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Sex Now or Later?

Early sexual activity does not cause sexual risk taking, according to new research.

Gossip Creates Closeness

We feel closer to each other when disliking someone else, according to new research.

No, Virginia: AT&T Just Seems Like the Great Satan

The helplessness of waiting for being jerked around by customer service and technical support is both toxic and widespread. AT&T is a special culprit in this regard. Too much of our lives are spent subject to this type of powerlessness and indifference. Research shows that it's not necessary.

Early Homeschooling Can Save American Schools

This week Diane Ravitch wrote of miracles and revealed the solution to school reform in America in one sentence: “Families are children’s most important educators.”... The key is starting at home with baby/toddler reading. It’s a miracle that can work!

Infidelity: Not Missing The Signs

When a relationship is suddenly "on the rocks", how many times have you heard one or the other partner say: "I didn't see it. I didn't know." What happens when you are out of tune with your partner?

Lessons from the Unabomber

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 03, 2011 in Am I Right?
U.S. marshals have decided to auction off some of Ted Kaczynski's belongings, including his handwritten 35,000-word manifesto. Should the terrorist's personal effects be for sale?

Can You Be Too Passionate About Music?

Becoming a professional musician requires an incredible amount of work, and having a passion for music can help motivate the many required hours of practice. But can a passion for music also be destructive?

E~motions of Change = Energy in Motion

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on June 03, 2011 in In Flux
Doing nothing accomplishes nothing. If you're looking to change, that's not the way to go. And just going through the motions accomplishes something but...

Principle Number Four: Justice Makes Right

By Izzy Kalman on June 03, 2011 in Resilience to Bullying
There is nothing moral about a policy of siding with the weak against the strong. When people discover that we will take their side when they display weakness, they often learn to manipulate us with their weakness. They do not necessarily do this consciously...

Secret Confessions of an Academic Psychologist

By Dr. James C Kaufman on June 03, 2011 in And All That Jazz
People make some basic assumptions about the basic ability of an academic psychologist to function in society (and even have a certain modicum of smarts). I am the outlier.

Parenting: Disappointment Is Good

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 03, 2011 in The Power of Prime
As parents, you hate to see your children disappointed. Your heart aches for their pain and you want to do everything you can to relieve them of that disappointment. But that would be a mistake!

How to Parent Sensitive Children

Do you have a sensitive child? A bold new theory of genetics holds that “most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care.” Many sensitive introverts appear to have orchid genes.

Is All Really Fair in Love and Dating?

Some say "all is fair in love and war". Others disagree. What do you think?

Cultivating Peace of Mind

By John P Forsyth Ph.D. on June 03, 2011 in Peace of Mind
Learning to get with ourselves just as we are, without struggle and attachment, is an important step on the path toward peace of mind.

Organizational Change: An Argument for Taking the Path of Most Resistance

By Robert I. Sutton on June 03, 2011 in Work Matters
Why Deep Organizational Change Requires Grit, a Long-Term Perspective, and a Focus on Small Wins

It's Not Me, It's You: Customer Diss-Service

What can we do about customer diss-service?

The Psychology of Career Choices: Why Personality Matters

Knowledge of your personality can help you make the perfect Career choice.

Recovered Borderline and Author Rachel Reiland Embarks on Radio Tour

"As far back as I can remember, I knew there was something wrong with me. Something no one could ever understand. I wanted to run and hide in shame. It was like trying to slam a lid on top of a volcano to keep the lava from hurting people around me..."

The Human Nature of Teaching III: When Is Teaching an Act of Aggression?

By Peter Gray on June 03, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
I've known kids who would rather get a beating than a B. The methods of coercion we use in schools today are at least as hurtful as the "barbaric" methods of the past. I argue here that any coercive teaching is an act of aggression--from the viewpoint of the teacher as well as the student.

Excellence In and Through Sports

By Michael W Austin on June 03, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Winning is neither everything nor the only thing. In youth sports, winning matters, but it is less important than player development. We should seek to develop young athletes as players and persons, rather than trying to recapture our childhood sports dreams by living vicariously through our children.

Fighting Poverty

By Michael W Austin on June 03, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
A strong case can be made that if you are reading this post, you have an obligation to donate time and money towards the fight against poverty.