998 was only eleven years old, published a paper in JAMA that debunked the central claims of Therapeutic Touch. Now that’s a democratic system!

Downsides of Dry Wall

Drywall construction should be familiar to anyone who has watched at least one episode of any of the ubiquitous reality shows featuring remodeling to live in, move in, sell, sell better, or flip. The downsides of drywall are not highlighted in these paeans to the glories of gypsum sandwiched between paper sheets.

6 Signs He's Just Not That Into You

By Jen Kim on September 30, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Do you want to know if he's into you or stringing you along? These 6 behaviors will give you a clue.

What Scares Women vs. What Scares Men: Part 3

Fear is in our heads, not out of our hands; we pick and choose our fears, and polish them up with secret attention.

Improvement in Depression: Now or Never?

We know quite a bit about why and how people fall into depression. From negative thinking to stressful environments to poor ways of coping to gloomy temperaments, falling in is no great mystery. But why and how do people pull out of depression?

Is 100% Recovery from an Eating Disorder Possible?

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2011 in A Hunger Artist
As anorexia recedes further into my past, I often find myself reflecting on the wonderful fact of being free of it, and rarely feel still defined by it. Nonetheless, the question often arises – for me and for people who write to me: is it possible to be 100% recovered from an eating disorder such as anorexia?

5 Reasons I Hate Me

One of the more destructive aspects of our interior life is negative self-talk. Very rarely is it productive or self-motivating and, more often than not, the stories that we tell ourselves are simply not true.

When Life Loses Its Meaning: The Heavy Price of High Achievement

Did you once pursue life with energy, enthusiasm, and optimism, but now feel as if that passion has been suffocated by the never-ending demands of today's world? If so, you're not alone. But it's not hopeless. There are ways to get that spark back.

Was Monogamy Established for the Benefit of Women?

By 1,000 years ago, monogamy had replaced polygamy as the accepted marriage system in most of Europe. Did this change benefit one sex more than the other? Although people often think of polygamy as a system that advantages all men over all women, the reality is not so simple.

Michelle Obama Incognito in Target...where casual is okay

The frequent cardigans. The sleeveless outfits. Some say Michelle Obama's fashion sense is too casual for official FLOTUS appearances; the hi-belted look usually not flattering and her style is "eclectic," which is code for "what the...?" In Target, the casual "common" look is acceptable.

The Boss of Me

By Lynn Phillips on September 30, 2011 in Dream On
There's not much room for debate about addiction's ability to impair in some brains whatever passes for individual autonomy. Emphasis here on the word "some."

The Politics of Weight

By Jean A Anspaugh on September 30, 2011 in Fat Like Us
Can a fat man be president?

My Best Friend: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
I am having a really hard time with my best friend. This whole relationship started out quite differently. She was attracted to me and fell in love with me at the very beginning. I reciprocated these feelings for a while but ultimately realized we weren't a match, and decided we needed to focus on the friendship because she had, in fact, become my best friend.

The Three Pillars of Fairness

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in The Fair Society
Republicans and Democrats have very different views of fairness in the current political debate. So who’s right?

Seven Public Speaking Tips from a Coach For TED Speakers and CEOs

By Susan Cain on September 30, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
My latest step in my Year of Speaking Dangerously was to make an appointment with the lovely Gina Barnett, a respected consultant who works with many TED speakers and C-suite leaders. Recently we had our first session, and it was surprisingly fun. Here’s what I learned:

Underdog Powers: Activate!

By Christopher Bergland on September 30, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
Three years ago today I wrote this. Thank you for your readership.

Finding Meaning in Muppets

By Lynne Soraya on September 30, 2011 in Asperger's Diary
The value of special interests don't always lie in a future career. Sometimes, special interests have different, but equally important purposes. Like learning how to live.

Revitalize Your Love Life with a Three Day Gratitude Plan

By Rita Watson MPH on September 29, 2011 in With Love and Gratitude
Before discovering the power of "thank you," John Kralik was living in one room, experiencing strained relationships, and watching his law practice fall on hard times. At this low point, something resonated. He found what he was missing - gratitude and love.