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How Much Should You Compromise for Your Relationship?

The goal for anybody looking for a relationship is to find that special someone who "completes you," who meshes with your personality and character so well that you coexist in perfect harmony like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. But if you can't find this perfect fit, you may have to compromise. But how much compromise is too much?

The Computer Screen Shatters the Blank Screen — and Patients Benefit

Information technologies, from Google to Electronic Medical Records, are changing traditional models of the relationship between patients and therapists. Using the new transparency to create more openness between therapist and patient can have salutary effects.

Dealing With Adult Bullies

I cannot believe I am dealing with a female, adult, bully at age 42---but here I am. She is a neighbor who lives behind my house.

Divorce Makes You a Bad Person... Again

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 24, 2011 in Love, Inc
Among educated Americans, getting divorced means you're a bad person.

Celebrity and Identification

We know that celebrities are important because they are ... celebrities. But what makes them so? And what psychological functions does following them, and finding out about them, have?

Is This the Myth About Singles That Single People Are Most Likely to Believe?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 24, 2011 in Living Single
I’ve always thought that the most intractable myth about single people is that what they want, more than anything else, is to become unsingle. Now I have a new hypothesis.

On Innovation and Optimism

By Moses Ma on June 24, 2011 in The Tao of Innovation
To succeed as an innovator, you must be indefatigably optimistic. This rule of thumb applies to the economy as well. Like what Economist Larry Summers said, "The central irony of financial crisis is that while it is caused by too much confidence, borrowing, lending and spending... it can only be resolved by increasing confidence, borrowing, lending and spending."

Two More Good Reasons to End Psychotherapy

Two more good reasons to end therapy: grey areas and unethical behavior.

Office Space: Designs Which Make You Work Harder

By Vicki Salemi on June 23, 2011 in Big Career Corner
Wondering why you're in a rut at the office? Maybe it's your cubicle, the lack of sunlight or sense of hierarchy among the nearby executives. Four design firms were challenged to concoct an ideal workspace to promote productivity and fresh ideas. Among the recurring themes? The importance of open workspaces and wireless technology.

How to Have an Awesome Work Career

I was reflecting on my work career (past, present, and future) this morning and came to the realization that my job is "awesome." I enjoy almost every part and there is research in work psychology that explains why. Here are the elements that make up an "awesome work career," and some tips on how to get more of them in your own work life.

Want a More Fulfilling Career? Stop Saying You're Fine

By Vicki Salemi on June 23, 2011 in Big Career Corner
Like other issues in life if you're in a career rut, the first step to move forward is admitting everything is simply not ok.

Building Trust in a Skeptical Era

Did you know more people trust infomercials and used car salesmen than organizational leaders? In an era where skeptical has turned cynical about everyone from politicians to priests, how do we reengage the trust of those we work with? How do we reengage our own?

Proposed Federal Legislation Would End Marijuana Prohibition

Today, June 23, 2011, historic bipartisan legislation to end marijuana prohibition was introduced in the House of Representatives. If passed, marijuana would come to be treated in a variety of ways by the various states, as is already the case with alcohol and tobacco.

Atrocity and Epistemology: Cruel Claims in Troubled Times

How can we evaluate stories about atrocities during wartime? What do we learn from the case of the the Libyan lawyer Iman al-Abeidi who claimed to have been raped by Gaddafi's troops? Is her claim true by her emotional performance or could it be a psychological operation to build international fever for war? No answers, but many questions.

Six Keys to Happiness

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on June 23, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
Marsha Linehan inspires us with her work and now, her self-disclosure. Inspired by her, here are six keys to happiness. No surprise - happiness is not derived from possessions or attainment.

The Tight Community of Bosses

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on June 23, 2011 in Hidden Motives
Who Will Watch the Watchdogs?

Many corporate board members survive damage to their reputations without any penalty, according to The Wall Street Journal. “A surprising number of embattled CEOs, forced out for poor performance or legal problems, find a warm reception from outside corporate boards on which they sit.”

Why?

Healthy Digital Habits for Babies

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is taking a sensible lead for the 21st century and updating its policy on technology and screen time from birth to age 3. This is a wise and bold move, but guess who objects to this timely and prudent 21st-century stance.

How wine and fruits help your brain stay healthy

A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, a cup of berries and a bar of dark chocolate can increase blood flow to the brain and so much more

Can Your Dog Read Your Mind?

Dogs understand that what we are looking at influences our thinking and their ability to successfully communicate with us.

Why Are Men So Complicated?

Q: Why Are Men So Complicated? (no it’s not what Bill Clinton and John Edwards said when they said: “It was because they could”)
A: Welcome to the "Not in Control Zone"

Why Study Child Development?

Why is the study of child development important? Why do children ask questions?

"Writers Do Not Give Up on People"

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 23, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt uses fictional techniques to simulate a stimulating creative writing class.

Do YOU Practice the Golden Rule? Take the Double Standard Assessment Test (DSAT)

Do you do onto others as you would have them do onto you? Take the Double Standard Assessment Test. Better yet, give it to someone who needs a little more gold in the rule they follow.

A Neuropsychological Perspective on Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on June 23, 2011 in Don't Delay
A recent study in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology is the first to investigate subcomponents of self-reported executive function related to procrastination. This is an excellent paper with practical implications for reducing procrastination.

Learning Theory: More Teaching with Fewer Teachers

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 23, 2011 in Memory Medic
State budgets are causing teachers to be laid off. College professors are being asked to teach more students. Here is how to address such problems.