The Latest

Do Politicians Have Better Sex than You Do?

By Donna Barstow on June 07, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
What happens behind closed doors (or on the desk) doesn't always stay behind closed doors.

Compassion really hurts

A Buddhist monk once told me that an important part of my job, working with suffering people, involved learning how to protect myself and how to grow as a person. His words and his kindness opened me up to an extremely valuable kind of wisdom. Feeling bad is not the problem. Feeling bad about feeling bad: that is often the problem.

The Napoleon Complex in World Soccer: How The Beautiful Game Turned Ugly

The past weeks have shown both the beautiful and dark side of world's most popular game, both showcasing leadership psychology. In a mesmerizing display of superior individual and team effort Barcelona FC was crowned European Champions.

Do Only Children Have More Problems Making Friends? An Interview with PT Blogger Susan Newman

When I learned that my colleague, psychologist Dr. Susan Newman had just written a new book entitled, "The Case for the Only Child," I prevailed upon Susan to share what she had found out in reviewing the research on only children.

Reel Therapy

By Tyger Latham Psy.D. on June 07, 2011 in Therapy Matters
Therapists are often lampooned by Hollywood writers. Thankfully, HBO's "In Treatment" offers a more accurate and nuanced portrayal of a modern day therapist.

The Poisonous Mixture of Politics and Food

The Slow movement grew out of people's desire to return to their roots...and their soil. In the hands of a few, our food supply has been politicized beyond recognition. It's time to vote with our feet planted firmly on solid ground.

The Male Criminal's Choice of Women

The ultimate male chauvinist is the person with a criminal personality. Inasmuch as the world revolves around him, or so he believes, a woman is to do his bidding.

Perp Walks: Are They Right?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 07, 2011 in Am I Right?
The accused are paraded before cameras. But is justice served?

A great educational tool for Flag Day

By David Niose on June 07, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
A famous pig shows us the pre-McCarthyism Pledge of Allegiance.

Can The Magic of Great Literature Take You Around The World?

What is the value of literature in one's education? How might you be able to inspire a love of reading, perhaps not only in yourself, but also in your children? Join me in this fascinating conversation with James Flynn, author of The Torchlight List: Around The World in 200 Books.

Why Do We Still Watch "The Bachelorette"?

The latest episode of "The Bachelorette" was filled with bad comedy, tears, a reveal of the masked man, and more tears. Given such a bizarre menagerie, why do we still watch? Could empathy for the socially rejected be at play?

Rep. Anthony Weiner and the Sexual Roulette Syndrome

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on June 06, 2011 in The Media Zone
Romance and sex are not forbidden to our elected representatives; but certain behaviors are curtailed and constrained by political realities. Sexting with Gennette Cordova, a student at Whatcom Community College is one of those curtailable behaviors.

10 Tips Toward a Less Timid Memoir

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 06, 2011 in Creating in Flow
You may have to dig deep into your memories to write compellingly about your own life. Here's how.

Weiner Redux: The “I’m Special” Rule

While many were convinced that Weiner had been hacked and fumbled his own defense, it turns out that he was attempting to outfox us, a strategy doomed to failure. Now the Congressman must decide: do I go or am I a punchline? It's a tough choice. When you convince yourself that the rules don't apply to you, you often find that they apply to you double.

What Does It Take?

If you’re passionate about this field, and believe you are talented, and are willing to work hard, you just may succeed.

Conquering the fear of standing up to bullies

People appease bullies instead of opposing them because our inner mammal knows the danger of losing the safety of the herd. You can resist a bully if you accept your mammalian urge for social support instead of trying to reject it.

Revenge Is Good for You! Part 1

Although revenge has a bad reputation new research suggests that it can be psychologically healthy!

Extended Double Standard: The Bible as Killer App

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 06, 2011 in Ambigamy
Highlights from the evolution of exceptionalism, from natural history and religious history where we really lean into saying"You may think I'm being selfish when I say I deserve more than you do, but notice how generous I am in saying that my clanspeople deserve more than you do also."

Optimum Holidays: Making the Most of Your Time Away

Now that summer is (almost) here, we should consider how we can make the best of our holidays. How can we ensure that they are fulfilling, and make sure they don't pass by too fast? And why is it that holidays are so important to us?

Why "The War on Drugs" Has Failed

By Ray Williams on June 06, 2011 in Wired for Success
The War on Drugs is a waste of time, money and lives. It cannot be won. It has been a failure. It's time that leaders develop new thinking and new policies about the issue of drugs. A new international report clearly shows why the war on drugs has failed.

Mommy Caves and Man Rooms

When demands are high and resources are low, many parents retreat to a safe haven for self care. Taking care of your self means taking better care of your kids.

6 Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Outside of Meditation

It may surprise you to learn that practicing mindfulness outside of meditation is a major component of meditation retreats. For example, while eating, the instruction is to pay careful attention to the food being pierced by the fork, being raised to your mouth, touching your tongue, being chewed and then swallowed.

Ten Tips for Parenting Your Introverted Child

1. Don’t just accept your child for who she is; treasure her for who she is. Introverted children are often kind, thoughtful, focused, and very interesting company, as long as they’re in settings that work for them.... [Read more.]