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Casey Anthony: Out and About

In Orlando, Florida, Casey Anthony was released from jail today. As she walked out the front door of the jail at 12:10 AM, she was accompanied by her attorney and surrounded by law enforcement, machine guns, and security.

A Deceptively Simple Preference Paradox

By Ben Y Hayden Ph.D. on July 17, 2011 in The Decision Tree
It seems simple, but this behavioral economics puzzle is fiendishly difficult. Get your pencils out now. This puzzle will be answered in next week's column.

Why We Shouldn't Decide Ourselves When We Need Medical Attention

Four years ago, I was driving home from work when I began to experience mild chest pain. It was located slightly to the right of my sternum and felt like a muscle strain.

Pharmacotherapy of Borderline Personality: Medicine or Mayhem

When are medications helpful in treating Borderline Personality?

Top 10 Topical Leadership Books

Read these, and you will get a sense of the breadth of leadership research, the complexity of the leadership construct, and you (hopefully) will get hooked on learning more about leadership.

Singlism as a Political Dog-Whistle?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 17, 2011 in Living Single
Someone’s idea of a politically effective message: “Ferlita is an unmarried woman with a suspect commitment to family values.”

Changing Your Life and Livelihood Is Hard but Worth It

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on July 17, 2011 in All About Addiction
When things are headed the wrong way, the most sensible thing to do is stop, evaluate, and turn (if not turn around). Too bad it's often also the most difficult thing to do.

Flash Sales: The New (Deeply Psychological) Budget Busters

Flash sale sites are designed to tap into the most vulnerable aspects of our shopping psychology.

What a Let-Down!

When happy chemicals sag, your brain looks for "the problem." Unfortunately, the brain always finds problems when it goes looking. Focusing on let-downs builds neural pathways that shape your outlook on life. Ignoring those feelings is sometimes the best thing to do. They are just your brain's natural re-set after happy spikes.

Managing Difficult People

By Donna Flagg on July 17, 2011 in Office Diaries
We think that by taking disciplinary action, creating performance development plans or engaging in corrective counseling we will be able to instill incentives in employees that make them want to change. But deep down, we know better.

Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on July 17, 2011 in Side Effects
Studies of SSRI antidepressants point repeatedly to a common, often intense withdrawal syndrome when treatment ends. Why has it taken researchers so long to identify the problem correctly?

How Your Dog Can Help Select Your Mate

By Donna Barstow on July 17, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
We could all use a second opinion when deciding who to date, who to mate. Also, listen to your good dog.

Eggplant vs. Aubergine

By Ina Lipkowitz Ph.D. on July 17, 2011 in Words To Eat By
Ever wonder why English speakers on either side of the Atlantic call their vegetables by such different names? What we call zucchini, they call courgette. Our snow pea is their mangetout. What we know as squash, they know as marrow. And what we call eggplant, they call aubergine, which to many ears sounds much more elegant.

Five Reasons to Listen to Your Children's Dreams

By Kate Adams Ph.D. on July 17, 2011 in Child's Play
Why listening to your children's dreams can bring you closer.

Finding Creativity on IQ Tests

IQ tests have received a very large number of criticisms since their inception. One of the main arguments made against the use of IQ tests is that they don't measure creativity. But is this true? As it turns out, the potential for finding creativity on IQ tests depends a lot on how the test is administered.

The Many Flavors of OCD

By Allen H. Weg on July 16, 2011 in Living with OCD
Like ice cream, OCD comes in different flavors. Some are common and well known, others are hard to even recognize as OCD.

The Silver Tsunami–Why We Will Need Aging Workers

By Ray Williams on July 16, 2011 in Wired for Success
The recent recession has placed a myopic emphasis on the need to deal with the millions of baby boomers retiring or about to retire in the next few years. In fact, we will need those aging workers. And we need to revise our view of aging, which for the most part, is portrayed in a negative way.

Why Women Have to Care About Their Looks

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 16, 2011 in Wander Woman
Whether you like it or not, appearance matters. People judge your value in seconds or less. But to what extent should you go to make sure you present the image that will earn a favorable assessment of your worth? This post discusses the possibilities.

Know Any "Know it All's?"

Being opinionated might make you impressive, but it can cost you being respected or liked.

Association for Women in Psychology Addresses DSM-5 Concerns

Bias in psychiatric diagnosis website exposes problems with new DSM-5

Sleep Problems in the Alcohol- or Drug-exposed Child

In the first year, the most important lesson you can teach your child is that you always will be there for her. This is a key time for your child's developing a sense of trust in a trusting world.

Is It Possible to Pray the Gay Away?

As someone who professes to help gays and lesbians become heterosexual, Marcus Bachmann is unfortunately not alone. There are licensed mental health professionals who practice what are called reparative or conversion therapies designed to make gay people heterosexual despite the evidence that such treatment is not only ineffective but damaging.