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Doesn't It Bug You When People Say, "You Know What You Should Do?"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 24, 2011 in Ambigamy
This season we say "Joy to the world" without thinking much about what that would take. Today I'm arguing that it would take each of us taking "different strokes for different folks" more personally. Where you stand depends on where you sit. Factor that in, and don't pretend that you're the unbiased realist.

Must Read: Helene Guldberg on the Anti-Bullying Industry

By Izzy Kalman on November 24, 2011 in Resilience to Bullying
This fascinating article, by the only academic psychologist in the world who has dared to publicly question the wisdom of the anti-bully movement, shows how the anti-bullying industry makes money by spreading hysteria, abandoning scientific objectivity, and getting anti-bullying laws passed that require schools to adopt anti-bullying policies of questionable value.

Fowl Fun? Liberty, Peace, and No Justice for Millions

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 24, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Pardoning two of millions of doomed turkeys is simply not enough. A more meaningful humanitarian and compassionate gesture would be for the President to pardon all turkeys and encourage people to change their ways. Hiding behind the veil of ignorance, "Oh, I didn't know about the torture of turkeys", doesn't work any longer.

Empathy and Fiction

Much of what we know about reading fiction predicts that it will move people towards empathy. But what happens when this idea is tested in psychological studies?

Taking Things for Granted, on Thanksgiving Day

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 24, 2011 in Am I Right?
When something is commonplace, we often either neglect it or overuse it

A Holiday Message for America and Wall Street in Hard Times

By Stephen G Post Ph.D. on November 24, 2011 in The Joy of Giving
Many people in America will be celebrating the holidays a little more simply than in past years, for these are hard times. But there is a way through these times, and it holds promise for everyone.

Man and His Mask

By Elena Bezzubova on November 24, 2011 in The Search for Self
The word 'persona' means mask. People with depersonalization often feel as if they wear masks. What is the relationship between one and one's mask?

Study: Trick Your Brain at Lunch and Lose Weight

By David DiSalvo on November 24, 2011 in Neuronarrative
Could losing weight be as easy as soup and crackers for lunch a few times a week? A new study from researchers at Cornell University suggests that it is, but for a reason that may not seem immediately obvious.

The Perils of Thanksgiving

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 23, 2011 in The Dolphin Divide
Why holiday habits go against the grain. Holidays may afford us a needed break from survival-related concerns—if we can get into the right mindset. Unfortunately, cautionary memories easily trump recollections of the warmer, fuzzier sort we expect to be building upon when a holiday rolls around.

This Thanksgiving, Gobble Up the Goodness Without the Guilt

By David Rock on November 23, 2011 in Your Brain at Work
Financial turkeys getting you down? Here's a recipe for how to get the most out of thanksgiving, based on what your brain loves to gobble up the most. With no post-gluttony guilt required.

Psychiatric Trouble May Start in the Thyroid, Should We Be Surprised?

Doctors often overlook the underlying hormonal basis of psychiatric disorders.

Time Machines and JFK: A review of Stephen King's "11/22/63"

By Ethan Gilsdorf on November 23, 2011 in Geek Pride
What if you time-trekked back to 1963 and killed the assassin before he got to President Kennedy?

Say Thanks

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
Say Thanks - it's a small moment with big ripples: a confirmation of a wonderful truth - that we are all joined in a web of innumerable acts of giving.

Are The Muppets Obsolete?

By Ethan Gilsdorf on November 23, 2011 in Geek Pride
Whatever happened to the Muppets? The "real" Kermit, Rowlf the Dog, Miss Piggy, and the rest? Have they changed? And how have we changed?

Help for Vulvodynia; Maybe Also Fibromyalgia, Cystitis, IBS

Some years ago a woman came to my office seeking psychotherapy for suicidal thoughts in response to extreme pain in the vulvar area. The pain waxed and waned, but when it was on, any movement or contact with clothes or seating prvoked intolerable stabbing, shooting, fiery pain. "Talking therapy can't do anything for physical agony!" I thought to myself. I was wrong.

Born Decisive: Why It's So Hard To Keep Up with Kim Kardashian

By Nick Tasler on November 23, 2011 in The Impulse Factor
Kim Kardashian—reality TV star, entrepreneur, famous wife, infamous ex-wife—is almost perfectly decisive. No, really.

What's in my Child's Future?

By Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP on November 23, 2011 in Parent Pulse
Predicting your child's future may be a psychological need, but it can negatively impact your well-being and happiness. Be curious about the novel experiences of the present moment and become propelled by an uncertain future of possibilities.

The Multiple Profiles of Aggression

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on November 23, 2011 in Reel Therapy
The literature on aggression distinguishes between two different profiles - reactive or "hot-headed" aggression and proactive or "cold-blooded" aggression.

A Review: A Dangerous Method

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on November 23, 2011 in Reel Therapy
If you are a fan of psychology you should see "A Dangerous Method." If you work in the field you don't have a choice, it's a must-see. After all, throughout the history of cinema rarely has a filmmaker as esteemed as David Cronenberg produced a story as central to the field of psychology as the birth of psychoanalysis.

No Platypuses, Polar Bears, or Cassowaries in the Bible?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on November 23, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
All animals mentioned in the Bible are indigenous to the Bronze Age era of the Middle East. Couldn’t God, ruler of the universe, have extended His zoological treatment to include the platypus (Australia) and Tyrannosaurus rex?