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How Gratitude Influences Loving Behavior

Gratitude leads to love in more ways than one. Read the research and find out how to make it work for your relationship. You will be thankful that you did!

Shoppers Are Whistling New Tunes

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in The Why Behind the Buy
Sales of snazzy goodies like nail polish, handbags, wine and cheesecake are soaring. Meanwhile, ugly stepsister products like fertilizer, shoe polish and vacuum cleaner bags languish on store shelves. Here's why.

Quieting Fears of Personal Rejection

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Making Change
Social relationships can bring a sense of connection, happiness, and meaning to our lives. Unfortunately, for many people, they bring anxiety and worry; not to mention loneliness. Though it might feel out of reach, there are ways for them to nurture happy, healthy relationships.

Neuro-education: The Hot New Area in Education

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Memory Medic
Education reform doesn't need more money. It needs better teaching, brain-based teaching.

Why We Hide Emotional Pain

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Evolution of the Self
Who hasn't had the experience of asking someone whether anything is wrong--for it's blatantly obvious from their expression or tone of voice that they're upset--only to have them respond: "No, I'm fine."?

Facts about Grief

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Hot Thought
A new book clears up many misconceptions about grief, such as the common view that it unfolds in the five stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

What Does It Take to Prove One's Innocence?

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Witness
A Kafkaesque story from a land whose criminal justice system has gone totally berserk

How Patients Lose When Psychologists Are Not Involved in Medical Care

Health care costs are exploding and one silent factor in containing costs is rarely mentioned: the underutilization of psychological services.

The Challenges of Living with Invisible Pain or Illness

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 28, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Even illnesses that are life-threatening, such as cancer and heart disease, can be invisible to others. I'm sure that most television viewers who saw Venus Williams—recently diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome—watching from the stands as her sister played in the U.S. Open tennis final, thought, "But she doesn't look sick."

What's New in SHINE Part 1: Sleep

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on September 28, 2011 in Complementary Medicine
In this series, I discuss new developments in the SHINE Protocol--my proven effective treatment approach for CFS and fibromyalgia. This week I discuss sleep.

All the Lonely People: Film Review of Mike Leigh's "Another Year"

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in The Media Zone
Janet's resignation is but one ticket to ride in the demographic class of the walking wounded. There's another: self-inflicted blindness: blaming others for your lot in life, thereby disempowering yourself

To Boost Your Self-Control, Beware of the "Licensing Effect"

By Gretchen Rubin on September 28, 2011 in The Happiness Project
2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year--and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge--welcome! This month’s theme is Self-control, and last week’s resolution was to Use convenience to your advantage. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

The Upside and Downside of Envy

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
Negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, and envy can be physically painful. But they can have an upside as well. Recent research explores both the upside and the downside of envy.

Popular Culture: I'm Terrified for My Daughters

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in The Power of Prime
I'm terrified for my daughters because there is ample evidence that our society has taken several giant steps backwards in how women are viewed and treated in popular culture and the media.

How Childhood Wounds Cause Chronic Fighting

By Jamie Turndorf Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in We Can Work It Out
How relationship fighting is caused by unhealed childhood wounds

Kicking My Bucket List

By Eliezer Sobel on September 28, 2011 in The 99th Monkey
I don't usually get headaches. (Photo to the left is not me.) So when I woke up at 4 a.m. for the third consecutive day with a splitting pain in the back of my skull, I drew the logical conclusion: terminal brain tumor.

How Do Your Relationships Flow?

By Susan Heitler Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Resolution, Not Conflict
Communication is the flow of information in relationships. Information flows between people just like water flows in nature's streams. Smooth laminar flow is good. Bumpy turbulence causes problems.

Preparing Your Teen or Young Adult for Work in the Real World

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on September 28, 2011 in The Autism Advocate
When thinking about employment for your child or student on the spectrum, there are a few aspects that need to be focused on.

Human versus Machine: A Victory for the Underdog

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
We’ve been losing. And the machines have been winning. Robots control manufacturing. Computers control all our communications. We’ve been losing the games too. Recently, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings lost to IBM’s Watson. He then “welcomed our new computer overlords.” Should we all bow down to the new computer bosses?

Art and Happiness

The connection between artistic creativity and happiness is a slippery topic at best. After all, what about all those less-than-happy ending stories about artists with depression or other emotional challenges? Doesn't art come from emotional pain? But there is a growing body of research that underscores the contrary, that art has a powerful effect on us in positive ways.

Friending Former Lovers on Facebook: Unknowingly Cheating Online

Remember your high school heart throb that you still dream about. What happens when they ask to "friend" you on Facebook?

How Patients Lose When Psychologists Are Not Involved in Medical Care

Health care costs are exploding and one silent factor in containing costs is rarely mentioned: the underutilization of psychological services.

Why Do Old People Vote More?

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on September 27, 2011 in The Decision Tree
Everyone knows that older people are the most reliable voters. But no one knows why.