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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 19, 2011 in Minding the Body
I’m terrified of driving on slick roads, I detest cold weather, and I’m no fan of shoveling my driveway. Yet my heart can’t help but leap with joy when I survey the snowy scene from my balcony.

Depression During the Holidays

The shadow side of this period of light and hope is darkness and despair, and many people fall into darkness at this time of year. They feel left out.

Fibromyalgia: Self-Awareness Exercises Decrease Pain

A group session affective self-awareness treatment reduced fibromyalgia-related pain, increased tender-point thresholds, and increased physical function, even six months after treatment.

How Did We Go From a Baby in a Manger to Black Friday?

The holidays are a time to give thanks and spread goodwill toward fellow man, right? Then why do some of the stresses of the holidays seem to bring out the worst in people?

Human Development at the Holiday Vespers

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on December 19, 2011 in Grand Rounds
There is nothing moderate about middle school...

The Justification Hypothesis

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Theory of Knowledge
The JH is a new theory of human self consciousness and the evolution of culture.

Young Adults Are Deciding Not to Marry Today

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. on December 19, 2011 in Get Hardy
The most dangerous thing to treat casually is yourself.

Precious Photographs: An open letter to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Laugh, Cry, Live
I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your precious baby daughter Jubilee Shalom. I saw the photograph of you holding her feet, so tiny yet so perfect. I’m sure you will treasure every photograph, especially the ones that illustrate your love for her.
Your detractors simply can’t imagine what you’re going through- because the death of a baby is truly unimaginable.

Confessions of a Reformed Night Owl: Phase Shift into Peace and Productivity

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 19, 2011 in Prescriptions for Life
Are you a lifelong night owl? Do you make fun of people who are up jogging or write book chapters before the sun comes up, but secretly envy them? Dr. Susan Biali shares a phenomenon that unexpectedly shifted her out of 40 years of late nights, into mornings of peaceful productivity previously known only to those "morning lark" types.

Traps and Pitfalls of All Is In The Mind

By Sandeep Gautam on December 19, 2011 in The Fundamental Four
What are the dangers of being enamored by a philosophy that happiness-is-entirely-in-the-mind? Can it lead to passivity? Can it lead to apathy towards those who are unhappy and suffering due to their circumstances? This is a response to Raj's post that believed these threats to be not real.

Holidays With A Loved One With Alzheimer's

By Nataly Rubinstein L.C.S.W. on December 19, 2011 in Life Interrupted
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, your instinct might be to cling to beloved traditions this holiday season. But according to Nataly Rubinstein, you—and your loved one—might experience the most holiday joy by adapting your plans and expectations.

Exploring the Duality of the Gifted Teen

By Elizabeth Donovan M.A. on December 19, 2011 in Youth and Tell
Gifted teens are as likely to be plagued by low self esteem as other teens—perhaps more so.

Who Will Protest Against the DSM Harm?

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Science Isn't Golden
The forces keeping the psychiatric diagnosis juggernaut rolling and misleading the public are more powerful than ever.

New Educational Documentary Film and Curriculum on Eating Disorders

By Nancy Matsumoto on December 19, 2011 in Eating Disorders News
A new documentary-style educational film and curriculum are now available for free from the non-profit organization NORMAL

Mary & Joseph Divorced?

By Rachel Clark on December 19, 2011 in Marry, Divorce, Reconcile
A holiday prayer for children who go between worlds.

Do You Play to an Inner or Outer Audience?

By Susan Cain on December 19, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Do you march to your own drummer, or do as the Romans do? The answer to this question says a lot about you.

The Magic Word that Helps Kids In School

My mom, a third-grade teacher, has been talking to her students about willpower. One of the main tidbits she's passed on is that willpower is like a muscle that can be strengthened. The more you practice using it, the better you get and the more willpower you have.

If a Job Is Worth Doing, . . .

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Don't Delay
You probably filled in the rest of this sentence. Here's a new twist on an old expression that may just help you make more of the opportunities in your life.

How Worthy Are You? 10 Measures of Self-Esteem Take the Quiz

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on December 19, 2011 in Just Listen
Self-esteem should not be confused with self-confidence. Self-confidence is believing in your competence and your ability to do something, whereas self-esteem is believing in your goodness.

The 5 Most Read Articles on The Squeaky Wheel Blog in 2011

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
Five articles were read by more readers than any of the other thirty-something posts of 2011. Following are the articles, their intros and my thoughts about why they struck a chord. Also, my thoughts on my least read article of the year.

Goodbye 30-Year Retirements, Hello Encore Years

By Marc Freedman on December 19, 2011 in The Encore Years
We've been remarkably adept at extending lives, but our imagination and innovation in remaking the shape of those longer lives have been struggling to keep pace. Why not create the encore years?

The Musical Family

Exposure to music has always enhanced how a child thinks and learns. It's an effective stress reliever and allows everyone in the family a creative way to deal with feelings, handle stress, and connect with each other.

Dropping The "F" Bomb: FAT

By Pamela Madsen on December 19, 2011 in Shameless Woman
When did fat become such a dirty word that the use of the word "fat" was more alarming to some of my readers than the practice of "hogging"?

Loss and Eating Disorders During the Holidays

Holidays are such an emotional time for everyone, and with so much focus on family and togetherness, many people deal with feelings of separation and disappointment during these times. But for someone suffering from an eating disorder, feelings of separation and loss can sometimes be a catalyst for damaging eating behaviors.

Rewilding Our Hearts: Maintaining Hope and Faith in Trying Times

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 19, 2011 in Animal Emotions
In troubled times it's difficult to remain hopeful and positive. Here I offer some practical guidelines for a new positive and personal social movement that is based on rewilding our hearts. Not only will nonhuman animals and their homes benefit, but so will we as we make a major paradigm shift in how we interact with (M)other nature.