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Why It's a Bad Idea to Praise Children

By Paul Raeburn on February 06, 2012 in About Fathers
We all like to praise our children, and some of us worry that we praise them too much. Here's an expert who says we shouldn't praise them at all. The problem? It's a way of controlling and manipulating them.

Treating Depression With Deep Brain Stimulation

A recent paper in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a leading psychiatric journal, describes a study investigating deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of depression.

Does Time Really Exist?

By Robert Lanza M.D. on February 06, 2012 in Biocentrism
We’ve all been taught that time and space exist. They’re real. Or are they? Films, novels, and television shows overflow with examples of characters transcending the everyday boundaries of space and time. But now, new experiments suggest there’s more than a morsel of truth in this popular culture genre.

Superbowl 2012: Night of the Living Dead

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in Stepmonster
What if we could inoculate ourselves against impotence, irrelevance and decline... just by watching a TV show?

How Can We Help Keep Children, Teens, Adults With Autism Safe?

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 06, 2012 in The Autism Advocate
A school environment that strictly enforced a policy of "bullying will not be tolerated" is important and necessary. It is crucial to teach the same safety rules you would to any child, using teaching methods that have been successful for that child.

Authentic Love, Kierkegaard, and U2

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in Ethics for Everyone
Why commit to one person, when a variety of self-gratifying pleasurable experiences can be had with many different people? Those who have truly integrated erotic love and divine love understand that committed married love is valuable for human existence in ways that the person who merely seeks personal pleasure cannot experience or understand.

Friendship: Timing Counts!

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
My friend and I became friends when his family moved into my neighborhood when we were both kids. My friend was an outcast and very different from other kids at an early age. Parents questioned his sexuality early on and not in a good way. He loved cleaning, girls' things, dressed differently, talked differently, and had feminine mannerisms.

A Secret to More Happiness and Energy? Give Yourself a Bedtime

By Gretchen Rubin on February 06, 2012 in The Happiness Project
As a result of my happiness project, I've become a sleep zealot. It's just so obvious to me—from reading the research and from personal experience—that getting enough sleep is a key to a happier life.

Baiting Predators

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 06, 2012 in Shadow Boxing
If your child wanted to correspond with serial killers, what would you say? The answer might seem simple, but in some cases, it’s complicated. A unique look at serial killers through the eyes of a young man with a brain injury raises intriguing questions.

Parental Put Downs and Power Struggles with Adolescents

Beware parent/teenager power struggles in adolescence.

Review Essay on "The Work of Mourning" by Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida’s "The Work of Mourning" is a haunting book, consisting of a series of 14 texts, each memorializing one of his deceased friends. Interspersed throughout these texts are profound philosophical insights concerning the interrelationships among friendship, fidelity, human finitude, and mourning.

Are Seniors Enjoying Sex More Than the Rest of Us?

By Rita Watson MPH on February 05, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
Sexually active Americans aged 57-85 are having sex as often as those aged 18-59. But here is the surprise (or not so surprising) finding. Those enjoying sex are happier with their lives and their marriage regardless of health status and financial situation.

Classroom Sexual Predators: A Perfect Storm of Trust and Betrayal

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2012 in The Act of Violence
Recent cases of sexual abuse by educators point to a continuing and disturbing trend.

Nika and Her Animal Friends: A Most Inspirational Rescue

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Meet Nika and her animal friends who rescued her from a life of hell. After years of abuse and neglect Nika has made a remarkable recovery in the company of some wonderful nonhuman animal "therapists" and loving human animals.

The Two Faces of Facebook

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Hidden Motives
Who doesn't know that Facebook is about to go public, with a projected market capitalization of one hundred billion dollars? That's the new face of Facebook, an economic blockbuster. But where is all that money going to come from? And why?

Kids Making Too Much Noise?

Try reading this story to your children if they sometimes make too much noise. Your discussion afterwards should be interesting. The story was written by a five-year-old boy who was trying to learn to tame his volume.

Register Now for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

By Nancy Matsumoto on February 05, 2012 in Eating Disorders News
Incidence of eating disorders rises; we all know someone affected.

Bem in Quantum Space

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in One Among Many
In a profile on him, his life, and his work at the frayed edge of science, Daryl Bem knows the difference between testing nil or null hypotheses and what it means in the grand scheme. Much is at stake. Can quantum theory help?

Self-Diagnosing Your Marriage Problems? Beware!

Eric Clapton's famed song suggests "Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself." To diagnose and fix problems that come up in your marriage, sit down and look inward instead of pointing fingers at your spouse's errors.

Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Nurturing Resilience
Speaking with 300 Camp Directors, I discovered that camps offer children 7 important things that make them more resilient.

Heartbroken: My Friend Told Me She "Needs Space"

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in The Friendship Doctor
I am struggling with a friend that said she needs "space." I realize she is in a trying time in her life. Her mother is dying of cancer and she's currently finishing up her master's degree. I am trying to give her the space she needs, but at the same time I am totally heartbroken in thinking that maybe she is pulling away from our friendship.

Lessons From the Court: What Basketball Can Teach Us About Overcoming Social Anxiety

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on February 05, 2012 in Shyness Is Nice
Sports represent the ultimate in reality television. In addition to the competition, there are the personal stories behind the events. This background adds a mythical subtext that exemplifies why athletes are sometimes seen as heroes.

5 Reflections for Women Who Do Too Much

Five reflections from Anne Wilson Schaef, addressing everything from meaningful dialogue to the profoundness of silence, for those who do too much.

The Many Complicated Reasons We Have Sex

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in In the Name of Love
Pity sex happens when people have sex with other people because they feel sorry for them. Is it worth the effort? Do people on both sides feel good during such sex, and how they feel afterward? And what is the difference between pity sex and charity sex?

Aging: A Universal but Personal Experience

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on February 05, 2012 in Face It
Despite what the advertisers and surgeons may tell us, no one has figured out how to stop the clock. And as our clocks tick longer and longer—nowadays, 80 or more years—we all face physical and emotional challenges.

You're a Whore

By Annette Hanson M.D. on February 05, 2012 in Shrink Rap Today
A reader recently sent me this comment: "Frankly, I have little respect for Forensic Psychiatry these days. It is a whore subspecialty until proven otherwise, as it is doing what is financially convenient for the MD and just making general psychiatrists pick up the messes."