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A National Survey on Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in Brain Sense
Bullying, a pervasive problem among youth, has attracted the national spotlight in recent months because of the lasting, and sometimes tragic, effects on children and teenagers across the country. Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are believed to be especially vulnerable

The Cosmo Interview with Karen Robertson

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on October 24, 2011 in SexualityToday
In sex research, there are always problems with the data.

Why Do Men Have a Hard Time Making Friends?

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in Curious?
Nearly every society in the world has built in advantages for men. Whether money, power, or the freedom to jog at night without fear, men enjoy greater opportunities. With these opportunities come ambition. And for many men who are successful by society's standards, there is a cost that is simply not talked about: loneliness.

Chimpanzees and Meerkats: The Importance Of Accurate Media

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Chimpanzees may make for cute and catchy commercials but how they're represented can mislead an unknowing audience to believe they're doing just fine. They're not. Chimpanzees are highly endangered and could disappear very shortly from our one and only planet. Reliable media is essential for communicating just how imperiled they really are.

The Case of Pie v. Tart

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Face it: a tarte aux pommes sounds more elegant than an apple pie, even though your guests might think you a bit snooty if you were to serve one next Thanksgiving.

Why You Shouldn't Let That Dreaded Call Go to Voicemail

By Gretchen Rubin on October 24, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I was talking to a group of people a few nights ago, and someone mentioned a resolution that I thought sounded terrific.

Why It's Impossible to Measure Beauty, Happiness, and Wealth

By Adam Alter on October 24, 2011 in Alternative Truths
How attractive are you? How happy are you? How financially comfortable are you?
These questions are deceptively simple, but many of the concepts that we measure in the social world are difficult to measure in the absence of reference points, so we're compelled to rely on constantly changing yardsticks.

Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty or Becoming a Juicy Crone

By Pamela Madsen on October 24, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Think of yourself as the main character in a novel or motion picture that is being written by the choices that you make or the roles you play, and by whether you are committed to your own story.

Blindsided

By Susan Sparks on October 24, 2011 in Laugh Your Way to Well-Being
It's too bad that life is not more like a cell phone contract where you can simply get insurance against "unforeseen circumstances."

The Value of Trust

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in The Fair Society
The “free market,” competitive, capitalist model that still dominates our economic thinking, and our business ethics, short-changes other social values that are vitally important. One of them is trust. It seems our markets also depend on oxytocin.

13 Ways to Make Saying No Easier

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in Singletons
Agreeing to what others ask doesn't make you a nicer person. You can’t do enough for some people, so don’t try. Here’s how to flex your NO-muscle and reduce your stress.

Negative Mental Health Effects of Abortion

By James C. Coyne Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in The Skeptical Sleuth
Should women be warned of the risk to their mental health from abortion?

The Myth of Automatic Sexual Fulfillment

Sexual feelings and loving feelings are not automatic but needn't fade.

Parents, Adolescents, and the Nature of Conflict

More conflict with an adolescent than a child is functional because the young person is now pushing harder to assert individuality and achieve independence.

The Color of Mental Illness

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on October 24, 2011 in Culture in Mind
Racism creates social conditions that puts people at risk for mental illness and once they are mentally ill, stigma and lower access to quality care reduces the likelihood of diagnosis and provides barriers to high quality care.

Three Myths About Power

By Michael W Kraus Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 in Under the Influence
Are all our leaders doomed to be immoral, tyrannical, or selfish? Find out more about this and other myths about power, today on Under the Influence.

Communication Styles: What Flavor are You?

By Donna Flagg on October 23, 2011 in Office Diaries
It is impossible to control how someone else is going to process and interpret our words and how we say them. That in the trade is what we call "baggage," and it belongs solely to the person who is carrying it.

My Son Won't Go to School

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 23, 2011 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your teen refuses to go to school.

Removing a Splinter

Two weeks ago, my son came home from nursery school with a splinter in his palm. It was so small, though, I wasn't sure if it was really there. "It's there," my wife said.

What Does It All Mean?

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on October 23, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
Bright and creative young people can easily find themselves standing on an existential precipice, asking important questions that have no simple answers. Such questioning can be triggered by something as normal as a baseball game.

Social Drinking: How Do You Handle a New Friend Who Drinks Too Much?

About 3 months ago, I made a new girlfriend. She has a personality that is a lot of fun to be with and we've enjoyed shopping and hanging out. The longer we're friends though, the more alcohol is playing a large part in our time spent together.

Aftermath of a Teen Friendship Breakup: Should Bethany Be Forced to Attend the Wedding?

My daughter, Bethany, her older sister, and I were invited to her friend Dawn's sister's wedding. The bride and my older daughter became friendly over the years; Bethany and Dawn, who are now both 14 years old and in high school, were best friends since second grade. They're no longer friends.