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Baby Boomers Caring for Elderly Parents

By Ann Bettencourt Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in We Can Get Along
Do you have a parent who is, or parents who are, getting up there in years? What are you doing about their health, their care, their finances? What are you supposed to be doing? To find answers to these questions, I went to my local library...

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Holiday Blues: Which Do you have and tips to avoid the Holiday Blues?

By Norman Rosenthal M.D. on December 23, 2011 in Your Mind, Your Body
For many of us, the holidays are a joyful time. But for some people, the expected happiness does not arrive. Lonely people - without family or friends - and those who grew up in dysfunctional families and have unpleasant memories of the holidays, simply can't achieve the ideal that many commercial images of the holidays portray.

Christmas Blues

For some Christmas is a period with at least some kind of disappointment, anxiety, or even sadness, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

The Parent Well-Being Top Ten Tips for the New Year

By Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP on December 23, 2011 in Parent Pulse
Parenting brings extreme highs and extreme lows, but the constant in this parenting paradox is you, the parent. You matter. How you take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically impacts how you take care of your children. Find out the top ten tips for parent well-being in the New Year.

Psychology Defined

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
Psychologists don't know how to define psychology.

Why Atheists and Believers Need Each Other

By Susan Cain on December 23, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Here's the question that comes up every holiday season, sometimes explicitly, often not: "Is there a God?"

You already know the answers. Some say yes, others say no, and then we argue about it ceaselessly. But here's a different way to look at the question.

Both Kinds of Wonder

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Ambigamy
Wonder as satisfied awe, and as unsatisfied curiosity: May you experience both this holiday season.

The Hungry Mind

By Terri Apter Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Domestic Intelligence
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”

Recovery = Abstinence... Or not

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in All About Addiction
Does recovery have to involve abstinence? I don't think so and apparently SAMHSA agrees. Why don't we start measuring what really matters?

Sexy Gifts To Buy Your Mom (Why Not?)

By Pamela Madsen on December 23, 2011 in Shameless Woman
I learn the most amazing things on Facebook. It might not be a scientific journal, or published survey, but it is a way of seeing what is going on in our culture. And apparently, the willingness to see mom as having a sex life is trending!

Something for Everyone, but More for the Most Needy

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on December 23, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
Study after study shows that we can stop children with the most problems, from the most challenging families and communities, from growing up and becoming the next generation of problem kids. But it means giving more of our scarce government resources to the most vulnerable and much less to those who can look after themselves.

Military Suicides III

By Eric Newhouse on December 23, 2011 in Invisible Wounds
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers returning home from Iraq over the past few months will be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression as the Army tries to reduce the number of military suicides.

Is Being "Half a Partner" to Somebody Enough?

I'm finding this post very difficult to summarize, but it deals with "good-but-not-great" relationships, emotional infidelity, "special friends" (the opposite of "friends with benefits"), and most importantly, self-respect. All wrapped in a tidy bow for your holiday reading pleasure!

Is the Secret to Change All in How You Phrase It?

A simple word change can make people more likely to be the best version of themselves: helping others, conserving energy, saving money, and not cheating. That change? Use a noun, not a verb, to describe the action.

Does Regret Make You More Human(e)?

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in One Among Many
TED talks are used around the world for educational purposes. Some of them do a disservice to the field of psychology. Here, I consider one such talk that tries to make sense of the emotion of regret.

Animals In Our Brain: Mickey Mouse, Teddy Bears, and "Cuteness"

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Animal Emotions
A recent study showed that a specific part of the human brain is hard-wired to detect animals regardless of whether they're cute, ugly, or dangerous. It made me think of two old studies of the features that are associated with "cuteness", with Mickey Mouse and teddy bears as the stars.

Tim Tebow, the Problem of Evil and Divinely Bestowed Touchdowns

By William Irwin Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Plato on Pop
Tim Tebow thinks that God is granting him touchdowns and his team wins. But does such a notion even make philosophical sense? Instead of a gateway to faith, might it be an obstacle?

Shopping Procrastination on Christmas Eve

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
I am a shopping procrastinator. I tend to wait and wait before I buy. Maybe I should check one more website or one more store. Maybe I can find a better deal. So when Christmas Eve appears, I will still be shopping for gifts. Santa and I will race to get our gifts under the tree.

A Vicarious Shame: The Resignation of Yale's Football Coach

The resignation of Yale's Head Football Coach Tom Williams grabbed my eye yesterday. Like many, I suspect, my assumption was that this would be a salacious sports coaching story, like the Penn State or Syracuse stories. But I was wrong.

What Is the Mind?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 22, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
My goal here is to briefly explain how the unified theory of psychology (UT) resolves the MB problem.

The Iowa that Isn't in the News

Despite all of the hubbub about Iowa, in particular the influence of religious activism in presidential politics, one fundamental (as opposed to fundamentalist) characteristic of the state that is rarely mentioned is that it is the heartland for home environmental radon gas exposure.

The Opposite of Mental "Disease"

By Stanton Peele on December 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Society now regards mental illnesses as largely incurable, despite a vast array of pharmaceuticals and other medical treatments directed at them. Yet, many people come to grips with emotional disorders on their own, as we are increasingly being informed. What is the significance of these two different cultural memes?

You're Not Ugly, and Neither Was I

By Melissa Kirk on December 22, 2011 in Test Case
If you struggle with telling yourself a story that you're ugly, consider changing that story. It's painful in the extreme to think that we're too ugly to live our best lives, yet so many of us feel this way. But that's a prison we create with our minds. With some compassionate attention and a shift in viewpoint, we can unlock that prison forever.