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Gravitophobia: The Irrational Fear of Your Bathroom Scale

By Yoni Freedhoff MD on October 03, 2011 in Traumatic Dieting
When your weight management efforts go sour, do you suddenly develop a bad case of gravitophobia - the irrational fear of being weighed? You're far from alone.

How to Charm People: A Lesson from America's Master

By Harry Beckwith J.D. on October 03, 2011 in Unthinking
We once thought the ideal man was was "tall, dark and handsome," but no leading American actor is. There's a lesson in this. What do we find truly charming?

An Armchair Foodie

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on October 03, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Call it my oral obsession if you must, but to my mind food and words go together like bread and butter, ham and cheese, peanut butter and jelly—well, you get the picture.

Want to Join a Happiness Project Group? Make Friends, Have Fun, Stick to Your Resolutions

By Gretchen Rubin on October 03, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One happiness-project resolution that has added enormously to my happiness is my resolution to Join or start a group.

The Real Slumdog Millionaire

His heroes? His mother and his father. His dreams? To be a software programmer.

Missed Messages in the Ken Burns Documentary, "Prohibition"

By Stanton Peele on October 03, 2011 in Addiction in Society
America's prohibition of alcohol has much to teach us about the effects of substances and about how our policies impact how we use, experience and react to them. Unfortunately, the Ken Burns PBS documentary "Prohibition" fails to get this message across.

Listening to Your Adolescent

A dad came up to me and shared a wonderful line from the movie, "Pulp Fiction." One character asks another: "Are you listening or just waiting to talk?" This question could be leveled at a lot of parents with a teenager—adults so preoccupied with their own point of view that they don't really attend to what their son or daughter is trying to say.

Not Monitored, Not Judged – One of the True Joys of Living Solo?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 03, 2011 in Living Single
I don’t think I do anything all that embarrassing when I’m home alone. Yet I like the fact that no one else is around to monitor or judge me. Is that unusual?

Confessions of a Therapist

The best advice I received to prepare me for practicing psychotherapy was this: "Expect to feel like a complete klutz for the first decade!" The advice turned out to be off by about five years (I'll let you guess in which direction).

Women and Selfishness

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Women in particular appear vulnerable to the trap of confusing self-care with selfishness. But self-care is not selfish. In fact, it's necessary for our ability to care well for others.

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Child Bipolar Disorder

A Psychoanalyst Speaks Out

Use of child psychiatric research interviews instead of analytically oriented clinical interviews has contributed greatly to the overdiagnosis of bipolar disorder in childhood, according to child psychiatrist and child psychoanalyst, Timothy Dugan, M.D.

Stop Making the Same Mistakes

By Eric Sherman L.C.S.W. on October 02, 2011 in Couch Meets World
The underlying reasons you may be repeating the same self-defeating patterns -- and how to get unstuck.

Major Anxiety in the Major Leagues: Zack is Back

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on October 02, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
Major league baseball players, as is frequently stated, are paid millions of dollars to play a kids’ game. No amount of money, though, can make an athlete immune to performance anxiety.

How to Reduce Negativity

In one sense, the battle to be happy is a battle against negativity. Bad things happen all the time but how we internalize them, how we react to them, is what ultimately determines their final effect on us

Career Transitions for Graduate Students and Others

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on October 02, 2011 in Career Transitions
The best way to proceed with career transition is to determine not only "What's out there?" but "What's in you?" Here are some tips to get you started.

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident:The Obese Candidate

Should a candidate's weight be a consideration or even a contraindication when he or she runs for higher office?

Why the Fight Against Terrorism Is like the Fight Against Cancer

By Ilan Shrira on October 02, 2011 in The Narcissus in All of Us
The campaigns against cancer and terrorism have changed from attacking the enemy head-on to a more indirect attack.

Compulsive Choices in Addiction?

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on October 02, 2011 in All About Addiction
Does the fact that our brain makes choices all the time preclude some from being compulsive? Addiction seems to suggest the answer is no.

Is Happiness Even the Point?

By Melissa Kirk on October 02, 2011 in Test Case
Why is happiness so important, and is it, in fact, even sustainable? And if we were happy all of the time, how would we learn to surf the waves of our emotions, and to gracefully dance with our shadows?

The Opposite of Payback Is Investment

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on October 02, 2011 in Pura Vida
Revenge creates a positive feedback loop, but so does altruism.