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The Upside of Coaching

You've just been given an executive coach- time for celebration or concern?

Low Testosterone Is Trouble

By Steven Lamm on May 20, 2008 in
A low testosterone can increase your risk of mortality

I Wasn't Looking for an Affair, It Just Happened

By Michele Weiner-Davis MSW on May 19, 2008 in Divorce Busting
I've lost count of the number of times when a spouse who’s been unfaithful says "it just happened."

Searching for Behavior in Behavior Science

By Roy F Baumeister on May 17, 2008 in Cultural Animal
 A recent conference highlighted the dwindling presence of behavior in psychology, the so-called science of behavior.

Imperfect Love

By Hara Estroff Marano on May 16, 2008 in Brainstorm
I've learned a lot about love by losing it. Most recently, my mother died, midway into her ninety-eighth year. She died with all her marbles and a sharper memory than most 40-year-olds.

Exotic Culture that Never Was: Part I

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 15, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Margaret Mead and the SamoaAt the most abstract level, all human cultures are the same and there is only one human culture. Nothing illustrates this point better than the recent (and somewhat shameful) history of the social sciences.

"But what if I'm THE ONE?" How Intolerance of Uncertainty Makes you Anxious

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on May 14, 2008 in Anxiety Files
You demand absolute certainty. And, if you don't know absolutely FOR SURE, you will continue to worry. What can you do to help yourself?

Do Mercury or Vaccines Cause Autism?

By Lindsay M Oberman Ph.D. on May 13, 2008 in The Autism Spectrum
Very hot and very controversial topic in the autism literature is whether mercury or vaccines or mercury in vaccines cause autism. In my opinion, No. Now a different question is whether mercury or vaccines are harmful to certain children either in utero or later in development. To this, my answer is maybe. Let's first look at the statements commonly used to support the belief that vaccines cause autism.

The Risks of Online Flirting

Flirting is a kind of game in which participants move closer to the borderline—and sometimes even step across it—and then move back. What happens when that line is not clear?

There is only one human culture

By Satoshi Kanazawa on May 11, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
People often speak of culture in the plural (“cultures”) because they believe that there are many different cultures in the world. At one level, this is of course true.

Happy Mothers Day! Now Get Out of Here!!

By Hara Estroff Marano on May 11, 2008 in Nation of Wimps
Happy Mothers Day! To all those folks who believe that good parenting is highly involved parenting, take the day off. Let your kids figure out how to manage themselves. You owe it to yourself. And especially to your kids.

ECGs, ADHD, Ritalin...Oh My!

By Lawrence Diller M.D. on May 10, 2008 in The Last Normal Child
On April 21st, the American Heart Association (AHA) shocked families and professionals alike when it recommended that all kids that take or may take Ritalin should have an electrocardiogram (ECG). Stimulant drugs like Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall have been used in children for ADHD for 70 years. Why this recommendation now—and should you get one for your child if he/she takes one of these drugs?

Where There's a Will, There's a . . .

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 08, 2008 in Don't Delay
. . . human being. The recent emphasis about will being merely an illusion is another example of the "baby being thrown out with the bath water." 

Winning the War, Losing the Peace in Iraq: Implications for Psychology

By Roy F Baumeister on May 07, 2008 in Cultural Animal
 The outcome in Iraq presents challenges and opportunities for psychology.

Evaluation Threat and Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 07, 2008 in Don't Delay
No surprises here. High evaluation threat makes chronic procrastinators put off their work. 

Is "the Secret" Just a Giant Placebo Effect?

I’ve been traveling so much lately that I’ve started to play a little game by guessing what reading material people tend to bring on airplanes. The most frequently sighted book? The Secret.

The Pull of Team Spirit

By Steven Kotler on May 06, 2008 in The Playing Field
Agnostics, Atheists and the Cult of Sport

Procrastination and Flow Experiences: A Tale of Opposites

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 05, 2008 in Don't Delay
Procrastinators rarely engage in their lives in a way that creates the experience of "flow." They're rarely "in the zone" or "find their groove." What's flow? Why are the optimal conditions for flow just the opposite of what promotes task delay?

What Influences Our Happiness the Most?

Is it our genes? Is it where, how, and with whom we live? Or is it entirely something else?I have two friends, Seth and Michael, and one of them is a lot happier than the other...

Second-order Procrastination: Another Inconvenient Truth Related to Climate Change

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 03, 2008 in Don't Delay
 You control climate change . . . if you get around to it. This is the perfect storm for both first- and second-order procrastination.

Sympathy for the Devil

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on May 02, 2008 in Evil Deeds
At the time of her infamous crime, Andrea Yates was a devout Christian, devoted wife, and dedicated mother of five biblically named children--Mary, Luke, Paul, John and Noah-- ages 6 months to 7 years old. She had given up her career as a nurse, deciding, with her husband's support, to be a full-time mother and to home-school her children. All seemed to be going fine at first. But after the birth of her first child began her gradual descent into hell.
An Inconvenient Truth: Sexual Monogamy Kills Male Libido

An Inconvenient Truth: Sexual Monogamy Kills Male Libido

By Christopher Ryan Ph.D. on May 02, 2008 in Sex at Dawn
For most men in long-term sexually monogamous relationships, a steady decrease in libido is inevitable, regardless of the particular woman in their lives. That’s right. The sexually-monogamous husband of the hottest woman on earth will start to lose interest at a certain point. Uma, it’s not your fault!You want an inconvenient truth? Try this one: human beings are clearly evolved for sex lives featuring multiple simultaneous sexual relationships.

Delay as a Self-handicapping Strategy

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 02, 2008 in Don't Delay
"Do people always want to know precisely who they are and exactly what they are capable of accomplishing at their best? We doubt it . . ."

What Flavor of Perfectionist Are You? It Matters!

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on April 30, 2008 in Don't Delay
 Perfectionism comes in at least two flavors: adaptive and maladaptive. The maladaptive flavor seems to have social roots. (Take the self-test at the end of the blog.)

How Big a Problem Is Anxiety?

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on April 30, 2008 in Anxiety Files
Anxiety is the most common psychological problem and it has been increasing in the last fifty years.

The Greatest Magic Trick Ever, Part II: The Great Selfini

By Matthew Hutson on April 30, 2008 in Psyched!
In a recent post I argued that free will is an illusion. Even if I convinced you, why does the illusion still work?

What Is Compassion and How Can It Improve My Life?

The definition of compassion is the ability to understand the emotional state of another person or oneself.