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Video Game Violence: Part 2

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on September 30, 2011 in Reel Therapy

The Politics of Weight

By Jean A Anspaugh on September 30, 2011 in Fat Like Us
Can a fat man be president?

Is Nonverbal Communication a Numbers Game?

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on September 30, 2011 in Beyond Words
Is it true that over 90% of communication is nonverbal? This article details the original research where this statement comes from and the science behind what it exactly means.

Video Game Violence: Part I

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on September 30, 2011 in Reel Therapy
Love Is Not a Game
Dating Anxieties: Facing The Unknown
Are Pick-Up Tactics Sexy or Sexist?
Defend Against the Devious Dater

What Do Procrastinators Think?

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Don't Delay
What we think about matters. The experience of frequent procrastination-related thoughts contributes to increased psychological distress.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personality Testing

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Cui Bono
Do you have a question about personality testing? Chances are good that it is in my FAQ file. If your question does not appear in this blog post, feel free to ask it in a response, and I will do my best to answer it.
It Is Immoral to Stop People from Loving You

It Is Immoral to Stop People from Loving You

By Robert Firestone Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in The Human Experience
Researchers have observed that people tend to commit the most egregious human rights violations in their closest, most intimate associations. We are guilty of such violations when someone's love challenges our negative self-concept, and, in our desperation to defend ourselves, we disrespect their feelings and use means that are hurtful to push them away.

Navigating the Impossible 5 Percent at Work

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in The Five Percent
Five percent work conflicts are extremely costly and demanding but they are not impossible to solve. Understanding the hidden dynamics at play with these problems and the various strategies available to tip them in constructive directions is the first step to their effective resolution.

Are You Too Shy to Lead?

Daniel Goleman offers steps to develop key leadership abilities - including ways to boost self-confidence.

Redirected Aggression: Retaliation and the TSA

By Catherine Salmon Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Ape Girl
How often are TSA “pat-downs” about redirected aggression and retaliation rather than air safety and will it cause more payback down the line?

Understand the 'why' Before You Decide to Buy

By Peter Noel Murray Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Inside the Consumer Mind
A friend recently called to tell me that his mother bought a new car. His mom is eighty-eight years old; and her new set of wheels are on a Ford Mustang convertible … all black, and loaded. With its 5.0 liter V8 engine, mom’s car moves! My friend is concerned. His mother is thrilled.

9 Questions to Ask about Someone's Big, Life-Changing Trip

By Gretchen Rubin on September 29, 2011 in The Happiness Project
One of my resolutions is to Enter into the interests of other people's lives. When you think of people getting along harmoniously – whether in a family, or among friends, or in an office – people make an effort to enter into the interests of each other’s lives.

The Other Side of Workplace Trust

Do you trust your employees to work from home? Use the internet at work? Be where they say they are? What impact is their perception of being trusted or not being trusted by you having on your organization's results?

Wangari Maathai: A Hero of Mine Is Dead

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on September 29, 2011 in Am I Right?
Social activism and humility made the world better

Helen or Hélène?

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on September 29, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
When bilinguals interact among themselves, they sometimes intermingle their languages, either by code-switching or by borrowing. The latter process is fascinating not only because it occurs widely but also because it can have an interesting impact on language understanding.

Linguistic Make-Over: 'And' Versus 'But'

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on September 28, 2011 in The Dolphin Divide
Can word choice block our messages? Good communicators know that words matter -- as do the associations they trigger -- and even the little ones can make a difference.

The Four Pillars of Mental Health and Transformation

Poetry, Philosophy, Psychology and People: the Four Pillars of Mental Health and Transformation. With a review of three important books of Asian American poetry.

What's in a Name?

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on September 28, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
My wife, Barb, has always loved names. She's the kind of person who wants to know the name of a paint color before she will consider how it will look on our walls--something like Mocha Java would likely meet her approval.

The "Polish" and Other Fashionable Gestures

By Grant McCracken Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Patterns, Culture, and Commerce
A new hand gesture is all the rage. What is the "Polish" and what does it mean?

If You’re Married and Your Sex Life Sucks – Act!

Most marriage counselors know that the biggest problem people face is avoidance. Many couples don’t know how to talk to each other about painful sensitive topics, so years go by with both of them skirting around issues until something breaks and the bitterness spills out.
The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

The Beauty of Sport and Why I Love Arsenal

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
What is most important in sport--beauty or victory? Why not both?

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.