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Pirates, Piaget, and the Null Hypothesis

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on October 22, 2011 in Thinking About Kids
Pirates, Piaget, and the Null Hypothesis. Can science tell us whether pirates wore eyepatches to help them see better in the dark?

Three Secrets That Women Won't Tell You about How to Make Sex Better

By Pamela Madsen on October 22, 2011 in Shameless Woman
At my latest retreat I was asked what were the three most common secrets and desires of women that they might not tell you. So pull up a chair, sip your coffee, and I will tell you all about them.

Folk Remedies: Curatives or Curiosities?

By E E Smith on October 22, 2011 in Not Born Yesterday
Doctors are taking another look at folk remedies and saying that some cannot be dismissed as mere superstition. Now, I don't know if this one is old or new, but have you heard of the Raisins-Soaked-in-Gin remedy for arthritis? I'm not making this up.

E-books Score a Victory over Printed Books, but Who Cares?

By Jen Kim on October 22, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Can trees can relax for now? Are e-books just as good (and maybe better) than paper books?

Marco Rubio: Say Whatever You Want to Get Elected—It's All Okay!

By Stanton Peele on October 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
When Marco Rubio was discovered reinventing his family's history to make them out as Castro exiles, when they actually fled the reactionary dictator Batista (a Republican emblem) Rubio struck out at any detractors. His fable recalls the fabulous one that JFK created around PT 109 in order to get elected.

Five Ways Friends Help Build Our Self-Confidence

A healthy dose of skepticism and uncertainty about ourselves is a good thing because it helps us make better decisions. No one knows everything or has perfect instincts, and having good friends on whom we can rely for advice helps improve our sense of self-confidence and make better decisions.

The Imperfect Parent

Becoming an Imperfect Parent means reframing the journey.

We the People and Fraud

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 22, 2011 in Hidden Motives
How could anyone object to a campaign against fraud? In a society mesmerized by the presence of fraud everywhere – on Wall Street, in corporate headquarters, in politics and, of course, on street corners – it looks all too plausible for government to mount a campaign against voter fraud as well.

The Essential Guide to Defense Mechanisms

Defense mechanisms are a normal part of our everyday lives. Some can help us and some can make our lives more difficult. Find out what separates regression from repression, displacement from projection, and which defense mechanisms help us cope best with life's stresses.

Is Business Ethics an Oxymoron?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 22, 2011 in Am I Right?
Regulations keep cheaters from gaining an unfair advantage and causing a race to the bottom of the ethical barrel.

Fear of Falling

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Black Belt Brain
Falling to the ground is not a pleasant experience. And it can be serious health hazard with aging. So why not practice what to do when you get there?

Essential Secrets of Psychotherapy: What's Love Got to Do With It? Part Two

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Evil Deeds
Psychoanalysis has been called both the "talking cure" and, curiously, the "love cure." In fact, Freud himself once said, in a letter to Jung, that "psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love." What did he mean by this strange statement? And what are the implications for modern psychotherapy?

My Boundaries Are...

By Sharon K. Anderson on October 21, 2011 in The Ethical Therapist
The therapist has the professional responsibility to keep the client’s well-being as the primary focus of the relationship. When a psychotherapist loses sight of this responsibility, a boundary lapse is likely to happen

How Passing Mood Can Alter Your Economic Decisions

Could a passing mood influence your financial portfolio for decades to come? Could impulses you inherited from your cave-man ancestors influence your financial decisions in the modern world, in ways that may have lifelong consequences? A series of studies just released online by the APA addresses these questions.

Give Over to Good

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
As unique standing waves, you and I are constructed each moment by the currents - the forces and factors, both internal and external - flowing through us. We have no choice about being lived by these currents, continually given over to them.

But we can choose to give ourselves over to the good ones.

Transmedia Storytelling: It’s the Story, Stupid

'Transmedia storytelling' has become the buzz term du jour, obscuring its fundamentals. ‘Transmedia’ is an adjective. ‘Storytelling’ is the noun. However amazing and interwoven the media pieces, a storyworld is only as effective as the story it is built on because that's where the audience participates.

Intelligence Is Still Not Fixed at Birth

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Beautiful Minds
Recent research confirms that intelligence fluctuates quite a bit in adolescence.

Which of These 4 Word Pairs Have Tripped You Up?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Creating in Flow
I've always been pretty good at grammar and spelling, but sometimes I make a mistake. Such errors haunt me...

Hire a Vet

By Tracy Stecker Ph.D. on October 21, 2011 in Survivors
When I have a job opening, I look for candidates possessing the following qualities...

The Occupy Wall Street Movement: What Would Plato Say?

Are the Occupy Wall Streeters fulfilling some sort of noble civic responsibility? Are they meaningfully engaged in our democracy in a way that would make the real founding fathers of our political system--the ancient Greeks--proud? In short, what would Plato, the man who literally wrote the book, "The Republic," say about our friends gathered in Zucotti Park?

The Woman Who Saved Marriage

One woman's dedication to the idea of marriage education reversed America's rising divorce rates and may have saved the institution of marriage.

Are Black Dogs Less Lovable?

Shelter workers talk about the "Black Dog Syndrome" where black dogs are less likable and have a more difficult time getting adopted. Now there is data suggesting that this may be true.

The Joy of Sneezing

A sneezing fit is probably one of the most emphatic ways of interrupting a meditation. So why not incorporate it into the meditation instead of worrying about it 'interrupting' you...

*What Borderlines and Narcissists Fear Most: Part B

By Randi Kreger on October 21, 2011 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
In part A of this two-part series, I explained that a narcissist's greatest fear is losing narcissistic supply. Today I'm tackling the BPD counterpart, fear of abandonment. Fear of abandonment is the engine that drives borderline personality disorder. The real or imagined belief of imminent separation destabilizes all the other BPD traits.