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Understanding Why People Riot

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on August 18, 2011 in Hidden Motives
We hear it all the time about riots: “hooliganism” or, as David Cameron put it last week, “criminality, pure and simple.” But riots are complex events, hard to reduce to something as simple as that.

Seven Things to Avoid After Being Fired

In today's volatile economy, the loss of a job can be devastating. Although feelings of sadness or anger are normal, if they continue for too long, they can be self-defeating. To prevent being dragged down by the negativity commonly experienced after job loss, here are seven things to avoid.

Why Do You Really Oppose Drugs? Part III

By Robert Kurzban Ph.D. on August 18, 2011 in Mind Design
Morality, we are often told, is rainbows and butterflies. Does it have a much darker side?

Stop Self-Criticism With Compassionate Self-Awareness

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on August 18, 2011 in Making Change
When the direct approach to getting rid of self-critical thoughts fails to work, there's no need to give up. Try refocusing on increasing compassionate self-awareness. Here's what that means and how you can do it.

Emotions in More than One Language

The language bilinguals express their emotions in is both a complex and a fascinating topic. There is a myth that they do so in their first language but there are many instances of this not being so. In the end, there seems to be no set rule.

Tips for Building an Autism Friendly Workplace

By Lynne Soraya on August 17, 2011 in Asperger's Diary
In my last post, I listed some of the behaviors that can make the workplace difficult for those with Asperger's. Although I framed these behaviors in the light of Asperger's, the majority of them affect others as well. Inclusive practices aren't just for those on the autism spectrum. Inclusion benefits us all.

Anxiety Self Help: Experiencing Fear and Performing Anyway

People often tell me they are “too afraid” to do this or that – speak publicly, address a disturbing situation with someone, or whatever. I explain that fear is an evolutionary gift designed to protect us. In modern times though, it may show up when we want to be bold. Here is one way I try to not to give fear the power to stop me from doing what I think should be done.

Developing a Self Greatly Shapes Your Sexual Desire

By David Schnarch Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Intimacy and Desire
Couples with sexual desire problems are often battling out the wars of autonomy, attachment and selfhood. You think you're just having sex problems. It doesn't help that your partner may be saying, "It's not about you, I'm just not into sex." Or, "All you want is sex!" Your partner is saying it too: it's about sex. That's what you probably want to believe too.

Do Certain TV Shows Make Your Brain Smaller?

By Donna Barstow on August 17, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Reality TV is just like life. (No, it isn't.) Reality TV is innovative and hip. (NO, it really isn't.) Reality TV is a substitute for PBS. (What does substitute mean?) I don't watch reality TV. (Yes, I do.)

Does Sleep Apnea Cause Dementia?

Recent media reports declare sleep apnea causes the dementia. The truth is more complicated, and less scary.

Why There Was Anarchy in the UK

By Jonnie Hughes on August 17, 2011 in On the Origin of Tepees
Analyzing the psychology of "mindless violence". Last week, rioting spread through England like a disease - was it down to a contagious idea, and if so, how mindful were the infected?

What Is Brainstorming REALLY, and Does It Work?

Most people have heard of (or used) brainstorming techniques to generate creative ideas. Many believe that it was created by psychologists, and that it works. However, brainstorming was the brainchild of an advertising executive in the 1950s and research has questioned its effectiveness.

When Is the Brain Fully Mature?

By Susan R Barry Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Eyes on the Brain
If we want to understand brain plasticity, we must consider more than individual neurons and synapses. Brain function also depends upon large nerve fiber tracts. When do these pathways reach maturity?

Expressing Our Pain without Blame

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Acquired Spontaneity
When someone else’s actions don’t line up with what we most want, we tend to hold that person accountable for our pain. They become defensive in response to our blame, and we effectively ensure they can’t hear us. If we can resist the temptation to go into right/wrong thinking about the pain others are more likely to open up to hearing us.

The Surprising Secret to Detecting Villains Before They Get You

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Ambigamy
Some people are proud of their singular dedication to a Sacred Principle that trumps all others forever more at any cost. Even if you value the principle, singular dedication to it is a trait not to be admired but feared and fought.

Do Nice Guys Finish Last, And Get Paid Less?

By Ray Williams on August 17, 2011 in Wired for Success
There's an expression that "nice guys finish last," implying that not so nice guys finish first, or at least do better. Yet we don't like to think or admit this, particularly when we think of our bosses or co-workers.

What Do Maria Shriver, Beef Ranchers and Medical Faculty Have in Common?

Maria Shriver, recently separated from Arnold Schwarzenegger, posted on YouTube, "As you know, transitions are not easy. I'd love to get your advice on how you've handled transitions in your own life. It's so stressful to not know what you're doing next.

Reasoning Is More Intuitive than We Think

By Hugo Mercier on August 17, 2011 in Social by Design
There is a widespread view that reasoning is the polar opposite of intuitions: slow vs. fast, effortful vs. effortless, conscious vs. unconscious. On closer inspection, these oppositions do not stand: reasoning is mostly another intuition.

Iodine Deficiency - An Old Epidemic Is Back

A new epidemic of iodine deficiency has occurred. And it's bringing a lot more than goiters with it. Fatigue? Pain? Weight gain? Breast cysts or tenderness? In this blog post I'll tell you why you might be at risk for an iodine deficiency, what it might be doing to your health - and an easy way to protect yourself.

Milk Is For Babies—and Barbarians: Part II

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on August 17, 2011 in Words To Eat By
After all the work we went through to grow up, it would be as deflating to our egos to be seen drinking milk as it would to be spotted eating strained carrots in public—or to be caught buying incontinence underwear at the drugstore.

Are Men and Women Afraid to Date?

Fear is often used to explain why someone doesn't ask you out, or rebuffs relationship advances. But, there are other, more persuasive, explanations too. Read on and learn to motivate that date.

Um, Ah, Er: Does Hesitation Make You a Better Speaker?

Have you ever wished you could eradicate the “ums” and “ahs” right out of your conversation, and especially your public presentations? Turns out those verbal fillers may play an important role in establishing trust and credibility.