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Chronic Pain versus the Brain: And the Loser Is...

By Mark Borigini M.D. on August 26, 2008 in Overcoming Pain
How does a person become a "chronic pain patient"?

Michelle's Momentous Moment

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on August 26, 2008 in The Media Zone
Michelle Obama's speech, the address given by Jesse Jackson, Jr., two electrifying oratories, Ted Kennedy's appearance, one electrifying moment. Each, for different reasons, affected everyone in the room where I was watching.

To Treat or Not to Treat: The Debate Over Residual Symptoms

By Peter D Kramer on August 25, 2008 in In Practice
How vigorously should we treat mood disorder? A new study of depression in bipolar patients shows that even low-level symptoms can be disabling.

Viktor Frankl on Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on August 24, 2008 in Don't Delay
In his autobiography published (in German) in March 1995 to coincide with his 90th birthday, Dr. Viktor Frankl reflected on "The Manner of My Work."

How a Hopeful Lover Ends Up a Disappointed Friend

The reasons are more complex than you think, but begin with timing.

'Editing Away' Depression

By Rom Brafman Ph.D. on August 22, 2008 in Don't Be Swayed
We all have headlines that define our lives, but depression turns that process upside down.
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The Psychology of Ambition

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on August 22, 2008 in
Whenever I visit Walden Pond, I think of the beautiful eulogy that Ralph Waldo Emerson gave upon the passing of Henry David Thoreau. After much praise, Emerson allowed space for some criticism....

Dropping atomic bombs on Japan was an act of utmost compassion

By Satoshi Kanazawa on August 21, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Just because an act happens to be atrocious does not mean that it is not simultaneously the most humane and compassionate thing to do under the circumstances. Sometimes the alternatives are much worse. 

Eliminate Depression—Naturally!

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on August 20, 2008 in Complementary Medicine
Depression is becoming increasingly common, but often goes away with natural therapies. Although how we feel has a lot to do with psychological issues, it can also be dramatically affected by our biochemistry. Although doing one's "psycho-spiritual" work is important in treating any illness, you will be amazed at how much better you can feel when you optimize your biochemistry—naturally! This article will teach you how.

Dollars for Babies

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 19, 2008 in Singletons
Around the globe in industrialized countries, fertility rates have dropped below the population replacement rate. Will government payments convince women to have more babies?


By Steven Gurgevich Ph.D. on August 18, 2008 in Adventures in Mind-Body Medicine
I have been teaching hypnosis to physicians and patients for over 30 years, but was not prepared for this experience.  It involved combining acupuncture needles and hypnosis which produced some amazing results.

Remaining puzzle #11: Why Parenthood Makes Us Unhappy

By Satoshi Kanazawa on August 18, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Social surveys often show that parents are less happy than comparable adults without children. This makes no sense from an evolutionary psychological perspective.  

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Insomnia

By John Cline Ph.D. on August 17, 2008 in Sleepless in America
When Representative Patrick Kennedy crashed into a security barricade while driving near the capital in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1996, he explained that he had been using Ambien, a well known sleeping medication. He said that he had taken the sleeping medication as well as another prescription for gastroenteritis. He later, falsely, believed that he had to be present for a vote in congress and began driving when the accident occurred.

Out of Mind, but not out of Body: Listening to Metaphors

By Steven Gurgevich Ph.D. on August 16, 2008 in Adventures in Mind-Body Medicine
Seeing the voice of the patient lets you view their physical symptoms more clearly.  But you have to put on your metaphor goggles and take the lid off the metaphor jar.  Does this make any sense?  Not until you listen to the literal message within the figures of speech the patient is saying to you.

The Failure of Psychology and the Death of Psychotherapy

Some of my recent reading prompted me to begin thinking about an article on the failure of psychology. 

Remaining puzzle #10: Why do men murder their pregnant wives/girlfriends?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on August 14, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
There have seemingly been a spate of cases where a man has been convicted or suspected of murdering a wife or girlfriend pregnant with his genetic child. 

Will Companies Discriminate Against Children of Single Parents?

By Roy F Baumeister on August 06, 2008 in Cultural Animal
Suppose companies find they can increase profits by preferentially hiring people raised by two parents. What should psychology, and society, do?

Cats Better Than Cholesterol Meds in Preventing Heart Disease!

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on August 06, 2008 in Complementary Medicine
The study, which looked at 4,435 Americans aged 30 to 75, showed that those who did not have a cat had a 40% higher risk of having a heart attack and a 30% greater risk of dying from other heart diseases than those who do have or have had a cat.

Men Do Everything They Do in Order to Get Laid

By Satoshi Kanazawa on August 03, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Enjoying the fruits of their laborThe social control perspective on the desistance effect of marriage is at best incomplete if marriage has the same desistance effect on scientists. 

Men do everything they do in order to get laid IV

By Satoshi Kanazawa on August 01, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Why does marriage settle men down?There is something else that crime and genius have in common.  Just as age does, marriage depresses both tendencies. 

That's Just F**kingly Great: If "F**king" Is an Adjective, What Is the Adverb?

By Roy F Baumeister on July 28, 2008 in Cultural Animal
To allow our language’s communicative efficacy to deteriorate would be f**kingly stupid. What should be the adverb form of f**king? And what does it mean? If something is ridiculous but not f**kingly ridiculous, how would one express that?

Procrastination and Death: Conference Postscript

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 27, 2008 in Don't Delay
 My final day at the conference for the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) provoked further thoughts about death and procrastination.

Men do everything they do in order to get laid III

By Satoshi Kanazawa on July 27, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Female choiceThe similarity between Bill Gates, Paul McCartney, and the criminals (in fact, all men in evolutionary history) points to a very important concept in evolutionary biology:  female choice.

Spoiled? Not My Kid

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 27, 2008 in Singletons
We live in an age of yes-parenting, in a culture of parents who can't say NO to their offspring whatever their age and whatever the number of children in the family.

Living Well & Dying Well: Some Reflections on Regret, Grief and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 26, 2008 in Don't Delay
 I'm writing from Toronto while attending the 5th biennial international conference on personal meaning. 

The Neurochemistry of Superstition

By Steven Kotler on July 26, 2008 in The Playing Field
Superstition has been all the sporting rage as of late—ever wonder why?

Addiction and Consequences: The Knowing and the Doing

We hit bottom when we stop digging.  Everyone's bottom is different, but it often comes when the motivation for avoidance is no longer more compelling than its consequences.