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Stuck in the Mud of De Nial, or Harm Reducer in Chief?

By Stanton Peele on December 08, 2008 in Addiction in Society
Let's see, which of my views on addiction is least popular? That most heroin, cocaine, and crack users don't become addicted, and only a small minority of addicts remain addicted? That most alcoholics reduce their drinking over their life spans? That most smokers, alcoholics, and drug addicts recover without treatment? I know - that reducing smoking is possible and healthy (that is, healthier than not reducing it).Recent presidents have been a boon for my crazy views - George W. quit drinking and smoking on his own (okay, with a religious epiphany). Barack Obama quit his early drug use when he got serious about life. Now, Barack is tackling the biggest taboo of all - cutting out his cigarette addiction but not quitting smoking altogether! 

Judging Personality: How Far Back Do Judgments Go?

By John D Mayer Ph.D. on December 08, 2008 in The Personality Analyst
Each week brings more examples of people in the news judging others...but for how many weeks has this been going on?To find out, I turned back the calendar about 148,616 weeks (or roughly 2,858 years) to 850 BCE, to see what archeologists might have dug up on the matter.  It didn't take long to uncover...

How to Be Happy

By Satoshi Kanazawa on December 07, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Positive psychology is all the rage these days, and everybody wants the secret key to happiness.  Go figure; everybody wants to be happy.  What can evolutionary psychology say about how to be happy?

Apparently, I was right about Michael Phelps

By Satoshi Kanazawa on December 04, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
At the end of August, right after the conclusion of the Beijing Olympics, I posted a piece entitled “Apparently, Michael Phelps does everything he does in order to get laid.”  Apparently, I was right.

Hobbies: The Personal Path to Creativity

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on December 02, 2008 in Imagine That!
To be or become "creative" is a familiar imperative in our society, but many people are often at a loss as to how to proceed. We believe the first step is to find time for imaginative play. The second (which is really more of the first) is to get a hobby (horse).

When inclusion costs and ostracism pays, ostracism still hurts

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 30, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The Savanna Principle, a fundamental observation of evolutionary psychology, states that the human brain has difficulty comprehending and dealing with entities and situations that did not exist in the ancestral environment. An incredibly ingenious experiment brilliantly illustrates this point.

Are men scum?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 27, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist

Is Testosterone Good for Men With Prostate Cancer?

By Abraham Morgentaler M.D. on November 27, 2008 in Men, Sex, and Testosterone
T therapy and its effect on prostate cancer.

Thanksgrieving: Cheer up 'cause it's downhill from here

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 25, 2008 in Ambigamy
We should all cheer up because compared to who we'll be in our declining years we're doing great. 

Why You Really Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 23, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Women can tell which men make good fathers just by looking at them.

Treating Anxious Kids—Part II: How Much Zoloft?

By Peter D Kramer on November 21, 2008 in In Practice
 A study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine found Zoloft to be highly effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. But is the news all good?

Do Cross-Gender Friendships Always Have a Sexual Element?

By Terri Apter Ph.D. on November 18, 2008 in Domestic Intelligence
Breaking the stereotype of men's and women's friendships

Judging Personality: Is Science Enough?

By John D Mayer Ph.D. on November 16, 2008 in The Personality Analyst
I judge both myself and other people fairly frequently and in various ways. I pay attention to who is on time, who is late, who (I think) is smart and who is less so, who is outgoing and who is shy. Recently, I thought it might be helpful to examine my personal guidelines for such judgments...

How to Confront Others to Confront Themselves (Part 1 of 2)

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 14, 2008 in Evolution of the Self
As a therapist, I've long been aware that confronting clients only makes sense if it leads to self-confrontation. So any successful intervention must get clients to question . . .

Which grandparent are you closest to?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on November 13, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Every human being has four grandparents:  Paternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, maternal grandfather, and maternal grandmother.  

Romanticynicism: Love in the Irony Age

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 12, 2008 in Ambigamy
Romanticynicism is a commitment to both the romantic's yearning for happily-ever-after and the cynic's detachment and indifference.

Where Does Anti-Gay Prejudice Come From?

By Guest Blogger on November 12, 2008 in Brainstorm
Different types of essentialist thinking underlie people's views about homosexuality.