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Beyond the Classroom

Wondering how to help teens build leadership skills, nurture friendships, and develop an optimistic outlook? Help them choose meaningful after-school programs.

Focus: The Key to Job Search Success

Deceptively simple, yet imperative, the act of focusing can produce outstanding results in your job search.

When You Negotiate, Don’t Argue

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 29, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
There is a lot of interesting psychology involved in negotiation. How much should you try to persuade at the same time that you negotiate?

How to Work a Crowd, for Introverts

Here's a shocker for you: NOBODY likes "small talk", which is why the rest of the world refers to it as "conversation". When you label face to face communication with another human being as "small", it automatically makes it seem shallow or useless, when it's not.

The Natural Selection of the Idea of Natural Selection

By Jonnie Hughes on July 29, 2011 in On the Origin of Tepees
How did Charles Darwin come up with such a brilliant idea?

Can Diet Soda Make You Fat?

Effective weight watching begins in our heads. Then again, not all weight watching is effective. What are 7 common mistakes dieters' make?

When a Friendship Breakup Spills over to Family

Two friends split and the tension spills over to their husbands and children

After the Norwegian Massacres, is Multiculturalism in Trouble?

By guest blogger Alex O'Connor: Anders Behring Breivik confessed to detonating a bomb in downtown Oslo and to killing participants of a Norwegian Labour Party youth camp. This blog post focuses on the media's coverage of Breivik's ideologies and the extent his ideas are reflective of a broader audience.

Do You Need to go Through the Bad to Get to the Good?

By Donna Barstow on July 28, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Is this you? You don't need to ask anyone's permission to be bad.

Listening to Words that Aren't Said: Terry Pratchett and the Witches

Listening to your own inner voice can tell you it's time to look for the important words not said.

The Real Relationship Between Families and Eating Disorders

By Carrie Arnold on July 28, 2011 in Body of Evidence
If family dysfunction caused an eating disorder, then recovery could only proceed after the family dysfunction was resolved. But that wasn't the case. Improvement in eating disorder symptoms was what caused family functioning to improve.

Lost Loves: Real or Faux?

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
Most people who obsess over a lost love had good experiences with that person years ago. But there are some people who continue to think about a lost love romance that was difficult or ended badly. Why would anyone want to reunite with someone when bad memories prevail?

The Top 5 in Bad Love Advice

When it comes to other people's relationship problems, many feel free to dispense advice in copious quantities. Unfortunately, the love advice that flows so freely is often really, really bad advice. Here are 5 examples.

Bless You, Jeret Peterson

By Harry Beckwith J.D. on July 28, 2011 in Unthinking
One day he was beaming on an Olympic victory stand, and the next day he was dead by his own young hand. What happened to Jeret Peterson?

Turning Food from Foe to Friend

By Donna Flagg on July 28, 2011 in Office Diaries
Do our bodies know what they want and do our minds help or hurt the process?

Single-at-Heart Readers, Take a Look at This!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Living Single
A reader in a serious romantic relationship with “an amazing, wonderful man” writes to a Love Letters columnist. She’s worried because sometimes she thinks she’d rather not be in a romantic relationship at all. Offer your advice here!

The Changing Face of Family

By Sonia Arrison on July 28, 2011 in 100 Plus
The era of the 70-year-old mom may not be far off! Today, that sounds strange, but in a world with 150-year life expectancies, it could be commonplace.

The End of Religion? Hardly

By Michael W Austin on July 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
Our basic nature as human beings may tend to produce religious belief, which means that claims about religion's demise at the hands of atheism are mistaken.

The Greatest Weakness of Strong Women

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 28, 2011 in Wander Woman
A story of how one woman saved her relationship by breaking down the sturdy wall she had diligently built. Follow these steps for creating interdependencies that make you stronger.

From Mindless to Mindful: Taking Conscious Control of Eating

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Mental Mishaps
I am a mindless eater. Maybe you are too. Unfortunately, most of us engage in mindless eating – eating without awareness of how much we eat and the factors that really control our eating. If you want to control your weight, you must first take control of your eating. To take control, you must transition from mindless to mindful eating.

Debt-Ceiling Procrastination?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on July 28, 2011 in Don't Delay
I just finished a NPR Marketplace Morning Report interview about the apparent procrastination around approving a required rise in the debt ceiling. The thing is, this isn't procrastination.